Jean Beauvoir is an American singer, bassist, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and entertainment executive.
Also known as – The Godfather Of Punk and Metal
Beauvoir was born in Chicago to parents of Haitian background. He played drums as a child and switched to bass as a teenager. He was Gary U.S. Bonds’ musical director at age 14; following this, he sang in thedoo wop group The Flamingos. He gained his first music experiences with these groups touring the US performing at Dick Clark revival concerts. He was kicked out of his home due to his desire to pursue music as a profession by his disapproving father at age 15, and lived with band members, then out on his own. He moved to New York City during the punk rock explosion and answered a newspaper ad for a bassist, which led to his joining The Plasmatics for three albums. While with the Plasmatics and subsequently, Beauvoir sported a conspicuousblond mohawk.
He left the group after their release Beyond the Valley of 1984 to join Steve Van Zandt’s Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul for two albums. Following this, he launched a solo career with the album Drums Along the Mohawk, released in the U.K. on Virgin Records in 1986. That same year, the track ”Feel the Heat” was chosen by Sylvester Stallone for his film, Cobra. The song was a hit, charting Top 10 across Europe and Australia and reaching No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 100. On the strength of the single, Drums Along the Mohawk was released in the U.S. and peaked at No. 93 on theBillboard 200. Jean Beauvoir’s success has always been much greater in the rest of the world than in the US.
Beauvoir released several further solo albums since the late 1980s. Since then he has also written, produced for and performed with acts such as Kiss,John Waite, Ramones, Nona Hendryx, The Pretenders, Deborah Harry, Lionel Richie, Cameo, Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band, Doro,N’SYNC and others. He has appeared on over 250 albums and has also fronted his bands Voodoo X (Columbia Records) and Crown of Thorns, which was originally signed to Interscope Records.