Ricci Martin, Desi Arnaz Jr. and Billy Hinsche are old friends, having grown up together in Beverly Hills, California. Their common bond is the music they make. Ricci, Desi & Billy is their newly formed musical group featuring original material as well as the songs of 60's musical teen sensation Dino, Desi & Billy (Desi & Billy's former group). Though this is a new configuration of the original band, the last names remain the same - Martin, Arnaz and Hinsche.
The idea for this group came at a recent benefit for the late Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, which was held at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on October 18th, 1998. Desi and Billy performed a song which Desi had written called "My Old friend" in honor of their friend and partner Dean Paul Martin (Dino) who died in a plane crash while flying for the California National Guard in 1987. Ricci performed his hit single, "Stop, Look Around" from his critically acclaimed album "Beached", co-produced by Carl Wilson and Billy Hinsche. There was such a powerful, magical feeling that night, that Ricci, Desi and Billy decided to form a trio.
Ricci, Desi and Billy performed their first show at the 1999 Calamigos event in Malibu, CA to benefit The Carl Wilson Foundation. They have also performed at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas and produced a CD from that show called Live in Vegas. In May 2001 and May 2002 the band performed at Desi's theatre in Boulder City NV where their newest CD was recorded - Live from Boulder City. They also performed at the Sunset Station Hotel in Henderson NV for a private party.
Ricci Martin is Dean Martin's youngest son who has recorded as a solo artist for Epic Records, starred with Lisa Hartman in the movie "Maui", has been a television vee-jay and is a successful record producer. Ricci is also the owner of the River Ranch Recording Studio in Kamas, Utah. He is the piano player and vocalist for Ricci, Desi & Billy.
Let's go back 35 years when Dino, Desi & Billy began their recording career in 1965. Their first hit was "I'm a Fool". All three were adept at their respective instruments at an early age. Growing more proficient in their talents, they began writing or co-writing and producing their own songs. Billy played lead guitar; Dino, son of Dean Martin, played bass and Desi played drums. Desi is the son of the most famous TV icons in the world - Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz (I Love Lucy).
Desi has starred in many television shows, plays and movies, including The Mambo Kings, in which he portrayed his father. He and his wife, Amy, own and operate the non-profit Boulder City Ballet Company which stages a variety of musical and community productions. Visit them at www.MissAmys.com. In 1999 Desi purchased the Historic Boulder Theatre in Boulder City NV and is currently renovating it from a movie theatre into a live performing theatre. The theatre was built in 1931 when construction began on Hoover Dam and seats 400. The theatre is home to the ballet company and also to Ricci, Desi & Billy.