Emil Richards
Emil Richards
Performer & Educator

Legendary percussionist Emil Richards has just published his autobiography entitled ‘Wonderful World of Percussion’ (My life behind bars), available at: Amazon.com

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Have you ever wondered who played the bells on Scarborough Fair? Or the snaps on the Addams Family TV show?  The bongos on the original Mission Impossible TV show? Or the xylophone on the Simpons theme song? Well, Emil Richards, who has close to 2000 films and TV shows to his credit and the world's largest collection of percussion instruments (nearly 800 to date), played all those sounds.

Emil’s credits include Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, The Beach Boys, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Marvin Gaye, George Harrison to over 750 more. He has played on movie scores written by Alfred Newman, Bernard Hermann, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Bill Conti, and Quincy Jones, Danny Elfman and hundreds more.

Emil has also written instruction books for mallet and percussion instruments and has a list of clinics he teaches at universities and music schools throughout the world.