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During the 1980s while performing the rock opera, COYOTE IN A GRAVEYARD, Richard Del Connor become nicknamed by the newspapers, and other performing rock bands such as The Cult and Michael J. Fox as, "The Coyote."
"The Coyote" became the rock'n'roll name of Richard Connor until 2007 when he upgraded to "The Hippy Coyote" of American Zen, America's First Buddhist Rock Band™.
From 1990 to 2008, Coyote performed and worked and recorded albums under several names including Rory G, Tom Calder, Steve Hixon, and as a recording engineer, Don DelaVega. Those album, book and movie credits can all be attributed to Richard Del Connor.
In 2007, The Coyote has decided to simplify his life and only operate under only three names:
THE HIPPY COYOTE:
bassist, drummer, guitarist (acoustic, slide, and electric), flutist, singer, songwriter, composer, lyricist, poet, screenplay writer, and performer of American Zen, or performing solo as "The Hippy Coyote," T.H.C. (sometimes billed in newspapers as, "THC Live...").
RICHARD DEL CONNOR:
record producer, movie producer, script and screenplay writer, poet, editor, publisher, founder CEO of Tai Chi Youth, president of Shaolin Records, music publisher of Shaolin Music, owner of Shaolin Pictures, and American philosopher.
Zhen Shen-Lang (last name first) "Spirit Wolf of Truth," pipa, percussion, Chinese drumming, flutist, Kung Fu Shifu and Tai Chi Master, author of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Zen Buddhist manuals, lecturer, poet, calligrapher, composer, life coach, and Zen Master.
When Richard Del Connor is The Hippy Coyote, he enjoys the freedoms and independence of not being a businessman, wearing a tie or being school teacher. Fans have been posting music videos from his live performances in Los Angeles in 2009 and 2010.