Legs Diamond

Legs Diamond was an American hard-rock band from San Francisco that made the 1977 Mercury albums Legs Diamond and A Diamond Is a Hard Rock, followed by the 1979 Cream Records release Fire Power. They returned with the 1984–86 Target/Metronome titles Out on Bail and Land of the Gun. Members: Michael Prince (keyboards, guitar, vocals), […]

Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson (April 24, 1937 — June 30, 2001) was an American tenor saxophonist from Lima, Ohio. Discography: Page One (1963) Our Thing (1964) In ‘n Out (1965) Inner Urge (1966) Mode for Joe (1966) The Kicker (1968 • Joe Henderson Sextet) Tetragon (1969) Power to the People (1970) In Pursuit of Blackness (1971) Black […]

Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American jazz keyboardist who has been musically active since the late 1950s. Background Hancock was born in Chicago on April 12, 1940, the middle child of government meat inspector Wayman Edward Hancock and secretary Winnie Belle. Herbie was named after singer and actor Herb Jeffries. At age […]


Dokken are an American hard-rock/metal band from Los Angeles that released four albums on Elektra between 1984 and 1988. Members: Don Dokken (vocals, guitar), Mick Brown (drums), Greg Leon (guitar, 1977-78), George Lynch (guitar, 1978-88, 1992-98), Juan Croucier (bass, vocals, 1978-82), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals, guitar, piano, Mellotron, 1984-99) Discography: Breakin’ the Chains (1981 • […]

Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg (Aug. 13, 1951 — Dec. 16, 2007) was an American singer/songwriter from Peoria, Ill. He was born Daniel Grayling Fogelberg on August 13, 1951, in Peoria, Illinois, the youngest of three sons born to classical pianist Margaret (née Irvine) and high school band conductor Lawrence Peter Fogelberg. At age four, his father let […]

Chick Corea

Chick Corea (June 12, 1941 – Feb. 9, 2021) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader with a six-decade career that spanned the early 1960s to the late 2010s. He emerged as a backing player for Mongo Santamaria, Sonny Stitt, Blue Mitchell, Herbie Mann, Hubert Laws, and Cal Tjader. As a solo artist, Corea […]

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Blood, Sweat & Tears were an American brass-rock/soul band from N.Y.C., formed in 1967 by Blues Project alumni Al Kooper and Steve Katz. After their 1968 Columbia debut Child Is Father to the Man, Kooper and trumpeter Randy Brecker departed for prolific solo and collaborative careers. In 1969, a revised lineup with vocalist David Clayton-Thomas […]

Billy Cobham

Billy Cobham (born May 16, 1944) is a Panamanian-American jazz-rock drummer who played in the bands Dreams, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Atmospheres during the early 1970s. Starting with his 1973 solo debut Spectrum, Cobham released eight albums on Atlantic and four on Columbia through 1979, including a live release in partnership with George Duke. He […]


Ambiance were an American jazz-funk/soul band from Los Angeles. Members: Daoud Abubakar Balewa Discography: Ebun (1979) Drift Up to Space (1980) Gida-Gida / Tight & Tidy (1981) Into a New Journey (1982) Come Touch Tomorrow (1985) Colours in Spaces (1986) Ambiance II Fusion Ensemble Featuring Daoud Aboubakar Balewa (1998 • Ambiance II Fusion Ensemble)


Xex were an American coldwave band from South River, NJ, that released the album Group: Xex on self-press What’s That Music in 1980. Half the band regrouped in 2013 to cut retro material, issued with 1981 live recordings on the Dark Entries disc Change. Members: David Anderson, Alex Zander, Thumbalina Gugielmo, Waw Pierogi, Jon-Boy Diode […]


