Richard Gibbs

Richard “Ribbs” Gibbs (born in 1955 in Bay Village, Ohio) is an American film composer and music producer, most notable for his film work in Dr. Dolittle, Big Momma's House, The Book of Stars, Queen of the Damned and television work in the Battlestar Galactica re-imaged series.

Early life

Gibbs was raised in Wooster, Ohio and Daytona Beach, Florida. A spelling champ and National Merit finalist, he skipped his senior year of high school to attend the local community college, where he earned an AA degree in one year. He then went on to matriculate with a degree in classical composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Musical career

Gibbs was the keyboard player for the New Wave band Oingo Boingo from 1980 to 1984. He was also a session player, performing on over 150 albums for artists as diverse as War, Tom Waits, Robert Palmer, and Aretha Franklin. He also started with Michael Jochum the band Zuma II, which had an eponymously titled record released by Pasha/CBS Records. He has appeared live with Korn, The Staples, Chaka Khan, and Oingo Boingo.

Like his former bandmate Danny Elfman, Gibbs has embarked on a life of scoring movies and television shows. He has written the scores for over fifty films (Dr. Dolittle, Step Into Liquid, Say Anything and Queen of the Damned, among others) and acted as musical director and composer for various television shows, including Muppets Tonight!, The Simpsons, and Battlestar Galactica.

His critically well-received collaboration with Jonathan Davis (lead singer of Korn) on the songs and score for Queen of the Damned led to a gold record.

Gibbs produced the second full length record for the Warner Bros. Records band Eisley, "Combinations." Pre-production took place in Tyler, TX, home of the band, and tracking took place in Malibu in his studio The Woodshed in mid-September of 2006. The record was released on August 14, 2007. He also found the time to serve as music director and arranger for Korn's appearance on MTV Unplugged, broadcasted in February 2007. He produced the record of that event, which arrived in February as well.

At this time Richard is composing the score for Renny Harlin's mystery/thriller "Cleaner", starring Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes, and Keke Palmer.


He moved to California in the 1970s. He and his wife Linda had three children: Keegan, Riley, and Katelin. They are all avid surfers.

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