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Gabor, BB

Websites:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/BB-Gabor/108073112546983
Origin: Hungary - England - Toronto, Ontario
Biography:

Gabor Hegedus (1948 – 17 Jan 1990), known by the stage name B. B. Gabor, was a Hungarian-born Canadian pop singer. Gabor is best known for his 1980 single "Soviet Jewellery (Nyet, Nyet Soviet)", and had other minor hits with "Metropolitan Life", "Consumer" and "Jealous Girls".

Gabor fled with his parents to England in 1956 after the Soviet invasion of Hungary. He subsequently moved to Canada at age 23, launching his musical career in Toronto's Queen Street West scene.

He released his self-titled debut album in 1980 on Anthem Records, with the singles "Soviet Jewellery", "Metropolitan Life" and "Consumer". He toured across Canada, appeared at the Heatwave festival in August, was nominated for a Juno Award, and won the U-Know for best male vocalist. He released a followup, Girls of the Future, in 1981, although that album was not as successful.

After a few years without a new album, Anthem dropped Gabor from its roster. He subsequently moved to Vancouver (estranging himself from his wife and son in the process), where he attempted to revive his career by working with producer Todd Rundgren. These sessions, however, did not result in a new album, and he eventually moved back to Toronto.

On January 17, 1990, Gabor's body was found by police at his Toronto apartment. His death was ruled a suicide.

Both of his Anthem albums were re-released on a single CD by the Canadian record label Pacemaker Entertainment in 2001. While Ralph Alfonso was helping Pacemaker with the CD, he asked Gabor's widow if she knew what had happened with the Rundgren sessions, and she brought out some cassettes which were only marked "Produced by Todd Rundgren." Alfonso mastered the instrumental "Celtic Cross" directly from one of these cassettes and included it on the 2002 compilation CD Driving in the Rain:3 AM - Songs to Get Lost With on his Bongo Beat label. In the liner notes, he notes that the song might not actually be a Rundgren production.

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