In 1982, Kurt Loder (then writing for Rolling Stone) caught a performance and wrote a positive article for the magazine, which led to a recording contract with RCA. The 1982 EP (simply called Robert Hazard) won critical acclaim and reached #102 on the album charts, while the single "Escalator of Life" peaked at #58, helped by the video (which was played on your favorite video music channel).
Unfortunately, things went downhill from there, with personnel changes in the band, weaker material and problems with the label. When Hazard's 1984 LP (Wings of Fire) did not sell well, RCA dropped the band. However, Hazard remained active in the industry, and gradually migrated to roots rock and country music over the years. Sadly, he passed away (pancreatic cancer) in 2008.
Cool trivia fact: As long time readers of ERV will know, Hazard wrote Cyndi Lauper's breakout hit "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." (Click on the link for more info, including both the Lauper and Hazard versions of the song.)