In a career that spans over 4 decades,
Encouraged by his parents in a family with no prior musical or showbiz experience, he formed his first band, "Ricky & Tightrope", in 1975.
The novelty of an 11-year-old performing 50's Rock N Roll music and his tribute to Elvis made him a hit with nightclub and TV audiences around the southeast.
Ricky's show caught the eye of
"Peppermint Twist" singer, Joey Dee (of Joey Dee & The Starlighters fame). Dee's hit song was featured on the movie soundtrack that inspired Ricky to sing the oldies. Ricky began to appear as a "special guest" with Joey Dee And The Starlighters in nightclub appearances throughout Florida, and later that year Dee put Ricky on the bill for a 1950's Rock N Roll Revival show that he was promoting.
Billed as "Slick Rick - 11 Year Old Singing Sensation", Ricky found himself performing along side and hanging out backstage with Rock N Roll legends including Bo Diddley. It was a dream come true for a kid who was deeply entrenched in 1950's Rock N Roll music!
With the addition of his brother Bobby to the act, Dad now acting as manager/road crew, and Mom as the seamstress/follow spot operator, Ricky and his family spent weekends performing at the many military clubs and bases around Florida in the mid 70's.