Richard Marc “Rick” Dufay was born on February 19, 1952 and he is a guitarist who played in Aerosmith in the period after Brad Whitford left the band in 1980 up to his return in 1984.
Dufay was born in Paris, France. Before joining Aerosmith, Dufay released an album called Tender Loving Abuse,produced by Aerosmith producer Jack Douglas. It was Douglas who recommended Dufay to Steven Tyler as Whitford’s replacement.Dufay can be heard on parts of Aerosmith’s 1982 album Rock in a Hard Place as well being seen in the video for “Lightning Strikes”.
Dufay was apparently a stabilizing force for the band on the road, describing himself in Behind The Music: Aerosmith as caring for Tyler during his lowest points of addiction and depression, and suggesting to Tyler that he reunite with Whitford and Joe Perry. Perry thanked Dufay for “committing career suicide” during Aerosmith’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech in 2001.
Since leaving Aerosmith, Dufay’s projects have included the band Blue By Nature featuring vocalist Karen Lawrence. His daughter is actress Minka Kelly.
Following his time in Aerosmith, Crespo played on releases by Stress and spent several years with Adam Bomb, a Geffen Records-signed band. His work with Stress is documented in the bonus tracks added to the CD reissue of Killing Me Night & Day on Deep Shag Records. Crespo contributed guitar to the Adam Bomb album “Fatal Attraction” (Geffen 1985) before settling in Los Angeles with new wife Cynthia.
Crespo joined bassist Danny Sheridan and Bonnie Bramlett in their new band Bandaloo Doctors from 1987 to 1992 and returned to session work as well as touring and recording with Billy Squier for several years. From 1994-1996, Crespo was part of Rod Stewart’s live band as lead guitarist.
Continuing to play as a studio musician, Crespo has also performed at some of Las Vegas’ biggest casinos, whilst also engineering a rock amplifier simulator (“Rock Amp Legends by Jimmy Crespo”) for Nomad Factory.He is working on a new album The Jimmy Crespo Project. wit Crespo performs with the The HitMen All Stars featuring former members of Aerosmith, Boston, Dire Straits, Journey, Fleetwood Mac & Night Ranger.
In August 2012 Crespo is performing with Las Vegas’ critically acclaimed rock band the “Sin City Sinners” featuring Crespo and Brent Muscat(Faster Pussycats) on lead guitars & vocals, Todd Kearns (Slash) lead vocals and guitar, Zach Throne vocals and bass and Rob Cournoyer drums. You can see them at the Zebra room in the Palazzo Hotel, The Hard Rock Vinyl Room.
Crespo has been married to Cynthia since 1985 and has three children: Cristina Ann, Jason, and Jarrid Crespo.