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Power Trios (and more)
The following list is a compilation of the bands that fall into the traditional Power Trio format. While some bands like The Who and Grand Funk Railroad, were considered to be a Power trio with the addition of a lead singer, we are confining ourselves to the three piece bands. The original Power Trio is widely considered to be Buddy Holly and The Crickets, but with the advent of the '60s, '70s groups like Cream and Hendrix, the term is more commonly used when referring to the heavier sounding groups of that era and beyond. Since the influential musicians that used the trio format covered several genres, we have broken the section down into three areas, High Wattage, (HI - heavy), Low Wattage, (LO - not so heavy), and Energy Savers, (ES - semi acoustic/acoustic/folk). As usual if you notice any omissions, let us know and we'll make the additions.
HI - Atomic Rooster - Beck, Bogert & Appice - Blue Cheer - Clouds - Cream - Double Trouble - Emerson,Lake,&Palmer - James Gang
Jimi Hendrix Experience - King's X - Los Lonely Boys - Motorhead - Nice - Rush - Taste - Triumph - Wolfmother - ZZ Top
Atomic Rooster - Formed in 1969 by Vincent Crane, Carl Palmer, both originally from "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown"and Nick Graham. After the first album's release in 1970 John Du Cann replaced Carl Palmer when Palmer left to form Emerson Lake and Palmer. The band released five albums from 1970-1973;
1970 - Atomic RoOoster,
1970 - Death Walks Behind You,
1971 - In Hearing of Atomic Rooster,
1972 - Made In England, and
1973 - Nice 'n' Greasy. In 1980 the band reformed to release three more albums; 1980 - Atomic Rooster,
1983 - Headline News,
1986 - Home to Roost. During the bands history, Vincent Crane suffered from periodic bouts of depression, which to some extent affected the general tone of the music, injecting themes of dread, paranoia and satanic angst in songs like "Death Walks Behind You", "Time Take My Life", "Dance of Death" or Devil's Answer".
1971 saw the band's 1st hit single "Tomorrow Night", and their 1st Top 10 album "Death Walks Behind You", followed by a 2nd hit single "Devil's Answer". The band also played the Reading Festival. In 1972 Pete French joined the band on vocals and they played the Oval with the Who headlining. A 3rd album was released, "In Hearing of Atomic Rooster". 1972 saw their 1st USA tour, playing the Troubadour in LA and the Fillmore East in NY. John DuCann and Paul Hammond left the band to form Hard Stuff with Johnny Gustaveston and Ric Parnell & Steve Bolton joined. Pete French left to join Cactus with Carl Minnaplice, replaced by Chris Farlowe .The band then went on to release their 4th album "Made in England" and the 1st Compilation was released, "Atomic Rooster Assortment". The 2nd tour took in the LA Amphitheatre, the Texas 'Rose Bowl' and the Dusseldorf 'Rock Festival' with Deep Purple and Free. In 1974 the 5th Atomic Rooster album was released "Nice & Greasy" and a 2nd Compilation "Home to Roost". The band left Gaff Management and toured Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland & Portugal. In 1975 after a tour of Belgium, France, Italy and Spain, Vincent stopped touring and took the band off the road until it's reformation in 1980 and the release of their final three albums. 'Artist Discography'
Beck, Bogert, & Appice - The Beck, Bogert & Appice power trio line up consisted of, guitarist Jeff Beck from The Jeff Beck Group, bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice who were both from Vanilla Fudge. Releasing a self titled album with respectable in 1973 and producing a minor hit single,(from the album), with a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition." This was the only studio album, during the recording of their second studio album, Beck left the band, abruptly forcing it's dissolution in 1974. The band did two tours encompassing the US, Europe, and Japan, releasing a Live (in Japan), album in November of '73. 'Artist Discography'
Blue Cheer - Blue Cheer began in 1966 as a six piece group, but by 1967, they had become a trio; Leigh Stephens on guitar, Dickie Peterson on bass and vocals, and Paul Whaley on drums. Blue Cheer’s first album was entitled "Vincebus Eruptum", reaching #11 on the US charts and giving the group their first and best hit, "Summertime Blues". Their second album "Outside Inside" was divided in two different sections; the outer part (Outside) having been recorded close to some warehouses in New York and Sacramento harbors, with the inner part (Inside) cut in a regular recording studio. These first two albums set the stage for Blue Cheer’s reputation, and defined several genres of rock music to come later. In '68 Leigh Stephens' was replaced by Randy Holden, and although Holden toured extensively with Blue Cheer, his only recordings with the band were on side two of their third album, “New! Improved!”. When Holden left, he was replaced by Bruce Stephens and Ralph Kellogg, and side one of “New! Improved!” marked a definite change in style to a less than heavy metal sound.
