This is one of the many songs produced by Roy Ayers, another reason why he transcends many other musicians. There are at least a couple of other records with Rick Holmes’ narration, he had a few with the late Cannonball Adderly. When researching more about Rick Holmes, was a Late Night DJ/On-Air Personality for Los Angeles radio station KJLH in the early 80’s and previous to that, he was on KABC and KACE. He had an affinity towards astrology, which is proven in his record with Cannonball Adderly called “Love, Sex, and the Zodiac”.
Remember to Remember is a “roll call” to many historical and current (at that time) figures who deserve recognition. He even shouts himself out, as well as Roy Ayers. The intro to this song is personally one of my favorite intros to a Roy Ayers song.
I personally asked Roy Ayers about Rick Holmes, and he definitely recalled this specific record. He told a story about Rick Holmes, about how he was once fired from his radio position. He mentioned how Rick Holmes smoked a lot of weed, and one night, while playing Miles Davis, he got on air in mid song and said “Miles Davis is a BAAAAD Muthafucka”. He was fired on the spot. This is all according to Roy Ayers himself.
Please enjoy this cut, as it is Roy Ayers at his finest.
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Rick Holmes – Remember to Remember
Rick Holmes – To The Unknowledgeable Ones