Turley Richards (born Richard Turley June 12, 1941 in Charleston, West Virginia) is an American singer and guitarist.
Richards was blinded in the left eye at the age of four in an archery accident, and lost sight in the right eye as well some years later. He first began playing in a group called The Five Pearls while still a teen in the 1950s. His first appearance on record was a single titled “All About Ann”, released on Cincinnati, Ohio label Fraternity Records.
He moved to Los Angeles with an ensemble in the early 1960s, but his band failed and he returned to West Virginia. Later in the 1960s he moved to New York. He played the uptown East Side local Bar’s (Malachy’s II) (72nd & Lexington) and eventually found success in New York. He released his debut album on Warner Bros. Records in 1970. He scored two minor hit singles in the US in the early 1970s. Further releases followed later in the decade, as did a third hit in 1980.
Richards made the first recording of Tom Snow and Nan O’Byrne’s “You Might Need Somebody”, which was subsequently a UK hit twice, reaching number 11 hit for Randy Crawford in 1981 and number 4 for Shola Ama in 1997
1 Beautiful Country (Turley Richards) 3:17
2 Child of Mine (Carole King, Gery Goffin) 3:18
3 Stoned on Love (Turley Richards) 4:23
4 Place for my Mind (Turley Richards) 3:23
5 Nightmare (Turley Richards) 3:32
6 The Last Day (Turley Richards) 2:44
7 Train Back to Mama (Turley Richards) 3:28
8 It’s all Over Now Baby Blue (Bob Dylan) 3:41
9 Virginia Woman (Turley Richards) 4:35
10 My World is Empty Without You (Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Lamont Dozier) 5:08
Producer – Paul Harris
Producer – Lewis Merenstein (Tracks 5, 10)
Arranged By – George Butcher (Track 5)
Arranged By – Turley Richards (Tracks 9, 10)
Art Direction – Ed Thrasher
Artwork (Cover) – Marty Gunsaullus
Mastered At – Artisan Sound Recorders
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.