Todd Rundgren announces The Spirit Of Harmony Foundation
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has started The Spirit of Harmony, a foundation to help school programs with music education. The foundation will world to promote cultural, academic, social and personal benefits of music for young people through special events, mentoring, advocacy, social entrepreneurship and strategic partnerships. 'The purpose is to provide support and funding to school programs and other sorts of organisations who are trying to bring music to people who don't have it, especially in terms of learning how to play instruments, learning how to understand what music is all about and having opportunity to express yourself through that medium,' Todd Rundgren
said in a video announcement at his Facebook page. The Spirit of Harmony Foundation will be based in Chicago. Rundgren will make the official announcement of the Foundation at NAMM in January, 2014. More from Noise11.com Have Your Say Stay updated with your free Music News daily newsletter. Subscribe here now! Todd Rundgren
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Todd Rundgren to Receive Les Paul Award
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will be honored on January 24 2014 with the Les Paul Award. Rundgren will be presented with the honor at the 29th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, taking place in Anaheim, California during the 2013 NAMM Show. The official story of the Les Paul Award states: "The Les Paul Award, named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, is presented annually to honor individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Russ Paul, son of Les Paul, will make the presentation on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation, sponsor of the award. "Instituted in 1991, the honor has been granted to such luminaries as Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and Peter Gabriel." Rundgren's most recent album was April 2013' State, his the twenty-fourth studio album. more on this story Gibson.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Gibson.com - Excerpted here with permission. Todd Rundgren
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... Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling in Love, the Crystal's He's a Rebel, the Byrd's Mr. Tambourine Man, Frank Sinatra's Strangers in the Night, the Beach Boys' Good Vibrations and the Captain and Tennille's Love Will Keep Us Together. He played drums on six consecutive winners of the Grammy for Record of the Year (A Taste of Honey, Strangers in the Night, Up Up and Away, Mrs. Robinson, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In and Bridge Over Troubled Waters). More from Noise11.com Have Your Say Stay updated with your free Music News daily newsletter. Subscribe here now! Todd Rundgren
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Todd Rundgren (June 22, 1948)
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Todd Rundgren was born on the outskirts of Philadelphia. He formed the garage-rock band Nazz in 1967 with drummer Thom Mooney and keyboard player/vocalist Robert "Stewkey" Antoni. Their first gig was in July 1967, opening for The Doors
at the Town Hall in Philadelphia.
Nazz was the first outlet for Todd's song "Hello It's Me.
" Todd recorded a new version of the song on his certified gold 1972 album Something/Anything
"Hello It's Me
" was the first song Todd ever wrote, and ultimately became his best-known. He explains its sophistication as being because he'd been such an avid listener.
Singer-songwriter Laura Nyro
asked Todd to be her bandleader in the '60s, but despite admiring Nyro's work Todd couldn't abandon his band Nazz, which had just signed a record contract.
During the Nazz years Todd didn't touch drugs or alcohol, and this caused clashes with bandmates who got inebriated during rehearsals. By the time he was writing his solo album A Wizard A True Star in the 1970s, though, Todd was experimenting with psychedelic drugs and their effect on his music.
After leaving Nazz, Todd moved to New York in 1969 to produce other artists' albums. One of Todd's early production gigs was to produce a track sung by Janis Joplin
and backed by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band at CBS Studios. (here's the Songfacts interview with Blues Band founder Elvin Bishop
). Todd expressed frustration with the date because the Butterfield Blues Band wasn't able to arrange their parts on the spot - and Todd also had trouble getting a performance out of Joplin; he says in retrospect that he didn't understand playing the role of coach and therapist to his artists at the time.
An early production gig was The Band's Stage Fright album. Todd states that he felt the band was unimpressive: slow, scared, and overrated. Out of 8 hours of available recording time per day, the group managed about 2 hours of actual playing because locating all five members was difficult on any given day. "It wasn't that I hated them," says Todd. "I just had a certain work ethic."
describes Todd as "A pocketful of constellations." The two are good friends. Todd admires Patti, but says that he believes her rock band limited public perception of Patti's other dimensions as a poet and artist.
Rundgren's single "Time Heals
" was the eighth music video to ever air on MTV. Rundgren started a video studio with money he earned producing Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell
album, and used that studio to make the video.
Always fascinated by the cutting edge of media technology, Todd is also a programmer. He created the Apple II computer paint program called the Utopia Graphics System and codeveloped Flowfazer, a screensaver with psychedelic video effects. He also enthusiastically adopted Newtek's Video Toaster software, using it to produce his own videos for "Change Myself," "Fascist Christ," and "Property."
In the mid-1990s, Todd harnessed the rise of the internet to launch his "Patronet," severing ties with record labels and distributing his music directly to fans and patrons via a subscription model. At the time this was a visionary move, predating the iTunes store or even Napster by years.
Todd composed scores for several comedy films and shows, including the show Pee-Wee's Playhouse and 1994's Jim Carrey film Dumb and Dumber.
John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman was similarly obsessed with Todd Rundgren. Chapman revealed that before the murder, he went looking for Rundgren at his home in Woodstock, New York. In a jailhouse interview, Chapman, who was arrested wearing a promotional T-shirt for Rundgren's Hermit Of Mink Hollow album, said, "I cannot overestimate the depth of what his music meant to me."
A reformed lineup of The Cars
called The New Cars featured Todd on guitar and vocals in 2006.
Todd was dating Bebe Buell when she had an affair with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
, and got pregnant by Tyler. Buell told Rundgren that he wasn't the father, but Todd still raised the child, Liv, as his own and supported her even after he split with Buell. Liv didn't find out that Tyler was her real dad until she was 11 years old. She developed a relationship with Tyler and appeared in three Aerosmith videos, but considers Rundgren her "spiritual father."
Reverend Horton Heat
The Reverend rants on psychobilly and the egghead academics he bashes in one of his more popular songs.
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
Tyler talks about his true love: songwriting. How he identifies the beauty in a melody and turns sorrow into art.
The only Irishman to play at Woodstock (backing Joe Cocker), Henry was an early member of Paul McCartney's band Wings.