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Bill Cuomo and Jon Raven are currently working together extensively. They have released the single – Cruel and Unusual, they are working on 2 other singles and a full length album at this time. Jon has always stayed true to the 80s metal scene. Since Bill has worked with Steve Perry, Whitesnake, REO Speedwagon, and many other groups and musicians that you have loved through the years and is a great partner to work with Jon to maintain and stay loyal to that sound. For more details about Bill’s background – keep reading…
Bill Cuomo Biography
Following graduation from UCLA in 1972 Bill began with demo recordings in LA, earning a reputation as a very capable piano player and idea guy. He soon began branching into major records; arranging, writing, and eventually producing and engineering. First notable break came with Mac Davis in 1974, touring and doing Mac’s show on NBC. Bill left Mac in late 1975 to join Bonaroo, a band signed to Warner Brothers and managed by the Doobie Brothers’ manager Bruce Cohn. Bill had his first radio hit with his song, “Sally Ann”. Following Bonaroo, Bill returned to session work along with landing a job with Seals and Crofts, touring and eventually recording in 1976.
The “big breakthrough”came with long time friend and session co-worker, Kim Carnes. Following his original classical intro on “More Love”, he created the memorable arrangement and synth intro riff on “Bette Davis Eyes” which went on to be #1 for 9 weeks, #1 in 26 countries, and selling 14 million singles, winning the Grammy for Record of The Year in 1981. That same year he arranged and played on Smokey Robinson’s #1 record, “Being With You”. He was then asked by Beatles’ producer George Martin to fly to Montserrat and record synthesizer overdubs on Little River Band’s “Time Exposure” LP.
Bill has done a good deal of arranging and playing in foreign markets, particularly in the Spanish and French markets. Working with artists such as Juan Gabriel, Amanda Miguel, Jose Jose, Marisela, Diego Verdaguer, France Gall, and Johnny Hallyday, Bill recorded around the world, arranging and playing on numerous foreign hits.
He also played keyboards in early Clint Eastwood films (Any Which Way You Can, Every Which Way But Loose), and arranged the title track for the Sean Connery James Bond film, “Never Say Never Again”. He also scored two films, including “Katherine” for ABC-TV and “That Was Then, This Is Now” starring Emilio Estevez and Morgan Freeman for Paramount in 1984.
Through Craig Krampf, Kim’s drummer, Bill was introduced to Steve Perry in 1983 and the three of them began writing. Bill went on to record “Street Talk”, Steve’s first solo album. Bill penned and played the famous intro to “Oh Sherrie” for Steve Perry, which he co-wrote. He has also played on, written, or arranged records for Don Henley (“Building The Perfect Beast” CD), Whitesnake (“Whitesnake” CD with “Here I Go Again”), REO Speedwagon (“Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore”), Olivia Newton-John (“Physical” CD), Little River Band (“Time Exposure” CD), Herb Alpert (“Fandango” & “Highway 101”CD’s), Eric Carmen, 38 Special, Barbra Streisand and others.
Moving to Nashville in 1989 he began studio work beginning with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Johnny and Donnie Van Zant. He went on to record with such acts as Mark Knopfler (“Golden Heart”) Alabama (4 albums, including piano on “Forever is as Far as I’ll Go”), Faith Hill (first 2 CD’s), Trace Adkins, Kathy Mattea (“Walking Away a Winner” CD-all keyboards), John Berry, Restless Heart, John Michael Montgomery, and Steve Wariner’s “Burnin’ The Roadhouse Down” CD.
Bill has also written, recorded and produced a number of gospel/pop-Christian hits. He co-wrote #1 hits for Kathy Troccoli, (“Sounds Of Heaven” & “Love One Another”) Larnelle Harris, and Pam Thum. Both Larnelle’s CD’s were Grammy nominees (“Beyond All The Limits” ‘94, and “Unbelievable Love” ‘95). He received a Dove award for the latter, awarded “Inspirational Album of the Year”. He was awarded American Songwriter Magazine “Christian Producer of the Year” in 1995. He has also worked closely with Yochanan Marcellino at Galilee Of The Nations Music/Provident, arranging and recording many Christian hits for artists such as Joel Chernoff. Zamir Levov and Ted Pearce.
In late 1998, he and Beeb Birtles (founding member Little River Band) formed Sonic Sorbet Records, to unite their combined experience of over 100 million records sold worldwide. Beeb’s first solo CD, “Driven By Dreams”, was the label’s debut release. Sonic Sorbet went on to sign and release 4 CD’s on Austin’s popular artist, Pete Benz, culminating with the “Best Of…..” being released in 2007. Without substantial funding they managed to chart the Texas Music Charts 4 times, twice in the top ten, getting Pete airplay on nearly 100 Clear Channel stations.
Today Bill works in Spring Hill Tennessee facility, spending his time producing, writing, playing live and engineering. Working with new talent, such as actor Mike Moroff, Lauren Moses, Paris Delane, Halo Stereo, Jimmy Carslake, along with rocker Jon Raven, to name a few. Never a dull moment in the age of file sharing and worldwide recording!