Jules Shear

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

7 March 1952, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Singer-songwriter Jules Shear has recorded numerous albums both solo and with groups, and has written for such artists as Cyndi Lauper (‘All Through The Night’), the Bangles (‘If She Knew What She Wants’), Art Garfunkel and Olivia Newton-John. Shear moved from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles in the 70s. His first recorded work was with the band Funky Kings in 1976, also featuring singer-songwriter Jack Tempchin, who had written previously with the Eagles. Two years later Shear fronted Jules And The Polar Bears, a pop outfit that critics lumped in with the emerging new wave movement. The band debuted with the excellent Got No Breeding, which featured some of Shear’s finest work, most notably ‘Lovers By Rote’. After one more album, however, they disbanded in 1980. Shear next surfaced in 1983 with his solo debut, Watch Dog, and released two further albums under his own name before forming the...

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