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Brian Setzer (born April 10, 1959 in New York) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter.
In the 1980s, Setzer fronted the popular rockabilly band, Stray Cats. Stray Cats caught America's attention with the 1982 album Built for Speed, which included the two Top Ten hits, Rock This Town (#9) and Stray Cat Strut (#3), as well as with the follow-up 1983 album Rant N Rave, which included the two successful singles (She's) Sexy + 17 (#5), and I Won't Stand In Your Way (#35).
In the 1990s, Setzer led a comeback of sorts for swing music and big band music, when he formed Brian Setzer Orchestra. The band has released 5 albums to date and one live DVD. This group had one hit, Jump, Jive, and Wail around the same time songs like the Cherry Poppin' Daddies Zoot Suit Riot had been received favorably in mainstream America.
Brian Setzer also recorded some solo albums during Stray Cats' break in the 1980s along with some in the 1990s. In 2001 he released an album titled Ignition with his band '68 Comeback Special. A new solo album titled Rockabilly Riot Vol. 1: A Tribute To Sun Records was released on July 26, 2005, in the United States.
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1959-04-10 to ?
member of band
- Brian Setzer and the Tomcats
- Bloodless Pharaohs
- Brian Setzer ’68 Comeback Special
- Brian Setzer and The Nashvillains
- The Honeydrippers
- Stray Cats
- The Brian Setzer Orchestra
- Levi Dexter & The Ripchords
- Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot!
- The Brian Setzer Trio
- The Riot Squad