Leading off this year is an artist who had some definite career advantages. For instance, although being Barry Gordy's son may not ensure that you make in the music business, it sure can't hurt. Ditto for having Michael Jackson (yes, that Michael Jackson) sing backup on your first single.
To be fair, Rockwell (born as Kennedy William Gordy) used a stage name, and may have even signed to his father's Motown label without the old man knowing. Rockwell's first single was released in 1984 and is a perfect Halloween video (it has been in the bullpen from our first All Hallows Even post). One viewing and you'll see (or remember) why.
"Somebody's Watching Me" turned out to be a big hit for Rockwell, reaching #2 on the charts, while his debut LP of the same name hit #15. However, that was the peak of his success, and after his next two albums failed to break the top 100, Rockwell left the industry.
Cool trivia fact: Rockwell is not a one hit wonder, as "Obscene Phone Caller" off Somebody's Watching Me reached #35 on the chats.