80s Music

The Top Male Pop Stars of the 80s

The era when hair touched the skies and “shoulder pads” weren’t considered as cringe worthy, everything seemed cool in the…

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Biography of Eddie Money, A Rock Legend

Introduction Eddie Money was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician who attained fame during the 70s and the 80s oldies…

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Artist Profile: Judas Priest

Formed in West Bromwich, England in 1969, Judas Priest is a heavy metal band that is often hailed as one…

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Artist Profile: Chicago

Formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1967. Chicago was a rock band that was originally named Chicago Transit Authority. They began…

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Artist Profile: Toto

Formed in 1977 in Los Angeles, California, Toto is a rock band that is currently composed of David Paich on…

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Artist Profile: Sonic Youth

Formed in New York, City in 1981, Sonic Youth was a rock band that was composed of Kim Gordon on…

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Artist Profile: Ozzy Osbourne

Born as John Michael Osbourne in 1948, Ozzy Osbourne is an English songwriter, actor, and singer who rose to fame…

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Artist Profile: Tina Turner

Born Anna Mae Bullock, Tina Turner is the iconic singer, songwriter, and actress who was responsible for the hit songs…

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Artist Profile: Janet Jackson

Born on May 16, 1966, Janet Damita Jo Jackson or more popularly known as Janet Jackson is a songwriter, singer,…

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Top 80s Boy Bands

It seems like ever since the Beatles became famous, almost every decade started to produce a special group of boys…

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Artist Profile: Stevie Ray Vaughan

A musician, record producer, singer, and songwriter, Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of the most influential musician that revived blues…

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Artist Profile: Public Enemy

Formed in 1986 in Long Island, New York, Public Enemy is a hip hop group that consists of Flavor Flav,…

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Artist Profile: Iron Maiden

Formed in Leyton, East London in 1975, Iron Maiden is a heavy metal band that released over thirty-nine albums throughout…

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Artist Profile: Beastie Boys

Formed in New York City in 1981, the Beastie Boys was a hip hop group that is composed of Adam…

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5 Places You Must See When Visiting Asia

As the largest and most populous continent on earth, Asia offers things to see and do for all types of…

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Artist Profile: Motley Crue

Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981, Motley Crue is a rock band that is composed of Tommy Lee on…

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Artist Profile: Scorpions

Formed on 1965, Scorpion is a German rock band that is composed of Rudolf Schenker on rhythm guitar, Herman Rarebell…

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Artist Profile: Cyndi Lauper

Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper or popularly known as Cyndi Lauper is a singer, songwriter, and actress who has been in…

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Artist Profile: Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine

Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine is an American band that plays Latin-influenced music. The band was formed in 1975…

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Artist Profile: Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross was a singer-songwriter and record producer. He started his career as an in-demand background vocalist for several well-known…

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Artist Profile: Peter Gabriel

Born on February 13, 1950, Peter Brian Gabriel or popularly known as Peter Gabriel, is an English singer, record producer,…

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Artist Profile: Pixies

Formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986, Pixies are an alternative rock band that was composed of Joey Santiago on lead…

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Artist Profile: REO Speedwagon

Formed in Champaign, Illinois in 1967, REO Speedwagon is a rock band that gained popularity in the United States during…

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Artist Profile: Simply Red

Simply Red is a band that was formed in 1983 in Manchester. The band’s frontman, Mick Hucknall was the only…

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Artist Profile: The Go-Go’s

Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1978, The Go-Go’s is an American new-wave band that became famous in the early…

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Artist Profile: Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood was born as Stephen Laurence Winwood on May 1948. He is an English singer and musician who played…

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Top 9 Crime Movies and Thrillers of 80s

The crime movies of the 80s shifted the film industry and inspired the coming generation of films in almost all…

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Top British Bands of the 80s

Back in the early 80s, when the new wave movement eschewed blues and rock ‘n’ roll and brought about new…

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Artist Profile: Bobby Brown

Robert Barisford Brown or more popularly known as Bobby Brown is a singer-songwriter, dancer, actor, and occasional rapper. He was…

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Artist Profile: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Formed in the South Bronx of New York City in 1978, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was a hip-hop…

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Artist Profile: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Most of us probably remembered DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince as the musical duo that launched the music…

