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A Conversation with David Ritz

Thursday, October 13, 2022
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. CST

The Secret to Writing


David Ritz, co-composer of “Sexual Healing,” has written definitive biographies of Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin. He has ghost-written memoirs with, among others, Lenny Kravitz, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Don Rickles, the Neville Brothers, Janet Jackson, Rick James, Kevin Garnett and Val Kilmer. His novels include “Blue Notes Under a Green Felt Hat.” He’s currently working on a new project with Snoop Dogg.

Educational Background of David Ritz:

Bachelor of Arts with High Honors
Phi Beta Kappa
University of Texas at Austin

Master of Arts with High Honors
State University of New York at Buffalo

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April 20, 2015 C-Span David Ritz Interview

Selected Works by David Ritz

Divided Soul:
the Life of Marvin Gaye

Death of a King: the Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year

Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

Brother Ray
Ray Charles’ Own Story

Blues All Around Me:
The Autobiography of B. B. King

KG: A to Z: An Uncensored Encyclopedia of Life, Basketball, and Everything in Between

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