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Richie Varola
Richie (* 1943 in Butler, PA) was a piano and organ player. Influenced by Jimmy Smith, his gigging efforts led to his adoption by the orchestra of Louis Prima. His only release was his debut album on the Verve label in 1967. He played pop standards in Prima's live band sets until his untimely death in a car crash in April 1974, aged 30.
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Little Richie Varola
Verve V6-8722
recorded June/July 1967 in New York City/USA
Richie Varola, organ, vocals
Sam Butera, tenor sax
Morgan Thomas, trumpet
Randy Marr, guitar
Kenneth Harkins, piano
Roby Dee, bass
Jimmy Vincent, drums

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