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. On the heels of his surprisingly populer (even to him) 'Farewell' tour, Manilow will be opening a standing show in Las Vegas in 2005, according to Newsweek and MSNBC (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6919090/site/newsweek/). The album grew in popularity with a grassroot effort with his website and a promotion group called TeamBK, which promoted word-of-mouth advertising. After financial difficulties and a legal battle, Manilow and Sussman won back the rights to the musical which is now to be produced on stage in 2005. The record kept many of the familiar sounds of Nirvana, but also worked in other pop music influences such as Weezer and Ben Folds. Although not all Manilow's hits were written by him (the most notable instance, ironically, being "I Write The Songs", actually written by lyricist Bruce Johnston), he co-wrote, with lyricist Bruce Sussman, a musical, Harmony, which was originally to have been produced in Philadelphia during 2003. 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. Critics are not uniformly impressed by the tour, either, noting that the name of the tour suggests that he should be emphasizing his repertoire of Top 40 hits, instead of kitschy Broadway-style production numbers, and an apparently rather notorious crotch-grabbing gesture during the performance of Copacabana.

Kweller began his solo career with his 2002 debut Sha Sha. Some fans were unhappy that Manilow charged his fans $1000 to meet him after the show for charity. 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. Manilow appeared as a guest judge and even arranged music for American Idol on April 24, 2004, the year in which he also embarked on his "One Night Live! One Last Time!" final tour. 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. Manilow's Copacabana has also been turned into a stage musical that ran for two years in the West End, and toured the US in 2000 and 2003. The band grew in popularity in the Dallas, Texas music scene from its formation in 1993. Manilow's solo hits include "Mandy" (1974), "Copacabana (At The Copa)" (1978), "I Write The Songs" (1975) "The Old songs" (1981),"Hey Mambo" (1987) "Turn The Radio Up" (2001), and "They Dance!" (2001).

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. Early in his career, Manilow worked as a pianist, producer and arranger, accompanying Bette Midler among others. Manilow also reportedly wrote to Playboy in 1965—when he would have been 22—asking for advice about music.). (Manilow's record label Arista took three years off his announced age when he was really 32--in 1975--and made him 29 years old so he would appeal to teens as well; this made him appear to have been born in 1946 instead of his actual birth year which is 1943. 1 debut of his 2002 greatest hits album Ultimate Manilow, and being dubbed "showman of our generation" recently by Rolling Stone.

Despite the frequent barbs from critics and lampooning by comedians, Manilow's fans and music soldier on as evidenced by the No. Manilow dominated the 1970s soft rock scene with a string of top ten hits and multi-platinum albums. Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus in Brooklyn, New York on June 17, 1943) is an American singer and songwriter.

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