Zebra were an American symphonic/hard-rock band from New Orleans that released three albums on Atlantic between 1983 and 1986. Members: Randy Jackson (lead vocals, guitar, piano, Mellotron, synthesizer, percussion), Felix Hanemann (bass, keyboards, strings, synthesizer, vocals), Guy Gelso (drums, percussion, vocals) Discography: Zebra (1983) No Tellin’ Lies (1984) 3.V (1986)

The Tubes

The Tubes were an American rock band from San Francisco that gained notoriety for their edgy stage antics and role-play numbers. They released the 1975–79 A&M studio albums The Tubes, Young and Rich, Now, and Remote Control, then moved to Capitol for the 1981–83 albums The Completion Backward Principle and Outside Inside. Their popular songs […]


Survivor were an American hard-rock band that released seven albums on Atlantic/CBS-subsidiary Scotti Bros. Records between 1979 and 1988. Members: Frankie Sullivan (lead guitar, vocals), Jim Peterik (keyboards, guitar, vocals, 1978-88, 1993-96), Dave Bickler (lead vocals, synthesizer, 1978-83), Dennis Johnson (bass, 1978-80), Gary Smith (drums, 1978-80), Marc Droubay (drums, 1981-87, 1996-2014), Stephan Ellis (bass, 1981-87, […]


Styx are an American symphonic/hard-rock band that released four albums on Wooden Nickel between 1972 and 1974, followed by seven albums and a live double-LP on A&M between 1975 and 1984. Members: Dennis DeYoung (vocals, keyboards, accordion, 1961-99), Chuck Panozzo (bass, guitar, vocals, 1961-63, 1964-present), John Panozzo (drums, percussion, vocals, 1961-96), Tom Nardin (guitar, 1963-69), […]


Spys were an American hard-rock band that released two albums on EMI America in 1982 and 1983. Members: John Blanco (vocals), Al Greenwood (keyboards, vocals), John DiGuadio (guitar, vocals), Billy Milne (drums, vocals), Ed Gagliardi (bass, vocals) Discography: Spys (1982) Behind Enemy Lines (1983)

Shooting Star

Shooting Star were an American hard-rock band that released five albums on Virgin between 1980 and 1985. Members: Van McLain (vocals, guitar), Ron Verlin (bass, 1971-84), Gary West (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard, 1977-87), Steve Thomas (drums, 1978-87), Bill Guffey (keyboards, 1978-87), Charles Waltz (violin, keyboard, vocals, 1978-87), Norm Dahlor (bass, 1984-87) Discography: Shooting Star (1980) […]


Russia were an American hard-rock band from Seattle, Wash., that released a self-titled album on Warner Bros. in 1980. Members: Griff Stevens (lead vocals, woodwinds), Tom Richard Brighton (guitar, vocals), Richard Allyn White (keyboards, vocals), Larry Tuttle (bass, vocals), Jeff Swisstack (drums) Discography: Russia (1980)

Resurrection Band

The Resurrection Band were an American Christian hard-rock unit that self-released two cassette albums circa 1973/74. The band released a pair of albums on Star Song in 1978 and 1979, followed by a trio of titles on Light Records during the early 1980s and another three albums on Sparrow mid-decade. The nameplate was altered to […]


Relayer were an American symphonic-rock band that issued an eponymous album on self-press HSR in 1979. Members: Guy Schwartz (vocals, guitar, bass), Tim Munson (keyboards, vocals), Win Landureth (guitar), Michael Knust (guitar, percussion), Roger Tausz (bass), Link Davis, Jr (saxophone), Stievie Webb (saxophone), Mike Rayburn (drums, percussion) Discography: The Relayer Album (1979)

Planet P

Planet P were an American modern-rock band that released a self-titled album on Geffen in 1983, followed by the double-album Pink World as Planet P Project on MCA in 1984. The project was resurrected for a further round of albums in the 21st century. Keyboardist/bandleader Tony Carey concurrently recorded solo rock/vocal and library/instrumental albums, both […]


