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Question Mark and the Mysterians? and the Mysterians
was formed in Saginaw, Michigan, by Larry Borjas, Bobby Balderamma, Frank Rodriguez, and brothers Robert and Rudy ("?) Martinez in 1962. The group's only Top 10 hit, "96 Tears," was recorded in 1966.
The New Vaudeville BandThe New Vaudeville Band
In 1966, English songwriter/producer Geof Stephens gathered a group of studio musicians to record his novelty composition "Winchester Cathedral," a song inspired by the dance hall bands of the 1920's; he called the group The New Vaudeville Band.
Bachman Turner OverdriveBachman Turner Overdrive
was formed by Randy and Robbie Bachman, Chad Allen, and C.F. Turner in 1971. Notable hits include "Let It Ride" and "Takin' Care of Business."
Procol HarumProcol Harum
was formed by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid in 1967 because they couldn't find a group to record their songs. The band hit the top of the UK charts with "A Whiter Shade of Pale" that same year.
The CommodoresThe Commodores
were founded by Lionel Richie, William King, Thomas McClary, Milan Williams, Ronald LaPread and Walter Orange at Tuskegee Institute in 1968. They went on to become the largest selling act for Motown throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Spanky & Our GangSpanky & Our Gang
was formed in Chicago by Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane, Nigel Pickering, and Oz Bach in 1965. The group released three albums before disbanding in 1969 due to the death of member Malcolm Hale. Their hits include "Sunday Will Never Be the Same," "Sunday Morning," and "Like to Get to Know You."
Dire StraitsDire Straits
was formed by brothers Mark and David Knopfler in London in 1977. By the time the group disbanded in 1995 it had released six studio albums, the most successful of which was Brothers in Arms. Notable singles include :Sultans of Swing," "Money for Nothing," "Walk of Life," and "Brothers in Arms."
Starland Vocal BandStarland Vocal Band
began as a duo that called itself Fat City. Renamed upon the addition of two members in 1974, they reached the top of the singles chart with "Afternoon Delight" in 1976. Although the song earned them two Grammy Awards and got them a short-lived television show, the band was never able to hit the charts again.
Edison LighthouseEdison Lighthouse
began as a band called Greenfield Hammer, which was formed in Slough, Englasnd, in 1968. The band became Edison Lighthouse when, in 1970, it recorded "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" with a session vocalist, which quickly rose to #1 on the UK chart and to #5 in the United States.
Talking HeadsThe Talking Heads
formed in New York City in 1975 and released their first album in 1977. Their first top-40 single, "Take Me to the River," was part of their second album. Other notable singles include "Once in a Lifetime," "Burning Down the House," and "And She Was." The group disbanded in 1991.
KansasKansas
was formed by Kerry Livgren and Phil Ehart in 1974. Notable hits include "Carry on Wayward Son," "Point of Know Return," "Dust in the Wind," and "Hold On."
The VenturesThe Ventures
Formed in 1959, The Ventures gained national fame with "Walk, Don't Run," which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Singles Chart in 1960. Since then they have charted no fewer than 14 singles and 38 albums, making them the most successful instrumental rock group of all time.
Little River BandLittle River Band
was formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1975, and named after a road sign for the Victorian township of Little River, near Geelong. From 1978 until 1981, the group achieved a then-record six consecutive U.S. Top 10 singles with “Reminiscing,” “Lady,” “Lonesome Loser,” “Cool Change,” “The Night Owls,” and “Take It Easy On Me.”
Wild CherryWild Cherry
was first formed by Rob Parissi in Ohio in 1970. The original lineup gained popularity in the Ohio Valley region but ended up splitting up in 1974. After a short stint away from music, Parissi formed a new band in 1975, and this lineup had a smash hit with "Play That Funky Music" in 1976. It would prove to be their only Top 40 single.
The MidnightersThe Midnighters
was founded as the Royals in 1950/51. The group is best known for being the first to record the Hank Ballard-written song "The Twist."
ZZ TopZZ Top
came together in 1970 and has been touring ever since, with the same members. Their hit singles include "Tush," "Tube Snake Boogie," "Sharp-Dressed Man," and "La Grange."
Mungo JerryMungo Jerry
was formed in 1970. The band's name was inspired by the poem Mungojerrie and Rumpelteaser from T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. The group is best known for its debut single "In the Summertime," which stayed at the top of the UK charts for seven weeks.
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