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Artist Profile: The Cars

Formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, The Cars were a new wave rock band comprising of Ric Ocasek (rhythm guitar,…

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Artist Profile: Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman is a singer-songwriter that was best known for her hit songs “Give Me One Reason”, “Fast Car”, and…

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Artist Profile: Salt-N-Pepa

This iconic hip-hop girl group was formed in 1985 and it consists of Salt or Cheryl James, DJ Spinderella or…

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Artist Profile: Sade

Sade is an English band that was formed in 1982 in London whose music features the elements of sophisti-pop, quiet…

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Artist Profile: Thompson Twins

The Thompson Twins was a British new wave/ mainstream pop group that was formed in 1977. They gained popularity in…

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Artist Profile: N.W.A

N.W.A or N Wit Attitudes was a hip-hop group that originated from Compton, California. They were one of the first…

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Top Female Pop Stars of the 80s

In the 1980s, music lovers witnessed a shift in the music industry with the unveiling of some of the greatest…

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The Best Alternative Bands in the 1980s

During the 1980s, alternative music meant anything that mainstream radio would not play, which was mostly anything back then. If…

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Artist Profile: Billy Idol

Billy Idol was one of the first pop/rock artists that gained massive success from the 80s music scene. He started…

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Artist Profile: Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who used to be a part of the duo Loggins and Messina. But…

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Artist Profile: Erik B & Rakim

Although they never had a mainstream hit, Eric B. and Rakim were almost universally recognized as the premier DJ/MC team…

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Artist Profile: De La Soul

De La Soul is a hip-hop trio that was formed in Amytiville, Long Island, New York in 1987. They are…

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Artist Profile: Billy Ocean

Born as Leslie Sebastian Charles, Billy Ocean is a  singer who had several R&B international hit songs during the ‘70s…

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Artist Profile: LL Cool J

Hip-hip is the music genre that is known for short-lived careers, but one rapper proved that he was an exception…

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Artist Profile: Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer was an English musician that was born in January 1949. He was also a record producer known for…

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History of MTV

Before music videos took up residence on Youtube, there was a time when they ruled the TV landscape and that’s…

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Top Metal Bands of the 80s

The ‘80s was the decade that gave birth to the sub-genres of hair metal and thrash metal among the many…

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Whitesnake

Formed by former Deep Purple member, David Coverdale in 1978, Whitesnake was an English rock band that is consist of…

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Van Halen

Formed in Pasadena, California in 1972, Van Halen is a hard rock band that is composed of David Lee Roth…

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Tears for Fears

Formed by British musicians Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith in 1981, Tears for Fears was founded after Smith’s and Orzabal’s…

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The Pretenders

Formed in Hereford, England in March of 1978, The Pretenders is an American-British rock band that is composed of Chrissie…

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The Smiths

Formed in Manchester in 1982, The Smiths are composed of Steven Morrissey as their vocalist, Johnny Marr as their guitarist,…

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The Human League

Formed in Sheffield, England in 1977, The Human League is an English synth-pop band that rose to fame because of…

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INXS

Originally known as the Farris Brothers in 1977, INXS (pronounced as “in excess”) is an Australian band that is consist…

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The Cure

Formed in 1976 in Crawley, West Sussex, The Cure is an English rock band that experienced a lot of line-up…

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Simple Minds

Formed in 1977 in Glasgow, Simple Minds is a Scottish rock band that is currently composed of Jim Kerr on…

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Wham!

Considered to be one of the most successful pop artist of the 80’s, Wham! Is an English duo composed of…

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Spandau Ballet

Formed in Islington, London in 1979, Spandau Ballet is one of the successful bands that came out during the New…

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Talking Heads

Formed in 1975 in New York City, Talking Heads was an American rock band that is comprised of David Byrne…

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The Police – An Iconic Rock Band

The Police was a British rock band from London that was formed in 1977. They played a style of rock…

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Pet Shop Boys

Formed in London in 1981, Pet Shop Boys is an English synth-pop duo that is consist of Chris Lowe and…

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Metallica

Formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, Metallica is a heavy metal band that was started by James Hetfield and…

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Olivia Newton- John

Olivia Newton-John is an English- Australian singer that was born on September 26, 1948. Olivia Newton-John is a talented actress,…

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Run-DMC

Formed in Queens, New York, Run-DMC is an American hip-hop group that is composed of Darryl McDaniels, Jazon Mizell, and…

