Richard Burton Cronin

Richard Burton Cronin

American singer and songwriter
Date of Birth: 30.08.1975
Country: USA

Biography of Richard Burton Cronin

Richard Burton Cronin, also known as Richie Cronin, was an American singer and songwriter. He was born and raised in Kingston, Massachusetts, and had a mixed heritage of Irish and Swedish blood. He completed his education in 1993 and attended Bridgewater State College while working at Blockbuster Video.

Richard Burton Cronin

Cronin was the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the pop group 'Lyte Funky Ones' (LFO). The group was initially formed by Cronin and gained recognition under the management of Mike Cronin, his brother and the manager of the pop group 'O-Town'. 'Lyte Funky Ones' began their career in Germany under the guidance of Bertelsmann Music Group and later signed a contract with BMG/Logic Records in the United States.

Richard Burton Cronin

The group was known for their rebellious image, drawing influences from 'The Beastie Boys' and 'New Edition'. They released two singles, 'Sex U Up (The Way You Like It)' and 'Can't Have You', before parting ways with Brian Gillis, one of the group members. Devin 'Harold' Lima joined the band as Gillis' replacement, and soon after, they achieved their first major hit with the song 'Summer Girls'. The success of 'Summer Girls' propelled the group to sign with Arista Records under the direction of Clive Davis.

Richard Burton Cronin

In 2002, 'Lyte Funky Ones' disbanded, and Cronin went on to participate in the VH1 reality show 'Mission: Man Band' in 2007. The show aimed to bring together former boy band members for a musical comeback in Orlando, Florida, but it lasted only a month with eight episodes aired. In 2008, Cronin released his debut solo album, 'Billion Dollar Sound', and made an appearance on 'The Howard Stern Show' in 2009.

Unfortunately, Cronin's career was overshadowed by his health struggles. In March 2005, he was hospitalized for severe headaches and was diagnosed with a form of leukemia. He underwent chemotherapy and went into remission in January 2006. However, his condition deteriorated again in the summer of 2010, and he passed away on September 8, 2010, at the age of 36.

Richard Burton Cronin left behind a legacy as a talented singer and songwriter, known for his contributions to the success of 'Lyte Funky Ones' and his brief solo career. Despite his untimely death, his music continues to be cherished by his fans.

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