WIld Sound Studios Sends Out Happy Birthday Wishes To Todd Rundgren

June 23, 2017

Todd Harry Rundgren

American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer

was born on June 22, 1948

in Upper Darby at the western city limits of Philadelphia

His earliest outside credits were 

producer on a long-unreleased Janis Joplin track

recorded with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band 

recording engineer

for the LP Stage Fright by The Band 1970

Badfinger's Straight Up 1971

Grand Funk Railroad's We're an American Band 1973

New York Dolls's New York Dolls 1973

Hall & Oates's War Babies 1974

Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell 1977

XTC's Skylarking 1986

Halfnelson first incarnation of Sparks 

Ian and Sylvia on their Great Speckled Bird album

Patti Smith, Shaun Cassidy, The Tubes, Tom Robinson Band, 

Bad Religion, John Sloman, Cheap Trick, Hello People, 

Hiroshi Takano, Bourgeois Tagg, Dragon (aka Hunter), 12 Rods, 

The Pursuit of Happiness, The Psychedelic Furs, Steve Hillage, 

The American Dream and many others

Rundgren's songwriting was heavily influenced

by the music of singer-songwriter Laura Nyro

"I knew her fairly well. I met her right after Eli and the Thirteenth Confession. I actually had arranged a meeting, just because I was so infatuated with her and I wanted to meet the person who had produced all this music. We got along, and we were kind of friendly, and actually, after I met her the first time, she asked me if I wanted to be her band leader. But the Nazz had just signed a record contract and I couldn't skip out on the band, even though it was incredibly tempting”

In the 1980s and 1990s

Todd's interest in video and computers

led to his "Time Heals" in 1981 being the eighth video played on MTV

"Change Myself" in 1991

animated by Rundgren on commercially available Amiga computers

 

Since moving to Kawaii, Hawaii several years ago

Todd Rundgren has not had a permanent studio

 

Todd has been associated with the following acts

Woody’s Truck Stop

Nazz

Utopia

Hall & Oates

The New Cars

Meatloaf

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band

Edgar Winter

Mark Klingman

Daryl Hall

Hello People

The Tubes

Grand Funk Railroad

The Band

Badfinger

The Psychedelic Furs

 

Discography

  • Runt (1970)

  • Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren (1971)

  • Something/Anything? (1972)

  • A Wizard, a True Star (1973)

  • Todd (1974)

  • Initiation (1975)

  • Faithful (1976)

  • Hermit of Mink Hollow (1978)

  • Healing (1981)

  • The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (1982)

  • A Cappella (1985)

  • Nearly Human (1989)

  • 2nd Wind (1991)

  • No World Order (1993)

  • The Individualist (1995)

  • With a Twist... (1997)

  • Up Against It! (1997) (Japan only)

  • One Long Year (2000)

  • Liars (2004)

  • Arena (2008)

  • Todd Rundgren's Johnson (2011)

  • (re)Production (2011)

  • State (2013)

  • Global (2015)

  • Runddans (2015) (with Hans-Peter Lindstrom and Emil Nikolaisen)

  • White Knight (2017)

I can go on for days sharing Todd Rundgren stories

Instead

I will leave you with a favorite music video

 

 

 

 

 

 

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