Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me (1983) US #2 R&B & #2 Pop, UK #6,
I will stay in my least favorite pop musical decade just a wee bit longer and tell you about the male artist (not much of a vocalist since he talks through his major hit record) that went by the name of Rockwell because he believed that he “rocked well.”
Rockwell was in reality Kennedy William Gordy, the son of Motown CEO Berry Gordy Jr and Margaret Norton.
The self-penned single, “Somebody’s Watching Me,” came from his first of four albums that he released in the Eighties on the Motown label. This single was his only top ten hit.
Rockwell grew up with Michael and Jermaine Jackson who are both singing background vocals on his hit. In fact Michael’s voice is so prominent that many people erroneously thought is was a Michael Jackson song when it first came out: I know I did.
Enjoy the promotional video below as a blast from the past as long as it stays available on YouTube.