Having impressed Robertson with his work on the Winchester LP, Rundgren was then asked to engineer The Band's third album, Stage Fright, which was recorded in a series of sessions at the Woodstock Playhouse.
One of these was attended by New York writer Patti Smith, and their chance meeting led to an enduring friendship.
But the Nazz had just signed a record contract and I couldn't skip out on the band, even though it was incredibly tempting." Rundgren's debut solo album Runt (1970) includes the strongly Nyro-influenced "Baby Let's Swing", which was written about her and mentions her by name.
Nazz manager Michael Friedman, who had joined Albert Grossman management brought Rundgren to the firm where he became both a solo artist and producer for many artists in the Grossman stable.
During this period, Rundgren also made an abortive attempt to record with Janis Joplin and her band for Joplin's next studio album, but the sessions came to nothing and the project was eventually taken over by Paul A.
Rothchild; the result was Joplin's final LP Pearl, which Rothchild pieced together from the incomplete session tapes, following the singer's death from a heroin overdose.
Subsequently, he became one of the first artists signed to Grossman's Bearsville Records label (distributed through Warner Bros. After signing with Bearsville, Rundgren worked almost constantly on production projects through the early 1970s.
I met her right after Eli and the Thirteenth Confession.Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer who has performed a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of the band Utopia.Since the 1970s, he has been known for his sophisticated and often-unorthodox music, flamboyant stage outfits, and his later experiments with interactive entertainment.The group's second LP was originally intended as double album (titled Fungo Bat), but instead a truncated version was released as Nazz Nazz in April 1969.Rundgren and Van Osten left the band shortly after.This project resulted in Rundgren meeting Cotton's keyboard player Mark "Moogy" Klingman, who in turn introduced Rundgren to keyboard player Ralph Schuckett, both of whom worked extensively with Rundgren over the next few years.Although he had originally intended to concentrate on production rather than his own music, in 1970 Todd formed the 'band' Runt, consisting of himself, teenagers Hunt Sales on drums, and his brother Tony Sales on bass (the Sales brothers, sons of US comedian Soupy Sales, were in a short lived band called Tony and the Tigers and went on to play with Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Tin Machine).After graduation, he moved to Philadelphia and began his career in Woody's Truck Stop, a blues rock group in the style of Paul Butterfield Blues Band.However, Rundgren and bassist Carson Van Osten left prior to Woody's Truck Stop releasing its eponymous first album to form the garage rock group Nazz in 1967 with Thom Mooney (drums) and Robert "Stewkey" Antoni (vocals and keyboards).Todd was a 1966 graduate of Upper Darby High School.During high school, he notably ran an underground newspaper that mocked his teachers and was constantly suspended for having long hair.