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. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. The album grew in popularity with a grassroot effort with his website and a promotion group called TeamBK, which promoted word-of-mouth advertising. The name of the group comes from the title of the 1925 novel Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos. The record kept many of the familiar sounds of Nirvana, but also worked in other pop music influences such as Weezer and Ben Folds. Louis (2000), dedicated to the music of Louis Armstrong. 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 most recent album of The Manhattan Transfer is The Spirit of St.

Kweller began his solo career with his 2002 debut Sha Sha. The 1997 album Swing covered 1930s-era swing music. 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. In 1991 the group released The Offbeat of Avenues. 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. Brasil won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The band grew in popularity in the Dallas, Texas music scene from its formation in 1993. For Brasil, the group headed south to work with Brazilian songwriters and musicians Ivan Lins, Milton Nascimento, Djavan and Gilberto Gil.

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 Transfer won in two categories: Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group, and Best Arrangement for Voices. Vocalese received twelve Grammy nominations -- at the time making it second only to Michael Jackson's "THRILLER" as the most nominated single album ever. It was a great critical success. Its next recording, Vocalese (1985) was a tour de force of highly complex material that tested the quartet's capabilities.

The song appeared on the soundtrack to the Burt Reynolds film Sharky's Machine. In 1982, the group won another Grammy, for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group, for its rendition of the classic ode-to-the-road, "Route 66". Both of these songs appeared on the group's fifth recording, Mecca for Moderns. "Boy From New York City," which broke into the top 10 on the pop charts, won them the award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and "Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)" earned them a Grammy for Best Jazz Performance, Duo or Group.

In 1981, The Manhattan Transfer made music history by becoming the first group to win Grammys in both pop and jazz categories in the same year. One of the most popular jazz recordings of 1980, "Birdland" brought The Transfer its first Grammy award (Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental), and the award for Best Arrangement For Voices. The album also featured "Birdland," the piece that has since become The Manhattan Transfer's signature tune. Its next recording, Extensions, earned The Manhattan Transfer their its first US pop hit: "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone" written by Alan Paul and Jay Graydon.

The group soon met with particular success in Europe, where its next two albums, Coming Out and Pastiche, brought it a string of top 10 hits. The lineup has remained the same since then. In 1978, Laurel Massť left the group and was replaced by Cheryl Bentyne. In 1975 it released its first album, The Manhattan Transfer.

In its early years, the group developed a cult following while playing such New York clubs as Trude Heller's, Reno Sweeney, and Max's Kansas City. The group was founded by singers Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, Laurel Massť and Tim Hauser. It is famous for its mixing of jazz, big band, and popular music styles. The Manhattan Transfer is an American vocal group that was established in New York City in 1972.

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