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Rockwell

Rockwell

American musician
Rockwell
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American musician
Is Singer Songwriter
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 15 March 1964, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Age 56 years
Star sign PiscesPisces
Family
Father: Berry Gordy
Genre:
Pop music
Instruments:
Voice
Audio
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Biography

Kennedy William Gordy (born March 15, 1964), better known by his stage name Rockwell, is an American former musician and singer-songwriter who was signed to the Motown label. He is best known for his 1984 hit single "Somebody's Watching Me".

Early life

Kennedy William Gordy aka Rockwell is the son of Motown founder and CEO Berry Gordy and Margaret Norton. His father named him Kennedy William after John F. Kennedy and William "Smokey" Robinson.

Career

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 had his biggest single, "Somebody's Watching Me", with childhood friend Michael Jackson singing the chorus lyrics and Jermaine Jackson singing back-up. "Somebody's Watching Me" became a Gold-certified million selling #2 song in the US, which also peaked at #6 in the UK. It held #1 on Billboard's R&B chart for five weeks. Follow-up singles underperformed, with "Obscene Phone Caller" being Rockwell's only other Top 40 single. It reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rockwell released two more albums before ending his musical career with Motown.

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.

Personal life

Rockwell is the son of Berry Gordy. 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 (Skyler Austen Gordy, son of half-brother Berry Gordy IV and his wife Valerie Robeson).

In July 2010, Rockwell married Nicole Moore. In 2013 he filed for divorce. The couple have no children together.

On November 29, 2018, Rockwell was arrested in Hollywood for allegedly beating a female associate with a chair at the Magic Castle Hotel after she approached him and demanded payment. Rockwell was released from jail on December 1, 2018, on a $30,000 bail. On January 7, 2019, the woman, who suffered multiple injuries from the attack and had undergone surgery to repair a broken arm, filed a lawsuit against Rockwell in Los Angeles for personal injury, claiming damages exceeding $25,000.

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
US R&B
CAN
UK
Somebody's Watching Me
  • Release date: January 30, 1984
  • Label: Motown Records
15 5 34 56
  • US: Gold
Captured
  • Release date: January 15, 1985
  • Label: Motown Records
120 52
The Genie
  • Release date: 1986
  • Label: Motown Records
59
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
US R&B
US Dan
AUT
CAN
NZ
SWI
UK
"Somebody's Watching Me" 1984 2 1 3 14 2 5 3 6
  • US: Gold
Somebody's Watching Me
"Obscene Phone Caller" 35 79
"Knife"
"Taxman" 88
"He's a Cobra" 1985 108 65 Captured
"Peeping Tom"
"Tokyo"
"Carmé" 1986 46 The Genie
"Grow-Up!"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.
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https://www.nytimes.com/1984/04/01/arts/it-takes-star-quality-to-share-the-jackson-limelight.html
https://www.allmusic.com/artist/p5294
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/inside-rockwells-paranoid-classic-somebodys-watching-me-w445172
http://www.tmz.com/2013/06/30/rockwell-kennedy-gordy-divorce/
https://theblast.com/singer-rockwell-arrested-chair-beating-berry-gordy-son/
https://www.allmusic.com/artist/p5294/charts-awards
https://web.archive.org/web/20110907005203/http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-110.01-e.php?PHPSESSID=trv6cafca8pbeqg7bgppi04re1&q1=Rockwell&q2=Top+Albums/CDs&interval=20
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-110.01-e.php?PHPSESSID=trv6cafca8pbeqg7bgppi04re1&q1=Rockwell&q2=Top+Albums/CDs&interval=20
http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/16235/rockwell/
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