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Rockwell (musician)

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Birth name  Kennedy William Gordy
Name  Kennedy Gordy
Genres  Pop, synthpop
Role  Musical Artist
Also known as  Kenneth Gordy
Years active  1983–91
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Born  May 15, 1964 (age 51)Detroit, Michigan, US (1964-05-15)
Occupation(s)  Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments  Vocals, keyboards, drums, perssion
Siblings  Redfoo, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Kerry Gordy, Hazel Gordy, Terry James Gordy, Sherry Gordy, Berry Gordy IV
Parents  Margaret Norton, Berry Gordy
Nephews  Skyler Gordy, Jermaine Jackson, Jr., Jaimy Jackson, Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick
Albums  Somebody's Watching Me, Captured, Genie
Similar People  Berry Gordy, Redfoo, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Kerry Gordy, Skyler Gordy

Kennedy William Gordy (born March 15, 1964), better known by his stage name Rockwell, is a pop artist who was signed to the Motown label.

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Biography

Rockwell is the son of Motown founder and CEO Berry Gordy and Margaret Norton. His father named him Kennedy William Gordy after John F. Kennedy and William "Smokey" Robinson. To avoid the appearance of nepotism, he secured his record deal without his father's knowledge. Motown actually came up with the name Rockwell and the young Gordy agreed to the change because he believed he "rocked well."

In 1984, Rockwell released his biggest hit single, "Somebody's Watching Me", featuring childhood friend Michael Jackson on guest vocals (notably in the chorus lyrics), and Jermaine Jackson singing back-up. "Somebody's Watching Me" became a Gold-certified million selling #2 smash hit in both the US and UK. Additionally, it held #1 on Billboard's R&B chart for five weeks. Follow-up singles underperformed, however, with single "Obscene Phone Caller" being Rockwell's only other Top 40 single. This follow-up single reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rockwell soon ended his musical career with Motown.

Rockwell appeared on Soul Train on February 2, 1985 (Season 14, Episode 17).

Rockwell was not the first member of the Gordy family to hit Billboard's Hot 100 as a recording artist. His uncle, Robert Gordy, reached the longer reaches of the chart in 1958 with "Everyone Was There," recording under the name of Bob Kayli.

Rockwell's paternal half-sister is actress Rhonda Ross Kendrick, the eldest child of Diana Ross. Rockwell is also closely related to the group LMFAO through his half-brother Redfoo (Stefan Kendal Gordy, son of Berry Gordy and Nancy Leiviska) and his nephew SkyBlu (son of half-brother Berry Gordy IV and his wife Valerie Robeson).

In July 2010, Kennedy married Nicole Moore. In 2013 he filed for divorce on grounds of "irreconcilable differences". The couple have no children together. In the divorce file Rockwell is asking to not pay spousal support.

Songs

Somebody's Watching Me
Knife
Obscene Phone Caller
Taxman
Carme
Change Your Ways
Wasting Away
Foreign Country
Peeping Tom
We Live in a Jungle
Don't It Make You Cry
Man From Mars
Nervous Condition
He's a Cobra
Genie of Love
Grow Up
Baby on the Corner
Runaway
Captured
That's Nasty
Costa Rica
In a Dream
TV Psychology
Tokyo
Concentration

References

Rockwell (musician) Wikipedia


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