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R.E.M

Formed in Georgia in 1980, R.E.M is an American rock band that is composed of Bill Berry as the drummer,…

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New Order

Formed in 1980, New Order is an English rock band that was composed of Stephen Morris on drums, Bernard Summer…

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Men at Work

Formed in 1979, Men at Work are an Australian rock band with Colin Hay on lead vocals, Ron Strykert on…

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AC/DC

History and Career AC/DC is one of the most influential hard rock bands from the 70’s, they are one of…

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Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, activist, producer and photographer. He was born on November 5, 1959 in Ontario,…

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Culture Club

Culture Club was an English new wave band that is composed of Boy George on lead vocals, Jon Moss on…

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Def Leppard

Def Leppard is an English rock band formed by a group of teenagers from Sheffield England in 1977. The band…

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Depeche Mode

Formed in Basildon, Essex in the 80’s, Depeche Mode is an electronic band that had more than 50 songs that…

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Dire Straits

Formed in London in 1977, Dire Straits is an English rock band that is composed of  David Knopfler on rhythm…

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Eurythmics

This British duo consists of Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart was formed  in the New South Wales city of…

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Guns N’ Roses

Also known as GNR, Guns N’ Roses is an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California. They…

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Huey Lewis and the News

Formed in San Francisco, California, Huey Lewis and the News had several hits during the 1980’s and early 1990’s. They…

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Duran Duran – An Iconic 80s Pop Group

Formed in Birmingham in 1978, Duran Duran is a new wave synthpop band that quickly grew from being alternative sensations…

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Flock of Seagulls – The Band with the Iconic 80’s Hair

Originally formed in 1980, Flock of Seagulls is an iconic English new wave band that was led by vocalist and…

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Introduction to Howard Jones – An 80’s Pop Icon

Born in Southhampton on February 23, 1995, Howard Jones is a British singer and songwriter. He was once described as…

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Biography of Sheena Easton

Sheena Shirley Orr, or more popularly known as Sheena Easton, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and actress. Her first project…

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The Pointer Sisters – So Excited

The Pointer Sisters are an American versatile pop and R&B singing group who came from Oakland, California. It was during…

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Profile of Kenny Rogers

Kenneth Ray Rogers or more popularly known as Kenny Rogers is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.…

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The 1980s: John Lennon, Classic Rock Radio stations and MTV

Introduction to Classic Rock The 1960s: Rock Music Comes of Age The 1970s: Rock vs. Disco The 1980s: John Lennon,…

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Biography of Michael Jackson

Introduction Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958-June 25, 2009) is one of the most famous superstars in the world. The “King…

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John Mellencamp’s Music Biography

John Mellencamp is a musician and singer-songwriter from Indiana who is one of the few but notable artists who brought…

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Introduction to Survivor

Survivor is an American rock band formed in the late 1970s in Chicago by core members Frankie Sullivan and Jim…

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The Music of the 1980s

Because all of the major turmoils from the 1960s and the 1970s — the counterculture movement, the Vietnam war, the…

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Introduction to A-Ha

  A-Ha, the synthpop group from Oslo, Norway, achieved brief popularity in the 80’s music era with “Take On Me”…

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USA for Africa

Introduction USA for Africa was the all-star one hit wonders famous for their charity single “We Are the World” during…

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Rock Legends: U2

Introduction U2 is an Irish rock band formed Dublin. Led by lead vocalist Bono, the band transformed themselves from a…

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One-Hit Wonders: Bobby McFerrin

Introduction Bobby McFerrin is an American singer known for his late 80s music era hit, the very catchy “Don’t Worry,…

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One-Hit Wonders: Toni Basil

Introduction Toni Basil is an American singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, choreographer and director whose song “Mickey” became a hit during the…

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One-Hit Wonders: Dexys Midnight Runners

Introduction Dexys Midnight Runners are best known as one hit wonders especially in the United States, through their single “Come…

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One-hit Wonder: Lipps Inc.

