RICHIE RANNO - STARZ
In 1973 Bronx-born Richie Ranno joined the band Stories,
replacing guitarist Steve Love. Ranno left in March 1974 and was replaced by
Mick Jones (Jones put Foreigner together around this time.
He tried to get Stories' singer Lloyd as vocalist, but Lloyd was close to
getting a solo recording contract that he eventually did get). In 1975 Ranno auditioned for the band Fallen Angels, managed by KISS's
management. They changed their name to Starz, and toured with ZZ Top and Frampton. In 1976 they
released debut album, "Starz" on Capitol Records, produced by Jack Douglas.
Their second album, "Violation" had two hit singles: "Cherry Baby" was a
national Top 40 hit and "Sing It Shout It" went to #65. The first two albums are
on Kerrang! magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time
and Hit Parader's Top 100 Rock Albums of All Time. All together Starz recorded
four studio albums, and gathered critical acclaim with their ability to mesh the
smooth with the hard. www.starzcentral.com