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“I WILL NEVER FORGET WHEN I SEEN SUGARFOOT LIVE IT WAS WITH E.U @ COLUMBIA PARK REC. WHAT A SHOW WHAT A SHOW! ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: ALVIN CREDO FOSTER - CEDAR HGTS, MD

“TO THE WELLMAN, SUGARFOOT WILL TRULY BE MISSED! MAY THE GRACE OF GOD BE WITH YOU. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: ALVIN FOSTER - CEDAR HGTS, MD

“There will never be another Sugar Foot thank you so much for the memories. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your loved one will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Tammy Vega - Hanover, MD

“It is with great sadness that I find my grade school and childhood friend(brother)made his transition. I offer my deepest sympathy during this time...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Reginald Lyons - Temple Hills, MD

“The McKinney & Wellman Family:Sorry to hear about the loss of your love one. No time is ever the right time to let go of someone you love. Our...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“To my cousins in their time of sorrow, just know that Ricky is at peace with our heavenly father ant that he lived a great life. See you all later...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“Daughters of Broken Pottery MinistryShelia Wright,PastorP.O. Box 48001Washington,D.C. 20002December 4, 2013"Let not your heart be troubled,ye believe...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Shelia Wright - Washington, DC

“Sending the entire family our deepeset condolences. Gone to soon. His legacy will live forever in the land of music.God Bless You allJanice Johnson...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“I Love You Rick. Gone from this earth but never will you be forgotten. Until we see each other again Rest In Paradise my big cousin. MUAH!!! ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Jami - Randallstown, MD - Cousin


Ricky was born in Montgomery County, Maryland, April 13, 955, to James Franklin Wellman, Jr. and Bettyann Wellman Bullard. He was raised and schooled in the Washington Metropolitan area. His two daughters Savada Wellman and Rakeeda Wellman are from his first marriage to Victoria Burton. He recently married Rita Logan. Ricky's father started teaching him how to play drums at age nine. His driving forces and inspirations were God first, his wife, his mother and father, his two precious daughters, and his granddaughter Kyleigh Victoria Curry.

At age 10, he started his career playing drums with a band called the Famous Jaguars. He was 11 when he recorded his first 45 record, called "Crazy Thing" and "Banana-Fana" with a group called the Famous Jaguars. When he was 14, he recorded his first gospel album, "Save Thyself," with Washington, DC gospel singer Myrna Summers.
At age 16, while in high school, he formed a group called Storm. At age 17, he performed on the weekends with Peaches and Herb for a year. He graduated from Suitland High school in 1973 and attended Maryland University in College Park to pursue a BS degree in Business Management. In 1977 he continued his music career working with Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers. They developed the sound called "Go-Go Music" where he earned the name Ricky "Sugarfoot" Wellman. The Soul Searchers were a group that Chuck Brown originated in 1967; in which his father was the drummer at that time. In 1978 Ricky recorded an album with Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers called, "Bustin Loose," which became the number one record nationally. In 1979, he received a Gold 45 record to commemorate the sale of more than one million copies, and a Gold 45 record to commemorate the sale of more than 500,000 copies under the Source Record Label. In the 10 years that he played with the Soul Searchers, Ricky recorded numerous recordings such as: "Bustin Loose" ," We Need Some Money", "Go-Go Swing", " Run Joe", "Harlem Noctrine", "Down Right Country Boy", " Back It on Up", " Ha-Man", "My Funny Valentine" and many others. He also performed with Chuck Brown and the Soul Searches on Soul Train in 1979.

In 1987, Ricky became the drummer for the legendary Miles Davis and was fortunate to have been his drummer for almost 5 years until the time of Miles' death on September 28, 1991. Some of the albums he recorded with Miles Davis included, "Amandla," "Doo-Bop," "Miles Davis Live around the World," "Miles Davis live in Germany 1988," "That's What Happened Live in Germany 1987," "ESP2 A Tribute to Miles live in Stuttgart," and "Dingo," which is a soundtrack to a movie.

In 1988, while playing with Miles Davis, he appeared on the Grammies in New York City, New York. In 1989 and 1990, he appeared on the Grammies in Los Angeles, California. He also had the pleasure of working with such artist as Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, David Sanborn, Chaka Chan, Paolo Rustichelli, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Experience Unlimited, Sluggo, Bits N Pieces, Little Benny and the Masters, Trouble Funk, The New Breed Band, The Dynamic Corvettes, Myeisha and the Hip Huggers Band, The Headliners, The Pharaoh's Band, Peaches and Herb, Myrna Summers, The Famous Jaguars and many other award-winning musicians. Ricky recorded three albums with saxophonist Kenny Garrett entitled, "African Exchange Student," "Prisoner of Love," and "Black Hope." They both Joined the Miles Davis group roughly during the same time period.

In 1994, he auditioned with Steve Perry and the Rock Group Journey, and in 1997 was the drummer for Carlos Santana. In the mid-90's, he recorded three tracks for the game Sonic, the Headgehog by Sega Genesis. Along with his music career, his endorsements included Pearl Drums, and Zilgian Cymbals.

Before Ricky's untimely passing, he pursued a career within the Top Secret, Information Technology arena. He worked for ManTech, as an Intrusion Detection Analyst, in the Diplomatic Security Department. He later worked for General Dynamics, as an Assistant Senior Watch Officer for the US CERT Team (United States Computer Emergency Response Team) of Home Land Security.

On November 23, 2013, Ricky was reunited with his father. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Rita; daughters, Savada and Rakeeda; mother Bettyann; his sister Bonnie; brothers Darnell, Don (Wanda), and Mark Hill (Patricia); his granddaughter Kyleigh; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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