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If You Like Beatles, You Must Hear This - Mark Radice's SRL Audition




14-04-2023 16:15 GMT

Mark Radice

Tennessee, USA

Current Score: ★☆☆☆☆ ☆☆

"I want To not die broke. "

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Mark Radice is an American singer, musician, songwriter, and producer. Since the early 1970s he has worked with a variety of different artists while also achieving success with his own material. He is a multi-instrumentalist[1] and is credited with writing more than 5,500 songs.[2]

Early life

Mark Radice was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1957, and from 1968 to 1982 he lived in nearby Nutley, where he was inducted into the Nutley Hall of Fame in 2019.[3] His father Gene Radice was a well-known recording engineer who worked with Jimi Hendrix, Velvet Underground, Lovin' Spoonful, Janis Ian, the Four Seasons, Cowsills, Mamas & the Papas, The Tokens, Vanilla Fudge, and many more.[4] Mark Radice began writing songs, after teaching himself guitar while listening to Beatles albums, at the age of seven.[4]


In 1964, at age of seven, Radice was signed to RCA Records. His single "Natural Morning" was later covered by Frankie Valli.[5] In 1967 while signed to Decca Records he released "10,000 Year Old Blues", which featured the 20-year-old Steven Tyler.[5] His first full-length self-titled LP was released in 1971 on Paramount Records.[6][7] The song "Hey, My Love" was later covered by Dion[5] and Mark Holden.

In 1973 Radice was invited by Donovan to move to England, where he would contribute to Donovan's album 7-Tease album and the associated tour.[5] In 1976, Radice released his second solo album Ain't Nothin' But A Party, featuring Brass Construction. The album included the hit single "If You Can't Beat 'Em Join 'Em."[8]

As a writer for EMI Publishing in the 1970s, he collaborated with artists such as Michael Bolton, Eddie Money, Dave Edmunds, Barbra Streisand,[9] Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Helix, Cheap Trick, Aldo Nova, Deodato, Phyllis Hyman, Jetboy, Box of Frogs, Gene Simmons, Shark Island, Jennifer Rush, and The Muppets.[2][10] In a chance encounter in a Los Angeles hotel lobby, Radice ran into Steven Tyler who asked him to tour with Aerosmith on keyboards and backing vocals. Radice appeared on Aerosmith's 1978 live album Live! Bootleg.[11] In the mid-1980s Radice toured with Cheap Trick and appeared on their album Standing on the Edge.[10] In the 1990s he toured with blues musician Matt " Guitar " Murphy.[2]

Radice was introduced to Jim Henson by Phil Ramone and wrote 50-plus songs for The Muppets franchise over eight years, including for the film Elmo's Christmas Countdown.[12] From 2005 to 2011 Radice wrote 160 songs for Sesame Street,[5] including rearranging the original theme in 2008. Radice was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work on Sesame Street.[2]

In 2012 he moved to Tennessee where he became involved with the Children's Media Studio and wrote 27 songs, one for each letter of the alphabet plus a "new" alphabet song, for the Sing and Spell Learning Letters project.[13][14] In 2019, that project became an animated television show currently showing regionally in various test areas.[15] Radice has also been employed DigiTrax Entertainment in Knoxville since 2013.[16] In 2016 Radice released the limited-edition Audio Quicksand compilation spanning his songwriting career.[2]

Career Goals | Objectives:

To not die broke.

Music Education | Training | Qualifications:

I taught myself guitar, piano, bass and drums by age ten.

Musical Instruments | Studio Equipment:

Guitar, drums

Influences | Sounds Like:

Beatles, Elton John, Randy Newman, Bruce Hornsby

Live Performance History | Residencies | Touring Experience:

Once a year just to get out of the house



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