Blue Cheer has remained somewhat sporadic in output and lineup over the years, and currently a dispute is taking place as to ownership of the Blue Cheer band name. Former guitarist Randy Holden, had trademarked the Blue Cheer band name and since his only real connection with the band was three tracks on "New! Improved! Blue Cheer" , Dickie Peterson, co-founder and the only continuing member since its inception, is rightfully upset. 'Artist Discography'
Clouds was a 1960s Progressive rock band that disbanded in October 1971. The band consisted of Ian Ellis (bass & lead vocals), Harry Hughes (drums) and Billy Ritchie (keyboards). Clouds were a fairly successful live act, whose performances and recordings often earned rave reviews from music critics, but their records never quite captured public imagination. More importantly though, in their earlier days as "1-2-3", they pioneered a sound and musical approach that became the blueprint for many successful acts, such as Yes, The Nice, and King Crimson. Ritchie, was credited as being the first of his kind, standing to play and taking a leading role, thereby providing a model for others, such as Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. 1-2-3 had a much different sound from any other band at that time due to the guitarist role being supplanted by Ritchie. They were described as "a unique group...who have created an entirely new sound in pop group music". By all accounts, the music consisted of drastic re-writes of known material, infused with a mixture of classics, jazz, scat, acapella vocals, unusual time signatures and unexpected pauses, often all occurring in the same song. The Clouds were one of those unfortunate bands who were more appreciated by other musicians than by fans. They had a major influence on their contemporary musicians, and on the direction the art form took at this time in music history. 'Artist Discography'
Cream - British rock band consisting of bassist/lead vocalist Jack Bruce, guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton, and drummer Ginger Baker. Their sound was characterized by a hybrid of blues, hard rock and psychedelic rock. In retrospective to be "the first super-group", Cream combined Clapton's blues guitar playing with the powerful voice and intense basslines of Jack Bruce and the jazz-influenced drumming of Ginger Baker. They have sold over 35 million albums worldwide. Wheels of Fire was the world's first platinum-selling double album. Cream's music included songs based on traditional blues such as "Crossroads" and "Spoonful", and modern blues such as "Born Under a Bad Sign", as well as more eccentric songs such as "Strange Brew", "Tales of Brave Ulysses" and "Toad". Cream's biggest hits were "I Feel Free" (UK, #11), "Sunshine of Your Love" (US, #5), "White Room" (US, #6), "Crossroads" (US, #28), and "Badge". Cream first visited the United States in March 1967 to play nine dates at the RKO Theater in New York. They returned to record Disraeli Gears in New York between 11 May and 15 May 1967. Cream's second album was released in November 1967 and reached the Top 5 in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Rivalry between Bruce and Baker created tensions in the band. Clapton also felt that the members of the band did not listen to each other enough. Clapton once told a story that when they were playing in a concert, he stopped playing and neither Baker nor Bruce noticed. Clapton has also commented that Cream's later gigs mainly consisted of its members showing off. Cream decided that it would break up in May of 1968 during a tour of the US. Later, in July, an official announcement was made that the band would break up after a farewell tour of the United States and after playing two concerts in London. Cream finished its tour of the United States with a 4 November concert in Rhode Island and performed in the UK for the last time in London on 25 and 26 November. In 1993, Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and set aside their differences to perform at the induction ceremony. Initially, the trio was wary about performing, until encouraging words from Robbie Robertson inspired them to try. The end result was an incendiary set consisting of "Sunshine of Your Love", "Crossroads", and - interestingly, as the band had never played it live during their original tenure - "Born Under a Bad Sign". Clapton mentioned in his acceptance speech that their rehearsal the day before the ceremony had marked the first time they had played together in 25 years. 'Artist Discography'
