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Ivan Kral

Born: May 12, 1948

Birthplace: Prague

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: Czech Republic

Ivan Kral

Date of Birth : May 12, 1948
Birth Place : Prague

Ivan Kral is a Grammy Award-winning, Czech-born American composer, filmmaker, record producer, bass guitar player, and singer-songwriter. He works across many genres including punk, rock, jazz, soul, country and film scores. His songs have been recorded by such artists as U2, Pearl Jam, Telephone, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Simple Minds, and John Waite, among others. Kral started his American music career during the early 1970s glam rock scene in New York where his band, Luger, performed at many trendy venues, including Max’s Kansas City. After their breakup in 1973, he joined Shaun Cassidy's backing group, then Blondie, then Patti Smith, then Iggy Pop. Between 1975–1979, Kral was co-writer, guitarist and bassist of Patti Smith Group on her first four albums; including debut, Horses, called one of the All-Time 100 Greatest Albums by Time magazine in 2006. The album is in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress because it’s "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." His work also appears on other Smith albums, including Radio Ethiopia, Easter and Wave.

Profession


  • Film Producer
  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Film director
  • Record producer
  • Songwriter
  • Guitarist
  • Film Score Composer
  • Bassist

Also known as


  • Ivan Kral
  • Král, Ivan

Parents


  • Karel Král
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