When my dad said, “Lucy or Little Desi wants you to come over for the weekend” I would always be kind of dragging my feet and complaining and crying, “I don’t want to go! Desi (Jr.) considered him his best friend and was responsible for teaching him the drums. He grew very close to Desi Arnaz Jr. and they remain friends to this day. Keith Thibodeaux (born December 1, 1950), also known as Richard Keith, is an American former child actor and musician, best known for playing Little Ricky on the television sitcoms I Love Lucy and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.He was billed as Richard Keith because his Cajun French last name, "Thibodeaux", was considered too difficult to pronounce by producer Desi Arnaz. , After his parents separated, Keith, his mother, and siblings moved back to Lafayette, Louisiana. I went to Desi Jr.’s wedding to Linda Purl [in 1980] and I was at Desi’s funeral and Lucy was there. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The show didn’t film 12 months out of the year so I had time off … and during that time I would go to a normal school, a parochial school called St. Victor’s right off Sunset Strip in West Hollywood from grades 1-4. Eventually Desi Arnaz himself came over and started jamming with me on the drums and then he kind of stood up and said 'Well, I think we found Little Ricky. He witnessed to the band leader, David Huff, and the other members, who later converted. I had kind of divided life, a schizophrenic life. CBS’ annual colorized “I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” which airs this Friday (8-9 p.m.), includes “The Christmas Episode,” originally telecast Dec. 24, 1956. When he died [in 1986] I really took his death harder than anyone else’s. He is in all of our home movies and photographs growing up and was a great kid, and still is.". We’d go to Disneyland and of course go to the front of the line with Lucy and people would look at Lucy and say, “Wow, there’s Lucy and Little Ricky!” People always confused me and Desi Jr. Do you watch “I Love Lucy” if you come across it? The couple moved briefly to Southern California in 1977 where he was asked to join the pop band Starbuck famous for the late 70s hit "Moonlight Feels Right". We've received your submission. CBS’ annual colorized “I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” which airs this Friday (8-9 p.m.), includes “The Christmas Episode,” originally telecast Dec. 24, 1956. ballet company in Mississippi with his wife, Kathy, played Little Ricky on “I Love Lucy” and “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour” (when he was billed as Richard Keith). Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Keith Thibodeaux, ... Obviously we were in different worlds geographically and otherwise, but we did stay in touch. His father took him to audition for the part of Little Ricky in 1955, "I walked on the set and there was Lucy, she was standing there and she was looking at me," he said. 192,141, This story has been shared 107,877 times. , "Little Ricky" redirects here. 105,706, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved My daughter was a real big fan when she was younger — she’s married now and we have a grandson. I was short, so I was glad I was fast because nobody could catch me. He graduated from Lafayette High School where he continued to play drums in rock and rhythm and blues bands. He is the last living regular appearing cast member from I Love Lucy. The group recorded in its early years with Capitol Records, Fame Records, and Crazy Horse Records, primarily touring throughout the South, and enjoyed a few regional hits which were recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and were well known in the Northern Soul music scene in England. I want to be with my friends!” To me that was real life and [going to their house] was not the real life, but I always enjoyed my time over there once I got there. We’d go to Disneyland and of course go to the front of the line with Lucy and people would look at Lucy and say, “Wow, there’s Lucy and Little Ricky!” People always confused me and Desi Jr.  The band released nearly ten albums in the 1980s and 1990s for CBS Priority Records (Epic Records), The Benson Company, ABC Word Records (Myrrh) label, and the band's own label Giant Records. David and the Giants released a live CD in 2014 titled Still Rockin. He was billed as Richard Keith because his Cajun French last name, "Thibodeaux", was considered too difficult to pronounce by producer Desi Arnaz.
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