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Rockwell Biography: Parents, Songs, Albums, and Awards

Rockwell biography

 

To escape accusations of nepotism, Rockwell was born Kennedy William Gordy on March 15, 1964, in Detroit, Michigan, to Berry Gordy, founder of the Motown record business, and Margaret Norton. Berry IV, Hazel, Kendal, Kerry, Rhonda, Sherry, Stephen, and Terry Gordy are his seven siblings. In 1982, Kennedy graduated from Beverly Hills High School in California. Rockwell wanted his career to advance without the influence of his father, so he signed a contract with Motown in 1983 without Berry Gordy’s knowledge.

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Rockwell released his first song, “Knife,” in 1984, but it did not chart. He then wrote, co-produced, and arranged his next single, “Somebody’s Watching Me,” which was released in 1984 as part of his debut studio album of the same name. This song benefited from the talents of Michael Jackson, who was the guest vocalist, as well as Jermaine Jackson’s background vocals, though neither was credited.

“Somebody’s Watching Me,” dubbed a “paranoid pop classic” by some, peaked at number one on the Billboard Global 200 and remained on the chart for 9 weeks. It reached at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, stayed there for 13 weeks, and sold over 500,000 units in three months. With the success of “Somebody’s Watching Me,” Rockwell released his second studio album Captured in 1985, but it was a flop, peaking at no. 120 on the Billboard Album chart.

In 1986, Rockwell released the track “Obscene Phone Caller,” which peaked at number nine on the R&B chart and remained there for 14 weeks. It was the last record to reach the top of the charts. Rockwell continued to perform and appeared on American Bandstand, Soul Train, and other dance programs on television, but his recording career was on the decline. At the age of 27, Rockwell announced his retirement from singing in 1991.

2009 “Somebody’s Watching Me” first appeared in Geico advertisements in 2009 and was later featured in the 2011 film I Am Number Four. Rockwell married Nicole Moore in July 2010, but the marriage terminated a year later due to “irreconcilable issues.”

Rockwell released a new version of “Somebody’s Watching Me” in 2021. It debuted at number 86 on the Billboard Global 200 and remained there for only two weeks.

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