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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, MI, USA, 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 his talent alone. He signed to 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 went 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, with track titles such as “Obscene Phone Caller”, “Peeping Tom”, and “Knife”. 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 dance act Beatfreakz was released in the UK in March 2006, peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart. A cover version of the song was also released by the band Warmen. 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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  • heytheredammit

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

    30 Mar 10:53pm Reply
  • wills316

    BTKRSH

    6 Jan 11:51am 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
  • kalmee

    Reverse Engineering is brilliant!

    31 Oct 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
  • Leferhex

    Black Rockwell is for plebs, dnb Rockwell is for intellectuals.

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    I prefer the black Rockwell even though he only had one hit..

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • DrumZter

    Am I the only one who would prefer "The Rain" to the well-known "Oblique"?

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Da-VIP

    somebody help me, make me human again!

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • elisey_karps

    Childhood Memories is fuckin perfect <3 * 1000

    10 Sep 2012 Reply
  • BossUp313

    hes prly eating good.. you know hes berry gordys son

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • UnfortunatelyGr

    I wonder what the R&B Rockwell is doing these days. I don't think I've even seen a photo of him after the late '80s...

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
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