Bruce Gowers, the Emmy as well as Grammy champion that guided nine-plus periods of American Idol as well as numerous video, consisting of the influential “Bohemian Rhapsody” from Queen, has actually passed away. He was 82.
Gowers passed away Sunday in Santa Monica of issues from an intense respiratory system infection, his family members revealed.
Gowers additionally guided as well as co-created the long-running collection of Kidsongs sing-along video clips forWarner Bros Records with his better half, Carol Rosenstein.
A professional in online occasions as well as television specials, Gowers guided and/or generated the Emmys, the Billboard Music Awards, MTV’s Music Video as well as Movie honors, the ESPYs, the People’s Choice Awards as well as several various other honor programs.
He foretelled for 234 episodes of American Idol from 2002-11, from the very first period to the 10th, according to IMDb, as well as won his Emmy for exceptional routing for a range, songs or funny collection in 2009.
His Grammy prize was available in 1986 for his work with the video for Huey Lewis as well as the News’ “Heart of Rock and Roll.” Eight years later on, he got a DGA honor for helming the CBS unique Genius: A Night for Ray Charles.
Along the method, he guided funny specials from Richard Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Eddie Murphy as well as Paula Poundstone as well as songs specials from Justin Timberlake as well as Britney Spears
Gowers’ discuss Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” shot at Elstree Studios in London in November 1975 in regarding 3 hrs for the BBC’s Top of the Pops, assisted Freddie Mercury as well as his companions locate superstardom as well as showed to be a specifying minute in the background of the video service.
It was the very first video ever before broadcast by the significant Top of the Pops, as well as he claimed he obtained $590 for the job.
“It changed the way music was perceived; everyone was doing videos and bands were seeing their sales and chart positions rise if their videos were good,” he told the Daily Mail in 2018.
“The only thing that upsets me is that they have been using my video for 40 years, and they have never paid me a dime or said thank you.”
Gowers additionally guided video for Rod Stewart (“Hot Legs” as well as much more), Michael Jackson (“Rock With You”), Prince (“1999”), John Mellencamp (“Jack and Diane”), The Rolling Stones (“Fool to Cry”), Rush (“Limelight,” “Tom Sawyer”), Ambrosia (“How Much I Feel”), 10cc (“I’m Not in Love”), Bee Gees (“How Deep Is Your Love”), Supertramp (“Goodbye Stranger”), Chaka Kahn (“I’m Every Woman”), Peaches as well as Herb (“Reunited”), Journey (“Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’”) as well as The Tubes (“Prime Time”).
Gowers was born uponDec 21, 1940, in New Kilbride, Scotland, where his British moms and dads, Robert, a teacher, as well as Violet, a homeowner, were based throughout World War II. He matured in Enfield, North London, as well as finished from The Latymer School.
He went to the BBC Training College as well as began his job at the BBC, where he was a wire puller, cameraman as well as manufacturing supervisor prior to touchdown creating as well as routing placements at the Rediffusion as well as London Weekend Television networks.
Gowers transferred to the U.S. in the ’70s as well as satisfied Rosenstein on the video strive Stewart’s “Tonight’s the Night.” He additionally collaborated with Elton John, The Pretenders, Santana, Van Halen, REO Speedwagon, Christopher Cross, Genesis as well as Fleetwood Mac throughout his job.
For the previous 23 years, he as well as Rosenstein lived in Malibu.
In enhancement to his better half, survivors include his child, Katharine; boy Sean; grandchildren Sean Jr., Robert, Charlotte as well as Layla; his previous better half, Charlene; as well as his precious bulldogs, Baby as well as Rocky, as well as parrot,Polly
Gowers, his family members kept in mind, “constantly brought limitless excitement, power, interest as well as delight to his job. He liked as well as was liked by the staffs that he collaborated with as well as was recognized everywhere for his kindness as an associate, frequently motivating as well as advertising the gifted individuals on his group.
“Funny, irreverent and wonderfully candid, he will be remembered in countless legendary stories that will keep his charming spirit alive for many years to come. He was always happiest in the control room, on a boat in the Bahamas, and of course, at home with the dogs, friends and family.”
This short article initially showed up in THR.com.