- Rob Hyman
Infobox musical artist
Name = Rob Hyman
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Robert Andrew Hyman
Born = birth date and age|1950|4|24
Meriden, Connecticut, U.S.
Instrument = Vocal, Keyboards,
Melodica, Accordion, Guitar, Mandolin
Genre = Rock
Musician, Songwriter, Producer
Years_active = 1978–present
URL = http://www.robhyman.com
Robert Andrew "Rob" Hyman (born
April 24, 1950in Meriden, Connecticut, U.S.) is an American singer, songwriter, keyboard player, accordionplayer, producer, arrangerand recording studioowner, best known for being a founding member of the rock band The Hooters.
Hyman started taking
pianolessons at the age of four and grew up playing in local bands in Meriden, Connecticut, including The Trolls and the Pro-Teens.
He attended Francis T. Maloney High School, where he was the editor of the
yearbook, was voted as "Most Likely to Succeed", and was the class valedictorian.
While attending the
University of Pennsylvaniain Philadelphia, where he earned a Bachelor of Sciencedegree in biology, Hyman met future bandmate and composing partner Eric Bazilianand producer Rick Chertoff. The three of them formed a band called Wax, with Hyman and Bazilian later forming a band called Baby Grand in the late 1970s. Baby Grand released two albums on Arista Records, one eponymous and the other called "Ancient Medicine". While the band had some critical success, it never achieved any commercial success and eventually disbanded.
Tenure with The Hooters
After Baby Grand disbanded, Hyman and Bazilian decided to try something new by combining
reggae, ska, and rock'n'rollto create The Hootersin 1980.
The Hooters' 1985 debut on Columbia Records, sold in excess of 2 million copies and included "Billboard" Top 40 hits "Day By Day" (#18), "And We Danced" (#21) and "Where Do The Children Go" (#38).
After releasing six albums,
The Hootersobtained a large global following throughout the 1980s and 1990s. As a result, they were asked to open three major musical events of the late 20th century: Live Aidin Philadelphiain 1985, Amnesty InternationalConcert at Giants Stadiumin 1986, and Roger Waters' The Wall Concert in Berlinin 1990. In 1995, The Hooters went on hiatus, although Hyman and Bazilian would continue to collaborate together on musical projects for other artists.
Hyman reunited with The Hooters on successful headlining European summer tours in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
2007 saw the release of "
Time Stand Still", their first album of new material since 1993.
Other musical projects
In 1983, Hyman worked with singer
Cyndi Lauperand together they wrote the Billboard number one hit "Time After Time," which earned Hyman a Grammy Awardnomination for Song of the Yearin 1984. The song went on to be covered by over 100 artists including Miles Davis, Willie Nelson, Matchbox 20, Everything But The Girland Cassandra Wilson.
Hyman also composed, arranged and played on
Patty Smyth's 1987 solo album "Never Enough", which was produced by Hyman's college friend and producer for The Hooters, Rick Chertoff. The title track was a cover of an old Baby Grand song.
In 1995, Hyman wrote, played and arranged on
Joan Osborne's debut album, "Relish", which went on to be nominated for five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.
In 1998, Hyman again collaborated with Chertoff to create the concept album "Largo", which was based on the largo movement of
Antonín Dvořák's "Symphony No. 9, in E Minor From the New World". The project featured Joan Osborne, The Chieftains, David Forman, Willie Nile, Taj Mahal, Carole Kingand Levon Helm.
In 1999, Hyman co-wrote and performed on
Ricky Martin's single " Private Emotion," which was featured on the album "Ricky Martin".
In 2000, Hyman contributed to the
Ron Howardmovie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", by co-writing, co-producing, arranging and playing on "Christmas of Love" performed by Little Isidore and The Inquisitors.
In 2002, Hyman co-produced and played on
Dar Williams' album "The Beauty of the Rain", and co-wrote the single "Closer To You." He also wrote and played on her 2005 album " My Better Self".
Hyman has also been involved in songwriting projects with
Bette Midlerand a variety of other stage and film projects, as well as development projects with several emerging new artists.
November 17, 2000, Hyman was inducted into the Philadelphia Walk of Fame on the Avenue of the Arts. [http://www.philadelphiamusicalliance.org/walk_names.htm#h]
In 2002, construction was completed on Hyman's recording studio, Elmstreet Studios, in suburban
Philadelphia. Several projects have been recorded there, including the 2007 album by The Hooters, " Time Stand Still". The studio combines vintage analog gear and the latest digital recording equipment, including Pro ToolsHD and houses Hyman's extensive keyboard collection.
* [http://www.robhyman.com/ Rob Hyman] official website
* [http://www.elmstreetstudios.com Elmstreet Studios]
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