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22 June 1948, Upper Darby, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. One of rocks eccentric talents, Rundgren began his career in local bar-band Woodys Truck Stop, before forming the Nazz in 1967. This acclaimed quartet completed three albums of anglophile pop/rock before disintegrating in 1970. Rundgren sought solace as an engineer - his credits included Stage Fright by the Band - before recording Runt, a name derived from his nickname. Brothers Hunt and Tony Sales (drums and bass respectively), later of Tin Machine, joined the artist on a set deftly combining technical expertise with his love of melody. This exceptionally accomplished album spawned a US Top 20 hit in We Gotta Get You A Woman and paved the way for the equally charming Runt: The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren. However, it was with 1972s Something/Anything? that Rundgren truly flourished. The first three sides were entirely his own creation - as writer, singer, musician and producer -...