RICH NICHOLS, the longtime manager of the popular Philly hip-hop and neo-soul band the Roots, died yesterday after a long battle with leukemia. He was 55.
Nichols, of Philadelphia, had managed the Roots since their start in 1992 and was "instrumental" in every part of the group's "creative, cultural and professional life," according to a statement released by the band.
"He was a great dude. . . . He was, creatively, one of the most special men I've ever met," said Larry Gold, who ran the famed Studio on 7th Street near Callowhill, where the Roots and other artists recorded.