Happy birthday, Richard! Although you were born in New Haven, Connecticut, you will always be a Downey, California boy to me. Along with your rocking drummer/angelic voiced singer, Karen, you gave the world some of its most beautiful music. I want the world to know that, although Karen was the face of your unique brother/sister duo, it was you that produced and arranged so many of those fantastic recordings. You studied music at California State University, Long Beach, which I still consider a part of my ‘hood. You and Snoop Dogg are homies, of the highest order. Whenever I hear wonderful songs you composed, such as “Goodbye to Love,” “Top of the World,” “Only Yesterday” and especially “Yesterday Once More,” a little bit of my childhood comes back to me in vivid color. I fondly recall those days when my Panasonic radio was my best friend and 93-KHJ was my favorite station. Put another candle on the birthday cake, Richard!