Eric Troyer

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Eric Troyer

Eric Lee Troyer (born 10 April 1949) is an American keyboardist, singer, songwriter, and occasional guitarist, best known as a member of ELO Part II and its successor, popular live band, The Orchestra. Troyer was a founding member of ELO Part II, having been recruited by band leader Bev Bevan in 1988.[1] and wrote a substantial quantity of the material on ELO Part II’s three albums: Electric Light Orchestra Part Two; Moment of Truth; and One Night, a live album recorded in Australia. He also wrote a large amount of The Orchestra's album No Rewind.

With over 100 album credits and many years of performing, writing, recording and touring the world as a member of the Electric Light Orchestra Part II, Eric Troyer has enjoyed a rare level of creative achievement and success.

Life and career[edit]

Over the years, Eric has been a part of pop music history playing and singing on some of the world’s most famous albums as a session musician and backing vocalist. He sang with John Lennon on "Woman" from the last John Lennon album, Double Fantasy, and he created the massive vocal harmonies heard on the huge hits of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Holding Out For A Hero" along with Rory Dodd. Eric also sang on Billy Joel's smash hit album An Innocent Man, including, "Uptown Girl" and "Tell Her About It".

Eric contributed his vocals to three Celine Dion albums, including her Grammy winning album Falling into You, for which he received a Grammy citation, as well as Celine’s "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" and "A New Day Has Come".

Eric’s credits are literally a who's who of the musical universe, having worked with Placido Domingo, Kiss, James Taylor, Aerosmith, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Johnny Winter, Michael Bolton, Sheena Easton, Julian Lennon, Scritti Politti, Eddie Rabbit, Meat Loaf, Barry Manilow, Sisters of Mercy, and sang on the movie soundtracks for Footloose, Chicago, Flashdance, and Streets of Fire.

In 1988 Eric co-founded the Electric Light Orchestra Part II with The Move/E.L.O. drummer Bev Bevan. Eric contributed to all of ELO Part II's studio and live albums, writing and singing their best known material; "Honest Men", "Thousand Eyes", and "For the Love of a Woman". In 2000, ELO Part II became The Orchestra Starring ELO Former Members, and while touring with ELO Part II and The Orchestra, Eric has had the privilege of performing at Carnegie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall with such orchestras as the Halle, The Royal Philharmonic, The Moscow Symphony, the Ukrainian National Symphony, Bulgarian National Symphony, Australian National Symphony, and many others. Beyond popular music, Eric’s singing talents have appeared on hundreds of commercials, from Kool-Aid to Coke. And as a jingle writer and ad agency producer, he wrote a legendary campaign tune for IBM among other outstanding jingles.

In 1980, Eric scored a minor solo hit with "Mirage", peaking at #92 in the Hot 100 chart. However it fared better on the AC, peaking at #43. An accompanying album titled String of Pearls was recorded, but never officially released. Thirteen years later, he did release a solo CD, Model Citizen.

Currently, Eric has branched out into film and TV production with his wife Kee Kee Buckley. Together they own the production company Ad Hoc Media Partners https://www.adhocmediapartners.com/our-story, and are currently in various stages of production on several documentaries, narrative films, and a TV series called Finding Real America.

Eric is married to writer/filmmaker Kee Kee Buckley. He has three daughters from a previous marriage: Asia, Lindsay, and Lauren.

Discography[edit]

