Although he’s arguably better known in the United Kingdom than in the States, Dean Friedman is the first Rose Avenue performer to have had hit singles on the pop charts. His 1977 song “Ariel” — about a free-spirited, vegetarian Jewish girl from Friedman’s home town of Paramus, New Jersey — reached #27 on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained on the chart for five months. The following year, his song “Lucky Stars” reached #3 in the UK, and his subsequent songs “Woman of Mine” and “Lydia” charted in the UK as well.
In the 1980s, Friedman was a pioneer in the music synthesizer industry and among the first to see the full potential of video games (which he later went on to design and produce). In 2002, he was one of the first recording artists to raise money from fans to produce an album, and has successfully crowdfunded his two most recent albums as well.
Friedman’s songs have been covered by a number of contemporary bands, including The Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, The Tone Rangers, and The Blenders.
“Each [song was] filled to the brim with promise, angst, overwhelming humour, and a glint in the eye that promised much and delivered all it set out to do.”
—Ian D. Hall, Liverpool Sound and Vision