28 October 1953, Miami, Florida, USA. Child has enjoyed a career as both performer and songwriter, initially as leader of the under-achieving soft rock band Desmond Child & Rouge, and then as a highly successful writer for a wider rang of rock and pop artists. Child was taught the piano by his Cuban mother and formed his first band, Night Child, while still in high school. He formed Desmond Child & Rouge in 1975, recruiting an array of session musicians to back him up and college friends Maria Vidal, Myriam Naomi Vaille and Diana Grasselli as additional vocalists. The band attracted the interest of Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley. Signing to Capitol Records, their debut album, released in 1979, was a potpourri of styles, including elements of pop, rock, funk, blues and soul. The follow-up, Runners In The Night, adopted a more hard rock stance, but also met with indifference.
Rouge became redundant as Child decided to concentrate on...