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Styx’s ability to create enduring, chart-topping hits has been undeniable. Singles such as “Come Sail Away” and “Babe’ are nearly iconic for the decades in which they became hits. Styx was formed when brothers John Panozzo and Chuck Panozzo met up with Dennis DeYoung in 1961. Initially called The Tradewinds, the band would become complete with the addition of James Young in 1970, and in the following year they would adopt the name Styx, inspired by ...Styx Bio Continue
Survivor's original members, including Dave Bickler, Dennis Johnson, Frankie Sullivan, Gary Smith, and Jim Peterik, formed in Chicago in 1977. By 1978, they'd been signed to a major record label. Their first album, Survivor, was released in 1980 and charted well, helping them to build a fan base. The single "Somewhere in America" was the largest success off the album. Premonition followed, and with the hits "Summer Nights," and "Poor Man's So...Survivor Bio Continue
The actress Susan Lucci was born in 1946 in Scarsdale, New York, but grew up on Long Island, graduating from Garden City High School before attending Marymount College. Lucci finished her studies in 1968 with a B.A. in drama, and almost immediately began work in her signature role as Erica Kane on All My Children. The role lasted for four decades and ultimately earned Lucci eighteen Emmy nominations for Best Lead Actress in a Drama, with one win in 1999. After a ful...Susan Lucci Bio Continue
Taylor Dayne was born in 1962 and grew up in Long Island, New York. She began singing right out of high school, and by the time she’d graduated from college in the mid-1980’s, she’d already released the singles “Tell Me Can You Love Me,” and “I’m the One You Want.” Her smash-hit dance track, “Tell It To My Heart” launched her to stardom in 1987. Additional hit singles followed, including: "Prove Your Love&quo...Taylor Dayne Bio Continue
Tears for Fears founding members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith were childhood friends growing up in Bath, England. As young teenagers in the late 1970’s, they formed the band Graduate and found some success with a few singles, including “Elvis Should Play Ska.” They quit the band in the early 1980’s, but established Tears for Fears and signed a record contract with Polygram in 1982. Tears for Fears’ debut album, The Hurting, was released in 1983 and...Tears for Fears Bio Continue
The Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer Teddy Riley was born in 1967 in Harlem, New York. Young Teddy grew up highly influenced by the sounds of Harlem music, since his uncle owned the club The Rooftop, where Riley would spend much of his time. By the time he was a teenager, Teddy Riley had begun writing and producing music, even for such notable artists as Kool Moe Dee, for whom he produced the song “Go See the Doctor.” Additional production work for ...Teddy Riley Bio Continue
Tesla came together in 1985 in California, born from a previous band called City Kidd. Comprised of members Jeff Keith, Frank Hannon, Tommy Skeoch, Brian Wheat, and Troy Luccketta, Tesla released their debut album, Mechanical Resonance, in 1986, which was met with great success, going platinum and reaching into the top of the album charts. But it was Tesla’s sophomore effort, The Great Radio Controversy (1989), which sent them to stardom, spawning the hit singles "Heaven's T...Tesla Bio Continue
The Blues Brothers, also known as The Blues Brothers' Show Band and Revue, were founded in 1978 by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Initially a Saturday Night Live musical sketch, John and Dan's love of the blues inspired them to take the concept one step further. John Belushi was born in Chicago and had his first break in 1971, when he joined a comedy troupe in his hometown. Eventually, he was cast in National Lampoon's Lemmings, playing off-Broadway, with Chevy Chase and Christo...The Blues Brothers Bio Continue
The American rock band the Cars was established in the late 1970’s in Boston, founded by David Robinson, Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton, Benjamin Orr, and lead singer Ric Ocasek. The band started writing music and recording in preparation for a debut album in 1977, until a local DJ took an interest in the group and invited them to play one of their demo songs on air. The band’s performance of “Just What I Needed” garnered the attention of El...The Cars Bio Continue
Lionel Richie, Milan Williams, Ronald LePread, Walter "Clyde" Orange, William King, and Thomas McClary may have selected the name for their band randomly, but there was nothing random about the mix of talent that would become the Commodores. After gaining popularity in their hometown areas of Tuskegee, Montgomery, and Birmingham, Alabama, the Commodores began to secure shows in New York City. A performance one night to a sold-out audience resulted in a two-week booking...The Commodores Bio Continue
The legendary English rock band The Cure rose to fame in the early 1970’s, first as its earliest incarnation, the Obelisk, which was established by Robert Smith, Laurence Tolhurt, and Mick Dempsey, who were classmates currently attending middle school together in Sussex. Over the next few years, the group was reformed a number of times, until Porl Thompson joined the group to establish Easy Cure in 1977. Following a successful talent competition in which the band won...The Cure Bio Continue
The band known as The English Beat (or The Beat, or The British Beat) was established in Birmingham, England in the late 1970’s. Founded by members Lionel Augustus Martin, Everett Morton, David Steele, Andy Cox, Ranking Roger, and Dave Wakeling, The English Beat arrived on the music scene in 1980 with the release of the debut album, I Just Can’t Stop It.The English Beat Bio Continue
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