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Dr. Luke


30th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards
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Childhood and Early Career:

Lukasz Gottwald, aka Dr. Luke, was born in Rhode Island September 26, 1973, but he spent much of his time growing up in New York City. He wanted to be a drummer, but his parents refused to allow a drum kit in the house. Instead, Dr. Luke picked up his older sister's guitar and taught himself how to play.

First Hit Record:

Dr. Luke was a student at the Manhattan School of Music for two years. He auditioned for a spot with the Saturday Night Live house band and beat out the other competition. Beginning in 1997, Dr. Luke played for the next ten years on Saturday Night Live. He also began making a name for himself working on commercial jingles and producing hip hop records. At one point Dr. Luke met Swedish producer Max Martin. A friendship blossomed when Dr. Luke was invited to give Max Martin a tour of New York City clubs. In 2004, the pair co-wrote the #1 smash hit single "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson.

Top Dr. Luke Projects:

Dr. Luke - Star Producer:

After hitting #1 with "Since U Been Gone," Dr. Luke's production and songwriting began to take off and then looked more like a snowball rolling downhill. In 2006 he helped Pink generate two top 10 pop hits "Who Knew" and "U + Ur Hand." The next year he co-wrote and co-produced Avril Lavigne's first #1 pop single "Girlfriend," and he quit his position on Saturday Night Live. Katy Perry's breakthrough #1 smash "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008 was produced by Dr. Luke. 2009 continued the hit parade, and by the summer of 2010 Dr. Luke was involved in production and songwriting on four out of the current top 10 pop singles.

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