Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren at Revolution Live (cropped).jpg
Rundgren in 2009
Background information
Birth nameTodd Harry Rundgren
Born (1948-06-22) June 22, 1948 (age 70)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
  • keyboards
  • drums
Years active1966–present
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Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948) 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 characterized for his sophisticated and often-unorthodox music, flamboyant stage outfits, and his later experiments with interactive entertainment. He also produced innovative music videos, pioneered forms of multimedia, and was an early adopter and promoter of various computer technologies, such as using the Internet as a means of music distribution in the late 1990s.[1]

A native of Philadelphia, 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), which have heavy rotation on classic rock radio stations, and the 1983 single "Bang the Drum All Day", which is featured in many sports arenas, commercials and movie trailers. Although lesser known, "Couldn't I Just Tell You" (1972) was influential to many artists in the power pop genre.[2] His 1973 album A Wizard, a True Star remains an influence on later generations of "bedroom" musicians.[3]

Rundgren organized the first interactive television concert in 1978, designed the first color graphics tablet in 1980, and created the first interactive album, No World Order, in 1994.[1] Additionally, he was one of the first acts to be prominent both as an artist and as a producer.[3] 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).

Early life

Todd Harry Rundgren was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[4][1] the son of Ruth (née Fleck; April 29, 1922 – April 6, 2016) and Harry W. Rundgren (1917–1996). He grew up in Upper Darby, a town that borders Philadelphia.[5]

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