The Tubes are a San Francisco-based rock band. Their eponymous 1975 debut album included the single “White Punks on Dope,” while their 1983 single “She’s a Beauty” was a top-10 U.S. hit and its music video was frequently played in the early days of MTV. The band also performed in the 1980 film Xanadu, singing the rock portion of the cross-genre song “Dancin'” opposite a big band.
The Five Man Electrical Band (known as The Staccatos from 1963–68) is a Canadian rock group from Ottawa, Ontario. They had many hits in Canada, including the top 10 entries “Half Past Midnight” (1967) (as The Staccatos), “Absolutely Right” (1971) and “I’m a Stranger Here” (1972). Internationally, they are best known for their 1971 hit single “Signs”.
Kenneth Thomas Jones (born September 16, 1948) is an English drummer best known for his work in the groups Small Faces, Faces, and the Who. Jones was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Small Faces/Faces. We’re featuring music that he played on.
The Chi-Lites are an American R&B/soul vocal quartet from Chicago, Illinois, United States.
The group’s greatest fame came during the early 1970s. They scored eleven Top Ten R&B hits from 1969 to 1974. They also charted 21 songs in the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Chart, and had chart hits in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada, as well as in the U.S.
Marshall Thompson – 1959–present (born August 24, 1942, Chicago)
Tara Thompson – 1998–present (born June 29, 1971, Chicago)
Fred Simon – 2010–present (born May 29, 1951, Chicago)
Mack Miller – 2014–present (born May 1, 1955, Chicago)
Warren Tipton – 2018–present (born June 12, 1958, Gary, Indiana)
Robert “Squirrel” Lester – 1959–2010 (born August 16, 1942, McComb, Mississippi; died January 21, 2010, Chicago)
Eugene Record – 1959–1973, 1980–1988 (born December 23, 1940, Chicago; died July 22, 2005, Chicago)
Creadel “Red” Jones – 1959–1973, 1980–1982 (born September 26, 1940, St. Louis, Missouri; died August 25, 1994 Glendale, California)
Clarence Johnson – 1959–1964
Stanley Anderson – 1973
Willie Kinsey – 1973
David “Doc” Roberson – 1973
David Scott – 1976–1980
Danny Johnson – 1976–1977
Vandy Hampton – 1976–1980
Frank Reed – 1988, 1990–1993, 1996–1998, 2001–2014 (born September 16, 1954, Omaha, Nebraska; died February 26, 2014)
Anthony Reynard Watson – 1988–1990, 1993–1996, 1998–2002 (born Mobile, Alabama)
Marzette Griffin- 2015–2018 Chicago, IL
American singer-songwriter and record producer and arranger, Richard Marx has released 11 studio albums (plus a Holiday album Christmas Spirit), 13 compilation albums, 3 live albums and 54 single releases.
Born September 16, 1963, his self-titled debut album went triple-platinum in 1987, and his first single, “Don’t Mean Nothing”, reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Between 1987 and 1994, he had 14 top 20 hits, including three number one singles; his first seven singles all reached the top five. His singles during the late 1980s and 1990s included “Endless Summer Nights”, “Hold On to the Nights”, “Right Here Waiting”, “Now and Forever”, “Hazard”, and “At the Beginning” with Donna Lewis. Marx has also written or collaborated on songs with other artists such as “This I Promise You” by NSYNC and “Dance with My Father” by Luther Vandross. The latter song won several Grammy Awards. Songs written or co-written by Marx have topped the charts in four different decades.
In July 2021 Marx released, “Stories To Tell, A Memoir” Click here for more information about the book on The Barnes and Noble website.
Night Ranger is an American hard rock band from San Francisco formed in 1979 that gained popularity during the 1980s with a series of albums and singles. The band’s first five albums sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and have sold 17 million albums total. The quintet is perhaps best known for the power ballad “Sister Christian,” which peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1984, along with several other top 40 hit singles in the 1980s, including “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” “Sentimental Street,” “Four in the Morning (I Can’t Take Any More),” and “Goodbye.”
