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Rich had an ego that fed a perverse sense of perfectionism and the need to control and dominate the players in “HIS” bands.
I played trumpet and stood next to him every night for almost three years from 1975-1977. We had a great band that loved and respected him and he was 95% a sweetheart the whole time. The only time I saw him as he sounds on the tapes is when he had a bad back, or a band full of young guys who couldn’t play well but thought they could, who showed disrespect towards him and thought they were too good to be there.
I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard! Can you think of any famous rants or ranters who can stand next to this legend?