Double Trouble - Most noted for being the backup band for Stevie Ray Vaughan , Double Trouble consisted of Stevie Ray Vaughan, with Chris Layton on drums and Tommy Shannon on bass. Layton and Shannon then joined the groups Arc Angels and Storyville in the 1990s and worked with W.C. Clark, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Doyle Bramhall before releasing an album under their own name, entitled "Been a Long Time" in 2001 . The album featured appearances from Doyle Bramhall, Lou Ann Barton, Reese Wynans, Jonny Lang, Willie Nelson, Dr. John, and Jimmie Vaughan. The album hit #1 on the U.S. Blues charts and peaked at #126 on the Billboard 200. Double Trouble later worked as the rhythm section for Jimmy D. Lane, and they play on his most recent CD "It's Time" (2004). They play on two albums by Brazilian blues guitarist Nuno Mindelis, and also toured with Joe Bonamassa. 'Artist Discography'
ELP - Emerson, Lake and Palmer consisted of Keith Emerson (keyboards), Greg Lake (guitar, bass guitar, vocals) and Carl Palmer (drums, percussion). The Nice (with Keith Emerson on keyboards) and King Crimson (with Greg Lake on bass and vocals), having played at the same venues led to Emerson and Lake working together, and finding their styles to be very compatible, they went in search of a drummer with the intention of forming a trio. Before settling on Carl Palmer, who at that time was the drummer of Atomic Rooster, they approached Mitch Mitchell of The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Mitchell was uninterested but passed the idea to Jimi Hendrix. Jimi, tired of his band and wanting to try something different, expressed an interest in playing with the group. Since Emerson and Lake had settled on Palmer by then, this led the British press to speculate about a super-group called HELP, or "Hendrix, Emerson, Lake & Palmer". Hendrix died shortly thereafter, and the three pressed on as Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Their sound was dominated by the Hammond organ and Moog synthesizer of Emerson. The band's compositions were heavily influenced by classical music in addition to jazz, hard rock, and the musical styling's of Clouds. Their live performances were a mix of virtuoso musicianship and theatrics that gained the band a unique place in musical history. 'Artist Discography'
James Gang - Started by drummer Jimmy Fox of Cleveland, Ohio in 1966, the band originally consisted of 5 musicians, and intended to perform covers of music by Cream, Hendrix, Traffic, Yardbirds, and other blues performers. The original band members were drummer Jimmy Fox, bassist Tom Kriss, guitarist Ronnie Silverman, keyboardist Phil Giallombardo, and guitarist Greg Grandillo, who was quickly replaced by Dennis Chandler. Bill Jeric replaced Silverman, Chandler left to be replaced by Glen Schwartz, who was consequently replaced by Joe Walsh.
With the several changes in lineup during the early formative years, the trio format came about more by chance than design. Scheduled to play the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan, opening for Cream, and at what they had already decided would be their last performance before disbanding, their second guitarist, Silverman, was a no show. Forced to play on as a trio, (Fox, Kriss, Walsh), they discovered that the format worked extremely well for them and breathed new life into the band. Their first album entitled "Yer Album" released in late '69 went over very well and remained on Billboards chart for nearly a year. Later that same year bassists Kriss left the band to be replaced by Dale Peters whom Fox had known from Ohio State Universty.
