Sometimes there’s a period of a band’s lifespan where certain members come and go. It does depend on the band though. Some bands keep their lineup as is for their entire career. While others just lose members but don’t replace them with anybody else. I have seen a lot more of the latter happen than the former. Though I guess The Beatles sort of fit the former since they decided to just disband. But it’s definitely a lot more common that they just replace whoever leaves with another person who plays that instruments. Sometimes, it could even be the vocalist.
It’s always interesting to see which of the members in the original lineup have managed to stay with the band for however many years that the band is active. I find it insane that there are still bands who are still playing shows even when their band is almost half a century old. It’s amazing to see how committed certain bands are with that sort of thing. It’s hard to find longevity in the music industry because you are bound to get tired of it.
You may have noticed that I have been mostly vague when it comes to talking about bands. If you have a keen eye, you’ll definitely notice that the only band that I have mentioned so far are The Beatles. And this article isn’t even about them. But they were a good example of band that disbanded instead of having somebody replace either John, George, Paul or Ringo. When you have a band that’s that iconic, it’s hard to imagine being the person to replace them. But it applies to all bands, to be honest.
As I write more and more about different artists and bands, I have sort of found a bit of a throughline when it comes to their journey towards a career and music. And that throughline is them growing up either playing or listening to music. It’s surprisingly common that somebody grew up with either playing an instrument or listening to whatever song was playing on the radio. Parents are often cited as one of the influences that these artists often mention in interview. It makes sense though. Our parents are often the ones who introduce use to the things that they like with the goal of possibly getting their kids to like it as well.
In the case of Ralph Rieckermann, he grew up with an interest for music. It seems that his parents nurtured that interest of his by signing him up for private classes. His parents to have spared no expense for their child’s budding talents. Ralph was able to learn how to play the electric bass, guitar, drums and percussion. It’s amazing how much his parent were willing to spend just so that their child could learn how to play instruments. And especially with some very well-accomplished tutors.
Ralph seems that continued to study playing instruments. By the time he was 16, he decided to take up classes for piano and upright bass. He eventually went on to study in a prestigious music conservatory in Germany for four years. His education there helped him learn how to compose and perform music in a variety of genres and styles. The more I read about the biography I could, the more I am amazed by his skill and talent for music.
So when it came the time for the band Scorpion to find a replacement for their bass player, Ralph was there to take over. He spent a decade as the bassist for the band before leaving to do his own thing. Looking at the timeline of each of the current and former members of the band. There have been a lot of changes throughout the 50+ years that the band has been active.
During his time with Scorpion, he also received the opportunity compose the score for the film Lancelot. Since then, Ralph pursued composing music scores for film and television. He also dabbled in some other aspects in a production including directing. He still has gotten steady work over the past thirty years that he has been working in the industry. It no wonder that Ralph Rieckermann has achieved a net worth of $13,000,000.