He was headhunted as the first A&R man for David Geffen's new label Geffen Records in 1980, where he worked with White Zombie, Madness, XTC, Whitesnake and Aerosmith. He brought Jimmy Page and Sammy Hagar success as solo artists and was responsible for the musical collaboration Coverdale-Page.
Kalodner also placed songs on soundtracks of such films as Top Gun and Footloose. Kalodner followed Aerosmith to Columbia in the nineties, where he also worked with Cher, Santana, Journey, Manowar, Chicago, Heart, Iron Maiden, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon, Mars Electric and the Black Crowes, among others.
Kalodner's special status is underlined by the fact that he's usually credited on albums for simply being himself. According to Kalodner's web site, the phrase "John Kalodner: John Kalodner" originated with Foreigner's 1978 Double Vision album, when the album's producer, Keith Olsen, was wondering just how to credit Kalodner's involvement with the band and the album. In keeping with the double vision theme, Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones came up with idea of doubling Kalodner's name.
In other media
- John Kalodner appeared in a few music videos including Aerosmith's "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" as a cross-dresser and "The Other Side" as himself. He was dressed as a bride as a private joke, because he almost always dresses entirely in white. He also appeared in the beginning of the "Eat the Rich" video.
- John Kalodner appeared in the "Flaming Moe's" episode of The Simpsons, which featured Aerosmith.
- John Kalodner appeared in videos for the band Jackyl, with whom he worked in the late 1990s.
- John Kalodner appeared on the cover of GPS' (a band featuring ex-Asia members) 2006 album Windows to the Soul as sitting in front of a TV.
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