The trio of Fox, Peters and Walsh is probably the best known configuration of the band. In 1971 Walsh left the band, (eventually joining the Eagles), and Fox and Peters continued on with a variety of guitarists for five more years, never quite achieving the same chemistry they had with Walsh in the band. and disbanded in 1977. James Gang toured extensively over the years and released several albums, and in 1996 the band performed at a rally for President Bill Clinton, and began touring again in 2001. 'Artist Discography'
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Considered as one of the most influential bands in rock music history. After initial success in Europe, they achieved fame in the USA following the 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. The Experience originally consisted of Jimi Hendrix, bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell, and were active until 1969, releasing three successful studio albums. Redding left the band in June 1969, after which Hendrix and Mitchell stayed together through other projects. After the band split up, Hendrix and Mitchell teamed with bassist Billy Cox and other musicians to form the short-lived Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, (this was the lineup that played at Woodstock). After a short spell with the Band of Gypsys with Cox and drummer/vocalist Buddy Miles, Hendrix re-formed The Jimi Hendrix Experience with Mitchell and Cox.
With the Experience , Hendrix recorded his five hit singles "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", "The Wind Cries Mary", "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" and "All Along the Watchtower", and his three most successful albums, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, and Electric Ladyland. By April of 1969, Hendrix had decided to break up the group, and flew his old friend Billy Cox up to New York to begin working with him. Deteriorating relations with Redding had come to a head, and Hendrix also felt his musical development was hampered by the trio format. The original group held together long enough to fulfill their existing engagements, culminating in the Denver Pop Festival on 29 June where, following the infamous announcement by Hendrix, from the stage: "This is the last gig we'll be playing together", the original Experience was dissolved. . 'Artist Discography'
King's X - Kings X currently consists of Doug Pinnick, ( bass, lead & vocals), Ty Tabor, (lead guitar & vocals), and Jerry Gaskill, (percussion & vocals), former members include Dan McCollam, (guitar & vocals-1980) and Kirk Henderson, (guitar & vocals -1980–1983). Since being signed to Megaforce Records in 1987, King's X have released twelve studio albums, one official live album, and several independent releases. The band is currently recording for the InsideOut Music label, and continue to tour with each new release. Early in their major label career, they had many opening slots on arena tours, but lately the band, for the most part, headline their own shows playing mostly clubs and smaller venues. The group released its first album as King's X, entitled Out of the Silent Planet, in 1988 which fell short of commercial success, their third release Faith Hope Love was the group's first album to crack the US Top 100, mostly due to the successful single "It's Love". Having released a total of 17 albums under a variety of different labels the band is still alive and well and the individual members have been musically prolific , releasing a number of solo albums and participating in side bands. 'Artist Discography'
Los Lonely Boys - The band consists of three brothers, Henry Garza, (guitar & vocals), Jojo Garza, (bass guitar & vocals), and Ringo Garza, (drums & vocals). Los Lonely Boys plays a style of music which they dub as Texican Rock n' Roll, combining elements of rock and roll, blues, soul, country, and Tejano. Tejano is folk and popular music originating among the Hispanic populations of Central and Southern Texas. The three brothers emerged as a group in Nashville in the 1990s. After moving back to their home state of Texas they recorded their debut album in 2003 in Austin at Willie Nelson's Pedernales recording studio. The album was initially released by Or Music and later acquired by Epic Records for distribution in March 2004.
The group's single, "Heaven", reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #16 on the Billboard Hot 100; crossing over even to the Hot Country Songs chart, where it peaked at #46. In 2005 the song won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. 'Artist Discography'
Motörhead - British hard rock band formed in 1975 by bassist, singer and songwriter Lemmy Kilmister, who has remained the sole constant member. Usually a power trio, Motörhead had particular success in the early 1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40 chart. The albums Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, and particularly No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, cemented Motörhead's reputation as one of Britain's foremost rock bands. The first lineup of the band featured Larry Wallis (ex-Pink Fairies) on electric guitar and Lucas Fox on drums. Under contract with United Artists, they recorded sessions at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, during which Fox became unreliable and was replaced by drummer Phil Taylor. Deciding that two lead guitarists were required, the band recruited "Fast" Eddie Clarke, but Wallis quit during the auditions, so the two-guitarists idea was dropped and Clarke stayed on. The trio of Lemmy – Clarke – Taylor is regarded as the "classic" Motörhead line-up.
