Ritchie Pickett was a New Zealand country music singer-songwriter who was born in Morrinsville, in the province of Waikato. Pickett has been described as one of New Zealand's "kings of country/rock". He began playing in rock 'n' roll bands such as Graffiti, which toured New Zealand with singer Tom Sharplin in the mid-1970s, before joining heavy metal/prog rock band Think, with whom he recorded an album. Think relocated to Sydney, Australia, where they broke up and Pickett formed his own band called Snuff. In 1981, Pickett was transported back to Waikato Hospital in New Zealand. In the early 1980s, he formed country music band Ritchie Pickett & the Inlaws which toured New Zealand relentlessly and released an acclaimed LP, but disbanded in 1985. He was also a regular performer on the high-rating primetime television show That's Country. Pickett fronted several Waikato bands through the late 1980s and early 1990s, including the Jones Boys, the Fat Band, Stingray Martini's Excellent Duckbeast and the Disturbance, before working mainly under his own name.
- Born: February 16, 1955 (age 63), Morrinsville
- Genre: Country
- Websites: http://www.glenmoffatt.com/ritchie_pickett.htm