Eric Troyer Discography
BAND ALBUM LABEL ROLE YEAR
1994 1994 A&M Records V 1978
Aerosmith Draw the Line Columbia V 1977
Air Supply Making Love Out of Nothing at All Arista V 1983
Greatest Hits Arista V 1983
Greatest Hits Arista V 1988
Peter Allen Making Every Moment Count RCA Victor V 1990
Artful Dodger Artful Dodger Columbia, Pilot Records, Inc. V,K 1975
Artful Dodger Pendulum Entertainment Group V,K 1997
The Complete Columbia Recordings Real Gone Music, Sony Music Entertainment V,K 2017
Bang Tango Dancin' On Coals MCA Records, Mechanic Records V 1991
Blackjsck (Michael Bolton) Worlds Apart Polydor V 1980
Blue Rose Blue Rose Estate Record Corporation V 1983
Martin Briley Fear of the Unknown Mercury V 1981
Dangerous Moments Mercury V 1985
The Mercury Years Hip-O Select, Mercury V 2005
Catherine Marie Charlton Undershore River Dawn Productions E 2004
I Dream About This World: The Wyeth Album Phil's Records/ Spotted Peccary V,E 2018
Maiden's Voyage Audio & Video Labs, Inc. E 2015
China Go All The Way Vertigo V 1991
Cinderella Heartbreak Station Columbia V 1987
Gold Mercury/ UME V 2006
Clarence Clemons & Red Bank Robbers Rescue Columbia V 1983
Rescue/Hero Columbia V 1999
Compilation Album The Best Smooth Jazz Ever GRP/Universal V 2002
Peter Criss Let Me Rock You Casablanca V 1982
Miles Davis 1986-1991: The Warner Years Warner Music France, Rhino Records V 2011
Taylor Dayne Original Sin Arista V 1994
Rick Derringer Guitars And Women Razor & Tie V 1979
Karla De Vito Is This a Cool World or What? Epic V 1981
Celine Dion Falling Into You Columbia V 1996
The Power of the Dream Epic V 1996
Let's Talk About Love Columbia V 1997
These Are Special Times Columbia V 1998
All The Way...A Decade of Song Columbia V 1999
My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection Columbia V 2008
The Collection: Let's Talk About Love/ Falling Into You/ A New Day Has Come Sony Music, Legacy Recordings V 2009
The Essential Celine Dion Columbia, Sony Music V 2011
Disney Mickey's Rock Around The Mouse Walt Disney V,C 1987
Happily Ever After Walt Disney V,C 2010
Minnie n' Me - Songs Just For Girls Walt Disney C 2011
Placido Domingo Goya...A Life In Song CBS Recordings Inc. V 1988
Sheena Easton No Sound But a Heart EMI America V 1987
Electric Light Orchestra Part 2 Electric Light Orchestra Part II (self titled) Eurostar V,K,C,A 1990
Honest Men Disky V,K,C,A 1990
Part Two: Once Upon a Time V,K,C,A 1991
Thousand Eyes Disky V,K,C,A 1991
Electric Light Orchestra Part Two Performing ELO's Greatest Hits Live Featuring The Moscow Symphony Orchestra Scotti Bros. Records V,K,C,A 1992
Moment of Truth Ultrapop V,K,C,A 1994
Power of a Million Lights Mega Records V,K,C,A
One Night: Live in Australia Norske Gram AS, CMC Records (7) V,K,C,A 1995
In Concert V,K,C,A 1996
Greatest Hits Live, Vol 2: Encore Collection V,K,C,A 1998
Gold Collection, Vol. 2 V,K,C,A 2001
Triple Treasures (3 CD comp) Digimode Entertainment Ltd. V,K,C,A 2002
Standin' in the Rain, Strange Magic, Once Upon A Time Ausgabedatum V,K 2005
The Very Best of the Electric Light Orchestra Part II [Deja Vu] V,K,C,A 2007
Charlie Elgart Signs of Life Novus V 1988
Faster Pussycat Faster Pussycat Elektra V 1987
Whipped Elektra V,A 1992
Suzanne Fellini Suzanne Fellini Casablanca V 1980
Steve Forbet Steve Forbet Epic, Nemperor Records V 1982
The Hits Crew Drew's Famous Presents Kids TV Themes Drew's Entertainment/ Universal C 2016
Ian Hunter All of the Good Ones Are Taken Columbia V 1983
Garland Jeffreys American Boy & Girl A&M Records V 1979
Matador and More A&M Records V 1992
Ghost Writer/ One Eyed Jack/ American Boy & Girl Raven Records V 2011
Ingrid Jensen At Sea Artist Share E 2005
Billy Joel An Innocent Man Columbia V 1983
Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 (1973-1985) Columbia V 1985
