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Tony "UNK^6" Reynolds

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Tony "UNK^6" Reynolds (born February 27, 1965) is an American author and entertainment producer, who has produced records, television and released books. Reynolds also has extensive experience as a technologist.

Career[edit]

Reynolds, the founder of a crowdfunding company, and a former computer programmer for a major insurance company, is best known as a technologist for his creation of "The Reagan Hologram" concept in 2012.[1]. After watching the "hologram" of late rapper, Tupac, perform with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at Coachella, Reynolds came up with the idea of a Reagan hologram. He worked with AV Concepts, one of the companies involved in the Tupac creation to further develop the concept.

His education based crowdfunding platform, A Kickin Crowd, was incubated at Tech Columbus on The Ohio State University west campus. The Reynoldsburg School System used the platform for several years. Reynolds was a member and is listed in the final report for the SEC Forum On Small Business Capital Formation. He was a member of the Crowdfunding Breakout Group for the JOBS ACT implementation[2]

The story about the "Reagan Hologram" project was reported internationally because of some confusion whether the project was real. One publication, The Atlantic, reached out to the wrong company to verify the existence of the project and was told it was a hoax. The reporting initially by The Atlantic, and picked up by Yahoo News and other news organizations was that it was a hoax[3]. After Yahoo News later confirmed the original story, Reynolds project then made international news.[4][5][6][7][8].

Reynolds is also known for the book he co-authored with James "Buster" Douglas called, "Buster's Backyard Bar-B-Q, Knockout Diabete's Diet," which was featured in Oprah.Com, Sports Illustrated.[9], ESPN[10][11], Fox News[12], Martha Stewart and other notable outlets. Reynolds has released several records, including a comedy rap which charted in the Top 5 on the Dr. Demento Sirius satellite show[13]. Reynolds created, wrote, directed and produced a television show for the Versus Network called, "Xtreme Sports Mashups[14]," and handled production duties on a film, "Uninvited Guest," for TriMark pictures.

Reynolds, whose older brothers had a band called, "The Soul Masters" in the late 1960's and early 1970's and opened for groups like The Fifth Dimension and the O'Jays. He picked up his brothers bass guitar in 1973. Although he didn't master the instrument, he wrote a song with his eight-year-old limited knowledge. He stopped playing the bass, and picked up the drums where he became somewhat proficient. Again, dropping the instrument before mastering it and starting on an upright piano his mother bought from a co-worker. He immediately started writing songs while developing a unique piano style. To further his ability with the instrument, he took organ lessons in Clintonville, Ohio. He said he later took piano lessons at Capital University and he claims he never mastered the instrument. He said he started playing synthesizers in the late 1970's and into the 1980's when the "Synth Pop" sound took off with George Clinton, Prince and many bands in Ohio like Dayton, Platypus, Midnight Starr, The Deele, Zapp, Roger Trautman, Lakeside, and others.

Because of the explosion of artists signed to national recording labels at the time, Reynolds regularly recorded in studios with Midnight Starr, THE DEELE (members included LA Reid and Babyface), Sly Stone, and members of bands like The Bar-Kays, Ohio Players, Roger Troutman and ZAPP, and other notable bands that recorded and performed in the Ohio valley area.

Reynolds recorded a single, "Dirty Blue Jeans[15]," in 1984-85-ish. After returning from a trip to New York city where he had met with CBS Records, SalSoul Music and Quality Records A&R Frank Murray. Murray had told him to add lyrics a single called "Rock The House," and he would release the record as a single. After his father picked him up from the airport his father suggested he release his own record. Reynolds took his fathers suggestion and completed the B-side, "Rock The House," with his brother Matthew on guitar and providing the base rhythm track for the song. Notably, the single includes the late Twyla Jones, in her first singing appearance. She later recorded with Jesse's Gang on Geffen records.

Reynolds released, "Dirty Blue Jeans" on his own DownTown records imprint. It did well and was picked up by a record pool. It played on WDKX in Rochester, NY, Z103 in Columbus and in clubs at the Ohio State University, and in Columbus, Cleveland and Kentucky. It was considered a regional hit and Reynolds was featured on the cover of a local newspaper, The Eastside Messenger. NOTE: The record is now considered a highly desired soul music collectable in Europe where one copy recently sold for more than $1,000[16]

Reynolds started recording in the same studios as Midnight Starr and The Deele featuring L.A. Reid and Babyface, who were managed by GLO Management. The CEO of Glo management, William "Pablo" Davis had previously managed his brothers band. Reynolds was offered the opportunity to be the roadie for drums (L.A. Reid) and keyboards (Babyface) for the Deele on an impromptu meeting at LA Recording studio in Columbus. Reynolds, because of his recent local fame at the time with "Dirty Blue Jeans," instead felt it was an insult instead of seizing the opportunity. He said he realized later he blew this chance.

Reynolds was also known for his comedy rap album he released under the moniker, "Uncle Tone," with his nephew Mark Reynolds (Lil' Man) called "Who Farted," which charted as a top five record on the Dr. Demento[17] radio show on Sirius satellite radio, the same radio dj that discovered "Weird Al" Yankovich.

Reynolds currently records under the moniker "UNK^6" and has recently released a new single record called, "I'm Stronger With You," on his own record label, Modern Touch Music, which is distributed by Sony's The Orchard imprint. In January 2020 Reynolds announced he is finishing his book, "The Colored Boys of Uncle Sam," while he added a track to his album featuring the re-recording of the 100-year-old song, "The Colored Soldier Boys of Uncle Sam, We're Coming."

References[edit]

  1. Pfeiffer, Eric (August 30, 2012). "Reagan hologram is real, was planned for RNC debut". Yahoo News.
  2. "File No. JOBS Act Title III". SEC.Gov. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  3. Greenfield, Rebecca (August 30, 2012). "The Reagan Hologram Idea Was a Joke the Whole Time". The Atlantic Wire.
  4. Welikala, Judith (September 4, 2012). "Rumored Reagan Hologram is (Apparently) Real". Time.
  5. Garber, Megan (August 31, 2012). "Ronald Reagan and the Case of the Missing Hologram". The Atlantic.
  6. Suebsaeng, Asawin (August 31, 2012). "The Holographic Zombie Reagan Lives!". Mother Jones.
  7. Miller, Julie (August 31, 2012). "Ronald Reagan Hologram Was Deemed Too Likely to Steal Attention from Mitt Romney". Vanity Fair.
  8. Ganley, Erin (October 12,2012). "What ever happened to the Reagan hologram?". MSNBC. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. Graham, Bryan Armen. "Bryan Armen Graham: Buster Douglas reflects on Tyson upset, talks Pacquiao-Mayweather". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  10. "Chat with Buster Douglas". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  11. "Buster Douglas has new lease on life -- and a cookbook - Page 2 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  12. Ferretti, Elena (2016-11-18). "Buster Douglas' Knockout BBQ". Fox News. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  13. "The Dr. Demento Show #02-29 - July 21, 2002". dmdb.org. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  14. "Tony Reynolds". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  15. "Down Town Records - Ohio Local Labels". www.45rpmrecords.com. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  16. "Gripsweat - Modern Soul Boogie 45 - Starr Band - Dirty Blue Jeans - Down Town VG+ mp3 rare!". gripsweat.com. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  17. "The Dr. Demento Show #02-29 - July 21, 2002". dmdb.org. Retrieved 2020-02-11.


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