Mark Radice – 1976 – Ain’t Nothin’ But A Party
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Here’s Mark Radice’s The Whole World Ain’t Nothin’ But A Party, a nice little obscurity by a successful yet under-the-radar songwriter. Check out his website for a who’s who of pop stars that have covered his songs from Streisand and Cheap Trick to The Muppets and Deodato. On this effort, his 2nd solo shot, he’s backed by a budding Brass Construction who lay down the groove on the bulk of the tracks under the tutelage of disco don and soon-to-B.T. Express producer Jeff Lane. If you’re a fan of B.C., B.T. or Randy Muller’s musical sensibilities, then this one’s a no-brainer!
Radice’s father, Gene Radice, was a well-known recording engineer who worked with artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Velvet Underground, Lovin’ Spoonful, Janis Ian, the Four Seasons, Cowsills, Mamas & the Papas, The Tokens, Vanilla Fudge and many more.
In 1964, at age of seven, Radice was signed to RCA Records. His single “Natural Morning” was later covered by Frankie Valli. In 1967 while signed to Decca Records he released “10,000 Year Old Blues“, which featured 20-year-old Steven Tyler. Radice later toured and recorded with Aerosmith in 1978. He released his first full-length LP in 1971 with Paramount Records. The song “Hey My Love” was later covered by Dion. In 1973 Radice was asked to back Donovan on his “7 Tease” tour.
In 1976, through United Artists Records, he released Ain’t Nothin’ But A Party which featured Brass Construction and included the hit single “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em Join ‘Em“.
As a writer for EMI Publishing he collaborated with artists such as Michael Bolton, Eddie Money, Dave Edmunds, Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Helix, Cheap Trick, Aldo Nova, Deodato, Phyllis Hyman, Jetboy, Box of Frogs, Gene Simmons, Shark Island, Jennifer Rush, and The Muppets. He toured with Aerosmith playing keyboards and performing backing vocals in 1978.
After touring with Cheap Trick in 1985, Radice was introduced to Jim Henson and collaborated on many songs for The Muppets. Radice collaborated with the group Vesica Piscis (band) and producer Jack Douglas and Engineer Jay Messina (Aerosmith, John Lennon, Kiss, etc.).
More recently, Radice has self-produced several albums which include a variety of previously unreleased material. With a catalog of over 3000 songs that are still unreleased, you can expect to see more of such albums. Radice also currently writes and records for Sesame Street. He was nominated for an Emmy in 2008 for his work with the Elmo character. In 2008 Radice also collaborated with the Septimus Orion project.