Utopia

Utopia was an American maximalist-rock band that released six studio albums and a live disc on Bearsville between 1974 and 1982, followed by three further albums on Network and Passport. The band was formed by musician/producer Todd Rundgren and initially featured a six man lineup, as heard on Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (1974). By the time […]

Zazu

Zazu was an American rock band from Chicago that released a self-titled album in 1975 on Wooden Nickel. Members: Randy Curlee (bass, vocals), Mickey Lehockey (drums), John Melnick (keyboards, vocals), Paul Ripurero (guitar, vocals) Background Zazu formed in Chicago when keyboardist–composer John Melnick teamed with guitarist Paul Ripurero, bassist Randy Curlee, and drummer Mickey Lehockey. […]

Yezda Urfa

Yezda Urfa was an American symphonic|art-rock band that self-pressed 300 copies of their 1975 demo album, Boris. In 1976, they recorded a proper album and shopped it to multiple labels. It finally appeared as an archival disc, Sacred Baboon, in 1989 on Syn-Phonic. Members: Brad Christoff (drums, tubular bells, metallophone, percussion), Phil Kimbrough (keyboards, accordion, […]

Ethos

Ethos was an American Midwest symphonic-rock band that released the 1976/77 albums Ardour and Open Up on Capitol. A collection of their early demos later appeared on the CD Relics. Members: Wil Sharpe (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Michael Ponczek (keyboards), Mark Richards (drums, percussion), Dan Owen (bass, vocals, 1973), Stevie Marra (bass, flute, vocals, 1974-75), Brad […]

Dust

Dust was an American northeast power trio that released two albums, Dust and Hard Attack, on Kama Sutra in 1971/72. Members: Richie Wise (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals), Marc Bell [Marky Ramone] (drums), Kenny Aaronson (bass, steel guitar, Dobro, bottleneck guitar) Background Dust formed in 1969 in New York City when guitarist Richie Wise teamed […]

Trillion

Trillion was an American AOR|hard-rock band that released the 1978–80 Epic albums Trillion and Clear Approach. Members: Fergie Frederiksen (vocals, 1978-79), Thom Griffin (vocals, guitar), Frank Barbalace (guitar), Ron Anaman (bass), Patrick Leonard (keyboards), Bill Wilkins (drums) Background Trillion had its roots in Whisper, a Chicago bar band formed in 1976 with keyboardist Patrick Leonard, […]

Orchestra Luna

Orchestra Luna was an American operatic art-rock septet from Boston that released a self-titled album in 1975 on Epic, produced by Rupert Homes. Members: Rick Berlin (keyboards), Scott Chambers (bass), Randy Roos (guitar), Don Mulvaney (drums), Lisa Kinscherf (vocals), Liz Gallagher (vocals), Peter Barrett (vocals), Steven Paul Perry (guitar), Chet Cahill (bass), Bob Brandon (keyboards), […]

Baby Grand

Baby Grand was an American rock band from Philadelphia that released the 1977–78 Arista albums Baby Grand and Ancient Medicine. Guitarist–singer Eric Bazilian and keyboardist–songwriter Rob Hyman formed subsequent hitmakers The Hooters. Members: Eric Bazilian (guitar, vocals), Rob Hyman (keyboards, vocals), David Kagan (vocals), David Prater (drums, 1978-79), Carmine Rojas (bass, 1978-79) Background Baby Grand […]

Dorian

Dorian Zero — aka Kenneth J. Passante (Jan. 16, 1948 — Jan. 7, 1994) — was an American art-rock musician and songwriter from Manhattan who released a self-titled album in 1977 on Amerama Records. Background Passante started with Sweet Dirt, an unrecorded rock band active circa 1973 on the NYC circuit. After a brief stint […]

Airplay

Airplay were an American studio-based melodic-rock combo that released a self-titled album on RCA in 1980. The project was headed by writer/producers David Foster and Jay Graydon, both successful with other acts at the time. Members: David Foster (keyboards, vocals), Tommy Funderburk (vocals), Jay Graydon (guitars) David Foster, Jay Graydon Credits Airplay was assembled by […]

Babylon

Babylon was an American symphonic-rock band from Florida that released an eponymous album on self-press Mehum in 1978. The band morphed into Helicopter for a further self-issued title, Insect Perfect, in 1981. Members: Rick Leonard (bass, vocals, bass pedals), Doroccus (lead vocals, synthesizer, electric piano), Rodney Best (drums, percussion), David Boyko (guitar), Gary Chambers (synthesizer, […]

