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SPECIAL BIRTHDAY KEITH RODGERS aka BON ROCK
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Keith Rodgers was born in Brooklyn, NewYork he was transferred to a school for musically gifted children at the age of seven. Keith was one of the the first rappers to be released on Tommy Boy Records before Tupac or Queen Latifah. Rodgers was a musician and presenter of a rap radio show called "Bon Rock" Live" on the New York station WHBI 105.9.With the likes of " Mr. Magic", "Marly Marl", "The world Famous Supreme Team" and The Roots Man "Earl Chin". In 1981, he recorded a single, "Searching Rap" produced by Ed Pavia under the name Bon Rock. This brought him to the attention of Morali and Belolo, the French producers who had been successful in the late 70s with the Village People, and who were looking for new styles after the decline of disco .
Break Machine was the name of a 1980s rap act fronted by Keith Rodgers and produced by Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo, the team behind the "Village People". In 1983, together with the musician Fred Zarr, they released the single" Street Dance", which was an international hit and one of the earliest mainstream breakthroughs for Hip Hop. .. Street Dance peaked at # 3 on the UK singles charts in March 1984 and was the 42nd best-selling single of that year. It hit # 1 in Sweden and Norway. In Germany, it was the 78th best-selling si ngle of 1984. Street Dance's strongest chart performance was in France, where it was # 1 for two weeks, selling over a million copies and becoming the 86th best-selling single of all time according to a list released in 2004 by the Syndicat National de l'Edition Phonographique.
The song Street Dance earned Keith a spot in the Guiness book of world records. Street Dance is also credited with starting the Smurf movement which was Europe’s equivalent of Hip Hop.It has been featured in over 35 compilations and numerous Movies & Documentaries chronicling the early years of Hip Hop & Breakdancing. .
During that time Keith was asked to be a part of a new act that would include Jalil of the Rap Group "Whodini". He was also asked to join "Smack Music" the legendary house producers who went on to produce "Ten City" and "Adeva"; He and then producer Ken Alper eventually landed on " Easy Street" Records. In 2008 Keith's first album" Bon Rock "the B Boy was re-released in Europe on Boogie Times Records. He has also completed scoring the music for the independent film called "Drama".In 2013 Keith was one of the artists on the "Funkology" album by William Kensington the album consists of Warren G , Kool G Rap, Dilated Peoples., Afrika Bamabaata, Melba Moore , "D" Train, Gwen Mcrae, Oliver Cheatham, & Martha High of "Zapp". Recently Keith has recorded with Hip Hop Legends" T. Ski Valley" and" Fastbreak" of the movies "Beat Street" and "Wild Style". Keith also toured in Lyon France as the opening act for the group " Starpoint" while working with David 'Pic" Conley of the R&B group "Surface" . He is presently recording for Tim Jones of "Love Town" Records based in England