Keith Rodgers veteran of the music business started making music professionally as a Rapper / DJ at the age of 15. Born in Brooklyn, New York. His father Stanley Rodgers was discovered by Frankie Lyman singing with Doo Wop groups like the Revlons, The Townsmen and eventually Don & Juan.
Keith was transfered to a school for musically gifted children at the age of 7. Discovered by movie producers while performing as Bon Rock at the Hip Hop club “The Roxy” he was asked to play a small part in the movie Krush Groove but didn’t make it past editing. Early influences would come from weekends spent in “Harlem World”, “Bentley’s”, “The Fever” and the Audubon Ballroom in harlem hence the name Bon Rock his alter ego.
Tyrone Brunson (born Calvin Tyrone Brunson on March 22, 1956 in Washington, DC- died May 25, 2013 in Washington, DC) was an American male singer/musician, who played the bass guitar. One of his most successful singles was an electro instrumental titled “The Smurf”, which reached #14 on the R&B charts in 1983 and led to further dance records about The Smurfs. Released on the Mercury Records label in the UK, the single entered the UK singles chart on 3 July 1982, and rose to a high of number 50; it remained in the charts for 4 weeks. “The Smurf” appeared on Brunson’s debut album, Sticky Situation, and the follow-up single was the album’s title track, which reached #25 on the R&B chart. The following year (1984), Brunson released his second album, Fresh. While the title track reached #22 on the R&B chart, no other singles made a significant dent on the chart. Three years later, Brunson released a third album, Love Triangle, but with no successful forthcoming singles, the album fizzled on the charts. After leaving the music business in the 1990s, he became an IT instructor. Tyrone Brunson died on May 25, 2013.
This is first record that Egyptian Lover ever produced back in 1984!
“Al-Naafiysh” along with “Planet Rock” is one of the cornerstones of ALL electronic music. Even today 33 years after it’s release it sounds futuristic and seriously funky. Massive beats and heartbreaking strings collide to create a track so funky and ethereal that as well as just dancing you can just close your eyes and see all sorts of magical images. This tune is as great as any tune from any genre. Ever.
In the early 1980’s, 30-year old George W. Luster of Las Vegas put together one of the earliest west coast rap crews. San Bernardino’s Groove Time Records pressed a single in 1982 when Hurt ‘Em Bad released what would be the very first hip-hop record out of the “Inland Empire”: “N.B.A. Rap”, was a tribute to the basketball league’s best players. Hurt ‘Em Bad’s record also caught the attention of Profile Records, which led the label to sign him as its second hip-hop artist. The group became known as Hurt ‘Em Bad and the Soul Connection Band and released several sports-related singles for Profile from 1982-83. After their third single, the group left Profile but they remained in the hip-hop scene as Luster started his independent label Las Vegas Records. The group worked recorded and produced additional music during the mid-80’s including a rap record with NBA star Hakeem Olajuwon.
Michael and Soni Johnson, who were born in Florida, formed the Jonzun Crew in Boston with Steve Thorpe and Gordy Worthy. They were a mix of electrofunk and rock beats and comic/ novelty lyrics and had sizable hits in 1982 and 1983 with “Pack Jam (Look out for the OVC)” and “We Are The Jonzun Crew”. Michael Jonzun left the group in 1986 for a solo career, but didn’t do much beyond one A&M release. He had more impact as the person who discovered New Edition and as the writer/ producer of their hit “Candy Girl”.