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Richard was born on 17/1/1967 in Sheffield UK to Dave and Lyn Hawley. Dave had been a well known Sheffield musician in the 1960’s playing guitar for his own Dave Hawley Combo and The Black Cats, as well as numerous others. He would often put ‘pick up’ bands together for touring US musicians and would end up playing with the fearsome talents of people like Little Walter or John Lee Hooker. Lyn was also a singer on the club circuit with her sister Jean White. They sang (amongst others) Everly Brothers covers or rock n roll hits of the day. Meanwhile Richards uncle Frank White was carving out a name for himself locally as one of the best guitarists the city had seen, along with Dave. Frank is remembered for his twin necked guitar which he had long before Jimmy Page became synonymous with the instrument in Led Zeppelin.