Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller (born June 16, 1981) is an American rock musician and former lead singer of the 1990s band Radish, which was compared to Nirvana in Rolling Stone Magazine. The band grew in popularity in the Dallas, Texas music scene from its formation in 1993. However, the band was dismissed by critics as little more than an imitation of Nirvana with the novelty of an extremely young lead vocal-guitarist (Kweller was in his teens for the entire existence of the band). Nonetheless, Kweller and his two bandmates, bassist Bryan Blur and drummer John Kent, were signed to a major record label in 1995 by Mercury Records. Regardless of a much-hyped beginning, which included appearances on Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, Radish failed to strike big success with either its first record Dizzy or its sophomore effort Restraining Bolt.

Solo career

Kweller began his solo career with his 2002 debut Sha Sha. The title track reconciles his past career efforts with Radish and the difficulty of finding an identity as a 20 year-old artist beginning a musical career for the second time. The record kept many of the familiar sounds of Nirvana, but also worked in other pop music influences such as Weezer and Ben Folds. The album grew in popularity with a grassroot effort with his website and a promotion group called TeamBK, which promoted word-of-mouth advertising. Kweller's second solo effort, On My Way, has attempted to match the modest but well-received popularity of Sha Sha while creating a more mature and subdued sound.


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Kweller's second solo effort, On My Way, has attempted to match the modest but well-received popularity of Sha Sha while creating a more mature and subdued sound. Dean Martin died Christmas Day, 1995 and was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California. The album grew in popularity with a grassroot effort with his website and a promotion group called TeamBK, which promoted word-of-mouth advertising. Martin was devastated by the loss, which led to further deterioration of his health. The record kept many of the familiar sounds of Nirvana, but also worked in other pop music influences such as Weezer and Ben Folds. Tragedy struck on March 21, 1987 when his 35-year-old son, Dean Paul Martin, an actor, singer (in the group Dino, Desi, & Billy), and former tennis pro, was killed when the National Guard jet he was piloting crashed. The title track reconciles his past career efforts with Radish and the difficulty of finding an identity as a 20 year-old artist beginning a musical career for the second time. He was married three times and had eight children, one by adoption.

Kweller began his solo career with his 2002 debut Sha Sha. He appeared in fifty-one films in all. Regardless of a much-hyped beginning, which included appearances on Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, Radish failed to strike big success with either its first record Dizzy or its sophomore effort Restraining Bolt. Martin finally retired completely in 1988 when he became ill during a concert tour with surviving Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. However, the band was dismissed by critics as little more than an imitation of Nirvana with the novelty of an extremely young lead vocal-guitarist (Kweller was in his teens for the entire existence of the band). Nonetheless, Kweller and his two bandmates, bassist Bryan Blur and drummer John Kent, were signed to a major record label in 1995 by Mercury Records. In 1976 Frank Sinatra brought Martin along as a surprise guest on Jerry Lewis' Labor Day Telethon. The reunion of the duo was their first public appearance together in twenty years. The band grew in popularity in the Dallas, Texas music scene from its formation in 1993. From 1965 until 1974, he hosted the weekly variety show, The Dean Martin Show on NBC, but in the 1970s, his poor health and declining popularity generally restricted him to the stage.

Ben Kweller (born June 16, 1981) is an American rock musician and former lead singer of the 1990s band Radish, which was compared to Nirvana in Rolling Stone Magazine. He also starred in a series of four films as secret agent Matt Helm (1966–1969), including The Wrecking Crew (1969). In the 1960s, he was part of the Rat Pack and made a number of successful films with them. The partnership with Lewis broke up on July 24, 1956 and Martin surprised many when he went on to further success on his own. They later appeared on The Colgate Comedy Hour, a variety show that they would occasionally host from 1950-1955.

On television, the duo debuted on June 20, 1948 on Ed Sullivan's Toast Of The Town variety program. The duo made their first film together in 1949 with My Friend Irma and in 1951 they starred in the hit At War with the Army, which established the formula for their thirteen following films. He first teamed up with Jerry Lewis July 25, 1946 at Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey and the two created a successful stage comedy routine. Born Dino Paul Crocetti into an Italian-American family in Steubenville, Ohio, he left school at age sixteen and had a variety of jobs including that of prizefighter before changing his name and achieving moderate success as a singer in the New York nightclub scene.

Dean Martin (June 7, 1917 - December 25, 1995) was an American film actor and singer, crooner. That's Amore. Cannonball Run II (1984). The Cannonball Run (1981).

Ricco (1975). Mr. Showdown (1973). Something Big (1971).

Airport (1970). The Wrecking Crew (1969). 5 Card Stud (1968). Bandolero! (1968).

How to Save a Marriage (and Ruin Your Life) (1968). Rowan & Martin at the Movies (1968) (short subject). The Ambushers (1967). Rough Night in Jericho (1967).

Murderers' Row (1966). Texas Across the River (1966). The Silencers (1966). Marriage on the Rocks (1965).

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965). Kiss Me, Stupid (1964). Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964). What a Way to Go! (1964).

Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963). 4 for Texas (1963). Toys in the Attic (1963). Come Blow Your Horn (1963) (cameo).

38-24-36 (1963). Who's Got the Actions? (1962). The Road to Hong Kong (1962) (cameo). Sergeants 3 (1962).

Something's Got to Give (1962) (unfinished). Ada (1961). All in a Night's Work (1961). Pepe (1960) (cameo).

Ocean's Eleven (1960). Bells Are Ringing (1960). Who Was That Lady? (1960). Career (1959).

Rio Bravo (1959). Some Came Running (1958). The Young Lions (1958). Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957).

Hollywood or Bust (1956). Pardners (1956). Screen Snapshots: Hollywood, City of Stars (1956) (short subject). Artists and Models (1955).

You're Never Too Young (1955). 3 Ring Circus (1954). Living It Up (1954). Money from Home (1954).

The Caddy (1953). Scared Stiff (1953). The Stooge (1953). Road to Bali (1952) (cameo).

Jumping Jacks (1952). Sailor Beware (1952). That's My Boy (1951). At War with the Army (1950).

Screen Snapshots: Thirtieth Anniversary Special (1950) (short subject). My Friend Irma Goes West (1950). My Friend Irma (1949). Film Vodvil: Art Mooney and Orchestra (1946) (short subject).

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