Herb Rooney

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Herb Rooney
Birth name Herbert Louis Rooney
Also known as Herb Rooney
Born 1941[1]
Origin New York City[1]
Died early c.1990s)
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter and bass singer.
Associated acts The Exciters, Melvin Bliss

Herbert Louis Rooney (born 1941 - c. early 1990s)[2] was an American record producer who was responsible for writing, producing and singing bass[3] on songs by the Exciters and for writing[4] and producing[5] the sample staple Synthetic Substitution by Melvin Bliss.

Between 1964 and the mid-1980s Rooney was married to lead singer Brenda Reid.[6] They had one son, Cory Rooney, who played keyboard for Herb and Brenda when touring[7] and has produced for the likes of Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez,[8] Marc Anthony, Thalia, Destiny's Child, and many more.

Post-The Exciters saw Rooney running his own cosmetics firm.[6] He died in the early 1990s.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Herb Rooney". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Herb Rooney". Discogs. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Warner, Jay. American Singing Groups: A History from 1940 to Today. 
  4. ^ "Melvin Bliss - Reward / Synthetic Substitution". Discogs. 
  5. ^ ""Synthetic Substitution" ~ Melvin Bliss". GeniusRap.com. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "The Exciters". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "For Cory Rooney, Songwriting Replaced Performing". New York Times. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Kawashima, Dale. "Cory Rooney Writes & Produces Top Hits for Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony & Destiny's Child". Songwriter Universe Magazine. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  9. ^ Clemente, John (2000). Girl group: fabulous females that rocked the world. ISBN 9780873418164.