Years: 1967 - present
Styles: Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Soft Rock
Adrian Gurvitz - Backing vocals, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead guitar, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Vocals
Adrian Gurvitz (born Adrian Curtis Gurvitz) is an English singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. His early bands The Gun, Three Man Army, and The Baker Gurvitz Army were major influences to the first wave of the British hard rock circuit. Gurvitz also gained notability as a lead guitarist, known for this intricate, hard-driving solos.
In 1967, he had a minor hit with his band Rupert’s People with their single, “Reflections of Charlie Brown” released on Columbia Records. As the lead guitarist and singer of the band The Gun, Gurvitz had his first major hit with "Race with the Devil" at age 18. Issued as a single in October 1968, it reached the UK charts in the top 10 and in March 1969, it became No. 1 in many European countries.
Not long after The Gun disbanded, Gurvitz began work on his first solo album, which turned into Three Man Army's debut album, "A Third of a Lifetime". Buddy Miles invited Gurvitz to join his band, The Buddy Miles Express, on its US tour. The tour lasted for two solid years and they played in front of 50,000 people a night.
Gurvitz returned to the UK from his tour with Buddy Miles and met back up with his brother and Three Man Army bandmate Paul Gurvitz. Tony Newman, who had previously played with Sounds Incorporated and Rod Stewart, joined for the group's next two albums, "Three Man Army" ("Mahesha") and "Three Man Army Two". At the end of the third album, he teamed up to form The Baker Gurvitz Army with Ginger Baker. Their album, "Baker Gurvitz Army" went Gold, peaked at No. 22 on the UK Albums Chart and hit the US Billboard 200 chart. They went on to produce two more Gold albums together, "Elysian Encounter" and "Hearts On Fire".
Gurvitz was asked by drummer Graeme Edge of The Moody Blues to join his band, The Graeme Edge Band. He wanted Gurvitz to write, sing and produce his next two albums, "Kick Off Your Muddy Boots" and "Paradise Ball Room", which both charted in the US.
In 1979, Gurvitz went solo and recorded two albums with Jet Records. He wrote "Sweet Vendetta" and "Il Assassino". Gurvitz moved to the States and wrote Eddie Money's hit, "The Love in Your Eyes". It reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Gurvitz signed to Warner Chappell Music, where he wrote tracks for artists like Steve Perry, REO Speedwagon and Chicago. In 1992, he wrote "Even if My Heart Would Break", recorded by Aaron Neville and Kenny G. The song appeared in the movie and on the best selling soundtrack album of all time, "The Bodyguard" starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. "The Bodyguard" soundtrack still is the No. 1 selling soundtrack of all time and it is recognized as being one of the top 5 best selling albums of all time.
In 2002, Gurvitz formed an American pop girl group, "No Secrets". One of the members of the group was his daughter, Carly Lewis. They signed to Jive Records and their song, "Kids in America" peaked at No. 1 on the Heatseekers Billboard charts. It was also featured on the Jimmy Neutron movie soundtrack. "No Secrets" joined Aaron Carter in Toronto for the shooting of his video named "Oh Aaron", and they also collaborated in the taping of the song, providing background vocals.
Most recently, Gurvitz has worked with Ziggy Marley and Andra Day, among others. He is currently working as an executive at in which he founded alongside Jeffrey Evans, and with Warner Bros. Records in which Buskin has a partnership deal.
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