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Rich Lang: Bio

It all started in 1952 when 5 yr. old Rich Lang, looking out the window, saw his grandfather throw out an old cracked accoustic guitar with 4 strings on it. Rich retrieved what would become one of his most prized possesions out of the trash. By age 8, he was playing at fish frys and local bars.     

In 1963, at age 16, he joined a four- piece rock band called the Del-Rays, with which he recorded a single 45 record called "Don't Let Her Be Your Baby"/"I Want To Do It" for STAX RECORDS in Memphis, TN. The Del-Rays went on to back or share the billing with many notables such as The Beatles (1966 Busch Stadium St. Louis, MO), Chuck Berry, B.B.King, Albert King, Isaac Hayes, The Ronnettes, The Turtles, all the Dick Clark Carravan of Stars, the list is endless.

In 1968, Rich, along with his brother Jim Lang, formed the band The Guild. This group, which maintained a 9 yr. reputation as being the top band in the mid-west, included members Michael McDonald and Tom Kelly, who would become multiple Grammy award winners. The Guild signed a recording contract with ELEKTRA Records and released a single "What Am I Gonna Do" written by Carole King, in 1973. As you might expect The Guild shared the billing with many top names in the buisiness to name just a few:  The Who, The Guess Who, The Association, Reo Speedwagon, Jim Croce, B.J. Thomas, Styx, Dan Fogelberg, and on and on.

In 1977 Rich moved to Nashville TN, where he recorded three songs:  "My Little Miss Tennessee", "Fallin' In Love For The First Time Again", and "Love Is On The Air" with producer Dan Hoffman.  Recording artist Dianne Davidson recorded one of Rich's other originals "There's No Good In Goodbye". While in Nashville, he owned and operated a recording studio, as well as toured with the group called The Tremolos, whose hits included "Here Comes My Baby" and "Silence Is Golden".  His friend, St.Louis native Greg Guidry would join him in Nashville, and together they recorded all of Greg's early compositions.

Rich would return to O'Fallon, IL in 1980, and along with two of his former Guild members Gary McClain and Jim Lang and other brother John Lang formed the band Lang and McClain.

Rich married Cathy Habermehl in 1982, and in 1983 they moved back to Nashville,TN to write and co-produce Greg Guidry's second album (CBS/Badland).  Greg's debut album included a top 10 hit "Goin' Down". Rich also appeared in television commercials and bit parts in major motion pictures "Marie" with Sissy Spacek and Morgan Freeman, and "Sweet Dreams" with Jessica Lange and Ed Harris.  Rich and Cathy's daughter, Cassandra Jean was born in Nashville in 1984.

The Lang family returned to O'Fallon, IL in 1985 where Rich owned and operated Lang's Recording Studio, ICE Records, ICEHOUSE Music publishing.  He went on to record and release the album "Outhouse Daze" for Tom Lane. He also recorded the rap group TEMPO and released the album "Toy Story" and the single "Maniacs On The Mic"/ "Crime Story".  TEMPO shared the billing with such notables as LL Cool J, The Fat Boys, Salt 'n' Peppa, and others.

In 1988, following the birth of his son Jason Richard, Rich and his family moved to Belleville, IL where he set up the new Lang's Recording Studio and continued to record many aspiring artists, including the "Red Neck Woman" Gretchen Wilson who he signed to a managment contract.  Rich continued to perform live music with Gary McClain in the now duo Lang and McClain.

Rich would later form the Greg Guidry Band in 1996 and would perform in Paris, France with Poco, Robbie Dupree, Jullian Lennon, Jim Photoglow, and Stevie Wonder's Band.

Rich continues to write, record, and produce music for himself, many other bands, and singer/sonwriters in need of his personal attention, mentoring and valued expertice as an engineer, producer, arranger, instrumentalist, writer, and vocalist.

 Be sure to check out the Music Page for samples of all the songs here on the web site, thanks, Rich Lang