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David Ritz

David Ritz is an award-winning music writer. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Lady Sings the Blues the 50th Anniversary Edition
Written by Billie Holiday and William Dufty, Foreword by David Ritz
Three Rivers Press | Trade Paperback | July 2006
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-7679-2386-6 (0-7679-2386-3)

Lady Sings the Blues is the fiercely honest, no-holds-barred autobiography of Billie Holiday, the legendary jazz, swing, and standards singing sensation. Taking the reader on a fast-moving journey from Holiday’s rough-and-tumble Baltimore childhood (where she ran errands at a whorehouse in exchange for the chance to listen to Louis Armstrong and... Read more






Love Tornado
Written by Mable John and David Ritz
Broadway Books | Trade Paperback | June 2008
$19.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-7679-2167-1 (0-7679-2167-4)

Pastor Albertina Merci, the former blues singer turned minister, juggles rap, romance, family, and faith in the third book in this delightful series.

The unexpected arrival of fifteen-year-old rapper J Love hits Pastor Merci with the force of a whirlwind. When J’s mother is killed in a tragic bus accident, Albertina is...

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Sanctified Blues
Written by Mable John and David Ritz
Broadway Books | Trade Paperback | June 2006
$19.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-7679-2165-7 (0-7679-2165-8)

Albertina Merci, a talented R&B singer, toured with Ray Charles, James Brown, and Wilson Pickett—until the fateful night her voice gave out in front of a sold-out crowd. Encouraged by her fans, she offered a little speech in praise of Jesus instead of a song. Her spontaneous words became the seed... Read more






Stay Out of the Kitchen!
Written by Mable John and David Ritz
Broadway Books | Trade Paperback | June 2007
$15.00/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-7679-2166-4 (0-7679-2166-6)

Albertina Merci is back in this delightful second book featuring everyone’s favorite blues singer turned evangelist!

After Albertina’s dear friend Mr. Mario, the owner of Mr. Mario’s Downhome Café, has a heart attack and then loses his wife to diabetes, he decides that his lifetime love of soul food is over for...

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Journey of a Thousand Miles
Written by Lang Lang and David Ritz
Spiegel & Grau | Trade Paperback | September 2009
$16.00/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-52457-5 (0-385-52457-9)

“Number One” was a phrase my father—and, for that matter, my mother—repeated time and time again. It was a phrase spoken by my parents’ friends and by their friends’ children. Whenever adults discussed the great Chinese painters and sculptors from the ancient dynasties, there was always a single artist named as... Read more






We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives
Written by Paul Shaffer and David Ritz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2010
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-7679-2886-1 (0-7679-2886-5)

Paul Shaffer—born and bred music junkie and longtime leader of David Letterman’s Late Show band—opens up in this candid, endearing, hilarious, and star-studded memoir.  From playing seedy strip joints in Toronto, to being the first musical director of Saturday Night Live and helping to form the Blues Brothers, to being onstage... Read more





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