Original Member of
the Velours and the Fantastics
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York
Richie Pitts known
through out the UK and other parts of the world such as Japan, Portugaal
been dubed as Mr. Fantastic and that he is.
In the 50's Richie sang with such groups as the
out of Brooklyn NY. In these groups were childhood and life long
friends Alvin Ham and
Herman Cofield. during these early years all the
group singers knew each other and would not hesitate
together in a club
or on a street corner just to sing harmony. Along came the 60's and Richie was
well known in the music circles for not only his performing,
but also for his contributions at recording
sessions as a background
vocalist. Often at these sessions he would work with Gary Gant "a member
of The Invitations"
writing and Co-Producing together.
Richie eventually joined the Velours
and in the
60's coming from a rehearsal ran into the Invitations. Who had just
returned from the UK.
Contact information was shared and the United Kingdom gain a great
entertainer. But the Invitations
only retained a long time friend but he has always been as a working
member when ever we needed him.