born on 21/8/1952
Richie Zito is a session guitarist and record producer from Los Angeles.
He has worked with Poison, Mr. Big, Neil Sedaka, Yvonne Elliman, Eric Carmen, Art Garfunkel, Leo Sayer, Diana Ross, Marc Tanner, Elton John, Cher, the Motels, as well as The Cult, White Lion, Eddie Money, Heart, Juliet Simms and Bad English. His production has been called "panoramic and cosmic" by Doug Stone of Allmusic regarding his work on Cheap Trick's 1988 album Lap of Luxury. He has been praised for his technical skill and musicianship.
Zito has produced 38 singles that have featured in the charts. He was named Billboard's Producer Of The Year in 1990.
Zito also co-composed the score for the 1986 Japanese anime film Project A-Ko with Joey Carbone.
Notable albums produced
- The Cult - Ceremony
- Poison - Native Tongue
- Mr. Big - Actual Size
- Richie Kotzen - Mother Head's Family Reunion
- Cheap Trick - Lap of Luxury
- Cheap Trick - Busted
- Bad English - Bad English
- Heart - Brigade
- Toni Basil - Toni Basil
- Ratt - Ratt
- White Lion - Mane Attraction
- Animotion - Strange Behavior
- Juliet Simms#Early life
- Richie Zito at All Music Guide
- Ritchie Zito at Zito Artist Development