|Born June 22, 1948|
|Todd Rundgren is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer who has performed a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of the band Utopia. He is characterised for his sophisticated and often-unorthodox music, flamboyant stage outfits, and his later experiments with interactive entertainment.
Rundgren began his professional career in the mid 1960s, forming the psychedelic band Nazz in 1967. Two years later, he left Nazz to pursue a solo career and immediately scored his first US top 40 hit with “We Gotta Get You a Woman” (1970). His best-known songs include “Hello It’s Me” and “I Saw the Light” from Something/Anything? (1972), and the 1983 single “Bang the Drum All Day”. His 1973 album A Wizard, a True Star remains an influence on later generations of “bedroom” musicians.
Rundgren was one of the first acts to be prominent both as an artist and as a producer. His notable production credits include Badfinger’s Straight Up (1971), Grand Funk Railroad’s We’re an American Band (1973), the New York Dolls’ New York Dolls (1973), Meat Loaf‘s Bat Out of Hell (1977) and XTC’s Skylarking (1986). Additionally, he organised the first interactive television concert in 1978, designed the first colour graphics tablet in 1980, and created the first interactive album, No World Order, in 1994.
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