Oral History Information
Job TitleMusician, Percussionist
Emil Richards played a significant role in the expanded use and knowledge of world percussion instruments. Through his recordings and work for TV and the movies, Emil was known for adding splashes of new sounds and flavors to many of the nearly 2,000 films including authentic Russian instruments for “Doctor Zhivago” (1965). Emil also played a large role in the development of the PAS museum, which now includes several rare percussive instruments he has donated for display.