Nick Gilder

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Nick Gilder
Born(1951-12-21) 21 December 1951 (age 60)
London, England
OriginVancouver, Canada
GenresRock, glam rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1975-present
 
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Nick Gilder
Born(1951-12-21) 21 December 1951 (age 60)
London, England
OriginVancouver, Canada
GenresRock, glam rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1975-present

Nicholas George "Nick" Gilder (born December 21, 1951), is an English-Canadian musician who first came to prominence as the frontman for the glam rock band Sweeney Todd. He later had a successful solo career as a singer as well as a songwriter.

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Biography

Born in London, England, Gilder was raised in Vancouver. He began his career as front-man for the glam rock band Sweeney Todd, which later briefly featured a very young Bryan Adams.[1] Sweeney Todd had a number one hit, "Roxy Roller", that held on to the top spot in the Canadian music charts for three weeks in 1975.[2][3][4] It went on to win a Juno Award for "Best Selling Single" in 1977.

Feeling they had international scope, Gilder and fellow band member, guitarist and songwriting partner, James McCulloch left the band and signed a US record deal. It was in his second solo album that spawned the hit, "Hot Child in the City", that gave Gilder chart success in the United States. That song went to No.1 both in Canada and the US. It also earned him two more Juno Awards: "Single of the Year" and for "Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year" in Canada as well as a People's Choice Award in the US. It stalled outside the Top 40 in the United Kingdom, though it was featured on Top of the Pops and also in a Hot Gossip dance routine on The Kenny Everett Video Show. He’s had subsequent hit singles, but none ever reach the success of “Hot Child in the City.”

Gilder has also been successful as a songwriter for artists such as Bette Midler, Joe Cocker and Pat Benatar. In 1984, the band Scandal featuring Patty Smyth had a number one hit with "The Warrior," which was written by Gilder and Holly Knight, and it earned him a BMI Airplay Award.

Gilder's songs have been used in several movies such as Youngblood with Rob Lowe, The Wraith with Charlie Sheen, Barb Wire with Pamela Anderson, Scenes From the Goldmine, that included a cameo appearance in the movie by Gilder, and in TV series like Sex and the City, That '70s Show, Ed (TV series), and most recently Nip/Tuck.

Armand Van Helden sampled "Rockaway" on his 2005 club hit, "When the Lights Go Down." The following year Nemesis recorded “Hot Child in the City” for their 2006 debut CD, Rise Up and Rocket recorded “Backstreet Noise” for their CD, Girls with Candy Hearts. Phoenix-based power pop band Sugar High recorded the song "Time After Time" for a proposed tribute album and have included the song in concert.

Gilder returned to Canada in the mid-1990s, where he continues to record and tour. He has currently settled in Port Moody, British Columbia, where he lives with his family.

A CD called, “A Night On The Town, A Day In The Country” was to be released in 2005,[5] but was shelved.

Discography

Solo

Albums:

Singles:

With Sweeney Todd

Album:

Singles:

Songwriting contributions

SONGARTISTALBUMYEAR/LABEL
"Rated X" (N. Gilder, J. McCulloch)Pat BenatarIn the Heat of the Night1979 Chrysalis Records
"Is It Love" (N. Gilder, J. McCulloch)Bette MidlerNo Frills1983 Atlantic Records
"Body Talk" (N. Gilder, Herndon)KixCool Kids1983 Atlantic Records
"Think of Me" (N. Gilder, Martin S. Briley)Martin BrileyDangerous Moments1984 Mercury Records
"The Warrior" (N. Gilder, Holly Knight)Scandal featuring Patty SmythThe Warrior1984 Columbia Records
"Footsteps"Nick GilderYoungblood (Original Movie Soundtrack)1985/1986 RCA/Ariola International
"Tough Love" (N. Gilder, D. Hitchings)Patty SmythNever Enough1987 Columbia Records
"Hot Child in the City" ‡‡
Nick GilderHot Child in the City (Original Movie Soundtrack)1987 Prism Entertainment/Paramount Home Video
"Scream of Angels" ‡‡
Nick GilderThe Wraith (Original Movie Soundtrack)1987 Live Home Video
"Don't Walk Away" (N. Gilder, Duane Hitchings) ‡
Pat BenatarWide Awake in Dreamland1988 Chrysalis Records
"You Know We're Gonna Hurt" (N. Gilder, Rick Boston)Joe CockerOne Night of Sin1989 Capitol Records
"You're Everything (I Want to Do)" (N. Gilder, Brett Walker)Brett WalkerNevertheless1994 Empire Records
"Hot Child in the City" ‡‡
Nick GilderWent to Coney Island on a Mission from God...Be Back by Five (Original Movie Soundtrack)1998 Evenmore Entertainment
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic"Voices of Classic RockVoices for America (Various Artists) provided vocals2001 Intersound Records
"Roxy Roller"Nick GilderThe Runaways (Original Movie Soundtrack)2010 Atlantic Records

‡ Also provided background vocals on "Don't Walk Away" & "Cool Zero"
‡‡ Not included in the soundtrack release

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