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The Pretenders first came together in the late 1970s, when songwriter and vocalist Chrissie Hynde teamed up with James Honeyman-Scott, Martin Chambers, and Pete Farndon. Hynde, originally from Ohio, had moved to London in 1973 and found herself immersed in the local music scene. While working at a weekly music paper, she performed in a number of bands and with a number of musicians before a music representative from Anchor Records heard some demos of Hynde’s music. His encouragement ...The Pretenders Bio Continue
With their unusual guitar-bashing tradition and enduring, iconic sound, The Who originally launched onto the music scene with "I Can't Explain," a demo which garnered them a record deal. The single was released in 1965, but it was a performance on Ready, Steady, Go – complete with Pete Townshend’s guitar-destroying antics at the end – that brought the single to number eight in the UK. Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, and Townshe...The Who Bio Continue
Tina Turner was born in 1939 in Tennessee, to a working class family. Her parents were factory workers, and her father also worked as a deacon in a local Baptist church. Tina Turner’s earliest exposure to music was singing in the local church, but as a young woman she took domestic jobs and nursing jobs before finding her destiny in music. Tina Turner’s first job was as a backup vocalist with her future husband’s band. Ike Turner had a touring show, and w...Tina Turner Bio Continue
Todd Rundgren was born in 1948 and grew up in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. As a child, he learned to play the guitar and later formed the band Money, when he was still a teenager. After moving to Wildwood, New Jersey, he began to play with other established bands before forming his own, Woody’s Truck Stop, a Philly-based blues group. He then formed Nazz in 1967, and earned the support of a record promoter who signed them with SGC Records. Nazz, the group’s debut ...Todd Rundgren Bio Continue
The American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was established in the mid 1970’s by founding member Tom Petty. The group came together in Gainesville, Florida, after the band’s original lineup (Petty, Benmont Tench, Stan Lynch, Ron Blair, and Mike Campbell) was formed. Long before the band became one of the most influential performers of the “heartland rock”...Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Bio Continue
The Canadian comedian and actor known as Tommy Chong was born in 1938 in Edmonton, Alberta. Young Tommy grew up in Calgary, but struggled in school as a teenager. Eventually, he dropped out to set his sights on a career in entertainment, learning to play the guitar and joining a local band. Tommy played with a variety of bands throughout the late 1960’s, until he met up with Cheech Marin and forged the life-long friendship which would bring the would the comedic duo of Cheech & C...Tommy Chong Bio Continue
Tommy Lee was born in 1962 in Athens, Greece. Long before Lee rose to fame as the founding member of the heavy metal band Motley Crue, he grew up in California influenced by the sounds of Van Halen, Kiss, AC/DC, and Led Zeppelin. Young Tommy played the drums in his high school marching band and shortly after graduation started his first successful band, Suite 19, which frequently played along the Los Angeles Sunset Strip. In the early 1980’s, Lee formed M...Tommy Lee Bio Continue
Tone Loc was born Anthony Terrell Smith in 1966 in Los Angeles, California. As a young man, Tone Loc was a member of the notorious street gang, the Crips. Thankfully, he realized his potential as a musician and turned his life around, shifting his focus to rap music instead of street crime. Tone Loc’s debut album, Loc-ed After Dark, was released in 1989 to instant success, rising to the top of the charts. The follow-up, Cool Hand Loc (1991) was equally successful, the sing...Tone Loc Bio Continue
The new jack swing performer Tony Terry was born in 1964 in North Carolina. Tony Terry rose to fame in the late 1980’s, but long before that he studied music at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington. Tony Terry began his career as a performer with the group Sweet Sensation, and then later the group the Boogie Boys, before launching a solo career. Tony Terry signed with Epic/CBS Records and released his debut single, “She’s ...Tony Terry Bio Continue
The R&B group Tony! Toni! Tone! was established in the late 1980’s, by founding members Timothy Christian Riley, Raphael Saadiq, and Dwayne Wiggins. Tony! Toni! Tone! rose to fame following the released of the group’s debut album, Who?, which was released in 1988. The album spawned a number of chart-topping R&B hits, including: “Baby Doll,” “For the Love of You,” and “Born Not to Know.” Tony! Toni! Tone! a...Tony! Toni! Toné! Bio Continue
The band Toto was created in 1978, founded by musicians David Paich, Steve Lukather, Steve & Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, and Bobby Kimball. Toto, the band’s debut album, was released in 1978 and immediately hit the charts, selling two million copies. While Toto’s first three albums (Toto, Hydra, and Turn Back) were all successful, it was Toto IV, released in 1982, that rocketed the band to staggering success, in part on the strength of the hits “Rosanna&r...Toto Bio Continue
The band U2 formed in the late 1970’s, when Larry Mullen, Jr., still in high school, posted a notice on a public board seeking other musicians with whom to start a band. Paul Hewson (“Bono”), Adam Clayton, Dick Evans, and David Evans (“the Edge”) responded and they came together to form a band called the Feedback. The Feedback became the Hype in 1977, but after Dick Evans left to join another band, the musicians settled on the name U2. By the end of...U2 Bio Continue
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