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Richard Burton Cronin (born August 30, 1974 – September 8, 2010), known simply as Rich Cronin , was an American singer and songwriter , famous for being the lead singer and writer of some songs of the American pop trio LFO (Lyte Funky Ones). In June 2009, LFO met and Rich returned to the stage.
On September 8, 2010, Rich Cronin died of leukemia at 36 years of age.
Rich Cronin was born in Boston, Massachusetts where he lived his childhood in the West Roxbury neighborhood but he and his family moved to Kingston, Massachusetts (near Boston) where he lived as a teenager. He attended a Catholic high school, the Sacred Heart High School and graduated from it in 1993. At the age of 15, Cronin began writing instrumental music songs. Inspired by artists like Run DMC and Rick Slick, New Edition and New Kids on the Block, Cronin began to get into the world of music. At the age of 16, Rich met a local Boston producer named Markie B, who introduced him to the music studio. In 1995, Markie B introduced Rich to Brian Gillis in New Bedford, Massachusetts, a boy from Dorchester who is also known as “Brizz.” They later met Brad Fischetti and formed a musical trio called “Lyte Funky Ones”.
In 1996 the 3 boys recorded a demo album and traveled to Orlando, Florida to show it to Lou Pearlman. Lyte Funky Ones signed a contract with Pearlman’s Trans Continental Records. Rich with LFO traveled to Europe where they released 2 singles in 1997 and 1998, a single was a cover of a song by the Bee Gees called “Can not Have You” reaching # 54 on the UK charts losing the “top 40 “from the list of singles from the United Kingdom and the other single called” Sex U Up (The Way You Like It) “did not rank on the lists.
In 1999, Brian Gillis left the band for the fata of success, before this, Rich and Brad did not surrender and returned to the United States, where they replaced Brian with Harold “Devin” Lima. Rich and the boys wrote and recorded a song called “Summer Girls” in the basement of Danny Wood’s studio under the production of Dow Brain and Brad Young of Underground Productions. After they gave a demo copy to Logic Records, the song was leaked on a radio station and immediately the lives of Rich, Brad and Devin changed forever. Summer Girls reached # 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and # 1 on the Hot 100 Single Sales list for six weeks (more than two million in sales). Lyte Funky Ones released their first studio album in 1999, entitled LFO, which sold more than 2.5 million copies. The second single from the album, Girl On TV reached # 10 on the Hot 100 charts.
In 2000, Rich started dating Jennifer Love Hewitt. Their relationship became public a few weeks after having started in the magazine “Teen People” but their engagement came to an end a few months later because of an alleged infidelity on the part of Jennifer. In that same year, Rich was on tour with LFO without stopping arriving to have 230 concerts in a single year. They also found success in the UK with their second single Girl On TV hit # 6 on their charts. LFO won the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for the favorite group of the year. Play Along Toys made dolls of Rich, Devin and Brad in 2001.
In 2001, Rich and LFO released their second studio album entitled, Life is Good. All the songs on the album were written by Cronin. The album was a failure compared to LFO selling as much as 500,000 copies. The single Every Other Time came to # 44 on the Hot 100 charts. The popularity of the pop trio began to fall. In March 2002, Rich left LFO to try new projects, thus reaching the end of the trio. LFO sold more than 4 million albums and more than 3 million singles.
After LFO (2003-Present)
Rich, Brad and Devin dissolved the trio to pursue other interests, putting the LFO in a prolonged temporary pause indefinitely. Part of the temporary LFO pause is that Brad and Devin did not want Lyte Funky Ones to have a “boy band” image. In an attempt to make a band that was not seen as a boy band, Rich Cronin formed “Bad Mood Mike” in 2003. The project failed, as they never made an album and the band came to an end a few months after they had formed. Rich has been writing and producing. He has collaborated writing for O-Town, Aaron Carter, Jordan Knight, Brooke Hogan and others. More recently, Nicole Richie and The Jonas Brothers have covered songs written by Rich.
In 2005, Cronin was ready to start his solo career, but after suffering several headaches he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, after that, he left Orlando, Florida to return to live in Boston, Massachusetts. After a year of treatments and therapies, Cronin received a bone marrow transplant that saved his life. In 2006, Rich Cronin met with his friend Doug Ray “Toothpick” to form “Loose Cannons” and recorded Life Goes On, the debut album of the duo.
In 2007, Rich Cronin was part of the cast of the television series broadcast by VH1, Mission: Man Band. Rich participated in that reality with pop stars of the past like Chris Kirkpatrick of ‘N Sync, Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees and Bryan Abrams of Color Me Badd. The 4, traveled to Orlando, Florida to make music once more. They recorded 4 songs (“Work That Out”, “Withoutcha” and “Story of My Life”) with producer Brian Michael Cox and with Katie McNeil as their representative. The quartet was renamed “Sureshot” and made a presentation in the middle of a basketball game, but they were booed. The series consisted of 8 episodes that are still broadcast internationally.
In 2008, Rich Cronin founded Orange Freeze Entertainment Corp, a corporation specialized in areas of artistic development, recordings, productions, advertising and distribution. Rich completed and released his first solo album on May 16, 2008, entitled “Billion Dollar Sound.” The album is now available on iTunes and on amazon.com
On January 21, 2009, Rich appeared on the Howard Stern show where he commented on his music career, his business with agent Lou Pearlman, his fight against leukemia and his previous romantic relationship with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt. .
LFO Meeting (2009)
In June 2009, LFO returned from its temporary break for a concert tour of the United States, and began the tour of 11 concerts on July 9. However, in September the LFO members announced that they would split again due to a disagreement between Rich and Devin and Brad.
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