Mirthrandir

Mirthrandir were an American symphonic-rock band from New Jersey that issued the album For You the Old Women on self-press Mirth Music Inc. in 1976. Members: Robert Arace (drums), Richard Excellente (guitar), Simon Gannett (keyboards), James Miller (bass, flute), Alexander Romanelli (guitar), John Vislocky III (vocals, trumpet), John Callahan (guitar) Mirthrandir formed in New Jersey […]

Quill

Quill were an American symphonic-rock trio that self-released the album Sursum Corda in 1977. Members: Keith Christian (vocals, bass, classical guitar), Ken DeLoria (Hammond organ, Moog, Mellotron, electric harpsichord, grand piano, ARP Solina string synthesizer, keyboards), Jim Sides (vocals, drums, bells, tubular bells, timpani) Quill formed in California in 1975. Their 1977 singular album, Sursum […]

Sunrise

Sunrise was an American art-rock/pop band that released a self-titled album on Buddah in 1977. The album was produced by Beach Boy Bruce Johnston and engineered by Ralph Moss, whose other credits from the era include albums by Gladys Knight & The Pips, Glass Harp, Lou Reed, Mother Goose, Norman Connors, Ruth Copeland (Take Me […]

Happy the Man

Happy the Man is an American symphonic-rock band that released the 1977–78 Arista albums Happy the Man and Craft Hands, both comprised of lavish, intricate pieces (mostly instrumental). Their near-completed 1979 third album appeared posthumously in 1983 as 3rd – “Better Late…” Keyboardist Ken Watkins joined Camel for their 1979 album I Can See Your […]

Zoldar & Clark

Zoldar & Clark were an American symphonic-rock band that released a self-titled album on Dellwood in 1977. The band was led by former-Jasper Wrath/future-Arc Angel frontman Jeff Cannata. Members: Jeff Cannata [aka Cannata] (drums, guitar, woodwinds, lead vocals), Jeff Batter (piano, synthesizer, vocals), Michael Soldan (Mellotron, synthesizer, lead vocals), James Christian (lead vocals, guitar), Phil […]

Zebra

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 […]

The Load

The Load were an American symphonic-rock trio that released the album Praise the Load on Columbus small-press Owl in 1976. In 1977, the band recorded a second album that was ultimately issued as Load Have Mercy by archivists Laser’s Edge in 1998. Members: Dave Hessler (guitar, bass), Sterling Smith (keyboards), Tom Smith (drums, percussion) Discography: […]

Survivor

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, […]

Surprise

Surprise were an American symphonic/art-rock band from St. Louis, Mo., that released the album Assault on Merryland on self-press Carousel Records in 1977. Members: Rick Bess (electric guitar, bass, 12-string acoustic guitar), Blair Blake (Hammond organ, grand piano, MiniMoog, bass pedals, synthesizer, celeste), Dave Kelly (drums, timpani, bells, gongs, triangle, guiro), Mark Biehl (vocals, flute, […]

Sunship

Sunship were an American jazz-rock/soul band that released the album Into the Sun on Capitol in 1974. Members: Peter Zummo (Flute, synthesizer, trombone), Sam Reed (Percussion, vocals), Rik Albani (Horns), Barry Grant (Guitar), Ronny Berger (Drums), Bob Carabillo (Saxophone), Shelly Rogers (Bass), Steve Starger (Piano) Discography: Into the Sun (1974)

Sunblind Lion

Sunblind Lion were an American hard-rock/folk band from Plymouth. Wis., that released two albums on self-press Homegrown between 1976 and 1978. Members: Keith Abler (guitar, vocals), Dave Steffen (guitar, vocals), Larry Baldock (bass), Mike Dellger (drums), Steve Olschesky, Duane Abler Discography: Observer (1976) Above & Beyond (1978) Live Lion (1980)

Styx

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), […]

Strongbow

Strongbow were an American symphonic/hard-rock band that issued a standalone single on self-press Epodus in 1973, followed by an eponymous album on Buddah-subsidiary Southwind in 1975. Members: Bill Bendler (vocals), Michael Shortland (guitar), John Stelzer (organ, synthesizer, saxophone, flute, vocals), John Durzo (bass), David Smith (drums), Bob Hill (guitar, 1970-71), Mike Haines (bass, 1970-71) Discography: […]

