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Lawrence Gowan is a Canadian musician, born in Glasgow, Scotland on November 22, 1956. Gowan was a solo artist for over fifteen years prior to becoming the keyboardist and vocalist for Styx. His musical style is often classified in the category of progressive rock, as well as singer-songwriter Pop.

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At the age of nineteen, he earned an ARCT in classical piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto. Upon graduation, he enjoyed modest local success with the band Rhinegold in 1976.

After Rhinegold broke up in 1981, Lawrence Gowan began a successful solo career under his surname, “Gowan”, releasing his self titled debut on Columbia Records in 1982. This album Gowan contained his first singles “Victory” and “Keep Up The Fight”. His 1985 album Strange Animal was his first real Canadian commercial breakthrough, spawning the hit singles “A Criminal Mind”, “(You’re A) Strange Animal” and “Cosmetics”. The album was produced by David Tickle (Prince, Split Enz, Sting, U2 ) and featured Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel) on bass / Chapman stick, and Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel) on drums. His 1987 follow up Great Dirty World was also produced by Tickle and again featured Tony Levin on bass but had session percussionist Nigel Olsson (Elton John) on drums. This album’s arrangements were assisted by Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel) and gave him another breaking hit single, “Moonlight Desires,” which featured Jon Anderson (Yes) on backing vocals.


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  • williw

    Saw him in 1985 when he came to my little town in the Toronto area. Still has one of the best mullets of all time.

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ktcat8

    So few listeners?! I hear this guy on the radio all the time!

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • buickriv

    Wish I was old enough to see him at Fallsview Casino this summer. He's awesome!

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • Metal_Queen666

    Saw him live back in '07..Def Leppard/Styx..and he was on vocals for Styx. Loved every minute of that show!! I feel fortunate to have seen him perform live. Amazingly talented man! Never missed Dennis DeYoung.

    13 Dec 2011 Reply
  • love_dokkyun

    He had a nice mullet.

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • capo08

    love him

    13 Jan 2011 Reply
  • pseudophed

    every now and then i gotta play his best of album ... and look at my autographed T shirt ... Just loved his solo shows

    4 May 2010 Reply
  • cjohnzon

    Just love this man, can music be better???

    27 Feb 2010 Reply
  • t_bone_tricia

    Why isn't this the theme song to the show, Criminal Minds?

    18 Oct 2009 Reply
  • owlphanumeric

    degrassi soundtrack song omg!

    5 May 2009 Reply
  • PandaGetSad

    so awesome !!!

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Han-job-Solo

    His moonlight desires haunt me because i am a strange animal with a criminal mind

    1 Dec 2008 Reply
  • vocatan

    Love Gowan!

    9 Sep 2008 Reply
  • djcrimsondeath

    Gown is the man. Period. Tony Levin is a close second though. His basslines on strange animal are just sick!

    29 Jul 2008 Reply
  • glassbottle

    A CRIMINAL Mind is all I... All I've ever knowowowown.

    10 Apr 2008 Reply
  • t_bone_tricia

    I just finished watching Degrassi's School's Out - renewed my appreciation for Gowan! Love the Can-con

    6 Jan 2008 Reply

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