Richard Marc "Rick" Dufay (born February 2, 1952) is a guitarist who played in Aerosmith in the period after Brad Whitford left the band in 1980 up to his return in 1984.
Dufay was born in Paris, France and is the son of actor Richard Ney.
Before joining Aerosmith, Dufay released an album called Tender Loving Abuse, produced by Aerosmith producer Jack Douglas. It was Douglas who recommended Dufay to Steven Tyler as Whitford's replacement. Dufay can be heard on parts of Aerosmith's 1982 album Rock in a Hard Place as well being seen in the video for "Lightning Strikes".
Dufay was apparently a stabilizing force for the band on the road, describing himself in Behind The Music: Aerosmith as caring for Tyler during his lowest points of addiction and depression, and suggesting to Tyler that he reunite with Whitford and Joe Perry. Perry thanked Dufay for "committing career suicide" during Aerosmith's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech in 2001.
Since leaving Aerosmith, Dufay's projects have included the band Blue By Nature featuring vocalist Karen Lawrence.
On the Aerosmith release "Music From Another Dimension", Rick plays on the song "Shakey Ground", which is a cover of an R&B song originally done by The Temptations in 1975. This song was included on the initial tracklist, but now appears on the Walmart exclusive version of the record.
Rick Dufay was married to Maureen Dumont Kelly, an exotic dancer. They have a daughter Minka Kelly, an actress. They split up when she was young, and she was raised by her mother.
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