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John Batdorf (March 26, 1952) is an American singer and songwriter from Yellow Springs, Ohio. He is the son of Jack and Nancy Batdorf, and nephew of Earl Batdorf, aka Earl Scott, a Country singer who charted several hits during the mid-1960s. Batdorf's musical career began in 1967 after moving to Los Angeles. He joined with Mark Rodney in 1971 to form the duo Batdorf & Rodney. Their biggest hit was "Somewhere in the Night" (U.S. #69, 1975). Following their breakup in 1975, he formed the group Silver, with whom he had his biggest hit, "Wham Bam" (U.S. #16, 1976). He sings lead on the song, which was their only hit. Wham Bam was revived by appearing in last year’s blockbuster movie, Guardians Of The Galaxy ll and had nearly 8 million plays on YouTube! Batdorf has also enjoyed success as a film and TV composer with credits from Touched By An Angel, Promised Land, Book Of Days and Best Two Years, session vocalist on several hit records and commercials, and songwriter for Kim Carnes, England Dan and America.In 1997 he formed Batdorf & McLean with Michael McLean, with whom he had collaborated earlier as arranger and vocalist, and they released an album, Don't You Know. In 2012, the two teamed up to make Soundtrax2Recovery. Check out www.2recovery.org In 2006, he released the solo album Home Again, reuniting him with Mark Rodney on some of the tracks. The album features many Batdorf & McLean compositions. Since that release John has released, Old Man Dreamin’, One Last Wish, Beep Beep, Next Stop Willoughby and his latest release in 2018, Me And My Guitar. On the American Top 40 radio program of August 14, 1976, Casey Kasem reported that although Batdorf came from a musical family, he had originally aspired to play professional baseball. However, these dreams were crushed following his being stricken with Osteomyelitis (OM)., an infection of the bones, at age 11. It was necessary for him to be in a full-body cast for a year, and he was told that he would never be able to play competitive sports again. Out of boredom he picked up a guitar and began to learn, and then the piano, giving him a new set of musical aspirations.

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