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Rockwell

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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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  • StrangePooP

    Man... Last.fm really needs separate pages for artists with the same name.

    30 Apr 6:57pm Reply
  • Szamot97

    What are we even fighting over here? We've got an average '80s pop singer, who sounds like every average '80s pop singer, and a brilliant, innovative modern producer and DJ. There's like no debate here.

    14 Feb 5:47pm Reply
  • Rubberbandman16

    Somebody's Watching Me ♪

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    I prefer the black Rockwell even though he only had one hit with Michael Jackson in the chorus.

    1 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Negative1to10

    Don't be so racist, heytheredammit .

    22 May 2014 Reply
  • DeerWolf1

    dnb Rockwell is life, and is love

    21 May 2014 Reply
  • Fooshikins

    MODERN AND HIP WITH THE KIDZ ROCKWELL WILL PREVAIL IN THIS WAR

    11 May 2014 Reply
  • NoIZeFAQ

    Black Rockwell is for plebs, dnb Rockwell is for intellectuals. [2]

    11 May 2014 Reply
  • heytheredammit

    hey bastards stop fap on the decrepit Rockwell and give the topical Rockwell stay on the main picture

    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • wills316

    BTKRSH

    6 Jan 2014 Reply
  • heytheredammit

    you guys gonna vote for this http://www.lastfm.ru/music/Rockwell/+images/95565095

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    Rockwell is the only guy besides Michael that changed himself from black to white and coinsedently him and Michael did a song together which of course was huge hit in the 80s "Somebody Watching Me"

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • dukon

    They should release one single together, solid drum and bass with Kenneth vocals! :)

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • gadjetrus

    Russia!

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • danmarzella24

    Someone needs to fix this page and get this white Rockwell outta here. They can separate these some how, I'm sure.

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • takakayu

    black white black white blah blah who the fuck cares

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Abhisshack

    One hit wonder Black Rockwell's one song is more heard here than this shitty white rockwell , yet the main page has white rockwell pix. Oh, The Irony

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • FEAR4ik

    Detroit!!!!

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Int3r

    Back Again / Detroit powerful release, big tunes

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • betoonking

    ''Intellectuals'' listen to whatever the fuck they want bro.

    20 May 2013 Reply
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