Robert Tepper, hailing from Bayonne, New Jersey, came up in the late 60’s playing in garage bands down on the Jersey shore. It wasn’t until a bit later that Tepper started to get recognition as a song writer with his first Top 40 hit recorded by Paul Anka, This Is Love. The song went on to earn an ASCAP award for its popularity that year and broke the Top 40.
After moving to New York City, he teamed up with fellow singer Benny Mardones to help with his hit album Never Run, Never Hide. On that record was the iconic song Into The Night. In 2010 Usher released his own version of the song with a new dynamic arrangement.
It was in 1985 when Robert landed his first record deal with Scotti Brothers Records – a subsidiary of CBS. In the studio Tepper was very fortunate to have hired the expertise of grammy awarded producer Joe Chiccarelli who is known for his work with U2, Beck, Elton John and many more.
In 1985 Tepper moved to Los Angeles. It was about this time that actor and director Sylvester Stallone was taken by the song Tepper had written called No Easy Way Out. Prominently featured in the film franchise Rocky he song climbed the charts into the American Top 40. Stallone, now a Tepper fan, used his song Angel of the City in his classic movie Cobra giving Tepper the title of the soundtrack kid. Also, Pat Benatar’s recording of La Bel Age off of Seven The Hard Way was another Tepper Marshall composition.
In 1996 the album No Rest For The Wounded Heart was released by MTM Music exclusively for Europe. More recently he released an album that was categorized as an acoustic record with an electric tinge in the early 2000’s called New Life Story.
After a long lay off of live performances it was soon after the release of New Life Story that Tepper started doing shows in Europe. It was there that he met guitarist extraordinaire Pablo Padilla. Padilla, who is one of the premier guitarists in Spain, was soon to continue his musical journey in Los Angeles. Here he became Tepper’s music supervisor for all of his shows.
The new Robert Tepper album Better Than The Rest is a true collaboration between Tepper and Padilla. The writing and recording and mixing of this record took approximately a year. Tepper’s music has appeared in such hit films and TV shows such as Rocky IV, Cobra, Get Hard, South Park and Breaking Bad.
- 1978: Paul Anka “This Is Love” Hit | Composer
- 1980: Benny Mardonnes “Into The Night” Hit | Composer.
The song is unusual for being one of only 10 recordings to ever ascend to the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart twice
- 1984: “No Easy Way Out” | Composer and Performer. Legendary song from “Rocky IV” Movie.
- 1986: “Angel Of The City” | Composer and Performer. Legendary song from “Cobra” Movie.
- 1986: Pat Benatar “La Bel Age” Hit | Composer.
- 1994: Robert Tepper joins iconic rock band Iron Butterfly.
- 2008: Bullet For My Valentine releases a cover of “No Easy Way Out” in their album “Scream Aim Fire”.
- 2010: Usher includes “Into The Night” as a remake titled “Making Love” for his album “Raymond v. Raymond”.
Usher invites Robert to witness the vocal recording session for the tune in Nashville.
2015: “Into The Night” appears on Get Hard Movie.
- 2017: “No Easy Way Out” appears on Breaking Bad TV Show.
- 2019: “No Easy Way Out” appears on South Park TV Show Episode.