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April 21, 2017

Rockwell – Somebody´s Watching Me (1984) – Lp

by Record Facts

Kennedy William Gordy (born May 15, 1964), better known by his stage name Rockwell, is an American singer, songwriter and recording artist who was signed to the Motown label.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Rockwell
Title:  Somebody´s Watching Me
Year:  1984
Format:  LP
Label:  Motown Records
Catalog#  ZL-72147

Somebody’s Watching Me is singer/songwriter Rockwell‘s debut album, released in 1984 on Motown. It featured the song, “Somebody’s Watching Me” (with Michael Jackson on vocals in the chorus), as well as the minor hit “Obscene Phone Caller”. An uptempo version of “Knife” was released by another Motown artist, Monalisa Young. She also appears on this album as a background vocalist.

After being kicked out of the house by his father, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Kennedy Gordy moved in with Ray Singleton, Gordy’s ex-wife. While living there, the younger Gordy began working on some music. Seeing the youngster’s potential, Singleton successfully lobbied to get Kennedy a staff writing job at Jobete.
One night, Singleton overheard Kennedy working on the track, “Somebody’s Watching Me” and believed it was a song worthy of recording. When Motown staff producer Curtis Anthony Nolen took an interest in the song, he was hired as the producer on the project. While working on the song in the studio, Kennedy got the idea to get Michael Jackson to sing on the track. Without indicating his plans, Kennedy picked Jackson up and drove him into the studio. Once Jackson was in the studio, Kennedy asked him to record the chorus with him. Jackson agreed.
Once the track was mixed, Singleton couldn’t wait to play it for Berry Gordy, who thought one of the voices sounded familiar, but couldn’t identify it. When Gordy found out it was Michael Jackson, he was elated.
Not wanting the Gordy name to influence the outcome of the song (his half-brother Kerry Gordy, recorded under his own name five years earlier without success), Kennedy decided to use the name Rockwell on the record. The title cut was one of the biggest singles of 1984 and both the album and single were certified Gold. It was easily the most successful record by a Gordy as a recording artist. Rockwell now gained an exalted position among the Gordy offspring.

 

Side one
1.  Somebody’s Watching Me  (5:01)
2.  Obscene Phone Caller  (3:24)
3.  Taxman  (3:56)
4.  Change Your Ways  (4:49)

Side two
1.  Runaway  (4:24)
2.  Wasting Away  (3:55)
3.  Knife  (5:03)
4.  Foreign Country  (5:56)

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