Rob Jungklas

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Rob Jungklas
Origin Memphis, Tennessee
Genres Rock, Blues
Occupation(s) Singer, Musician, Teacher
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1970s–1989, 2001–present
Labels Madjack Records
Website http://robjungklas.com/

Rob Jungklas is an American, Memphis, Tennessee-based musician, singer and songwriter.

Jungklas worked in the Memphis-based music circuit for 15 years before signing a deal with Manhattan Records and releasing the album Closer to the Flame in 1986.[1] The album contained the minor hit "Make It Mean Something," which reached #86 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] Another song, "Boystown," had a video directed by Godley & Creme (in the same rapid-jump-cut style of their video for Wang Chung's "Everybody Have Fun Tonight"). "Hello Heaven," another song on the album, appeared on the soundtrack of the 1987 movie The Principal.

Jungklas recorded a second album that was not released; Jungklas later released the album through his own website under the title Wrestle With Angels.[3] He then moved to RCA Records, where his album Work Songs for a New Moon was released in 1989. The album was not a commercial success, and he left the label.[1] Jungklas then left the music business; he married, earned a college degree and got a job teaching English and science at the Hutchison School in Memphis.[1] He later moved to St. George's Independent School in Collierville, Tennessee to work as a 7th grade science teacher.[4] Jungklas began playing music again in 2001, and released the album Arkadelphia in 2003 on Memphis-based label Madjack Records. Its blues-based sound was a major departure from his rock-oriented 1980s releases. Jungklas played several shows opening for Lucinda Williams in support of the album. Jungklas released another blues-based album, Gully, in 2007. In August 2010, he released Mapping the Wreckage. Madjack released Jungklas' The Spirit And The Spine in November 2013.

Jungklas said that while he's proud of his pop-oriented work in the 1980s, "in my mind, I'm really a blues artist ... folk and blues. People might roll their eyes when I say that. But in my head, that's what it is."[5]

Discography[edit]

  • Romeos (1983)
  • Closer to the Flame (1986)
  • Work Songs for a New Moon (1989)
  • Arkadelphia (2003)
  • Gully (2007)
  • Mapping the Wreckage (2010)
  • The Spirit And The Spine (2013)
  • Nothing to Fade (2014)
  • 7 Sisters (2015)
  • Blackbirds (2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "A teacher channels Memphis gothic". The Commercial Appeal. November 23, 2007. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Rob Jungklas - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Wrestle With Angels". RobJungklas.com. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Musician left guitar-less". The Commercial Appeal (via PressReader.com). April 8, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Let It Bleed: Rob Jungklas fights through the darkness on his searing new album, Mapping the Wreckage". Memphis Flyer. July 29, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 

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