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Greg Kihn started writing songs and playing coffee houses while still in high school in the Baltimore area. At the age of seventeen his mother submitted a tape of one of his original songs to the talent contest of the big local Top 40 radio station WCAO, in which he took first prize and won three things that would change his life: a typewriter, a stack of records, and a Vox electric guitar.

He moved to California in 1972 and worked painting houses, singing in the streets, and working behind the counter at Berkeley record store Rather Ripped Records with future band mate and Earthquake guitarist Gary Phillips. The following year, he became one of the first artists signed to Matthew Kaufman’s Beserkley Records. Along with Jonathan Richman, Earthquake, and the Rubinoos, Kihn helped to carve the label’s sound. In 1976, after his debut on the compilation Beserkley Chartbusters, he recorded his first album with his own band, called The Greg Kihn Band, consisting of Ronnie Dunbar (guitar), Steve Wright (bass), and Larry Lynch (drums).

Through the 1970s, Kihn released an album each year and built a strong cult following through constant touring, becoming Beserkley’s biggest seller. In 1981, Kihn earned his first bona fide hit with the Top 20 single, “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em),” from the Rockihnroll album.

Kihn continued in a more commercial vein through the 1980s with a series of pun-titled albums: Kihntinued (1982), Kihnspiracy (1983), Kihntageous (1984), and Citizen Kihn (1985). He scored his biggest hit with 1983’s “Jeopardy” from the Kihnspiracy album. “Jeopardy” was spoofed by “Weird Al” Yankovic as “I Lost on Jeopardy” on Yankovic’s album Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D; Greg Kihn made a cameo appearance in the music video for that song. In 1983, the groundbreaking “Jeopardy” video became an MTV favorite. Many of the videos that followed were sequels with connecting story lines. One of the earliest examples of a “concept” video with its “Night Of The Living Dead” theme, “Jeopardy” received airplay on the fledgling cable music channel and spawned countless imitators.

Kihn spent most of the 1980s touring constantly, opening arena-sized shows for groups like Journey, the Grateful Dead, and the Rolling Stones. Kihn often appeared on TV during this period on shows like “Solid Gold,” “American Bandstand,” and “Saturday Night Live.” The Greg Kihn Band continues to play with a lineup consisting of Greg’s son Ry Kihn on lead guitar, Dave Danza (from Eddie Money) on drums, Dave Medd (from the Tubes) on keyboards, and Robert Berry (from Hush) on bass.

Greg Kihn has been putting on Kihncert since 2002. Through the years, the Kihncert has featured live concert appearances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jefferson Starship, Eddie Money, Boston, Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, The Who, Steve Miller Band, George Thorogood, John Waite, Pat Travers, Night Ranger, Mickey Thomas’ Starship, Styx, REO Speedwagon, .38 Special, Blue Oyster Cult, Yes, and Kansas.

Kihncert 2013: Greg Kihn Band

 

Official Website: gregkihn.com

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