The Justice Department Let John and Yoko Stay in the USA (single) New Design Records V 1972
Karen Kamon Voices ATCO Records V 1987
Tom Kimmel Circle Back Home Polydor Records V 1990
KISS Rock 'n Roll Over Casablanca K 1976
KISS/ Gene Simmons Casablanca V,K 1978
Best of Solo Albums Casablanca V,K 1980
Gold: 1974 - 1982, Sound + Vision Mercury V,K 2004
Gold V,K 2005
The KISS Solo Albums (Solo Box Set) Lilith V,K 2006
La Union Psycofunkster Au Lait Warner Music Spain S.L. V 1993
Robert Lamm Mystic Music & Entertainment Pendulum Entertainment Group V 1999
Martee Lebow Love's a Liar Atlantic V 1987
John Lennon Double Fantasy (Woman) Geffen Records V 1980
Collection V 1989
John Lennon Signature Box Capital Records V 2010
Julian Lennon Valotte Charisma, Virgin V 1984
The Secret Value Of Daydreaming Atlantic V 1986
Rob Jungklas Closer to the Flame Manhattan Records V 1986
Tony LeMans Tony LeMans Paisley Park, Reprise Records V 1989
Barry Manilow Greatest Hits Volume 2 Arista V 1983
The Songs 1975 - 1990 Arista V 1990
The Complete Collection and Then Some... Arista V 1992
Greatest Hits - The Platinum Collection Arista V 1994
Marilyn Martin Marilyn Martin Atlantic V 1986
Meat Loaf Dead Ringer Cleveland Int'l Records, Epic V 1981
Hits Out of Hell Cleveland Int'l Records, Epic V 1984
Meat Loaf & Friends Epic V 1992
Dead Ringer & Bat Out of Hell Cleveland Int'l Records, Epic V 1992
Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell MCA Records V 1993
The Very Best of Meat Loaf Cleveland Int'l Records, Epic V 1998
Dead Ringer/ Midnight at the Lost and Found/ Bat Out of Hell Epic V 1999
Couldn't Have Said it Better Mercury V 2003
Meat Loaf with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Bat Out of Hell Live Mercury V 2004
Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose Mercury V 2006
Cry Over Me Mercury V 2006
Blind As A Bat Mercury V 2006
Meat Loaf Featuring Marion Raven - It's All Coming Back to Me Now Mercury V 2006
The Essential Meat Loaf Epic V 2011
Frankie Miller Double Trouble Chrysalis V 1978
Dancing In The Rain Mercury V 1986
Double Trouble/ Full House 2000 FruitGum Corp. V 2004
That's Who! The Complete Chrysalis Recordings (1973-1980) Chrysalis V 2011
The Monroes Everything is Forgiven EMI V 1987
Ronnie Montrose Jump On It Warner Bros. V 1976
Elliot Murphy Apres Le Deluge EMIS, New Rose Records piano/organ 1985
American Stories Part 2 Ruta 66 Records piano/organ 2005
New York Latin All-Stars Presentando Eddie Ganz Exitos! Chicago Records II V 2012
Allan Nicholls Songs from the Source Justin Time V,K,P,E 2006
Rosie O'Donnell A Rosie Christmas Columbia V 1999
Yoko Ono Walking On Thin Ice Rykodisc V 1985
Onobox Rykodisc V 1992
The Orchestra No Rewind Art Music V,C,K 2005
The Orchestra Live V,C,K 2008
Anthology - 20 Years and Counting V,C,K 2009
Donny Osmond Eyes Don't Lie Capital Records V 1990
Pandora's Box Original Sin Virgin V,A 1989
Graham Parker Another Grey Area Arista V 1982
Passion Is No Ordinary Word V 1991
Passion Is No Ordinary Word: The Graham Parker Anthology 1976-1991 Rhino Records, BMG Direct Marketing V 1993
Ultimate Collection V 2001
The Producers Coelancanth One Way Records V 1988
Eddie Rabbit Rabit Trax RCA V 1986
Lou Reed New Sensations RCA V 1984
Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology CBMG, RCA V 1992
The RCA & Arista Album Collection Sony Music, Legacy V 2016
Kevin Rowland The Wanderer Mercury, Phonogram V 1988
Eddie Schwartz Schwartz A&M Records V 1980
Scritti Politti Cupid & Psyche '85 Virgin V 1985
Provision Virgin V,A 1988
First Boy In This Town Virgin V,A 1988
Oh Patti (Don't Fell Sorry For Loverboy)- (Scritti Politti + Miles Davis) Virgin V 1988
Absolute: The Best of Scritti Politti Virgin V 2011
