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Steven Greenberg

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Songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/maker Steven Greenberg created Lipps, Inc., who experienced a two million-selling number 1 pop/quantity two R&B strike with “Funkytown.” The Minneapolis indigenous started playing drums at 15; by 20 he previously written and created his 1st record. Once the record stiffed, Greenberg started obtaining pressure to go in to the family business. Rather, for another many years, Greenberg became a member of local organizations and created his musicianship. Later on, he began a cellular disco business. In 1979, Greenberg had written, played all of the music aside from bass, and created “Rock and roll It” and got 500 information pressed. His attempts paid when “Rock and roll It” was popular on regional radio train station KFMX. Through the summer season, Greenberg started auditioning woman vocalists for an organization he wished to begin called Lipps Inc. Twenty-four-year-old Cynthia Johnson, a secretary with the authorities department, found out about the auditions and delivered him a demonstration. Johnson, who sang weekends using a music group called Flyte Period, probably didn’t understand that two of her bandmates, keyboardist Adam Harris III and bassist Terry Lewis, would afterwards become superstar companies Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Johnson began singing as a kid in Support Olivet Baptist Cathedral. At eight, she began to play the saxophone after her school’s music instructor designated it to her after all the “girlie” instruments have been used by another students. Her mom, a 3M chemist was mortified as of this circumstance, so Johnson acquired to apply her sax clandestinely. Years afterwards, her formidable sax-playing abilities helped her earn the name Miss Dark Minnesota USA of 1976. After documenting a demo jointly and submitting copies to several record brands, Greenberg and Johnson viewed the rejection notices can be found in, until Bruce Parrot at Casablanca had taken a pastime. Lipps Inc.’s debut recording Mouth to Mouth area premiered fall 1979, using the solitary “Funkytown” car parking at number 2 R&B for five weeks and number 1 pop for a month on Billboard’s graphs during springtime 1980, earning an RIAA platinum qualification for product sales of more than two million singles. Mouth area to Mouth proceeded to go yellow metal, peaking at quantity five R&B, quantity five play spring 1980. A significant displaying for an act’s 1st major launch. Lipps Inc.’s additional singles had been “Rock and roll It,” “JUST HOW LONG,” “Keep Me Straight down,” and “Dependent on the night time.” Their second LP, Pucker Up, charted quantity 37 R&B in fall 1980. Regardless of the large achievement of “Funkytown,” Greenberg and Johnson thought we would stay in Minneapolis (as do Johnson’s previous bandmates, Jam and Lewis) rather than moving to NY or LA. Paradoxically, provided “Funkytown”‘s “I gotta obtain outta right here” theme, but understandable. Since its preliminary success, “Funkytown” provides appeared on film and Television soundtracks and Television ad campaigns.

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Nationality American
Partner Steven Goldstein, Steven Goldstein
Music Groups Lipps Inc.
Music Songs Funkytown, Designer Music, All Night Dancing, Rock It, How Long, Does Anybody Know Me, Addicted to the Night, Hold Me Down, Tight Pair, The Gossip Song, There They Are, The One, Always Lookin', Things Take Time, Choir Practice, Never Could Be Sorry, Hit the Deck, I Need Some Cash, Funk 108, Background Singer, The One After, Jazzy, Let's Get Back to the Floor, Obsessed, On to You, Funky Town, Crying Over You, Power, Everybody Knows
Albums Designer Music, Mouth to Mouth
Movies A Life Interrupted


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Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lethal Exposure 1993 TV Movie story
Defense Play 1988 screenplay
Crazy Like a Fox 1986 TV Series written by - 1 episode
Finder of Lost Loves 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Fall Guy 1983-1985 TV Series written by - 4 episodes
Cagney & Lacey 1982 TV Series teleplay - 1 episode
Quincy M.E. TV Series teleplay - 8 episodes, 1978 - 1979 writer - 5 episodes, 1978 - 1982 story - 5 episodes, 1979 - 1981
That's Hollywood 1979-1982 TV Series documentary writer - 4 episodes
CHiPs 1981 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Beyond Westworld 1980 TV Series teleplay - 1 episode
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century TV Series story - 1 episode, 1979 teleplay - 1 episode, 1979
The Lazarus Syndrome 1979 TV Series writer
The Art of Film 1976 TV Series

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Quincy M.E. 1978-1979 TV Series story editor - 13 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1980 2015 TV Movie documentary writer: "Funky Town"
Gotham 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Dictator 2012 writer: "Funkytown"
Dance Central 2010 Video Game writer: "Funky Town"
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Skateland 2010 writer: "FUNKYTOWN"
Skins 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Friends 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Malcolm in the Middle 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy 1996 "Funkytown"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Hollywood 1979-1982 TV Series documentary producer - 4 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hang Time 1995 TV Series Referee

Editorial Department

Editorial Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Art of Film 1976 TV Series additional editor

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Girls Town 1996 special thanks

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1981 Edgar Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Television Episode Quincy M.E. (1976) · Aubrey Solomon


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