Thursday, March 09, 2017

Richard Adam "Ritchie Adams" Ziegler, R. I. P.

Oldies Music -- News: Richard Adam "Ritchie Adams" Ziegler, lead singer with the Fireflies on their hit, "You Were Mine" (#21-1959) and writer of such songs as Bobby Lewis' "Tossin' And Turnin'" (#1-1961), Engelbert Humperdinck's "After The Lovin'" (#8-1977) and a number of tunes for Olivia Newton-John's early group Toomorrow, died Monday (March 6). The Brooklyn native was 71. After leaving the Fireflies in 1960, Ritchie continued with a solo career, releasing records for the next twenty years.


Rick Robinson said...

I really liked "You Were Mine" a lot, and many of the other songs he wrote for other singers. Very talented.

Anonymous said...

Ritchie Adams also co-wrote some songs for The Archies during the late 60's and early 70's.

Deb said...

As I also mentioned in the Jim Fuller obit, these ages seem wrong. If this guy was 71, he must have been an early teen when he wrote "Tossin' and Turnin'". Seems a little, well, young.