Starcastle

Starcastle was an American symphonic-rock band that released four albums between 1976 and 1978 on Epic. Members: Steve Hagler (guitar, lead vocals, piano, 1969-80, 2007), Paul Tassler (bass, 1969-71), Mike Castlehorn (drums, 1969-70), Steve Tassler (drums, percussion, vocals, 1970-80, 1999-2007), Herb Schildt (keyboards, organ, piano, synthesizer, mellotron, 1970-78, 1999-2006), Gary Strater (bass, vocals, guitar, clavinet, […]

Spys

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

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)

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 […]

Relayer

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

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, […]

Nite City

Nite City were an American hard-rock band that released two albums on 20th Century in 1977 and 1978. The band was formed in Los Angeles by ex-Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Months after the band’s demise, bassist Nigel Harris resurfaced as Gary Valentine’s replacement in Blondie. Members: Ray Manzarek (keyboards, vocals), Paul Warren (guitar, vocals), Noah […]

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) […]

Neuron

Neuron were an American symphonic-rock band that released the album For What We Are on Indiana small-press Erect Records in 1980. Members: John Zepeda (bass, vocals), Dale Vargas (guitar, vocals), Cisco Garza (guitar), Jaime Guerrero (guitar), Mike Gates (drums), Rubin Agusto (keyboards) Discography: For What We Are (1980)

Musica Orbis

Musica Orbis were an American symphonic-rock band that issued the album To the Listeners on self-press Longdivity in 1977. Members: Tom Stephenson (Drums, Vibraphone, Marimba, Percussion, Cello, Vocals), David Clark (Electric Bass, Double Bass, Vocals, Vibraphone, Marimba, Glockenspiel, Piano), Bob Loiselle (Electric Piano, Grand Piano, Organ, Guitar, Vocals), Caille Colburn (Harp, Knee Harp, Electric Piano, […]

Montrose

Montrose was an American hard-rock band that released the 1973–74 albums Montrose and Paper Money with original singer Sammy Hagar, a future solo star and Van Halen frontman. His replacement, Bob James, fronted the 1975–76 Montrose albums Warner Bros. Presents Montrose! and Jump on It. Their namesake guitarist, Ronnie Montrose, cut solo instrumentals and spearheaded […]

Locust

Locust were an American hard-rock band that released the album Playgue on small-press Annuit Coeptis in 1976. Members: Keith Brown (guitar, backing vocals), Dean Davis (drums), Court Hawley (bass, lead vocals), Randy Roseberry (keyboards, lead vocals) Discography: Playgue (1976)

Lion

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)

Light Year

Light Year were an American symphonic/art-rock band from San Francisco that was active between 1974 and 1976. The band recorded an album’s worth of material that was ultimately issued 35 years after the fact on the CD Reveal the Fantastic, released in 2010 by archivists Green Tree. Members: Cornelius Williams (piano), Zak McGrath (drums), Randy […]

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

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), […]

Hot Flash

Hot Flash were an American space-rock band that released the album First Attack! They’ll Never Take Us Alive on small-press Rockwell Records in 1977. Members: John Ferrara (bass, synthesizer, bass pedals), Fredric “Muff” Schwenk (flute, guitar, vocals), Thom Stolar (flute, keyboards, vocals), Joe Prima (keyboards, vocals), Steve Balsavage (percussion, vocals) Discography: First Attack! They’ll Never […]

Hillary Blaze

Hillary Blaze were an American space-rock band that released the album Exposure on self-press 30th Century Fox in 1977. The members had earlier played together in the late-’60s garage-psych band Paper Garden. Members: Paul Gran (bass, vocals), Scott Dickson (guitar), Jimmy Tirella (percussion), Sandy Michael (lead vocals, synthesizer) Discography: Exposure (1977)

Heart

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 […]

Head East

Head East were an American hard-rock band from Carbondale, Ill., that released six albums and a live double-LP on A&M between 1974 and 1980, followed by titles on Allegiance and Dark Heart during the 1980s. Members: Roger Boyd (keyboards, vocals, organ, piano, synthesizer, trumpet), Steve Huston (drums, vocals, 1969-83), John Schlitt (lead vocals, 1969-80), Dan […]

