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.
Jimmy Crespo ,born July 5, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York is an American guitarist. He was the lead guitarist & member for the hard rock band Aerosmith from 1979 until 1984.Crespo co-wrote Rock in a Hard Place with Steven Tyler. Crespo has also performed or recorded with Rod Stewart, Billy Squier, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks, Robert Fleischman, Rough Cutt, Renegade, Flame and others.
Crespo was born in Brooklyn and raised by Puerto Rican-American parents (Jaime & Carmen) within a musical family and has one brother John Crespo. Crespo first took up the guitar at age 14. He joined his first band, The Knomes, shortly afterwards. During his teenage years he became an accomplished guitarist, drawing on the stylings of such artists as The Yardbirds, Cream, The Beatles, andJimi Hendrix. Forming the New York club band Anaconda, Crespo drew the attention of industry figures, leading to session work with a number of high profile artists such as Meat Loaf and Stevie Nicks before he was recruited as lead guitarist and songwriter by producer Jimmy Iovine for the major label RCA-signed band “Flame”, who was fronted by the powerful lead vocalist Marge Raymond. Flame released two albums: their debut in 1977 Queen of the Neighborhood and in 1978 their second album entitled “Flame”.
Ray Tabano (aka Crazy Raymond) (born December 23, 1946 in The Bronx, New York, U.S.) is a musician and former Aerosmith rhythm guitarist. Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford in 1971.
In addition to his original work with the band, he helped maintain the band’s office, hangout, and recording studio, “The Wherehouse”, throughout the 1970s. He started the band’s fan club and line of merchandise, designing and selling merchandise himself and writing the band’s fan club newsletters. He was fired in 1979, by Aerosmith‘s managers Steve Leber and David Krebs.
Tabano was a childhood friend of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler in their hometown of Yonkers, New York. They would eventually form into Steven’s first band, The Strangeurs.
Originally called the Strangers, the Strangeurs added a “u” to their name to avoid confusion with another band called the Strangers. The band consisted of Ray Tabano on bass guitar, Steven Tyler on drums, Green Mountain Boys member Don Soloman on keyboards and vocals, as well as a few childhood friends on guitars. The Strangeurs played in the local area as a cover band. The band focused on Top 40 hits and earned a steady wage as a party band around the New England area.