Artport were an American jazz-rock band from Champlin, Minn., that released an eponymous album in 1982. Bassist John Purtle resurfaced behind guitarist Michael Lee Firkins on a string of albums during the 1990s. Members: Peter K. Ward (guitar), John Purtle (bass), Ron Morris (drums) Discography: Artport (1982)

Al Di Meola

Al Di Meola (born July 22, 1954) is an American guitarist who emerged in the jazz-rock supergroup Return to Forever, playing on the 1974–76 albums Where Have I Known You Before, No Mystery, and Romantic Warrior. As a solo artist, he’s issued more than 40 albums, starting with the 1976/77 Columbia titles Land of the […]

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis were an American jazz-rock band that released a self-titled album on small-press Red Hot in 1982. Members: Mitch DeMatoff (piano, Rhodes electric piano, synthesizer, Moog, Polymoog, Minimoog, Hammond organ), Mike Langland (electric guitar, acoustic guitar), Gene Barrio (bass), Dan Pucillo Jr. (drums, Syndrum) Discography: Aurora Borealis (with Mitch Dematoff) (1982)   Hello ….I […]


3PM were an American jazz-rock band from Raleigh, N.C., that released the album Better Late Than Never on Ostinato Records in 1980. Members: Jerry Peek (bass, synthesizer), John Wheliss (guitar), Doug Morgan (drums, percussion), Bernie Petteway (guitar, synthesizer) Discography: Better Late Than Never (1980)

Dry Jack

Dry Jack were an American jazz-rock band from N.Y.C. that was active between 1972 and 1982. The band released two albums, Magical Elements and Whale City, both in 1979 on Inner City Records. Members: Dwight Rucker (vocals, 1973-75), Rod Fleeman (guitar), John Lamb (guitar), Clint Swank (guitar), Rocco Marshall (guitar), Bill Bergman (guitar), Tony DePaolo […]


Toto are an American modern-rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1977 by prolific industry studio musicians. Members: Steve Lukather (guitar, vocals), David Paich (keyboards, vocals), David Hungate (bass, 1977-83, 2014-present), Jeff Porcaro (drums, 1977-92), Steve Porcaro (keyboards, vocals, 1977-89, 2010-present), Bobby Kimball (vocals, 1977-84, 1997-2008), Mike Porcaro (bass, 1983-2008), Fergie Frederiksen (vocals, 1984-86), Joseph […]

Lee Ritenour

Lee Ritenour (born Jan. 11, 1952) is an American jazz/pop session guitarist and recording artist from Los Angeles. Discography: First Course (1976) Captain Fingers (1977) Gentle Thoughts (1977) Concierto de Aranjuez (1978 • Aranjuez) Friendship (1978) Sugar Loaf Express (1978) The Captain’s Journey (1978) Feel the Night (1979) Rio (1979) Rit (1981) Rit/2 (1982) On […]

Teena Marie

Teena Marie (March 5, 1956 — Dec. 26, 2010) was an American vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, and arranger from Santa Monica, Calif. She was born Mary Christine Brockert on March 5, 1956, in Santa Monica, Calif., and raised in nearby Mission Hills and Venice. Her family’s heritage comprised of Irish, Italian, Native American, Portuguese, and […]

Pablo Cruise

Pablo Cruise were an American harmony-pop/rock band from San Francisco. Members: Dave Jenkins (guitar, vocals), Cory Lerios (keyboards, vocals, 1973-86), Steve Price (drums, 1973-81, 1985-86), Bud Cockrell (bass, vocals, 1973-77, 1985-86), Bruce Day (bass, vocals, 1977-80), John Pierce (bass, vocals, 1980-84), AJ Crawdaddy (guitar, vocals, 1980-82), Donny Baldwin (drums, 1981-82), David Perper (drums, vocals, 1982-84), […]

Mr. Mister

Mr. Mister were an American modern-rock band from Los Angeles, formed from the ashes of Pages. Members: Richard Page (vocals, bass), Steve George (keyboards, saxophone, vocals), Steve Farris (guitar, 1983-87), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Howard ‘Buzz’ Feiten (guitar, 1988-89) Discography: I Wear the Face (1984) Welcome to the Real World (1985) Go On … (1987) Pull […]

Michael Franks

Michael Franks (born Sept. 18, 1944) is an American singer/songwriter from La Jolla, Calif. Discography: Michael Franks (1973) The Art of Tea (1975) Sleeping Gypsy (1977) Burchfield Nines (1978) Tiger in the Rain (1979) One Bad Habit (1980) Objects of Desire (1982) Previously Unavailable (1983) Passionfruit (1983) Skin Dive (1985) The Camera Never Lies (1987) […]

