Michael Z. Gordon
MUSICIAN | SONGWRITER | PRODUCER
Michael Z. Gordon’s songwriting career was kick-started in 1962 after scoring a Top 40 hit with a song he wrote called “Surfer’s Stomp” with his band “The Mar-Kets” (later simplified to “The Marketts”.) It scored regional attention on the West Coast after being released by the small Union record label and was then picked up for national distribution by the larger Liberty records. The group also scored a full-length album deal with Liberty as a result.
6 months later he cracked the Top 20 with his new band, “The Routers” with the rousing hand-clap driven “Let’s Go!” which remains a staple at sporting events worldwide to this day. While on tour with The Routers he wrote his biggest hit for The Marketts, “Out of Limits”, which went to #3 nationally and earned him his first BMI award for Instrumental of the Year as well as gold record status.
The Marketts scored another Top 20 hit in 1966 with their recording of Neal Hefti's "Batman Theme", which managed to hit the charts before the "official" TV show version!
He later teamed up with songwriter Jimmy Griffin (from the band "Bread") and wrote over sixty songs including "Apologize" (most famously recorded by Ed Ames) which earned him his second BMI award.
His songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Cher, Annette Funicello, Los Straitjackets, The Electric Prunes, Agent Orange, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, The Ventures & Brian Hyland,
Michael went on to contribute music for movies and TV including "Pulp Fiction", "The Outsiders" 2005 re-release, "Inherent Vice", "The Wonder Years", "21 Jump Street" and the Tom Hanks HBO series, "From the Earth to the Moon".
He still writes music, although his primary focus since 2001 has been producing feature films with his company Americana Films.
His many film projects include "Narc", starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric, "In Enemy Hands" starring William H. Macy and Scott Caan and "Dirty Little Trick" starring Michael Madsen and Dean Cain.
His final film project is a documentary of his life and career entitled "Out of Limits: The Michael Z. Gordon Story", due for release in 2018.
Michael's first hit record is still a classic that's impossible to listen to without smiling and tapping your feet along with the beat!
OUT OF LIMITS
Still a staple at sporting events worldwide , "Let's Go!" is the perfect song to get yourself (our your team) motivated.
A worldwide smash by the reformed (& renamed) Marketts that has been heard in countless movies & TV shows for 50 years.
THE BAND PLAYS ON...
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See Michael perform some of the Routers & Marketts' greatest hits in this video from the 2012 Wounded Warriors "Legends of Surf Music" Veteran's benefit concert- what a great show!
A recently unearthed piece of sheet music that Michael wrote in 1963 was recently discovered by the documentary filmmakers. The song was recorded in the style of the early Marketts material and will be released in conjunction with the film- 55 years after it was written!
Michael's life and career is the subject of an upcoming documentary entitled "Out of Limits: The Michael Z. Gordon Story", to be
released later this year.
BURIED MUSICAL TREASURE!
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