After their success waned in the late 1980s, the band split up in 1989, and its members pursued other musical endeavors, including group and solo efforts. Brad Gillis and Kelly Keagy teamed up with bassist Gary Moon, and released an album without the other original band members in 1995, but the band soon reunited to release two new albums in the latter half of the decade.
The Cowsills are an American singing group from Newport, Rhode Island, six siblings noted for performing professionally and singing harmonies at an early age, later with their mother.
The band was formed in the spring of 1965 by brothers Bill, Bob, and Barry Cowsill; their brother John joined shortly thereafter. Originally Bill and Bob played guitar and Barry played the drums. When John learned to play drums and joined the band, Barry began playing bass. After their initial success, the brothers were joined by their siblings Susan and Paul along with their mother, Barbara. A seventh sibling, Bob’s twin brother Richard, was never part of the band during its heyday, although he occasionally appeared with them in later years.
The band’s road manager for most of their career was Richard “Biggie” Korn. When the group expanded to its full family membership by 1967, the six siblings ranged in age from 8 to 19. Joined by their mother, Barbara Cowsill (née Russell), the group inspired the 1970s television show The Partridge Family.
John McFee (born September 9, 1950, Santa Cruz, California) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist, and long-time member of The Doobie Brothers. We will feature a variety of tunes from the he has appeared on.
Canadian singer Michael Bublé has released eight studio albums, three live albums, nine EPs, eighteen singles, and fourteen music videos. His records are being distributed by the label Warner Bros. Records and also by its subsidiaries Reprise Records and 143 Records.
Gloria Gaynor (née Fowles; born September 7, 1943) is an American singer, best known for the disco era hits “I Will Survive” (1978), “Let Me Know (I Have a Right)” (1979), “I Am What I Am” (1983), and her version of “Never Can Say Goodbye” (1974). In January 2020, she won her second Grammy Award in her career, 40 years after her first, for her roots gospel album Testimony.
Destiny’s Child was an American girl group whose final and best-known line-up comprised Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. The group began their musical career as Girl’s Tyme, formed in 1990 in Houston, Texas. After years of limited success, the quartet comprising Knowles, Rowland, LaTavia Roberson, and LeToya Luckett were signed in 1997 to Columbia Records as Destiny’s Child. The group was launched into mainstream recognition following the release of the song “No, No, No” and their best-selling second album, The Writing’s on the Wall (1999), which contained the number-one singles “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Say My Name”. Despite critical and commercial success, the group was plagued by internal conflict and legal turmoil, as Roberson and Luckett attempted to split from the group’s manager Mathew Knowles, citing favoritism of Knowles and Rowland.
In early 2000, both Roberson and Luckett were replaced with Williams and Farrah Franklin; however, Franklin quit after five months, leaving the group as a trio. Their third album, Survivor (2001), whose themes the public interpreted as a channel to the group’s experience, produced the worldwide hits “Independent Women”, “Survivor” and “Bootylicious”. In 2001, they announced a hiatus to pursue solo careers. The trio reunited two years later for the release of their fifth and final studio album, Destiny Fulfilled (2004), which spawned the international hits “Lose My Breath” and “Soldier”. Since the group’s official disbandment in 2006, Knowles, Rowland, and Williams have reunited a couple of times, including at the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show and 2018 Coachella festival.
Destiny’s Child has sold more than sixty million records worldwide to date. Billboard ranks the group as one of the greatest musical trios of all time, the ninth most successful artist/band of the 2000s, placed the group 68th in its All-Time Hot 100 Artists list in 2008 and in December 2016, the magazine ranked them as the 90th most successful dance club artist of all time. The group was nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, winning twice for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and once for Best R&B Song.
Joe Simon (born September 2, 1943) is an American soul and R&B musician. He began as a Gospel Artist singing with the Golden West Dingers in the Bay Area in California. A consistent presence on the US charts between 1964 and 1981, Simon charted 51 U.S. Pop and R&B chart hits between 1964 and 1981, including eight times in the US top forty, thirty-eight times in the top 40 of the US R&B charts, and 13 chart hits in Canada. His biggest hits included three number one entries on the US Billboard R&B chart: “The Chokin’ Kind” (1969), “Power of Love” (1972), and “Get Down, Get Down (Get on the Floor)” (1975).