October were an American symphonic-rock band from Detroit, Mich., that issued an eponymous album on local small-press Charisma Sound in 1979, followed that same year by the sophomoric self-release After the Fall. Members: Pat Carson (Drums, Percussion), Mark Krench (Electric, Acoustic And Prepared Pianos, Recorder, Synthesizer), Mark Stering (Mini Moog, Moog Sonic Six, Micro Moog, […]

Night Ranger

Night Ranger were an American hard-rock band from San Francisco that released five albums on MCA between 1982 and 1988. Members: Jack Blades (vocals, bass), Kelly Keagy (vocals, drums), Brad Gillis (guitar), Jeff Watson (guitar, 1980-91), Alan Fitzgerald (keyboards, 1980-88, 1996-2003), Jesse Bradman (keyboards, vocals, 1988-89) Discography: Dawn Patrol (1982) Midnight Madness (1983) 7 Wishes […]

New England

New England were an American hard-rock band from Boston, Mass., that released a self-titled album on Infinity in 1979, followed by two albums on Elektra during the early 1980s. Members: John Fannon (guitar, vocals), Hirsh Gardner (drums, vocals), Jimmy Waldo (keyboards, vocals), Gary Shea (bass) Discography: New England (1979) Explorer Suite (1980) Walking Wild (1981) […]


Lion were an L.A.-based, American/English hard-rock supergroup that released the album Running All Night on A&M in 1980. Members: Gary Farr (vocals), Robin Le Mesurier (guitar), Steve Webb (guitar), Steve Humphreys (bass), John Sinclair (keyboards), Eric Dillon (drums) Discography: Running All Night (1980)

Le Roux

Le Roux were an American southern/hard-rock band from Lafayette, formed in 1978 as Louisiana’s LeRoux. Two albums appeared under the elongated nameplate on Capitol circa 1978/79, followed by three titles under the truncated name between 1980 and 1983. Members: Jeff Pollard (guitar, 1978-81), Rod Roddy (piano), Tony Haselden (guitar), Leon Medica (bass), David Peters (drums), […]


Kansas are an American symphonic/hard-rock band that released nine albums and a live double-LP on CBS-subsidiary Kirshner between 1974 and 1983, followed by a pair of late-’80s albums on MCA. Members: Rich Williams (guitar), Phil Ehart (drums), Steve Walsh (vocals, keyboards, 1972-81, 1986-2014), Kerry Livgren (guitar, piano, synthesizer, 1972-83, 2000), Robby Steinhardt (violin, 1972-83, 1997-2006), […]


Heart are an American hard-rock band from Seattle that debuted with the popular album Dreamboat Annie on Canadian small-press Mushroom in 1975, followed by five studio albums on the CBS imprints Portrait and Epic between 1977 and 1983. In 1985, the band issued a self-titled album on Capitol that spawned a new round of success […]

Group 87

Group 87 were an American symphonic/hard-rock band that released a self-titled album on Columbia in 1980, followed by A Career in Dada Processing on Capitol in 1984. Members: Mark Isham (trumpet, keyboards), Patrick O’Hearn (bass), Peter Maunu (guitar, keyboards, percussion, violin, mandolin), Terry Bozzio (drums, 1980), Peter Van Hooke (drums, percussion, 1984), Brian MacLeod (drums), […]


Gamma was an American hard-rock band from San Francisco, formed by guitarist and Montrose mastermind Ronnie Montrose. They released three albums between 1979 and 1982 on Elektra. Members: Ronnie Montrose (guitar), Jim Alciver (keyboards, 1979-81), Alan Fitzgerald (bass, 1979-80), Davey Pattison (vocals), Skip Gallette (drums, 1979-80), Glenn Letsch (bass, 1980-82), Denny Carmassi (drums, 1980-82), Mitchell […]