Melissa Manchester

Melissa Manchester (born Feb. 15, 1951) is an American singer/songwriter who released two albums on Bell Records in 1973/74, followed by nine albums on Arista between 1975 and 1983. She first emerged under the auspices of Barry Manilow and Bette Midler and co-wrote many songs with Carole Bayer Sager. Manchester’s best known songs include “Don’t […]

The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer are an American vocal group from N.Y.C., formed in 1969 by swing enthusiast Tim Hauser. The original lineup, a five-piece with songwriter Gene Pistilli, issued one album of retro jazz and pop on Capitol in 1971. Hauser then recruited singers Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, and Laurel Massé, establishing the two man/two woman […]

Larsen-Feiten Band

Larsen-Feiten Band were an American jazz-pop band that released a self-titled album on Warner Bros. in 1980. The band was basically a reformed Full Moon and reverted back to that name for two further albums in 1982. Members: Lenny Castro (percussion, vocals), Howard ‘Buzz’ Feiten (guitar), Kim Hutchcroft (saxophone), Neil Larsen (keyboards), Art Rodriguez (drums), […]

Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro (Oct. 18, 1947 — April 8, 1997) was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist from the Bronx. She debuted with the album More Than a New Discovery on Verve Folkways in 1967.  She then signed to Columbia and released four albums between 1968 and 1971, culminating with a collaborative disc with soul trio […]

Gary Wright

Gary Wright (April 26, 1943) is an American singer, musician, and songwriter from Cresskill, N.J., who served as the co-vocalist and keyboardist in Spooky Tooth during two three-album periods between 1968 and 1974. Discography: Extraction (1971) Footprint (1971) Benjamin (OST, 1972) The Dream Weaver (1975) The Light of Smiles (1977) Touch and Gone (1977) Headin’ […]

Billy Joel

Billy Joel is an American pianist, singer, and songwriter from the Bronx who released the album Cold Spring Harbor on Family Productions Inc. in 1971, followed by 11 studio albums on Columbia between 1973 and 1993. Prior to his solo career, he recorded two albums with psych-rockers The Hassles, which splintered into the 1970 hard-rock […]

Carole Bayer Sager

Carole Bayer Sager (born March 8, 1947) is an American songwriter and occasional singer who released two 1977/78 albums on Elektra, followed by the 1981 Boardwalk release Sometimes Late at Night. As a lyricist, she’s penned hits for The Mindbenders (“A Groovy Kind of Love”), Leo Sayer (“When I Need You”), Asha Puthli (“She Loves […]

Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs is an American vocalist, musician, and songwriter who emerged in the late-sixties incarnation of the Steve Miller Band and went solo with a 1969 Atlantic album. Between 1970 and 1988, he released eight albums on Columbia. His popularity peaked with the 1976–80 albums Silk Degrees, Down Two Then Left, and Middle Man. Scaggs […]

Bette Midler

Bette Midler (born Dec. 1, 1945) is an American singer and actress from Honolulu who rose to prominence on New York’s cabaret scene during the early 1970s. After starring in several Broadway productions (Salvation, Fiddler On the Roof, Tommy), she launched her singing career at the Continental Baths. Between 1972 and 1995, she released 10 […]


America is a rustic-folk/pop combo, formed in 1968 in Watford, Hertfordshire, by American musicians. Members: Gerry Beckley (guitar, bass, piano, vocals), Dewey Bunnell (guitar, vocals), Dan Peek (guitar, bass, piano, vocals, 1968-77) During the mid-1960s, American teenagers Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek met at London Central High School at Bushey Hall. All three […]


805 were an American art-rock band from New York that released the album Stand in Line on RCA in 1982. Amid several lineup changes, the band issued two further albums on self-press 805 Productions Ltd. between 1985 and 1989. Members: Dave Porter (guitar, vocals, 1977-89, 1991-92, 2003), Greg Liss (bass, Chapman stick, 1977-88, 2003), Ed […]

Fat Larry’s Band

Fat Larry’s Band were an American soul-funk band from Philadelphia that released six albums between 1976 and 1982: including three on WMOT Records and two on its eventual parent Fantasy Records. The band’s second album, Off the Wall, appeared on Stax in 1977. A late-period U.K. breakthrough yielded a seventh album on Virgin in 1983, […]