In 1999 Simon was inducted as a Pioneer Award honoree by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Joss Stone covered “The Chokin’ Kind” on her 2003 album, The Soul Sessions.
Simon has had a number of his songs sampled by other artists, including OutKast, who sampled “Before the Night is Over” in their hit “So Fresh, So Clean” and Lil’ Kim, who sampled Simon’s “It Be’s That Way Sometimes” in “Magic Stick”, featuring 50 Cent. Memphis Bleek sampled Simon’s “Trace Your Love” for the track “Alright” on his 2005 534 album.
Sir George Ivan Morrison OBE (born August 31, 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer whose recording career spans seven decades. Van Morrison made his first recording playing saxophone on “Boozoo Hully Gully” with the International Monarchs in 1962. His first recording session as lead singer/songwriter with Them was produced by Dick Rowe at Decca’s studio. “Don’t Start Crying Now” was the first single released and the garage rock classic, “Gloria” was also recorded at this session. “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (recorded October 1964) was released November 1964 with “Gloria” as the B-side and was a Top Ten hit in the UK Singles Chart. “Here Comes the Night” was Them’s second hit in 1965, charting at No. 2 in the UK and No. 24 in the US.
Morrison had his first recording session as a solo artist for Bang Records in New York City for Bert Berns on March 28, 1967. One of the songs was “Brown Eyed Girl”, which charted at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since then he has been on the Billboard album chart a total of 787 weeks by April 2008 (including the Them albums); a period of almost 43 years when his 33rd solo studio album Keep It Simple debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200.
Robert Lawrence Welch Jr. (August 31, 1945 – June 7, 2012) was an American musician who was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. He had a successful solo career in the late 1970s. His singles included “Hot Love, Cold World”, “Ebony Eyes”, “Precious Love”, “Hypnotized”, and his signature song, “Sentimental Lady”.
Welch had undergone spinal surgery three months prior to his death. Despite the surgery, doctors told him his prognosis for recovery was poor, and he would eventually become an invalid. He was still in considerable pain, despite taking the medication pregabalin (Lyrica) for six weeks. On June 7, 2012, around 6:00 am, Welch died by suicide, shooting himself in his Nashville home; his wife Wendy discovered his body. He left a nine-page suicide note and love letter for Wendy. He was 66 years old. Wendy died on November 28, 2016, from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease, also aged 66. Bob and Wendy Welch are buried beside each other in Memphis, Tennessee.
An exhibit chronicling Bob Welch’s career opened at The Musicians Hall of Fame at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee on August 27, 2018. Despite the lawsuit over a decade earlier, Fleetwood wrote a tribute for the exhibit. His estate has endowed a scholarship to support Belmont School of Music students.
Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (born August 28, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and author. Rimes rose to stardom at age 13 following the release of her version of the Bill Mack song “Blue”, becoming the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972.
Rimes made her breakthrough into country music in 1996 with her debut album, Blue, which reached No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and was certified multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album’s eponymous lead single, “Blue”, became a Top 10 hit, and Rimes gained national acclaim for her similarity to Patsy Cline’s vocal style. When she released her second studio album in 1997, You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, she moved towards country pop material, which set the trend for a string of albums released into the next decade.
Rimes has won many awards, including two Grammys (both in 1997 for New Artist & Best Country Female Vocal Performance), three ACMs, a CMA, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music award. She has a total of 8 Grammy Award nominations, 1 for Song of the Year (1997 – “Blue”), 1 for Best New Artist (1997), 1 for best country song (1997 – Blue) and 5 for best country female vocal performance (1997 – “Blue”, 1998 – “How Do I Live”, 2007 – “Something’s Gotta Give”, 2008 – “Nothin’ Better to Do”, and 2009 – “What I Cannot Change”).
She has released ten studio albums and three compilation albums and two greatest hits albums, one released in the U.S. and the other released internationally, through her record label of 13 years, Curb Records, and placed over 40 singles on American and international charts since 1996. She has sold over 37 million records worldwide, with 20.8 million album sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rimes has also written four books: two novels and two children’s books. Her hit song “How Do I Live” was ranked as the most successful song of the 1990s by Billboard magazine.