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There are, at least, six artists known as Rockwell.

1) A pseudonym of Kenneth Gordy, from Detroit, Michigan: The son of Motown Records’ founder, Berry Gordy, he changed his name so as to avoid charges of nepotism, wanting to make it in the music business on just his talent. He signed to Motown as a solo artist without his father’s knowledge, taking his name from his high school band. His first single, the Michael Jackson-esque “Somebody’s Watching Me”. which featured backing vocals from both Michael and Jermaine Jackson, shot into the Top Ten, hit number one on the R&B charts, and also was RIAA certified as Gold.

Only then did he reveal his true identity. This, however, was his peak of success; his follow-up single fizzled, as did his next album. He continued to base his songs on themes of paranoia and spying, singing tracks such as “Obscene Phone Caller” and “Peeping Tom”. Though receiving some airplay, Rockwell mostly faded from the public view and concentrated on working with his father.

A cover of “Somebody’s Watching Me” by the act Beatfreakz was released in the U.K. in March 2006, peaking at number three on the U.K. Singles Chart. Yet another cover version of the song came out, by the band Warmen, in 2005. The Swiss 90is artist DJ Bobo’s first Hit was also a cover version of “Somebody’s Watching Me”. He turned it to “Somebody Dance With Me”.

2) Thomas Green– aka ROCKWELL– has without question been one of the most exhilarating talents to come out of the drum and bass scene in recent times. His distinctive sound has seen him release on the likes of Digital Soundboy, Renegade Hardware, Critical and Darkestral, before signing exclusively to Friction’s Shogun Audio imprint.


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