Ric Records

Ric Records

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Appears mostly as "Ric" only.
Ric Records, along with sister label Ron Records, were American record labels formed by Joe Ruffino in 1959.

Although most of Ric's releases did not rise above regional hits, the label was active during the golden era of New Orleans R&B and was an incubator for many artists who are now recognized as definers of the style.

After his first taste of the music industry at A-1 Distributors, Joe Ruffino set out on his own with the Ric and Ron imprints, headquartered at 630 Baronne Street in New Orleans.
The labels were named after Joe's two sons.

Ric Records was focused exclusively on releasing local New Orleans talent. Edgar Blanchard was brought on to help with studio arrangements, and supervised all early Ric studio sessions.
He was later replaced by Harold Battiste. John Mac Rebennack AKA "Dr. John" was also brought on as label president and helped with writing and producing.

Artists released on the label include Eddie Bo, Johnny Adams, Lenny Capello, Al Johnson, Tommy Ridgley and Joe Jones.
Joe Jones provided Ric with its only sizeable hit, "You Talk Too Much", which peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 in the fall of 1960. Unfortunately this record was the cause of some legal issues with New York City-based outfit Roulette Records, with which Joe Jones previously recorded a version of the tune.

Sister label Ron Records had a similar focus on local talent. Artists released include Professor Longhair (local favorite "Go To The Mardi Gras"), Irma Thomas, Bobby Mitchell, Eddie Lang (not to be confused with noted Jazz guitarist Eddie Lang) and Martha Carter.
After being discovered in a local club by Tommy Ridgley, Irma Thomas recorded her first single "(You Can Have My Husband but) Don't Mess with My Man" for Ron within a week. She is now recognized as an important American singer and was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Ric and Ron folded in 1962 when Joe Ruffino died.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
954 Lonesome Guitar / Let's Get It  album cover Edgar Blanchard Lonesome Guitar / Let's Get It(7") Ric Records 954 US 1958 Sell This Version
955 Pleadin' / Don't Lie To Me  album cover Mercy Baby Pleadin' / Don't Lie To Me 955 US 1958 Sell This Version
956 You Done Me Wrong / Lena  album cover Al Johnson (6) You Done Me Wrong / Lena(7", Single) Ric Records 956 US 1958 Sell This Version
957 Knocked Out / You Call Everybody Darling  album cover The Gondoliers Knocked Out / You Call Everybody Darling(7", Single) Ric Records 957 US 1958 Sell This Version
958 Oh Baby / Feelin' Right Saturday Night  album cover The Velvetiers Oh Baby / Feelin' Right Saturday Night (Single) 958 US 1957 Sell This Version
959 Connie Sue  album cover Vic Wilder With Eddy Darcy Band Vic Wilder With Eddy Darcy Band - Connie Sue(7", Single) Ric Records 959 US Unknown Sell This Version
960 Cotton Candy / Tootles  album cover Lenny Capello And The Dots (3) Lenny Capello And The Dots (3) - Cotton Candy / Tootles 960 US 1958 Sell This Version
961 I Won't Cry / Who You Are  album cover Johnny Adams I Won't Cry / Who You Are 961 US 1959 Sell This Version
962 Hey There Baby / I Need Someone  album cover Eddie Bo Hey There Baby / I Need Someone(7", Promo) Ric Records 962 US 1959 Sell This Version
964 You Got Your Mojo Working  album cover Eddie Bo You Got Your Mojo Working (Single) 964 US 1959 Sell This Version
966 The Bells Are Ringing / Teach Me To Forget  album cover Johnny Adams The Bells Are Ringing / Teach Me To Forget (Single) 966 US 1960 Sell This Version
968 Is It True / Let's Try And Talk It Over  album cover Tommy Ridgley (The New King Of The Stroll)* Is It True / Let's Try And Talk It Over(7") Ric Records 968 US 1960 Sell This Version
969 Tell It Like It Is / Every Dog Got His Day  album cover Eddie Bo Tell It Like It Is / Every Dog Got His Day 969 US 1960 Sell This Version
970 Pete Kogos And The Counts Love Me Again(7") Ric Records 970 US 1960 Sell This Version
971 Someone For Me / Let The Wind Blow  album cover Johnny Adams Someone For Me / Let The Wind Blow (Single) 971 US 1960 Sell This Version
972 You Talk Too Much  album cover Joe Jones (2) You Talk Too Much (Single) 972 US 1960 Sell This Version
973 Please Hurry Home / Do You Remember  album cover Tommy Ridgley Please Hurry Home / Do You Remember(7") Ric Records 973 US 1960 Sell This Version
974 Warm Daddy / Ain't It The Truth Now  album cover Eddie Bo Warm Daddy / Ain't It The Truth Now(7") Ric Records 974 US 1960 Sell This Version