Alcatrazz were a multi-national metal band formed in Los Angeles by English vocalist Graham Bonnet (Marbles, Rainbow) and Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. With this lineup, the band released the 1983 album No Parole From Rock ‘n’ Roll on RCA and a 1984 live album on Rocshire. Malmsteen’s place was taken by Steve Vai for the […]


Slayer are an American metal band from Huntington Park, Calif., that released two albums and an EP on Metal Blade/Roadrunner between 1983 and 1985, followed by three albums and a live double-disc on Def Jam/American between 1986 and 1991. Members: Kerry King (guitar), Tom Araya (vocals, bass), Jeff Hanneman (guitar, 1981-2013), Dave Lombardo (drums, 1982-86, […]


Metallica were an American metal band from Los Angeles that released two albums on Megaforce in 1983/84, followed by three albums on Elektra between 1986 and 1991. Members: Lars Ulrich (drums), James Hetfield (guitar, vocals), Hugh Tanner (guitar, 1981), Lloyd Grant (guitar, 1981), Ron McGovney (bass, 1981-82), Dave Mustaine (guitar, 1982-83), Cliff Burton (bass, 1982-86), […]


Manowar were an American metal band from Auburn, NY, that released the album Battle Hymns on Liberty Records in 1982, followed by 12 further studio albums on assorted labels over the subsequent three decades. Members: Joey DeMaio (bass, keyboards), Eric Adams (vocals), Karl Kennedy (drums, 1980), Ross the Boss (guitar, 1980-88), Donnie Hamzik (drums, 1982-83, […]

Manilla Road

Manilla Road were an American metal band from Wichita, Kan., that released eight albums on Roadster and Black Dragon between 1980 and 1990. Members: Mark Shelton (guitar, vocals, 1977-2018), Ben Munkirs (drums, 1977-78), Robert Park (guitar, 1977-79), Scott Park (bass, 1977-90), Myles Sipe (drums, 1979), Rick Fisher (drums, 1979-83), Randy Foxe (drums, 1984-90) Discography: Invasion […]


Dio were an American metal band fronted by namesake veteran hard-rock vocalist Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath). The band released four albums on Warner Bros. between 1983 and 1987, followed by titles on Reprise, Steamhammer, and Spitfire during the subsequent two decades. Members: Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar, 1982-86), Jimmy Bain […]

Johnny Warman

Johnny Warman — aka John Robert Waughman (born 1951) — is an English vocalist and songwriter who released a 1975 Bellaphon single with hard-rockers Bearded Lady, which recorded an album that was ultimately released in 2004 by archivists Angel Air Records. As a solo artist, Warman released the album Hour Glass on RCA in 1978, […]

Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers were an American soul-funk band from Washington, DC, that released two albums on Source Records during 1979 and 1980, followed by a later round of activity that yielded two 1984 singles on T.T.E.D. Records and three 1986–88 live releases on Future, Flame, and Fun House. In a prior incarnation, […]

Ebonee Webb

Ebonee Webb were an American soul-funk band from Memphis that served as a backing act on two 1978/79 Japanese disco albums on the Seven Seas label. As a standalone unit, the band released two albums on Capitol Records between 1981 and 1983. Members: Charles Liggins, Chico, Gregg Davis, Kenneth Ray Coleman, Leon Thomas, Michael Winston, […]

The Swingers

Swingers were a Kiwi new wave band that released the album Practical Jokers in 1981. Their single “Counting the Beat” reached No. 1 in New Zealand and Australia. They feature in the 1982 Australian musical comedy Starstruck. Guitarist–singer Phil Judd was a founding member of Split Enz. Members: Phil Judd (vocals, guitar), Dwayne “Bones” Hillman […]

Dial M

Dial M were an American New Wave/synthpop duo from Los Angeles that released a self-titled album on small-press D&D Records in 1983. Multi-instrumentalist Mark Maierhoffer had a creative hand in albums by the Village People (Renaissance, 1981) and Cher (I Paralyze, 1982). Keyboardist/singer Mike Kapitan subsequently worked with Thomas Dolby. Members: Mike Kapitan (Lead Vocals, […]

The Flying Lizards

The Flying Lizards were an English electro/art-pop project that yielded two albums on Virgin between 1979 and 1981, followed by a third on Statik in 1984. The project was ostensibly a twosome between composer/producer David Cunningham and a succession of vocalists: Deborah Evans-Stickland, Patti Palladin (Snatch), and Sally Peterson. The second album, Fourth Wall, features […]

The Enid

The Enid was an English symphonic-rock band from Tenterden, Kent, that released the 1976 album In the Region of the Summer Stars on Buk Records and the 1977 sophomore effort Aerie Faerie Nonsense on EMI International. Two 1979 titles appeared on Pye, after which The Enid issued numerous 1980s albums on their eponymous label and […]

