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Nick Gilder (born December 21, 1951 in London, England) is a Canadian and . He first came to prominence as frontman for the Canadian band Sweeney Todd. They had a number one hit, “Roxy Roller”, which held on to the top spot in the Canadian music charts for 3 weeks in 1975. It went on to win a Juno Award for bestselling single the following year.

Feeling they had international scope, Gilder and fellow band member, guitarist and songwriting partner, James McCulloch left the band and signed an American record deal. Gilder’s first album attracted some critical praise but failed to break into the commercial mainstream. It wasn’t until his second solo album, which spawned the smash hit “Hot Child In The City”, that Gilder finally had chart success in the United States.

That song went to number one both in Canada and the U.S. It also earned Gilder two more Juno Awards: ‘Best Selling Single’ and ‘Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year’. He also won a People’s Choice Award in the U.S. With several other sleek songs on the topic of wayward youths, he gained the nickname “The Nabokov of the Jukebox”. Later releases proved less successful commercially, however, and interest in Gilder’s own music waned over the and compared to his heyday, though he still had many fans.


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  • zykoveddy

    Rock America is a very catchy song, why wasn't it a hit?

    19 Jul 2:28pm Reply
  • AORocker

    Damn.... i thought he was SHE!!! a woman... O_O

    13 Mar 3:20pm Reply
  • Lowbacca

    hot track in the library

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TonupTiger

    For the last 35 years I thought this was a woman

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • MusicCanrock

    he is not

    29 Oct 2011 Reply
  • bookncandle41

    To morriseygirl - I quite agree - Nick's vocals - once experienced beyond "Hot Child" are truly extraordinary - I literally feel American radio cheated us out of some of the finest records of the era by denying Nick a follow-up - having said that, I can recall vividly that summer in '78 - the singles being released that year were state of the art - but none other single in such heavy rotation - SPLENDID STUFF!

    17 May 2010 Reply

    a hungry child...

    30 Apr 2009 Reply
  • BrilliantColors

    We'll Work It Out is magical.

    17 Apr 2008 Reply
  • PappaWheelie

    I don't know nickwafer; Danny Wilde of The Quick might have Gilder beaten at his own girlie game.

    18 Jan 2008 Reply
  • hank_kingsley

    'Rated X' is so sleazy, I love it!

    10 Jun 2007 Reply
  • nickwafer

    most girly sounding man ever.

    13 May 2007 Reply
  • morrisseysagirl

    nick gilder's classic albums will be the next great rediscovered works. mark my words.

    22 Aug 2006 Reply

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