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Todd Rundgren

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Miami Vice Performer
Born
June 22, 1948, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
Active
1967-present


Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and producer whose songs "Tiny Demons" (in "Little Prince") and "Flesh" (in Tale of the Goat" appeared in the show Miami Vice.

Career

Rundgren was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. He began his music career in 1967 when he formed the garage band Nazz, who recorded the song "Hello, It's Me" (then Rundgren hit the Top 10 with his solo version), but their albums did not do well and Rundgren left in 1969, forming the band Runt a year later. Just like Nazz, the band's albums did not sell well (though they did have a Top 20 single) and Rundgren went solo in 1972 with his album Something/Anything?, which featured the classic rock staples "I Saw The Light" and "Hello, It's Me". His next three albums all delved into progressive and psychedelic music, before he returned to rock in 1976's Faithful. His other albums during this period included Hermit of Mink Hollow (featuring "Can't We Still Be Friends"), Healing (featuring "Flesh" and "Tiny Demons"), and The Ever Popular Tourist Effect (featuring "Bang The Drum All Day", now used in sporting events and commercials), and many others, none of which had any chart success. His backup band, Utopia, also recorded albums in the 1970s and 1980's.

Rundgren embraced computer technology in the 1980s, co-developing the paint program Utopia Graphics System, and in 1995 he along with two others launched one of the first music pay sites, Patronet, offering new and unreleased tracks in exchange for a subscription fee (a precursor to Napster and others). He also got into music videos early, the video of his song "Time Heals" was the eighth video ever aired on MTV. Rundgren also produced albums for such acts as The Tubes, Hall and Oates, Meat Loaf ("Bat Out Of Hell"), Badfinger, Grand Funk Railroad, and many others. Rundgren's 25th solo album, Global, came out in 2015 with a limited US tour and an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. In 2017 Rundgren released White Knight, featuring collaborations with Joe Walsh, Daryl Hall, and Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) among others. In 2021 Rundgren was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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