Richard Niles is an American composer, arranger, producer, guitarist, broadcaster and journalist. He is living in London since 1975. Because of his extensive work across many genres Sound on Sound magazine referred to him as "one of the most versatile men in modern music".
Niles was born May 28, 1951 in Hollywood. His father was Tony Romano, a composer, singer and guitarist who worked with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Ray Heindorf, Joe Venuti and Cole Porter. His stepfather Jesse Lasky Jr. was a poet and playwright who wrote more than 60 Hollywood films (inc. The Ten Commandments). His mother, Pat Silver-Lasky writes films, books, plays, and lectures in screenwriting. Niles moved to London as a child in 1962 and later toured Britain with his band Pure Wings in 1969-1971.
In 1975 Niles received a Degree in Composition from Boston’s Berklee College of Music where he studied with jazz greats Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Michael Gibbs and Herb Pomeroy.