Ryszard Riedel

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Ryszard Henryk Riedel (September 7, 1956 in Chorzów - July 30, 1994 in Chorzów) – was the original lead singer of blues-rock band Dżem (Polish for 'jam'). He is often regarded as one of the most popular and well known vocalist of Polish music along with occasional collaborator Czesław Niemen. Today the remembering of his history turned to the festival in Tychy.


Ryszard Riedel was born on the 7th September, 1956 in Chorzów. He was a second offspring of Krystyna and Jan (his sister Małgorzata is one year older)He finished his education after the 7th grade of primary school. He has never attended any singing course, he was a self - taught. He`s wide music influences during that time were bands like Free(Paul Rodgers itself as Riedel`s favourite vocalist),later Bad Company,Cream,The Allman Brothers Band and The Doors . In December 1973 at the age of 17 he joined Dżem. In his initial years he was instrumental in keeping the band together. At the beginning of his career he was asked to join Kombi, but he turned down the offer.His lyrics contained many autobiographical elements.Throughout his carrier he collaborated with many Polish artists such as: Rysiek Skibiński, Leszek Winder, Józef Skrzek, Nocna Zmiana Bluesa.In the subsequent years he became a heavy drug user (mainly heroin) which led to numerous arguments within the band.He led a life of an outsider, ignored rehearsals and even his own concerts.Despite his deteriorating condition the band continued...
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