Chris De Burgh

Chris De Burgh (born Oct. 15, 1948) is an Irish singer/songwriter with a recording career that dates back to the mid-1970s. Since that time, he has released more than 20 studio albums. His most successful periods include the conceptual/orchestral works that he issued on A&M between 1974 and 1979, followed by his art-pop/folk-rock material for […]

The Adventures

The Adventures were an Irish pop/rock band that was active throughout the 1980s. The band released a clutch of singles and three albums on Chrysalis and Elektra between 1984 and 1989. A fourth album appeared on Polydor in the early ’90s. Members: Terry Sharpe (lead vocals), Pat Gribben (guitar), Paul Crowder (drums), Tony Ayre (bass), […]


Clannad are a Celtic Irish folk-rock/New Age collective that was initially active as a recording entity between the early 1970s and late 1990s. Members: Ciarán Ó Braonáin [Ciara Brennan] (bass, guitar, keyboards), Pól Ó Braonáin [Pól Brennan / Paul Brennan] (tin whistle, flute, guitar, keyboards, 1970-90, 2011-present), Pádraig Ó Dúgáin [Pat Duggan] (mandolin, harmonica, guitar, […]

Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher (March 2, 1948 — June 14, 1995) was an Irish blues-rock/hard-rock guitarist who was active between the late 1960s and early ’90s. He first emerged as the frontman of Cork power-trio Taste, which issued two albums circa 1969/70. He launched his solo career with back-to-back albums on Atco/Polydor in 1971. His popularity peaked […]


Microdisney was an Irish sophisti-pop band that released the 1984–85 Rough Trade albums Everybody Is Fantastic and The Clock Comes Down the Stairs, followed by the 1987–88 Virgin titles Crooked Mile and 39 Minutes. Members: Cathal Coughlan (vocals, keyboards), Sean O’Hagan (guitar, harmonica), Mick Lynch (bass, 1980-83), Rob Mackahey (drums, 1980-83), Ed Flesh (bass, 1983-87), […]

Zerra One

Zerra One were an Irish modern-rock band that released several small-press singles and two albums for Mercury during the mid-1980s. The band issued their self-titled first album, produced by Todd Rundgren, in 1984. The Domino Effect, produced by Barry Blue, followed in 1986. Members: Paul Bell (vocals, keyboards), Andreas Grimminger (guitar), Adrian Wyatt (bass), Korda […]

The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead were an Irish modern rock band that was active through most of the 1980s. Formed in Dublin in 1982 by multi-instrumentalist Pat O’Donnell and guitarist/vocalist Steve Belton, the band released a three-song 12″ on their namesake Fountain label in 1984. This was followed by two albums on China/Chrysalis between 1986 and 1988, the […]


Present were a Belgian chamber-rock/Zeuhl ensemble that was initially active during the first half of the 1980s. The band was headed by erstwhile Univers Zéro guitarist Roger Trigaux and also included ongoing UZ drummer Daniel Denis, who concurrently played in Art Zoyd while recording the debut Present album Triskaidékaphobie, released in 1980 on Atem. A […]

Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John (Sept. 26, 1948 — Aug. 8, 2022) was an Australian singer, actress, and entrepreneur with a career in entertainment dating back to the late 1960s. During the mid-1970s, she achieved fame in the Northern Hemisphere with a series of country-pop albums and singles. In 1978, she conquered the big-screen in the iconic role […]

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds are a goth-rock/cabaret ensemble formed in London circa 1983 by Australian vocalist/keyboardist Nick Cave. Between 1984 and 2008, the band released 17 albums on Mute Records, followed by a further round of discs on self-press Bad Seed in the 2010s. Members: Nick Cave (vocals, piano, organ, harmonica), Mick Harvey […]

Pseudo Echo

Pseudo Echo were an Australian synthpop band from Melbourne that released three albums and numerous shortplayers on EMI between 1983 and 1988.  Members: Brian Canham (vocals, guitar), Pierre Pierre (bass), Tony Lugton (keyboards, 1982-84), Anthony Argiro (drums, 1983-85), James Leigh (keyboards, 1984-89), Vince Leigh (drums, 1985-89) Discography: Autumnal Park (1984) Love an Adventure (1985) Race […]

Terry Britten

Terry Britten (born July 1947) is an English-born musician, songwriter, and producer who first emerged as the guitarist of the Australian pop-rock band The Twilights during the mid-1960s. During the late 1970s, he rose to prominence in the Northern Hemisphere as a songwriter for Cliff Richard, penning the 1976 hit “Devil Woman” and most of […]

Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield (born Aug. 23, 1949) is an Australian singer, songwriter, and actor with a musical career that dates back to the late 1960s. He rose to prominence in his home country as one-fourth of the beat/psych combo Zoot. In 1972, Springfield moved to the U.S. and launched a solo career with back-to-back albums on […]

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder is an American R&B musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer who began recording for Tamla/Motown in 1962 at age 12. During the mid-to-late 1960s, he scored a string of pop hits for the label, culminating with the decade-ending ballad “My Cherie Amour” and 1970’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” Upon turning 21, he gained […]


Kashif Saleem — aka Michael Jones (Dec. 26, 1956 — Sept. 25, 2016) — was an American R&B singer, songwriter, and keyboardist from Manhattan who first emerged as a member of B.T. Express, joining the band in 1974 at age 17 and appearing on their first five albums. After leaving the band, he served as […]

Evelyn “Champagne” King

Evelyn “Champagne” King (born July 1, 1960) is an American soul-funk singer from the Bronx. Discography: Smooth Talk (1977) Music Box (1979) Call on Me (1980) I’m in Love (1981) Get Loose (1982) Face to Face (1983) So Romantic (1984) A Long Time Coming (A Change Is Gonna Come) (1985) Flirt (1988) The Girl Next […]

Sonny Sharrock

Sonny Sharrock (Aug. 27, 1940 — May 25, 1994) was an American avant-jazz guitarist from Ossining, N.Y. Discography: Black Woman (1969) Monkey-Pockie-Boo (1970) Green Line (1971 • Steve Marcus, Sonny Sharrock, Miroslav Vitous & Daniel Humair) Paradise (1975 • Sonny & Linda Sharrock) Dance With Me Montana (1986 • Sonny Sharrock Trio) Guitar (1986) Seize […]

Rosie Vela

Rosie Vela is an American singer–songwriter and former model who released the 1986 A&M album Zazu with backing by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, who later renewed their Steely Dan partnership. Rosie was born Roseanne Vela on December 18, 1952, in Galveston, Texas, and attended the University of Arkansas. After a brief marriage to a […]


Ratt are an American hard-rock/metal band from San Diego that released a self-titled EP on Music for Nations in 1983, followed by five albums on Atlantic between 1984 and 1990. Members: Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Robbin Crosby (guitar, vocals, 1981-91), Joey Cristofanilli (bass, 1981-82), Warren DeMartini (guitar, vocals, 1982-92), Marq Torien (guitar, vocals, 1982), Juan Croucier […]

Patrice Rushen

Patrice Rushen (born Sept. 30, 1954) is an American musician and composer who began her career as a jazz keyboardist in the mid-1970s, playing on albums by Alphonso Johnson, Azar Lawrence, Donald Byrd, Eddie Henderson, Harvey Mason, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Luis Gasca. She was born Patrice Louise Rushen on September 30, 1954, in Los Angeles. […]

Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American jazz keyboardist who has been musically active since the late 1950s. 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 seven, […]


Fiona Flanagan (born Sept. 13, 1961) is an American hard-rock vocalist from Phillipsburg, N.J. who released three albums on Atlantic between 1985 and 1989, followed by a fourth on Geffen in 1992. Discography: Fiona (1985) Beyond the Pale (1986) Heart Like a Gun (1989) Squeeze (1992)


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 • […]

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 […]


Zot were an American modern-rock band from Huntington Beach, Calif., that released a self-titled album on Elektra in 1985. Bassist Bryant Simpson played on Lindsey Buckingham‘s 1984 hit “Go Insane” and later cut an album with jazz quartet Blueprint. Members: Chris Stewart (drums, vocals), Randy Wayne (vocals, keyboards), Bryant Simpson (bass, vocals), Patrick Knowles (guitar, […]


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, […]

Ronnie Montrose

Ronnie Montrose (Nov. 29, 1947 — March 3, 2012) was an American guitarist who recorded four albums with namesake hard-rockers Montrose between 1973 and 1976. After debuting as a solo artist with the 1978 Warner Bros. release Open Fire, he cut three numerically titled albums with Gamma between 1979 and 1982. He resumed his solo […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]


Boston are an American symphonic/hard-rock band that released two albums on Epic between 1976 and 1978, followed by three further albums at eight-year intervals over the ensuing quarter-century. A sixth album, released in 2013, upheld the band’s post-’70s album-per-decade schedule. Members: Tom Scholz (guitar, bass, keyboards, organ, percussion, vocals), Brad Delp (lead vocals, guitar, percussion, […]


