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Happy Birthday… Paul Hardcastle…Electronic Music Pioneer

Born December 10, 1957 Paul Hardcastle is cosidered one of the early electronic music pioneers. He had some success on the underground dance scene in the early 80s before his mainstream hit “19” an anti-war track, about America’s involvement in the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the soldiers who served using snippets from a documentary.His manager at the time was Simon Fuller who named his future production company “19 entertainment” The song’s use of samples from the documentary set legal precedents.
In my opinion the track was groundbreaking when it came out and can still be played today with the renewed interest in break dancing.I am surprised that no contemporary artist has utilized this technique in their musical story telling. Would love to hear new Paul Hardcastle utilizing issues in today’s world. Genius.