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His songs caught record company ears in fairly short order.
"It took a year and a half," he said. "Traditionally in rock-n-roll and pop music, you have your time between the ages of 20 and 25 where you get started or you don’t. There are exceptions, but that’s the general rule and it’s still true today, except it starts a little younger now."
His debut, Alive on Arrival, came out in 1978 but it was his second album, Jackrabbit Slim, that became his best seller, produced by the legendary John Simon and featuring Forbert’s one hit single, "Romeo’s Tune." He spent much of the ’80s without a recording contract. Since the early ’90s, however, he’s put out a series of fine albums, both studio and live.
His last CD, Strange Names and New Sensations, came out in 2007. Where his first album was a celebration of adolescence and the possibilities of adulthood, this one looked at life from the vantage point of a 50-year-old and included a striking new version of "Romeo’s Tune" and a blazing anti-war rocker called "The