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The heavy metal band known as Quiet Riot was among the most most popular groups in the genre throughout most of the 1980’s and into the 1990’s. Founded in the early 1970’s, Quiet Riot began its rise to fame as an opener for such notable bands as Van Halen before securing their first record deal with Sony in 1977. Shortly thereafter, the band’s debut album, Quiet Riot, was released, but their limited deal with the label lead to a release overseas instead of an album ...Quiet Riot Bio Continue
The American rapper known as Rakim was born William Michael Griffin in 1968. Before Rakim rose to fame as half of the hip hop duo known as Eric B. & Rakim, he grew up influenced by New York’s burgeoning hip hop scene in the 1980’s. After a chance meeting brought Eric B. and Rakim together, the duo went on to become one of the most influential artists of the genre for the era. Although Eric B. & Rakim dissolved in 1992, today they are recognized as one of the Greatest Hi...Rakim Bio Continue
Ratt quickly rose to fame as one of the most popular bands of the 1980’s. Ratt’s debut album, Out of the Cellar, rocketed the band to fame with sales exceeding three million copies and the hit song “Round and Round,” which found a home at the top of the charts. The song would become the first in a long line of hits that gave Ratt a permanent place on MTV and in venues across the nation. Ratt followed up their smashing debut with Invasion of Your Privacy (...Ratt Bio Continue
Reba McEntire was born in 1955 in Oklahoma. Reba’s mother had originally had aspirations for a career in music, but instead of pursuing it herself, she fostered a love of music in her children, and taught the young Reba to sing and harmonize. The McEntire children formed a singing group, the Singing McEntires, when they were children, and performed at local town events. While Reba was attenting university, with original plans to become a teacher, she continued to accept gigs as a sin...Reba McEntire Bio Continue
Regina Belle grew up singing in her church choir in Englewood, New Jersey. In addition to vocals, she studied a variety of instruments, including drums and tuba. As a young woman, Regina began performing as the opening act for the Manhattans, and recorded “Where Did We Go Wrong” with them. Her performances eventually attracted the attention of record labels, and she was signed to Columbia Records in the late 1980’s. All By Myself, Regina Bel...Regina Belle Bio Continue
American media personality and television host Regis Philbin was born in 1931 in the Bronx area of New York City. Philbin graduated from the prestigious University of Notre Dame with a degree in Sociology in 1953, but while in college he worked at a number of television shows, including The Tonight Show, working as a page, and as a writer for a Los Angeles talk show.Regis Philbin Bio Continue
REO Speedwagon has enjoyed enormous success throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, and is band iconic for the arena rock of the early 1980’s. REO Speedwagon’s first two albums enjoyed only moderate success, but when front man Mike Murphy joined the group, their single “Riding the Storm Out” was released in 1974 and was the first from REO Speedwagon to hit the Billboard 100 charts. Lost in a Dream followed, and This Time We Mean It...Reo Speedwagon Bio Continue
Playing a pop-friendly brand of country-rock indebted to the Eagles, Restless Heart was one of the most popular country bands of the late '80s and early '90s, scoring numerous hits on the country charts and a few major successes on adult contemporary radio as well. The band first got together in 1984 at the behest of producer-songwriter Tim DuBois, who wanted some musicians to demo a batch of material that walked the line between country and pop. Drummer-vocalist John Dittrich, pia...Restless Heart Bio Continue
Richard Belzer was born in 1944 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He moved to New York City in the 1970’s and began working as a stand-up comic in a number of significant venues such as The Improv and Catch a Rising Star. One of his earliest gigs was as the warm-up comic for Saturday Night Live, but by the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Belzer was already starting to made strides in film. Some of Richard Belzer’s earliest roles include Fame, Night Shift, and Sca...Richard Belzer Bio Continue
Richard Noel Marx was born in 1963 in Chicago, Illinois. Before bursting onto the pop music scene in the late 1980’s, Richard Marx served as a vocalist for Lionel Richie and frequently sang for television and radio commercials. Richard Marx was released in 1987, and Repeat Offender followed in 1989. On the strength of hits such as “Right Here Waiting,” “Don’t Mean Nothing,” “Hold on to the Nights,” and &ldqu...Richard Marx Bio Continue
American fitness and health guru Richard Simmons was born Milton Teagle Simmons in 1948 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Simmons suffered with weight control his entire life, reaching over two hundred fifty pounds by the time he graduated from high school. After finishing college at Florida State University with a B.A. in Art, Simmons moved to New York and began working for a number of cosmetic ...Richard Simmons Bio Continue
The English musician and songwriter Rick Astley was born in 1966 in Lancashire, England. When Rick was still in elementary school, he began singing in the local church choir. Throughout his teenage years, he performed with a number of local bands. Eventually, his vocal talents caught the attention of a record producer who offered Astley a recording contract with RCA Records.Rick Astley Bio Continue
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