Eddie & Sunshine

Eddie & Sunshine were an English electro-pop duo comprised of vocalist Eddie Maelov and singer/keyboardist Sunshine Patteson, who both hailed from art-punks Gloria Mundi. The pair issued two singles on small-press Human Records in 1981, followed by the album Perfect Strangers with three accompanying singles on self-startup Survival Records in 1983. Members: Eddie Maelov (vocals), […]

B. Baker Chocolate Co.

B. Baker Chocolate Co. were an American jazz-funk supergroup that released a self-titled album on the Lester Radio Corporation label in 1979. The project was arranged by composer/conductor Brad Baker with assorted LRC talent, including guitarist Jimmy Ponder and organists Lonnie Smith and Jimmy McGriff. Members: Brad Baker (arranger), Jimmy Ponder (guitar), Lonnie Smith (organ), […]

The Jammers

The Jammers were an American soul-funk band that released a self-titled album on Salsoul Records in 1982. Members: Richie Weeks (keyboards, synthesizer, producer, arranger), Sheldon Weeks (vocals), Debra Blackwell (vocals), Fareed Abdul Haqq (guitar, keyboards) John Cooksey (keyboards), Raymond Earl (bass), Tony Bridges (bass), John Cooksey (drums), Scotty Miller (drums), Warren Benbow (drums) Discography: The […]

High Fashion

High Fashion were an American soul-funk trio that released the albums Feelin’ Lucky (1982) and Make Up Your Mind (1983) on Capitol Records. Members: Alyson Williams (1982-83), Eric MacClinton (1982-83), Meli’sa Morgan (1982), Marcella Allen (vocals, 1983) Discography: Feelin’ Lucky (1982) Make Up Your Mind (1983)


Heat were an American soul-funk trio that released a self-titled album in 1980, followed by Still Waiting in 1981, both on MCA. Members: Ed Whiting (vocals), Jean Marie Arnold (vocals), Tom Saviano (saxophone, producer) Discography: Heat (1980) Still Waiting (1981)


Logg were an American soul-funk band that released a self-titled album on Salsoul Records in 1981. Members: Leroy Burgess (lead vocals, keyboards, producer, arranger), Fred McFarlane (synthesizer), James Calloway (bass, percussion, backing vocals), Russell Patterson, Sonny T. Davenport (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Stan Lucas (guitar) Discography: Logg (1981)


Klique were an American soul-funk trio from Los Angeles that released four albums on MCA between 1981 and 1985. Members: Deborah Suthers [Deborah Hunter] (vocals, percussion), Isaac Suthers (vocals, synthesizer, keyboards), Howard Huntsberry (vocals, drums, percussion) Discography: It’s Winning Time (1981) Let’s Wear It Out (1982) Try It Out (1983) Love Cycles (1985)


MoFoYa were a Hawaiian jazz-funk/soul band that released the album Send a Message on self-press Kona Gold in 1979. Members: Tim Valente (Bass Guitar, Flute, Vocals), Ronnie Atwater (Drums, Vocals), Bill Montei (Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocals), John Alden (Guitar, Vocals) Discography: Send a Message (1979)

Section 25

Section 25 were an English post-punk band from Blackpool, Lancashire, that released four albums and eight shortplayers on Factory between 1980 and 1988. Members: Larry Cassidy (lead vocals, bass, 1978-2010), Vin Cassidy (drums, 1978-85, 2000-present), Paul Wiggin (guitar, vocals, 1978-81), Lee Shallcross (guitar, 1981-85), John Grice (percussion, 1981-82), Jenny Cassidy [Jenny Ross] (keyboards, vocals, 1982-2001), […]

Annette Peacock

Annette Peacock (born 1941) is an American avant-garde jazz vocalist and composer from Brooklyn who first emerged in the mid-1960s as a writer for pianist Paul Bley, her then-husband. His 1968 album Mr. Joy features her title-sake composition that was subsequently covered by Swedish vocalist Karin Krog and English jazz-rockers Affinity. As a performer, Peacock […]

Unrest Work & Play

Unrest Work & Play were an English avant-rock duo that released two EPs in 1982/83, followed by the album Informs on Recommended Records in 1984. Members: Chris Fraser (guitar, vocals, percussion, tapes), Andy Wake (drums, vocals, percussion, tapes) Unrest Work & Play consisted of two experimental musicians: guitarist/percussionist Chris Fraser and percussionist Andy Wake. Discography: […]