Saturday, April 17, 2010

Will to Power

Will to Power is a Florida freestyle\dance-pop group that scored numerous hits on the Billboard pop charts and later became known as a "one-hit wonder."

Bob Rosenberg (born on January 18, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) worked as a DJ at a Miami CHR radio station. He remixed and edited music as a radio-mix DJ and the mixes became popular in Miami.

In 1985, Bob created a rap record called, "Miami Vice" (based on the popular 80's tv series), but MCA Records claimed that he infringed on their copyright. He remixed and edited 2 Live Crew's song, "Beat Box" in 1986 for their debut album.

Between 1986 and 1987, Bob worked with other musicians to make original music. He chose the name "Will to Power" for the group as an homage to German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's theory of an individual's fundamental will to power.

He went to a Winter Music Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale where he met Suzi Carr, a singer\songwriter who had co-written two songs for Miami Sound Machine's album, "Primitive Love."

When Bob had mentioned he was looking for a singer, he and Suzi provided vocals for a song written by Bob called "Dreamin" (as a tribute to his sister, Robin after she passed away.)
"Dreamin" was played on Power 96 in Miami, becoming a regional hit and was soon released on the Thrust Records label.

The song caught the attention Epic Records, who picked up the song and distributed it to radio stations and dance clubs around the country.

The song peaked at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #40 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in August 1987.

It soon topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart in September of that same year. Epic Records asked Bob if he had enough material to make an album.
In 1988, Will to Power released their follow-up single, "Say It's Gonna Rain" which peaked at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

Bob spent most of 1987 and 1988 working on new music with musicians including singers Suzi Carr, Maria Mendez, Donna Allen & Elin Michaels, keyboardists David Rosenthal & Lawrence Dermer and DJ\saxaphone player "Dr. J."
In March of 1988, Will to Power released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #68 on the Billboard 200.
Will to Power's next single, "Baby I Love Your Way\Freebird Medley" was the last song on the album to be created.

Even though Epic Records were reluctant to release the single, Bob distributed copies of the song to various Miami radio stations and then after a few other radio stations picked up the song, Epic Records finally released the single.

The song became Will to Power's biggest hit to date, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.

By January 1989, the song was certified Gold by the RIAA. The song was also successful in the UK, peaking at #6 on the UK Singles chart.
The last single from Will to Power's debut album, "Fading Away" peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
In late 1990, Will to Power released their sophomore album, "Journey Home" which peaked at #178 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single from the album, "I'm Not in Love" (a cover version of 10cc's famous hit) peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
The follow-up single, "Boogie Nights" (a cover version of Heatwave's hit song) failed to chart at all on the Billboard charts.

In 1996, Sony Music Entertainment released Will to Power's compilation album, "Love Power" which included songs from their two albums.
In 2004, Will to Power released their third album, "Spirit Warrior" in 2004 on the Straight Blast Records label.

In 2006, an EP called "Spirit Warriors: The Remixes" was released. These days, Bob Rosenberg continues to be active in the music business.

To see Bob Rosenberg's MySpace page, go to:
www.myspace.com/bobrosenberghotmixer

To see the music video for "Baby I Love Your Way\Freebird Medley," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSCzN3FxLeo

To see the music video for "Fading Away," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/user/WillToPowerVEVO

To see a fan-made video for "I'm Not in Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dSA1RfEnBM

To see a fan-made video for "Boogie Nights," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2K5DkJEyEc

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