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Eric Bazilian (2008)
|Birth name||Eric M. Bazilian|
July 21, 1953 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, melodica, saxophone, mandolin, keyboards, bass, drums|
|Associated acts||The Hooters|
Eric M. Bazilian (born July 21, 1953), is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, best known for being a founding member of the rock band The Hooters and for writing "One of Us," made famous by Joan Osborne in 1995.
He began playing the piano at age five, and his uncle taught him guitar at nine. He never took formal musical lessons. At the age of 10, while watching The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, Bazilian realized that playing and creating music was what he wished to pursue with his life.
At 16 years old, while attending Germantown Friends School, Bazilian started writing songs for his first band, Evil Seed. This band played all original music at "Be-ins" at Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park.
By the mid 1970s, while attending the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics, Bazilian met Rob Hyman and Rick Chertoff, with whom he formed a band called Baby Grand. They would release two albums during their tenure.
Tenure with The Hooters
Nervous Night, The Hooters' 1985 debut on Columbia Records, sold more than 2 million copies and included Billboard Top 40 hits "Day By Day" (#18), "And We Danced" (#21) and "Where Do The Children Go" (#38).
After releasing six albums, The Hooters obtained a large global following throughout the 1980s and 1990s. As a result, they were asked to open three major musical events of the late 20th century: Live Aid in Philadelphia in 1985, Amnesty International Concert at Giants Stadium in 1986, and Roger Waters' The Wall Concert in Berlin in 1990. In 1995, The Hooters went on hiatus, although Hyman and Bazilian would continue to collaborate on musical projects for other artists.
Bazilian reunited with The Hooters on successful headlining European summer tours in 2003, 2004, and 2005.
2007 saw the release of Time Stand Still, their first album of new material since 1993.
In 2010, to celebrate 30 years as a band, they released a five song EP entitled "Five By Five", produced by Nick Jameson. The EP featured the only "official" studio recordings by the band of Rob Hyman's "Time After Time" and Bazilian's "One of Us".
The Hooters continue to tour successfully in Germany and Scandinavia and perform special concert events in their native Philadelphia.
"One of Us"
Bazilian has become recognized internationally for being a songwriter, session musician, arranger, and producer for many artists.
In 1995, he played all those roles for Joan Osborne's debut album Relish, which was nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year for the No. 4 Billboard hit "One of Us," which Bazilian single-handedly wrote.
"One of Us" has since been covered by many artists throughout the world, among them being Prince, Doctor Evil in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Martyn Joseph, Scott Bradoka, Sharla Jackson Band, Wildside, Jackie "O", DJ Irene, Outta Control, and Seal.
In 2003, "One of Us" was used as the theme song for the CBS television series Joan of Arcadia. It has also appeared on the soundtracks of numerous movies, including Vanilla Sky (2001), Bruce Almighty, (2003) and Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005).
In more recent years, The Hooters have also performed "One of Us" in their live shows.
Bazilian has released two solo albums to date:
The Optimist (2000)
- Driving In England
- Until You Dare
- Gemini Yo Yo
- Bye Bye Baby
- When I Was The Man
- Kid From Outer Space
- Be My Woman
- Hopelessly, Relentlessly
- Mind Going Down
- The Optimist
A Very Dull Boy (2002)
- A Very Dull Boy
- Lucky To Be
- Since You Ask
- Feeling Your Pain
- A Pocket Full Of Nothing
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Too Much Of My Time
- Lump Of Clay
- Hallelujah And Amen
Bazilian has (co-)written songs for numerous artists throughout the world, among them:
- Billie Myers – "Kiss The Rain"
- Robbie Williams – "Old Before I Die"
- Joan Osborne – "Dracula Moon"; "Ladder"; "Let's Just Get Naked"; "Lumina"; "One of Us"; "Pensacola"; "Right Hand Man"; "Saint Teresa"
- Amanda Marshall – "Believe in You"; "Best of Me"; "Give Up Giving In"; "If I Didn't Have You"; "Love Lift Me"; "Never Said Goodbye"; "Ride"; "Shades of Grey"; "Too Little Too Late"; "Why Don't You Love Me"
- Ricky Martin – "Private Emotion"
- Scorpions – "Remember the Good Times"; "Dreamers"; "Humanity"; "We Were Born To Fly"; "The Future Never Dies"; "You're Lovin' Me To Death"; "Love Will Keep Us Alive"; "Your Last Song"; "Cold"; "She Said"; "Slave Me"; "No Limit"; "Lorelei"; "Spirit of Rock"; "Let's Rock"; "The Best is Yet to Come"
- Annie Carrier – "Attitude"
- Sarah Hudson – "Girl on the Verge"; "Little"
- Des'ree – "God Only Knows"
- Bijou Phillips – "Hawaii"; "Just Look Around"
- Patty Smyth – "Heartache Heard Around the World"; "Never Enough"
- Willie Nile - "God Laughs"
- Alejandra Guzmán – "Hoy Me Voy A Querer"
- Bon Jovi – "I Get a Rush"; "One Man Band"
- Bif Naked – "I Love Myself Today"
- The Calling – "Just That Good"; "Stigmatized"
- Jonatha Brooke – "Less Than Love is Nothing"
- Ronnie Spector – "Never Gonna Be Your Baby"
- Shannon McNally – "Now That I Know"
- Zucchero – "Pure Love"
- LeAnn Rimes – "Safest Place"
- Cyndi Lauper – "Someone Like Me"; "That's What I Think"
- Matt Nathanson – "Suspended"
- Alannah Myles – "Bad 4 You"
- D-Side – "My Best Chance"
- Jon Bon Jovi – "Sad Song Night"; "Ugly"
- Journey – "To Be Alive Again"
- Leah Andreone – "Inconceivable"
- Lucia Cifarelli – "We Are Angels"
- Midge Ure – "Fallen Angel"
- Nordman – "Hjälp Mig Att Leva"; " Sorg Min Älskarinna"
- Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers – "Half A Heart"
- Theme to the TV series "Dollhouse" – (Co-writer with Jonatha Brooke)
- "GEMA - Members - Online Database - Musical Works".
- Eric Bazilian official website
- Eric Bazilian official MySpace page
- Eric Bazilian at the Internet Movie Database