Glen Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner were backup players for Linda Ronstadt in 1971 when they decided to form their own group. Their early sound was a combination of country music and Surf Rock. Their first album, released in 1972, was a million-seller. Guitarist-vocalist Don Felder was added in 1974. Joe Walsh replaced Leadon in 1975, and Timothy B. Schmit replaced Randy Meisner in 1977. After recording five more albums, the band broke up in 1980, and band members pursued solo careers with varying degrees of success.
Three members of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers formed the nucleus of one of the longest lasting and most successful bands that originated in Britain in the late ‘60s. Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie were joined by slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer. McVie’s wife, Christine, joined between 1970 and 1974 as a vocalist-songwriter-keyboardist and Danny Kirwan joined as a third guitarist. Founder Peter Green left in 1971, and Fleetwood Mac went through a succession of vocalists -–the turning point came in 1975 when Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the band. The band’s very first album (Fleetwood Mac) with the lineup of Nicks, Buckingham, the McVies and Fleetwood launched the group to superstar status. The band has released a total of 42 albums, including studio, live, and compilation albums.
Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) is an English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Among many awards received, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and is an inductee into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. He was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996, and was made a Knight Bachelor by Elizabeth II for “services to music and charitable services” in 1998.
The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band formed in 1966 in San Francisco, California.The band is managed by Steve Miller on guitar and lead vocals, and is best known today for a string of mid-1970s hit singles that are staples of classic rock radio. Steve Miller left his first band to move to San Francisco and form the Steve Miller Blues Band. Shortly after negotiating a landmark contract with Capitol Records in 1967, the band shortened its name to ‘Steve Miller Band’. In February 1968, the band recorded its debut album Children of the Future. They went on to produce albums Sailor, Brave New World, Your Saving and more. In 2015, Steve Miller was nominated as a solo artist for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Huey Lewis and the News is an American pop rock band based in San Francisco, California. They had a run of hit singles during the 1980s and early 1990s, eventually scoring a total of 19 top ten singles across the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and Mainstream Rock charts. Their greatest success was in the 1980s with the number-one album, Sports, coupled with a series of highly successful MTV videos. Their worldwide fame expanded when the song “The Power of Love” was featured as a key track in the film Back to the Future (in which Lewis had a cameo appearance), became a number-one hit, and was nominated for an Academy Award.
The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney,George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania.” The group’s music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney. After their break-up in 1970, they each enjoyed successful musical careers of varying lengths. McCartney and Starr, the surviving members, remain musically active.
Queen are a British rock band that formed in London in 1970. The classic line-up was Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon. Queen’s earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock, into their music. The band has released a total of 18 number one albums and 18 number one singles. Estimates of their record sales generally range from 150 million to 300 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. They received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest commercial success occurred between 1978 and 1987. During that period, the band released a series of hit songs, including 1981’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”, which in 2009 became the top-selling track in iTunes history amongst songs not released in the 21st century. Sales have resulted in two gold albums, eight multi-platinum albums, and one diamond album (including seven consecutive multi-platinum albums between 1978 and 1987). Their songs have become arena rock staples and are still played on rock radio stations across the world.
William Martin “Billy” Joel is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, “Piano Man”, in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States. Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006). In 2001, Joel received the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Joel stopped writing and releasing pop/rock material after 1993’s River of Dreams; however, he continues to tour, and he plays songs from all eras of his solo career in his concerts.
The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band. The group has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide throughout their career. The band has been active in five decades, with their biggest success occurring in the 1970s. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and have become a fixture on radio formats from top 40 to classic rock. They continue to write and record new material, tour the world, boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music,
Foreigner is a British-American hard rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musicianMick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm. Jones came up with the band’s name as he, McDonald and Dennis Elliott were British, while Gramm, Al Greenwoodand Ed Gagliardi were American. Their biggest hit single, “I Want to Know What Love Is”, topped the United Kingdom and United States Charts among others. They are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, including 37.5 million albums in the US alone.
Daryl Hall and John Oates, known more commonly as Hall & Oates, are an American musical duo from Philadelphia. Daryl Hall is generally the lead vocalist of the pairing, and also plays a wide range of musical instruments. John Oates also plays a range of instruments, but primarily plays electric guitar and provides backing vocals as well as occasional leads. The two also write most of the songs they perform, either separately or in collaboration. They achieved their greatest fame from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s with a fusion of rock and roll and rhythm and blues, which they dubbed “rock and soul”. Hall and Oates have sold an estimated 40 million records which makes them the second best-selling duo of all time.