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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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
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
Lonesome Loser, Cool
Change, The Night Owls, and
Take It Easy On Me.
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."
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.
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
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.
& 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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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