Introduction Lipps Inc. is a short-lived R&B and disco group who scored a hit single and now-oldies music classic tune…

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Life and Music Career of Vangelis

Introduction Vangelis is a Greek pianist, composer and arranger who received an Oscar for his score in the blockbuster movie…

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One-Hit Wonder: Nena

  Introduction Nena was a German classic rock, post-punk and new wave group hailing from Berlin. The band was fronted…

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Artists Profile: Prince

Introduction Prince (born Prince Rodgers Nelson) is an American singer-songwriter and musician, known for his groundbreaking, eclectic style and flamboyant…

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Artists Profile: George Michael

Introduction George Michael was an English singer-songwriter who rose to fame during the 80s music scene. His catchy post-disco dance…

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Music Legends: Whitney Houston

Introduction Whitney Houston was an American singer, actress, film and record producer. She first rose to fame during the 80s…

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Artists Profile: Lionel Richie

Introduction Lionel Richie is one of the most successful artists from the 80s music era, only to be eclipsed by…

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Artists Profile: Phil Collins

Introduction Phil Collins (born in London, England, 1951) is an English singer-songwriter and drummer, who were one of the most…

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Artists Profile: Jon Bon Jovi

Introduction Jon Bon Jovi is an American rock and pop singer, songwriter and musician who is also the frontman of…

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Artists Profile: Daryl Hall & John Oates (aka Hall & Oates)

Introduction Daryl Hall & John Oates aka Hall and Oates were one of the most popular acts during the late…

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Music Legends: Madonna

Introduction Madonna is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actress, producer and businesswoman who became one of the iconic figures of…

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The Life and Music of Sonny Charles

Introduction to Sonny Charles Born Charles Hemphill in 1940 in Indiana, Sonny Charles is an American soul singer. He was…

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The Life and Music of Marty Balin

  Introduction to Marty Balin Marty Balin (born Martyn Jerel Buchwald in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1942) is an American singer-songwriter…

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Classic Rock Profiles: Introduction to the J. Geils Band

J. Geils Band’s career in a summary The J. Geils Band is an American rock group best known for their…

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Biography of Kim Carnes, the Classic Rock Diva

Introduction Kim Carnes is an American country and rock singer known for her raspy, throaty singing style, as well as…

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The Buggles – “Video Killed the Radio Star”

Who are the Buggles? The Buggles are British new wave duo, best known for their hit single “Video Killed The…

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Biography of Don Henley

  Don Henley’s success with the Eagles and his own solo career Don Henley (born Donald Hugh Henley in Gilmer,…

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Classic Rock Profiles: Introduction to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

The band’s early days Heartland rock pioneers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers formed in Gainesville, Florida in the mid-1970s. The…

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Introduction to Heart: Ann and Nancy Wilson

Introduction Heart have remained one of the most commercially enduring groups in history, with sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson maintained…

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Introduction to The Knack

Introduction Primarily known for their hit single “My Sharona”, four-piece new wave band The Knack were particularly active in the…

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Introduction to Bruce Springsteen

First, a little about “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen is the rare kind of musician that is commercially successful on a…

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History of Larry Graham

Introduction to Larry Graham Larry Graham is an American bass player and soul singer who is credited with the slapping…

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Biography of Billy Joel

Introduction Billy Joel is a known pianist and singer-songwriter known for the hit pop classics such as “The Piano Man”,…

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Paul Simon – His Biography

Early life and career, and as member of Simon and Garfunkel Paul Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey in…

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Classic Rock Profiles: History of Journey

Introduction Journey is an American rock band who started their career during the 70s but achieved astronomical success during the…

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Introduction to ZZ Top

Early days The roots of the ZZ Top originated in Houston Texas. During the late 1960s, guitarist Billy Gibbons formed…

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Introduction to Peter Cetera

Cetera’s career at a glance Peter Cetera (born in Chicago, Illinois in 1944) is an American singer-songwriter known as one…

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History of Genesis

Introduction to one of successful rock bands in history Genesis are a British classic rock and pop band formed in…

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Biography of Pat Benatar

Introduction Pat Benatar is an American rock and pop singer whose operatic voice brought many hits include “Hit Me With…

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Introduction to The Bangles

Introduction to one of the few successful all-girl rock acts The Bangles are an American all-girl rock group who won…

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Foreigner – One of the Most Successful All-Time “Arena” Rock Groups

Introduction to one of the most successful rock groups of all time As one of the most successful soft rock/arena…

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Air Supply – Soft-Rock Masters

Introduction to Air Supply Air Supply is a soft rock duo consisting of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock formed in 1975…

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