The Greg Kihn Band was founded by singer Greg Kihn and bassist Steve Wright. And although the lineup has changed over the years, the band is still touring (before COVID) today.
Greg Kihn began his musical career in Baltimore. He started writing songs and performing in local cafes while in high school. At the age of 17, Kihn’s mother entered one of her original songs in a talent competition sponsored by one of the top 40 local radio stations. Greg Kihn won … and received a typewriter, a stack of records and a Vox electric guitar.
Kihn moved to Berkeley, California in 1972. He began painting houses to pay the bills, while singing in the streets and working behind the counter of a record store.
In 1973, Kihn was signed to Beserkley Records and helped shape the overall sound of the company: mellow pop, with a sound from the 60s. His recorded debut took place on a compilation album.
In the bicentennial year (1976), Kihn recorded his first album with his own group, The Greg Kihn Band, composed of Ronnie Dunbar (guitar), Steve Wright (bass) and Larry Lynch (drums). The composition of the group will change several times over the coming years.
During the rest of the 1970s, the band released an album every year …
… and builds a sequel …
… by constant tours.
In 1981, Kihn landed his first hit on the charts (# 15/1981) …
… and one of “New Jersey’s greatest hits” with “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)”.
Discover Greg Kihn playing his first hit LIVE New Jersey…
… at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, in 1984.
Back to the musical timeline:
“Happy Man” (# 62) and “Every Love Song” (# 82) were released in 1982.
Kihn’s music had a more commercial sound in the 1980s, with puns albums: Rockihnroll (1981), Kihntinued (1982), Kihnspiracy (1983), Kihntageous (1984) …
… and Citizen Kihn (1985).
Greg Kihn made his mark biggest success with “Jeopardy” (# 2/1983).
The video was a favorite of MTV, one of the first “concept” videos, with its theme “Night Of The Living Dead”.
Weird Al Yankovic usurped Kihn’s biggest hit, with “I Lost On Jeopardy”.
Enjoy Greg Kihn’s cameo in the Weird Al video.
Once again (above) Greg Kihn rocked New Jersey in 1984.
Follow-up releases for “Jeopardy” included: “Love Never Fails” (# 59/1983), “Lucky” (# 30/1985) and “Love And Rock And Roll” (# 92/1986).
Kihn continued to tour throughout the 1980s, opening arena-sized shows for Journey, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, among others. He also appeared on TV shows of the time, including Solid Gold, American Bandstand, and Saturday Night Live.
Greg Kihn returned to Baltimore to record a pair of solo acoustic albums: “Mutiny” (1994) and “Horror Show” in 1996.
The Greg Kihn group continues (pre-COVID) …
… with a background that includes Greg’s son, Ry Kihn, on lead guitar.
Greg Kihn was inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame in San Jose, California in 2007.
In 2012, Kihn left the airwaves of San Francisco radio after years of waking up at 4 a.m. to do a morning show (I’m even up earlier than that, when I host a morning show, so I can … relate).
Also check out Greg Kihn on Facebook. Click on here.
Without a doubt, this Jersey pilot …
… is a fan of Greg Kihn.
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