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"My first album release was "ZUIDER ZEE", in 1975 on CBS, Columbia Records. In 1978 I wrote and produced a single for Mercury Records called "Fold Out Girl". In 1979 DJM Records released a single in Europe only entitled "Supernatural" bw/"Long Distance Love." I would later reform as "Richard Orange and Zee." Then another personnel change took place that led to our being named simply "ZEE".


Note: Zuider Zee - original line up - John Bonar; Robert Hall; Kim Foreman; Richard Orange.

I moved to England in 1984, and lived in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. I wrote extensively during this period, and it was during this time that I conceived "Hole In my heart" (All The Way To China) I wrote it in the bathtub, essentially, thinking of childhood imagery of how, if one began digging a hole in the U.S., hypothetically, one would come out on the other side in China. This is depicted in the Video for "Hole In My Heart" via a "Chinese manhole."

While in England I also penned "Other Peoples Houses", also published by Dick James Music Ltd. (Elton John, Lennon/Mcartney's original publishing company).

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Richard Orange


Richard Orange

"I was very humbled to be amongst such brilliant songwriters."

 


deborah BlandoA version of "Other Peoples Houses" was recorded by Deborah Blando, a lovely Portuguese singer from Brazil. The song is sung in English. Deborah was reportedly discovered by Cyndi Lauper and her then manager/boyfriend Dave Wolff while they were on a small tour of Brazil. "Houses" is produced by renowned producer E.T. Thorngren and appears on Deborah's debut Epic/CBS album "A Different Story". Dave Wolff, is listed as executive producer.

After returning to the states, I worked on another project with songwriter Parker Magee("Really Love To See You Tonight", "Nights Are Forever"), and I also sang on an audio book project of "The Time Machine" narrated by British actor Michael York. Another "cover" was done by Memphis artist Jimmy Davis, entitled "Over The Top" originally written for the Sly Stallone film of the same name, and slated to be recorded by ZZ Top.

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Jimmy Davis got the song instead, when he was signed by the now infamous QMI Record label, begun by the originators of MTV. The song was a minor hit in Germany and still receives fairly regular airplay there and in surrounding areas. I would return to England in the early 90's in support of a single release there on A.I.R./EMI records "One Wrong Move", at which time I toured and did personal appearances on a limited basis in the U.K.


Dale Bozzio Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons fame, ("Walking In L.A.", "Words", "Destinations unknown" etc...) is reported to have began work in Los Angeles on another Orange song, "Ocean of Emotion"


Time spent with Cyndi Lauper is fondly remembered. Richard & Cyndi spent time writing the track 'Paper Heart' whilst staying at the Mayflower hotel accross from John Lennon's "Strawberry Fields" on CentralPark West.


I would state my favorite influences to be those of what I consider to be the great pop songwriters, Lennon/McCartney, David Bowie, XTC, Sting, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Adrian Belew, Todd Rundgren, Claude' Debussey, and many more of the early and mid-80's British artist.
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rOrange.

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