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Rockwell (born Kennedy William Gordy on March 15, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan) is an R&B performer who was signed to the Motown label.

BiographyRockwell is the son of Motown founder and CEO Berry Gordy and Margaret Norton. His father named him Kennedy William Gordy after John F. Kennedy and William “Smokey” Robinson.[1] To avoid seeming nepotistic, he secured his record deal without his father’s knowledge.[2] Motown actually came up with the name Rockwell and the young Gordy agreed to the change because he believed he “rocked well.”

In 1984, Rockwell released his biggest hit single, “Somebody’s Watching Me”, featuring childhood friends Michael Jackson on guest vocals (notably in the chorus lyrics), and Jermaine Jackson singing back-up. “Somebody’s Watching Me” became a Top 10 pop hit in both the US and UK, and a #1 R&B hit. Follow-up singles underperformed, however, with single “Obscene Phone Caller”, being Rockwell’s only other Top 40 single. This follow-up single reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rockwell soon ended his musical career with Motown.

Rockwell appeared on Soul Train on February 2, 1985 (Season 14, Episode 17)

Rockwell was not the first member of the Gordy family to hit Billboard’s Hot 100 as a recording artist. His uncle, Robert Gordy, reached the longer reaches of the chart in 1958 with “Everyone Was There,” recording under the name of Bob Kayli.

Rockwell’s paternal half-sister is actress Rhonda Ross Kendrick, the eldest child of Diana Ross. Rockwell is also closely related to the group LMFAO through half-brother Redfoo, son of Berry Gordy and Nancy Leiviska, and SkyBlu, Rockwell’s nephew through half-brother Berry Gordy IV and his wife Valerie Robeson.

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Posted February 22, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Uncategorized

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