Ricky Bell was an incredible performer who made a huge impact on the world.

Born Ricky Anthony Bell in New Jersey in 1953, Ricky was the first American male to ever play the piano in the United States.

His musical style was unique and inspired generations of young performers.

Ricky Bell is credited with creating the “Ricky Bell style” as a result of his talent.

Ricky and his band the Blackhearts recorded the hit single, “Love Me Harder.”

Ricky Bell died of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on August 2, 2019 at the age of 88.

Ricky is survived by his wife, JoAnn, and his daughter, Kaitlyn.