Crack the Sky

Crack the Sky were an American hard-rock/art-rock band that released five studio albums and a live disc on Lifesong between 1975 and 1981, followed with two titles apiece on Criminal and Grudge during the remainder of the 1980s. Members: Rick Witkowski (guitar, keyboards, 1975-78, 1980, 1986-2003, 2007-present), Joey D’Amico (drums, vocals, 1975-78, 1986-96, 2008-present), Joe […]


Buccaneer were an American hard-rock band from Indiana that released an eponymous album on self-press Blunderbuss in 1980. Members: Jay Wilfong [aka William Bonney] (vocals, electric guitar), Gary Dunn [aka Lord Vendetta] (bass), Jerry DeRome [aka Madjack] (drums) Discography: Buccaneer (1980)

Blue Öyster Cult

Blue Öyster Cult are an American hard-rock band from Long Island that released eleven studio albums and three live sets between 1972 and 1988 on Columbia. Members: Eric Bloom (guitar, vocals), Buck Dharma (lead guitar, vocals), Allen Lanier (rhythm guitar, keyboards, bass, 1970-85, 1987-2007), Albert Bouchard (drums, guitar, vocals, 1970-81), Joe Bouchard (bass, vocals, 1970-86), […]

Billy Squier

Billy Squier (born May 12, 1950) is an American hard-rock singer and guitarist who played in the bands Piper and The Sidewinders during the 1970s. As a solo artist, he released eight albums on Capitol between 1980 and 1993. Discography: The Tale of the Tape (1980) Don’t Say No (1981) Emotions in Motion (1982) Signs […]


Axe were an American hard-rock band from Gainesville, Fla., that released two albums on MCA in 1979 and 1980, followed by another pair of titles on ATCO in 1982 and 1983. Members: Bobby Barth (lead vocals, guitar, 1979-84, 1989), Edgar Riley, Jr. (keyboards, vocals, 1979-84, 1989), Mike Turpin (bass, 1979-84, 1989), Teddy Mueller (drums, 1979-84), […]


Aviary were an American symphonic/hard-rock band from Omak, Wash., that released a self-titled album on Epic in 1979. Members: Brad Love (keyboards, lead vocals), Paul Madden (keyboards), Toby Bowen (guitar), Richard Bryans (drums), Ken Steimonts (bass), Tony Dart (drums) Discography: Aviary (1979)


Asia were an American symphonic/hard-rock band from Rapid City, S.D., that self-released two albums in 1979 and 1980. The members had earlier played together in the mid-’70s one-off White Wing. Members: Michael English (vocals, guitar, percussion), Larry Galbraith (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Mike Coates (guitar, mandolin, piano, harpsichord, mellotron), John Haynes (drums, percussion, 1977-79), Doug Johnson […]


Ambrosia is an American rock band that released the 1975–76 20th Century albums Ambrosia and Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled, followed by the 1978–82 Warner albums Life Beyond L.A., One Eighty, and Road Island. Their style evolved from symphonic art-rock to West Coast blue-eyed soul. Ambrosia’s chart hits include “Holdin’ on to Yesterday,” and the soft-rock […]


707 were an American melodic/hard-rock band that released three albums on the PolyGram subsidiaries Casablanca and Boardwalk between 1980 and 1982. Members: Kevin Russell (vocals, guitar), Phil Bryant (vocals, bass), Duke McFadden (vocals, keyboards), Jim McClarty (drums), Kevin Chalfant (vocals), Tod Howarth (keyboards, guitar), Felix Robinson (bass), Don Bassey (bass), Denny Carmassi (drums) Discography: 707 […]


Scandal were an American New Wave/modern-rock band from N.Y.C. Members: Patty Smyth (vocals), Zack Smith (guitar, vocals), Ivan Elias (bass), Keith Mack (guitar, vocals), Benjy King (keyboards, vocals), Frankie LaRocka (drums), Thommy Price (drums, vocals) Discography: Scandal (EP, 1982) Warrior (1984 • Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth)


