The son af a Liverpool cobbler and a London hairdresser, Rick was born the youngest of six children. At an early age Rick showed such talent that nearly every boy in town wanted to play in his bands. His break came as a guitarist in a skiffle rock n roll band called Theodore and the Mentors with fellow future now former Beatcomber Gary Gutfeld, and a tea-chest bass
A native of San Diego, California, Ron's professional experience began as a member of the Hitmakers, playing at such legendary spots as the Masque in Los Angeles. Shortly afterward he enlisted his next-door neighbor Steve Potterf as America's Answer To Brian Jones, and the Crawdaddys were born.
That combo produced two LPs, an EP and a single that are still in print and available on Voxx Records. Crawdaddy alumni includes the late Dan McClain (who became Country Dick Montana of the Beat Farmers), Mojo Nixon (a two week stint is a two week stint!) and Mike Stax, who moved to San Diego from the British Isles just to be a Crawdaddy (Mike later formed the Tell Tale Hearts and the Loons).
Once the Crawdaddys ground to a halt, Ron joined forces with Carl Rusk of the Mystery Machine (see Battle Of The Garages Vol. III, Voxx Records) and Tom Ward of the Gravedigger V to form an outstanding group called The Black Diamonds who somehow effectively cross the Everly Brothers with the Remains. They still play around San Francisco when the mood strikes. Considering all that's spawned from his path, it's possible to credit Mr. Silva with "inventing" San Diego as a pre-B.S. Rock & Roll town.
But we wouldn't want to blame him for that.
Electric Rythm Guitar/Vocal
Glenn got tired of the Amish and gave Philly the finger, stuck out his thumb on interstate 80 and headed west until he ran out of road. That landed him in San Francisco where hooked up with Ron Silva in March of 98 to form The Berkeley Squires. That band came to an abrupt halt when they let a girl into the ranks, displacing all their testosterone and leaving flacid and deflated egos.
Electric Bass Guitar/Vocal