Sparks

Sparks is the musical partnership of American keyboardist–songwriter Ron Mael and his vocalist brother Russell Mael. They first recorded as Halfnelson, a quintet with drummer Harley Feinstein and another set of brothers, guitarist Earle Mankey and guitarist–bassist Jim Mankey. They signed to Bearsville for the 1971 release Halfnelson, produced by Todd Rundgren. Soon after, they […]

Chicago

Chicago are an American band formed in 1967; noted as one of the first rock acts with an integrated three-piece brass section. Between 1969 and 1980, they released twelve studio albums on Columbia, followed by five albums on Warner. For eleven years, they maintained the same seven members: keyboardist–singer Robert Lamm, guitarist–singer Terry Kath, bassist–singer […]

Daryl Hall & John Oates

Daryl Hall and John Oates — commonly known as Hall & Oates — are an American musical duo that have been active since the early 1970s. The pair initially recorded in an acoustic singer/songwriter mode but soon embraced maximalist-rock experimentation and the lavish orchestralism of their Philly townfolk. Applying their signature vocal trade-offs to a […]

Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren (born June 22, 1948) is an American vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and producer, originally from Philadelphia. He first emerged in psych-rockers the Nazz, which released two proper albums in 1968–69. He initially recorded solo under the band moniker Runt, issuing the 1970/71 Bearsville albums Runt and The Ballad of Todd Rundgren. Under his […]

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 […]

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow was an American art-pop trio from Philadelphia that released a self-titled album in 1972 on the Family Productions label. Members: Richard Billay (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Richie Bremen (bass), Joe Zucca (drums) Background Sleepy Hollow formed in Philadelphia, where singer and songwriter Richard Billay teamed with bassist Richie Bremen and drummer Joe Zucca. […]

Steely Dan

Steely Dan was an American jazz-rock/pop band that released six studio albums on ABC between 1972 and 1977, followed by an eighth on MCA in 1980. After a 20-year break in recording, they issued two discs of new material during the early 2000s. Debuting as a six-piece, the lineup trimmed by 1975 to the duo […]

Moon Martin

Moon Martin (1945–2020) was an American songwriter and singer who released five albums between 1978 and 1985 on Capitol Records. Robert Palmer charted with “Bad Case of Loving You,” originated on Martin’s debut Shots from a Cold Nightmare. Martin’s second album, Escape from Domination, spawned the 1979 Billboard hits “Rolene” and “No Chance.” His fourth […]

Loggins & Messina

Loggins and Messina were an American country rock duo that released six studio albums and a live double-album on Columbia between 1971 and 1976. They formed when ex-Buffalo Springfield/Poco member Jim Messina partnered with little-known songwriter Kenny Loggins for the latter’s intended debut solo album. They are most known for the nostalgic hit “Your Mama […]

Martee Lebous

Martee Lebous (born April 12, 1957) is an American singer and songwriter from New York who released the cabaret/soul-pop album The Lady Wants to Be a Star on Image Records in 1976. A decade later, she resurfaced with the modified surname Lebow and released the 1986 mini-album Crimes of the Heart, followed by the 1987 […]

Starbuck

Starbuck were an American pop/exotica band from Atlanta that released two albums on Private Stock in 1976 and 1977, followed by a third on United Artists in 1978. Members: Bruce Blackman (vocals, keyboards), Ron Norris (guitar, vocals, 1974-76), Tommy Strain (lead guitar, 1974-76), Jimmy Cobb (bass, vocals), Sloan Hayes (keyboards, vocals, 1974-78), Bo Wagner (percussion), […]

Rupert Holmes

Rupert Holmes (born Feb. 24, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, producer, playwright, and screenwriter with a career in entertainment that dates to the late 1960s. Starting as a hit-writer for The Cuff Links and The Buoys, he emerged as a recording artist with a string of production-pop albums during the second half of […]

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 […]

Player

Player were an American adult-oriented rock band from Los Angeles. Members: John Friesen (drums, 1977-83), Ronn Moss (bass, vocals, 1977-81, 1995-present), J.C. Crowley (guitar, keyboards, vocals, 1977-80, Peter Beckett (vocals, guitar, 1977-79, 1980-83, 1995-present), Miles Joseph (guitar, vocals, 1980-83), Gabriel Katona (keyboards, 1980-83), Rusty Buchanan (vocals, bass, 1981-83) Discography: Player (1977) Danger Zone (1978) Room […]

Little Feat

Little Feat are an American rustic funk-rock band from Los Angeles that released seven studio albums and a live double-LP on Warner Bros. between 1971 and 1979. Guitarist–bandleader Lowell George hailed from the Mothers of Invention. After his death in 1979, a revised lineup of Little Feat issued sporadic albums and toured constantly during the […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Sons of Champlin

The Sons of Champlin were an American brass-rock/soul band from San Francisco, formed in 1965 by namesake vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter Bill Champlin. Members: Bill Champlin (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Tim Cain (saxophone, 1965-70), Terry Haggerty (guitar, 1965-77), John Prosser (bass, 1965-67), Jim Meyers (drums, 1965-67), Geoff Palmer (keyboards, alto saxophone, vibraphone, 1967-77, 1997-present), Jim […]

Toto

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 […]

Stories

Stories was an American art-rock/pop band from N.Y.C. that released the 1972/73 albums Stories and About Us on Kama Sutra. After the departure of keyboardist and co-writer Michael Brown, singer Ian Lloyd took rein for the single “Brother Louie” and a third album, Traveling Underground. Brown hailed from baroque pop legends The Left Banke. Members: […]

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), […]

Harry Nilsson

Harry Nilsson (June 15, 1941 — Jan. 15, 1994) was an American singer/songwriter from Brooklyn. Nilsson was born Harry Edward Nilsson III on June 15, 1941, in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. His paternal grandparents were circus performers who did “aerial ballet,” the title of his second proper album. He was especially close to his maternal grandparents; his […]

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 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 […]

Lori Lieberman

Lori Lieberman (born Nov. 15, 1951) is an American singer/songwriter who released four 1972–75 albums on Capitol Records and a 1978 fifth on Millennium. After a 16-year break from recording, she returned with three ’90s-era albums on Pope Music. Since 2003, she’s issued CDs on self-press Drive On Records. Her debut album features the earliest […]

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 […]

Harry Chapin

Harry Chapin (Dec. 7, 1942 — July 16, 1981) was an American singer/songwriter from Brooklyn. Discography: Heads & Tales (1972) Sniper and Other Love Songs (1972) Short Stories (1973) Verities & Balderdash (1974) Portrait Gallery (1975) On the Road to Kingdom Come (1976) Dance Band on the Titanic (1977) Living Room Suite (1978) Sequel (1980)