975 I Don´t Talk Too Much  album cover Martha Nelson I Don´t Talk Too Much (Single) 975 USA & Canada 1960 Sell This Version
976 You Can Make It If You Try   album cover Johnny Adams You Can Make It If You Try (Single) 976 US 1960 Sell This Version
977 It Must Be Love / What A Fool I've Been  album cover Eddie Bo It Must Be Love / What A Fool I've Been(7", Single) Ric Records 977 US 1961 Sell This Version
977 It Must Be Love / What A Fool I've Been  album cover Eddie Bo It Must Be Love / What A Fool I've Been(7") Ric Records 977 US 1961 Sell This Version
978 Double Eye Whammy / Should I Ever Love Again  album cover Tommy Ridgley Double Eye Whammy / Should I Ever Love Again 978 US 1961 Sell This Version
980 Wedding Day / Ooh So Nice  album cover Johnny Adams Wedding Day / Ooh So Nice (Single) 980 US 1961 Sell This Version
981 Dinky Doo  album cover Eddie Bo Dinky Doo 981 US 1961 Sell This Version
982 The Only Girl For Me / Three Times  album cover Tommy Ridgley The Only Girl For Me / Three Times(7", Single) Ric Records 982 US 1961 Sell This Version
983 I Solemnly Promise / Life Is Just A Struggle  album cover Johnny Adams I Solemnly Promise / Life Is Just A Struggle(7", Single) Ric Records 983 US 1961 Sell This Version
984 In The Same Old Way / The Girl From Kooka Monga  album cover Tommy Ridgley In The Same Old Way / The Girl From Kooka Monga (Single) 984 US 1961 Sell This Version
985 I Got To Know / Bless You Darling  album cover Eddie Bo I Got To Know / Bless You Darling(7") Ric Records 985 US 1961 Sell This Version
986 Who's Gonna Love You / A Losing Battle  album cover Johnny Adams Who's Gonna Love You / A Losing Battle (Single) 986 US 1962 Sell This Version
987 Check Mr.Popeye (Part I)  album cover Eddie Bo Check Mr.Popeye (Part I)(7", Single) Ric Records 987 US 1962 Sell This Version
989 Baby I'm Wise / Roamin-Titis  album cover Eddie Bo Baby I'm Wise / Roamin-Titis(7") Ric Records 989 US 1962 Sell This Version
990 My Ordinary Girl / She's Got What It Takes  album cover Tommy Ridgley My Ordinary Girl / She's Got What It Takes (Single) 990 US 1962 Sell This Version
991 Geneveve / 90 Pound Weakling  album cover Lenny Capello & The Dots (3) Lenny Capello & The Dots (3) - Geneveve / 90 Pound Weakling 991 US 1962 Sell This Version
992 Showdown / Tra-La-La   album cover Johnny Adams Showdown / Tra-La-La (Single) 992 US 1962 Sell This Version
993 Heavenly / I Love You Yes I Do  album cover Tommy Ridgley Heavenly / I Love You Yes I Do(7") Ric Records 993 US 1962 Sell This Version
994 I've Heard That Story Before / Honest I Do  album cover Tommy Ridgley I've Heard That Story Before / Honest I Do(7") Ric Records 994 US 1963 Sell This Version
1004 Blues Cha Cha / Bopsody In Blues  album cover Edgard Blanchard & The Gondoliers Blues Cha Cha / Bopsody In Blues(7", Single) Ric Records 1004 US Unknown Sell This Version
1501 When My Name Is Called / Getting Closer To Home  album cover The Booker Singers When My Name Is Called / Getting Closer To Home(7") Tye Records 1501 US 1960 Sell This Version
3445 Shoop, Shoop, De Doop, Rama Lama / Don't forget  album cover The Clinger Sisters Shoop, Shoop, De Doop, Rama Lama / Don't forget(7", Single) Ric Records 3445 Unknown Sell This Version
3445 Pilsard Mix  album cover Various Pilsard Mix(12", P/Mixed, Unofficial) Ric Records 3445 US 1982 Sell This Version
3446 Revenge / I Just Gotta Have You  album cover Unknown Artist Revenge / I Just Gotta Have You(7", Single, M/Print) Ric Records 3446 US Unknown Sell This Version
3446 Revenge / I Just Goha Have You  album cover Unknown Artist Revenge / I Just Goha Have You(7", Single, M/Print) Ric Records 3446 US Unknown Sell This Version
8582X Dinky Doo / Everybody, Everything Needs Love  album cover Eddie Bo Dinky Doo / Everybody, Everything Needs Love(7") Reo 8582X Canada 1961 Sell This Version
R 960 Cotton Candy / Tootles  album cover Lenny Capello Cotton Candy / Tootles(7", Single) Ric Records R 960 US Unknown Sell This Version
R. 963 Come On / Nowhere To Go   album cover Johnny Adams With The Gondoliers Johnny Adams With The Gondoliers - Come On / Nowhere To Go (Single) R. 963 US 1959 Sell This Version
RLP-2001 "Let's Have A Blast" With The Gondoliers  album cover The Gondoliers "Let's Have A Blast" With The Gondoliers(LP, Album) RIC Records RLP-2001 US 1961 Sell This Version
RLP-2002 Cool Prose For Kats  album cover Paul Schroeder (4) Cool Prose For Kats(LP, Album) Ric Records RLP-2002 US 1961 Sell This Version