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Rich La Bonté (1946) is an American musician, writer, editor. Rich was a musician from his early teens. He was lead singer of the upstate New York band the huns (1965-66).
In the early 1970s, La Bonté also played bass and sang in the original cast productions of the musical Godspell in New York and Los Angeles. He appears as a player and performer on the Grammy Award-winning, Platinum-selling Godspell Original Cast Album and the Godspell Motion Picture Soundtrack Album. He was involved with the recent crowd-funded Broadway revival of Godspell (2012).
In late 20th Century Los Angeles, Rich created fLAtDiSk SoftWorks (1977) as a freeware company. At that time fLAtDiSk was the home of fLAtDiSk Fanzine (a Xeroxed music rag from 1976-1983) and fLAtDiSk Records (1970 - 1981, a vinyl subsidiary of Dave Gibson's Moxie Record Company.) fLAtDiSk Records had several obscure 20th Century releases, the most notable being the Kim Fowley Jr.: Son of Frankenstein LP (1981), which La Bonté co-wrote and co-produced with legendary record producer Kim Fowley for Moxie. The record spawned the frequently rediscovered college radio hit Invasion of the Polaroid People and was re-released in Europe by Lolita Records on vinyl and later on the 1995 Marilyn Records CD as Kim Fowley’s Bad News from the Underworld.
La Bonté released the classic R. Stevie Moore red vinyl single New Wave in 1979 for Moore on a Moxie offshoot (CMI Records with La Bonté's then-partner Shari Famous.) Decades later, Rich contributed musically to R. Stevie Moore & Company's 2009 CD Coo Coo Rockin' Time, which is also part of a 4-CD David Fair (Half-Japanese) Coo Coo Rockin' Time box set from Thick Syrup Records featuring 5 other bands and the original 1990 David Fair CD.
Rich continues to compose and release free music and video to the web via fLAtDiSk NeTWoRk sites, ReverbNation, Facebook, YouTube, etc. He currently offers over 100 original tracks available as free MP3 downloads on his Absolutely Free Music site.
Rich's 2010 CD, This Is Rock and Roll, features recent material with an accent on vocals. His 2011 CD, Closet Frequencies and other electronic stuff that sounds good to me, is a collection of 22 electronic instrumental pieces. His 2012 release, If You Didn't Like The Last One You Won't Like This One Either, is, according to listeners on ReverbNation, "Weird stuff all over the map. Sometimes Beatles on LSD, sometimes powerpop" and "...a great experience and something new with every tune... all of it a must have."
The 2014 FLAtRich CD, Tin Dreams and Broken Hearts Vol. 2, contains 18 recent selections ranging from orchestrated electronics to vocal tracks. Scruffy the Flea said: "DEFINITELY music for the LIVING! Bright, thoughtful, full of pulsing and life and butterscotch. Wonderful!" See more reviews at www.flatrich.com