Berlin were an American New Wave/synthpop band from Los Angeles. Members: John Crawford (bass, vocals, 1979-86), Rod Learned (drums, 1979-82), Chris Ruiz-Valesco (guitar, 1979-82), Daniel Van Patten (drums, 1979-82), Jo Julian (keyboards, 1979-80), Ty Cobb (lead vocals, 1979), Terri Nunn (lead vocals, 1979, 1981-87, 1998-present), Toni Childs (lead vocals, 1979), Virginia Macolino (lead vocals, 1980), […]

Our Daughters Wedding

Our Daughters Wedding were an American New Wave/synthpop band from San Francisco. Members: Keith Silva (vocals, synthesizer, keyboards, guitar), Layne Rico (synthesizer, vocals, drums, drum machine), Scott Simon (synthesizer, saxophone, vocals, guitar, bass synth), Jim Nevius Discography: “Nightlife” / “Raincoats & Silverware” (1980) Digital Cowboy (EP, 1981) Moving Windows (1982)

Face to Face

Face to Face were an American New Wave/modern-rock band from Boston that released two albums on Epic in 1984 and 1985, followed by a third on Mercury in 1988. Members: Laurie Sargent (vocals), Stuart Kimball (guitar, keyboards), Angelo Petraglia (guitar, keyboards), John Ryder (bass), Billy Beard (drums) Discography: Face to Face (1984) Confrontation (1985) One […]

The Units

The Units were an American New Wave/synthpunk band from San Francisco. Members: Scott Ryser (synthesizer, vocals), Richard Driskill (drums, backing vocals, 1978-80), Tim Ennis (synthesizer, backing vocals, 1978-79), Rachel Webber (synthesizer, vocals, 1979-84), Alex Rudis (synthesizer 1979-80), Brad Saunders (drums 1980-81), Seth Miller (drums, 1981-83), David Allen, Jr. (synthesizer, vocals, 1983-84), Jabari Allen (synthesizer, vocals, […]


Skafish were an American New Wave/art-rock band from Chicago. Members: Jim Skafish (vocals), Lawrence Mazalan (guitar, bass, vocals, 1976-80), Greg Sarchet (bass, vocals, 1976-79), Roger Jones (drums, 1976), Larry Mysliwiec (drums, percussion, 1976-85), David Prochazka (keyboards, vocals, 1976-78), Karen Winner (guitar, vocals, slide guitar, 1977-79), Mark Winner (keyboards, vocals, 1978-79), Javier Cruz (synthesizers, keyboards, vocals, […]

Oingo Boingo

Oingo Boingo were an American New Wave/art-rock band from Los Angeles. Members: Richard Elfman (vocals, percussion, 1972-76), Marie-Pascale Elfman (vocals, 1972-77), Matthew Bright (bass, 1972-73), Ernie Fosselius (musical director, 1972-73), Billy Superball [aka William Folwell] (trumpet, bass, 1972-74), Lori Mann (accordion, vocals, 1972-1977), William Winant (percussion, 1972-75), Stan Ayeroff (guitar, 1972-75), Danny Elfman (vocals, guitar, […]

The Cars

The Cars were an American New Wave/modern-rock band that released six studio albums on Elektra between 1978 and 1987. Their first two albums, The Cars (1978) and Candy-O (1979), spawned a slew of radio-rock evergreens, including “Just What I Needed,” “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Good Times Roll, and “Let’s Go.” A turn toward icy modernism […]

Tin Huey

Tin Huey were an American New Wave/art-rock band from Akron, Ohio. Members: Mark Price (bass, vocals), Ralph Carney (horns), Chris Butler (vocals, guitar), Michael Aylward (guitar, vocals), Harvey Gold (keyboards, guitar, bass, vocals), Stuart Austin [aka Napoleon Lemans] (drums), Ralph Legnini (guitar, vocals), Bob Ethington (percussion) Discography: Tin Huey (EP, 1977) Breakfast With the Hueys […]