Sheila Easton Little Darlin' Carrere C,A 1981
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Cadsablanca V,K 1978
Carly Simon Spoiled Girl Epic V 1985
Coming Around Again Arista V 1987
Sisters Of Mercy Floodland Merciful Release, WEA, Elektra V 1987
Rex Smith Forever, Rex Smith Columbia V,K 1980
Everlasting Love Columbia V,K 1981
Rock and Roll Dream 1976-1983 Hear No Evil Recordings, Cherry Road V,K 2017
Patty Smyth Never Enough Columbia V 1987
Patty Smyth Feat. Scandal - Greatest Hits Columbia, Pilot Records, Inc. V,K 1975
Special EFX Just Like Magic GRP V 1990
Peace of the World GRP V 1991
Special EFX Collection GRP V 1993
Billy Squier Signs Of Life Capital Records V 1984
Reach for the Sky: The Anthology Polydor Records V 1996
Emotions in Motion/ Signs of Life Capital Records V 2008
Didi Stewart Begin Here Krishner V 1982
Barbra Streisand Emotion Columbia V,A 1984
Jim Steinman Bad For Good Cleveland Int'l Records, Epic V 1981
James Taylor That's Why I'm Here Columbia V 1985
New Moonshine/ Never Die Young/ That's Why I'm Here Sony V 2000
Collection Sony V 2009
The Collection: That's Why I'm Here/ Never Die Young/ JT Sony V 2009
Tease Tease RCA C,A 1986
Bonnie Tyler Faster Than The Speed Of Night (includes the mega hit Total Eclipse of the Heart U7 V 1983
Holding Out for a Hero CBS/Sony V,A 1984
Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire Epic V,A 1986
Free Spirit EastWest Records, Atlantic V 1995
Faster Than The Speed Of Night/ Secret Dreams & Forbidden Fire Sony BMG V 2007
Various Lost in the Stars - The Music of Kurt Weill A&M Records V 1985
Various Music and Songs From Starlight Express MCA Records V 1987
Various Peter's Pop Show Ariola V,K,C,A 1991
Varios Precious Rock (The Greatest Rock Performances Temple V,K,C,A 1995
Greatest Hits Arista V 1983
Various Songs From Whistle Down The Wind Polydor, Really Useful Records V 1998
Roseanna Vitro Reaching for the Moon CMG V 1991
Wicked Lester (pre-KISS, w/ Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley Wicked Lester Epic V never released
Jonny Winter John Dawson Winter The 3 Blue Sky V 1974
Akiko Yano Oui Oui Sony Music Direct V 1997
Zebra Zebra Atlantic K 1983
Solo Albums
NAME ALBUM LABEL YEAR
Eric Troyer String of Pearls (unreleased) Chrysalis 1980
Mirage / Meet Me at Midnight (single) Chrysalis 1980
Model Citizen Fine Arts Media 1993
Eric Troyer & Hagley R.C. High School - Perpetual (single) (Birmingham, England HS fundraiser for school bus crash victims) 1994
Original Motion Picture & TV Soundtracks
NAME YEAR
Flashdance (Movie) (Universal Music) 1978
Footloose (Movie) (Columbia Records) 1984
Streets of Fire (Movie) (MCA Records) 1984
Night Visitor (Movie) (United Artists) 1989
The Shadow (Movie) (Arista Records) 1994
The Charlie Horse Music Pizza (Starring Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop) (TV - end credit song) 1998-1999
Chicago (Movie) (Epic) 2002
Popstar (Movie) 2005
Miracle Dogs Too (Movie) 2006
Moldy (Movie - documentary) 2015
No Rewind: History of the Band, Story of the Album (The Orchestra) (Movie - performance documentary) 2018
Finding Real America (TV) 2019-
Movie/TV Appearances
NAME YEAR
Dead Ringer (Meatloaf) (Movie) 1981
The Charlie Horse Music Pizza (Starring Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop) (TV - Episode 7: "A Pirates Life") 1998
Electric Light Orchestra Part II - Access All Areas (Movie - performance documentary) 2000
Electric Light Orchestra Part 2 - Access All Areas (Movie - performance documentary) 2003
Live in Reno (The Orchestra) (Movie - performance documentary) 2006
Cry Over Me - Meatloaf 2007
No Rewind: History of the Band, Story of the Album (The Orchestra) (Movie - performance documentary) 2017
Finding Real America (TV) 2007

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