From INQ7.net:Richard Tann’s passing ‘all too sudden’ First posted 11:00pm (Mla time) May 29, 2005
By Bayani San Diego Jr., Inquirer News Service
Who can forget that soothing voice that brought “Hallmark Memories” to Philippine radio way back when? I still remember how I bought a “single” (a 45rpm record) of the song from Unimart’s record bar — and it was such a different packaging because it came in what’s similar to the cardboard CD boxes we have now. What would you expect from the greeting card giant Hallmark? It was a lovely song rendered in a very loving way. Back then, Richard spelled his Tan with one “n”.
I saw the news bits about his death a day or two back yet and had meant to post something here because I had always admired the way he and his long time partner, Inno Sotto, had nurtured a solid partnernship in terms of business and love through the years.
I was part of a silent audience which saw it first hand when I would tag along with Arnold, my then boyfriend in their fashion show productions for which he had been contracted to do the mixing of the audio background. Inno would be the star of the show, Richard would produce, and they had Ariel Lozada directing who brought Arnold on board.
Arnold once even related to me how Richard had been distraught during a recording session and was worrying himself sick because Inno had not come home the night before. Inno was consoling a heartbroken friend. Richard was unhappy that his “Venus” had not even called — which probably was the last thing on Inno’s mind since he knew Richard knew he was with a friend.
Theirs had been a long partnership, and it saddens me that Richard passed on just the day before Inno’s birthday. That would be heartbreaking indeed — and every year, it will be a happy and sad celebration for Inno as he celebrates his birthday and the death of his beloved Richard.
It just goes to show how nothing is permanent, and that life is short. I do hope Inno finds consolation in the fact that Richard must’ve spent the best years of his life by his side.