|Born||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, record producer|
|Associated acts||Steve & the Board, Bee Gees, Tin Tin, the Fut|
Steve Kipner (born Steven Alan Kipner, 1950) is a multi-platinum-selling songwriter and record producer, with hits spanning a 40-year period, including chart-topping songs such as Olivia Newton-John's "Physical", Chicago's Grammy-nominated "Hard Habit to Break", "Genie in a Bottle" by Christina Aguilera, for which he won an Ivor Novello Award for International Hit of the Year, Natasha Bedingfield's "These Words", "The Hardest Thing" by 98 Degrees, "He Loves U Not" by Dream, "Stole" by Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland, The Script's "Breakeven" and "The Man Who Can't Be Moved", and most recently, American Idol Season 8 Kris Allen's first top 5 single debut "Live Like We're Dying", and "Fight for This Love" by Cheryl Cole.
Steve & the Board
His first band, Steve & the Board achieved Australian chart success with the song "Giggle Eyed Goo," co-written by his father Nat Kipner and released on Spin Records in 1966. As a result of his father's A&R involvement in Spin Records, the members of Steve & the Board became good friends with the Bee Gees, who were also on the label. Kipner's vocal work as a background vocalist was heard on some songs on Spicks and Specks, the album was produced by his father, Nat. (Although Colin Petersen, who was a drummer of Steve & the Board, also played drums on the album).
Tin Tin and the Fut
Steve & The Board broke up in early 1967. That same year, Kipner then formed a duo with Steve Groves, and relocated to England in 1968 where they recorded an unsuccessful LP as Steve & Stevie on Toast Records. When Kipner ran into Barry Gibb in 1969, Kipner and Groves were signed to Robert Stigwood with Maurice Gibb as their producer, then they renamed themselves Tin Tin, the group later scored an international hit, including an American Top 20 placing, with their 1971 single, "Toast and Marmalade for Tea," features a lead vocal by Kipner and Groves, which was produced by Maurice Gibb, the single became their well-known song. The song's success led to Tin Tin supporting the Bee Gees on their American tour in 1972.
In August 1969, "Have You Heard the Word" was recorded at a Tin Tin session the musicians on the songs are Maurice Gibb on vocals and bass, Groves on vocals and guitar, Billy Lawrie (Lulu's brother) on background vocals and Kipner himself on vocals and piano. The track features Maurice Gibb, who was impersonating John Lennon on the record. The song regularly appeared on Beatles Bootleg albums as what was thought of as a long lost Beatles recording, but it was Kipner, Steve Groves, Maurice Gibb and Lulu's brother Billie Lawrie clowning around in a Tin Tin recording session.
Kipner moved from London to California in 1974 and was a member of the bands "Friends" (MGM), "Skyband" (RCA), and "Think out Loud" (A&M). He then recorded the solo album Knock the Walls Down in 1979. While writing and recording for his own album, Kipner came into contact with other artists who developed an interest in his songs for their albums, and accidentally fell into a song-writing career as more and more opportunities arose.
At that time he met Australian manager Roger Davies, who in the early 1980s was working for Olivia Newton-John's manager Lee Kramer. Kipner had co-written a song with English songwriter Terry Shaddick entitled "Let's Get Physical," and played the demo to Davies, imagining the song would be suited to a male singer such as Rod Stewart. Kramer overheard the song from the next room and thought it would be a way to promote another one of his clients, Mr. Universe, by having him appear with Newton-John on her album cover. Retitled "Physical," the song spent ten weeks at number 1 on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was a worldwide hit.
"Physical" was ranked by Billboard in 2008 as the No. 6 song among all those which charted during the 50-year history of the Hot 100.
Over the years, Kipner has created songs for some of music industry's biggest artists including Olly Murs, Heart, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Laura Branigan, The Temptations, America, Cheap Trick, LFO, Westlife, Huey Lewis & the News, Joe Cocker, Al Jarreau, Rod Stewart, and American Idol's David Archuleta from Season 7. Other Billboard charting songs include "20/20" by George Benson, "Invisible Man" by 98 Degrees, "Potential New Boyfriend" by Dolly Parton, "Moonight on Water" by Laura Branigan, "Heart Attack" and "Twist of Fate" by Olivia Newton-John, and "Impulsive" by Wilson Phillips.
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