Harlequin Mass

Harlequin Mass were an American symphonic-rock band from Portland, Ore., that released an eponymous album on self-press Mass Productions in 1978. Members: Lyle Holdahl (bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, strings, synthesizer, piano, organ, bass synthesizer, flute, percussion, vocals), Nancy Deaver [Nancy Kaye] (vocals, bass synthesizer), John Reagan (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Jeff Pike (lead guitar, […]

Hands

Hands are an American symphonic/art-rock band from Dallas that recorded a clutch of demos between 1977 and 1980 that were later compiled on CD by archivists Shroom Productions. Members: Michael Clay (piano, guitar), Ernie Myers (guitar, vocals), John Rousseau (drums, percussion, ?-1980), Steve Parker (guitar, vocals, bass, ?-1980), Paul Bunker (viola, violin, guitar, ?-1980), Skip […]

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

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 […]

Games

Games were an American art-rock band from California that released the album Stargazer on self-press Cascade Court Records in 1977. Members: Colleen Fitzpatrick (vocals), David Miller (bass), Stan Tatkin (drums, percussion), David Tatkin (keyboards) Discography: Stargazer (1977)

Flight

Flight were an American symphonic/jazz-rock band that released two albums on Capitol in 1975 and 1976, followed by a third on Motown in 1980. Members: Pat Vidas (brass, lead vocals), Ted Karczewski (electric guitar, acoustic guitar), John Ray (acoustic guitar, bass), Russell A Dawber Jr (drums, percussion), Jim Michael “Fizzwah” Yaeger (keyboards), John DeNicola (bass), […]

Fireballet

Fireballet was an American symphonic/art-rock band from New Jersey that released the albums Night on Bald Mountain (1975) and Two, Too (1976), both on Passport Records. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Jim Cuomo hailed from Spoils of War and Mormos and later played in the multi-national jazz-funk group Pacific Eardrum. Cuomo and guitarist Ryche Chlanda partook in […]

Fairchild

Fairchild were an American symphonic/hard-rock band from Minneapolis that released a self-titled album on small-press Flight Records in 1978. The band issued a second album on self-press ITB in 1982, followed by a third on Gold Mountain in 1985. Members: Brian Kinney (vocals, keyboards), Mike Ricci (vocals), Tom Riopelle (guitar, vocals), Richard Wieser (bass, vocals), […]

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 […]

Cathedral

Cathedral were an American symphonic-rock band from Islip Terrace, N.Y., that issued the album Stained Glass Stories on self-press Delta in 1978. Guitarist/vocalist Rudy Perrone subsequently recorded as a solo artist and joined Industry, an electro-pop band formed by ex-Cathedral drummer Mac Caronia. Members: Rudy Perrone (guitar, vocals, 1975-79), Mac Caronia (drums, percussion), Paul Seal […]

Buccaneer

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)

Bronin Hogman Band

The Bronin Hogman Band were an American symphonic/art-rock octet from New Hampshire that released an eponymous album on self-press Gamut in 1975. Members: Delrio (vocals, percussion), Frank Barnes (vocals, bass), Peter Baron (vocals, guitar), Bill Arvantis (guitar), Brian Poor (vocoder, keyboards), John Schunemann (harp), Denis Thibodeau (vocoder, Hammond, Moog), Dennis Anctil (drums) Discography: Bronin Hogman […]

Boston

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, […]

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

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

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

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 […]

Angel

Angel were an American hard-rock band from Washington, D.C., that released five studio albums and a live double-LP on Casablanca between 1975 and 1980. Members: Barry Brandt (drums), Gregg Giuffria (keyboards, 1975-81), Frank DiMino (lead vocals, 1975-80, 1998-present), Punky Meadows (guitar, 1975-80), Mickie Jones (bass, 1975-77), Felix Robinson (bass, 1978-81), Fergie Frederiksen (lead vocals, 1981), […]

Ambrosia

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 […]

Allies

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), […]

Alkana

Alkana were an American symphonic/hard-rock band from San Bernardino, Calif., that released the album Welcome to My Paradise on self-press Baby Bird in 1978. Members: Danney Alkana (vocals, lead guitar), Jack Rucker (vocals, piano, guitar), Craig Williams (bass, vocals), Donny McLaughlin (drums, vocals) Discography: Welcome to My Paradise (1978)