Allies were an American melodic-rock band that released two albums on Elektra’s CCM subsidiary Light Records in 1985 and 1986, followed by four further titles on Dayspring between 1987 and 1992. Members: Randy Thomas (guitar, vocals, bass), Bob Carlisle (lead vocals, guitar), Sam Scott (keyboards, vocals, 1984–86), Matthew Chapman (bass, 1985–91), Jim Erickson (drums, 1985–91), […]

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 […]


Animotion were an American New Wave/modern-rock band from Los Angeles. Members: Astrid Plane (vocals, 1984-88, 2001-present), Bill Wadhams (vocals, guitar, keyboards, 1984-88, 2001-present), Charles Ottavio (bass, 1984-88, 2001-present), Frenchy O’Brien (drums, percussion, 1984), Jim Blair (drums, 1985-88), Paul Antonelli (keyboards, 1984), Greg Smith (keyboards, 1984-89, 2001-present), Don Kirkpatrick (guitar, 1984-89, 2001-present), Cynthia Rhodes (vocals, 1989), […]


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)

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 […]

Spyro Gyra

Spyro Gyra are an American jazz-funk band from Buffalo, formed in 1977. Members: Jay Beckenstein (saxophone, lyricon), Jeremy Wall (piano, keyboards, percussion, 1977-81), Jim Kurzdorfer (bass, 1977-79), Tom Walsh (drums, percussion, 1977-78), Umbopha Emile Latimer (percussion, 1978-79), Dave Samuels (vibraphone, 1978-93), Tom Schuman (piano, synthesizer, 1980-present), Gerardo Velez (percussion, 1984-88), Kim Stone (bass, 1984-87), Chet […]


Yellowjackets are an American jazz-rock band from Los Angeles. Members: Bob Mintzer (saxophone, EWI), Jimmy Haslip (bass), Russell Ferrante (piano, keyboards), Marcus Baylor (drums, percussion), Marc Russo (horns), William Kennedy (drums, percussion), Ricky Lawson (drums, percussion) Discography: Yellowjackets (1981) Mirage à Troîs (1983) Samurai Samba (1985) Shades (1986) Four Corners (1987) Politics (1988) The Spin […]

Jerry Goodman

Jerry Goodman (born March 16, 1949) is an American violinist from Chicago who played in jazz-psych pioneers The Flock during the late 1960s. Between 1971 and 1973, he played in the first lineup of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, appearing on the albums The Inner Mounting Flame and Birds of Fire. Discography: Like Children (1974 • Jerry […]


Journey are an American hard-rock/soul band from San Francisco that released nine proper albums and a live double-LP on Columbia between 1975 and 1986. Members: Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass, 1973-85, 1995-present), Gregg Rolie (vocals, keyboards, 1973-80), George Tickner (guitar, 1973-75), Prairie Prince (drums, 1973-74), Aynsley Dunbar (drums, 1974-78), Robert Fleischman (vocals, 1977), Steve […]

Vital Information

Vital Information are an American jazz-rock supergroup that has been active on a sporadic basis since the mid-1980s. Members: Tom Coster (keyboards), Baron Browne (bass), Steve Smith (drums), Frank Gambale (guitar), Vinny Valentino (guitar, 2006-present) Discography: Orion (1984) Global Beat (1986) Fiafiaga (Celebration) (1988) Vitalive! (1991) Easier Done Than Said (1992) Ray of Hope (1996) […]


Hiroshima were an American New Age/smooth jazz ensemble from Los Angeles. Members: Members: Daniel Kuramoto (flute, saxophone, woodwinds), June Kuramoto (koto), Johnny Mori (percussion, taiko, 1974-2003), Dave Iwataki (keyboards, 1974-79), Danny Yamamoto (drums), Peter Hata (guitar, 1974-84), Dane Matsumura (bass guitar, 1977-80), Teri Kusumoto (vocals, 1977-82), Jess Acuna (vocals, 1977-82), Richard Matthews (keyboards, 1979-80), Barbara […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Melissa Manchester

Melissa Manchester is an American singer–songwriter who released two 1973–74 albums on Bell Records, followed by nine albums between 1975 and 1983 on Arista. 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 Cry Out Loud,” “Midnight Blue,” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cock Robin

Cock Robin are an American pop band from Los Angeles. Members: Peter Kingsbery (bass, keyboards, programming, vocals), Anna Lacazio (keyboards, vocals, 1982-2015), Louis Molino III (percussion, drums, vocals, 1982-90), Clive Wright (guitar, keyboards, 1982-90), Coralie Vuillemin (vocals, ?-present) Discography: Cock Robin (1985) After Here Through Midland (1987) First Love / Last Rites (1989)