Missing Persons

Missing Persons were an American New Wave band from Los Angeles. Members: Dale Bozzio (lead vocals), Warren Cuccurullo (guitar, vocals, 1980-86, 2001-03), Terry Bozzio (drums, percussion, keyboards, synthesiser, guitar, vocals, 1980-86, 2001), Patrick O’Hearn (bass, synthesiser, 1981-86), Chuck Wild (keyboards, synthesiser, 1981-85) Discography: Missing Persons (EP, 1980) Spring Session M (1982) Rhyme & Reason (1984) […]


Fibonaccis were an American New Wave/art-rock band from Los Angeles. Members: Magie Song (vocals, percussion), Ron Stringer (guitar, bass, vocals, percussion), John Dentino (piano, mellotron, keyboards, vocals), Joe Berardi (drums, percussion, vibraphone, cello), Tom Corey (bass, mandolin, guitar) Discography: Fĭʼ-bō-năʼ-chēz (EP, 1982) Tumor (EP, 1983) Civilization and Its Discotheques (1987)

MX-80 Sound

MX-80 Sound were an American avant-rock band from Bloomington, Ind. Members: Bruce Anderson (guitar, vocals), Dale Sophiea (bass, vocals), Jeff Armour (drums, 1975-78), Kevin Teare (drums, 1975-76), Rich Stim (vocals, saxophone, guitar, 1976-present), Dave Mahoney (drums, 1976-2006), Mark Weinstein (drums, 1984-present), Jim Hrabetin (guitar, 1985-present) Discography: Big Hits – Hard Pop From The Hoosiers (EP, […]

Talking Heads

Talking Heads were an American New Wave/art-rock band that released eight studio albums on Sire between 1977 and 1988. Members: David Byrne (vocals, guitar), Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass, vocals), Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar, 1976-92) Formation, first recordings Talking Heads developed from a partnership between guitarist/songwriter David Byrne and drummer Chris Frantz. The two […]

The Shirts

The Shirts were an American New Wave band from N.Y.C. that released three albums on Capitol between 1978 and 1980. Members: Annie Golden (vocals), Ronald Ardito (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Arthur La Monica (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Robert Racioppo (bass, vocals), John Piccola (guitar, keyboards, vocals), John Zeek Criscione (drums, percussion, vocals) The Shirts germinated from the […]

James Chance

James Chance (1953–2024) was an American saxophonist who proliferated on New York’s No Wave scene. In 1979, he headed avant-funk titles by The Contortions (Buy) and James White & The Blacks (Off White), both on ZE Records. Contortions members: James Chance (vocals, saxophone), James Nares (guitar), Pat Place (slide guitar), Reck (bass), Adele Bertei (organ), […]


Devo was an American New Wave/art-rock band from Akron, Ohio, that released six albums on Warner Bros. between 1978 and 1984. Members: Gerald V. Casale (bass, vocals), Mark Mothersbaugh (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Bob Lewis (slide guitar, 1972-76), Coupe de Ville [Peter Gregg] (guitar, 1972), Rod Reisman (drums, 1973), Fred Weber (vocals, 1973), Bob II [Bob […]

George Benson

George Benson (March 22, 1943) is an American jazz-funk guitarist and singer from Pittsburgh. Discography: The New Boss Guitar of George Benson With The Brother Jack McDuff Quartet (1964) It’s Uptown (1966 • The George Benson Quartet) The George Benson Cookbook (1967 • The George Benson Quartet) Giblet Gravy (1968) Shape of Things to Come […]

Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny is an American jazz guitarist who released thirteen group and solo albums on ECM (1976–1984), followed by titles on Geffen. His best-known cuts include the 1978 fusion staple “Phase Dance,” the 1985 soundtrack ballad “This Is Not America” (a collaboration with David Bowie), and the 1989 smooth-jazz number “Slip Away.” Background He was […]