Motörhead picked up their first Grammy in the awards of 2005 in the Best Metal Performance category for their cover of Metallica's "Whiplash" on Metallic Attack: Metallica - The Ultimate Tribute. Having released over 20 albums from 1977 to the present the band is still active with the current lineup consisting of Lemmy Kilmister - lead vocals, bass guitar (1975-present), Phil Campbell - lead guitar, backup vocals (1984-present) and Mikkey Dee - drums and percussion (1992-present). Clarke left as a consequence of the band recording Stand By Your Man, a cover version of the Tammy Wynette classic, in collaboration with Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics. Clarke felt that this compromised the band's principles, refused to play on the recording and resigned, later forming his own band, Fastway.
Taylor, was fired because he did not learn the drum tracks on the song "I Ain't No Nice Guy" from the album "March or Die"
Though the band are typically classified as heavy metal or speed metal, Lemmy has stated that he never considered Motörhead a metal band. When asked if he has a problem with Motörhead being called a metal band, he replied: "I do because I come from way before Metal. I'm playing Rock n’ Roll and I think Rock n’ Roll should be sacred – it is to me. I don’t see why it should not be for everybody else." 'Artist Discography'
The Nice - Known for their unique blend of rock, jazz and classical music, The Nice was an English progressive rock band from the 1960s. Their debut album, The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack was released in 1967 to immediate acclaim. It is often considered the first progressive rock album. The Nice are also a forerunner of the much more widely known Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The band consisted initially of Keith Emerson on keyboard, Lee Jackson on bass & vocals, Brian Davison on drums , and David O'List, on guitar, (O'List left the group during the recording of their second album). All the members of the band are from England.
The Nice took their name from the Small Faces song "Here Come The Nice". As a counterpoint to the classical aspect of their music, the stage performances were bold and extravagant, with Emerson incorporating feedback and distortion and the use of daggers to hold down keys and sustain notes during performances. Motörhead frontman Lemmy was a roadie for The Nice in their early days, and gave Keith Emerson his trademark knife. After over three decades, The Nice reformed in 2002 for a series of live concerts. 'Artist Discography'
Rush - Composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee; guitarist Alex Lifeson; and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. The Canadian rock band and its membership went through a number of re-configurations between 1968 and 1974. The original line-up formed in the neighborhood of Willowdale in Toronto, Ontario, by Lifeson, front man Jeff Jones, and drummer John Rutsey. Within a couple weeks of forming, and before their second performance, bassist and lead vocalist Jones was replaced by Geddy Lee, a schoolmate of Lifeson. After several lineup reformations, Rush's official incarnation was formed in May 1971 consisting of Lee, Lifeson, and Rutsey, achieving their definitive trio format when Neil Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group's first U.S. tour. Rutsey resigned due to his affliction with diabetes and a distaste for touring.
They performed their first concert together, opening for Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann with an attendance of over 11,000 people at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 14. In addition to becoming the band's drummer, Peart assumed the role of principal lyricist as Lee and Lifeson had very little interest in writing, contributing to only a handful of song lyrics over the rest of the band's career. Instead, they focused primarily on the musical aspects of Rush.
Rush's popularity reached its pinnacle with the release of their eighth album Moving Pictures in 1981. Moving Pictures essentially continued where Permanent Waves,(#7), left off, extending the trend of highly accessible and commercially friendly pop-progressive rock that helped thrust them into the spotlight. The lead track, "Tom Sawyer", is probably the band's best-known song.
Rush's musical style has evolved over the years, the first few albums being essentially hard rock, but over the years Rush successfully merged their sound with the trends of the period, experimenting with New Wave, reggae and pop rock, making extensive use of instruments such as synthesizers, sequencers and electronic percussion. With the approach of the early '90s and Rush's character sound still intact, the band transformed their style once again to harmonize with the alternative rock movement. Their current sound is more of a return to the rock and roll roots. 'Artist Discography'
Taste - Taste was originally formed in Cork, Ireland in August 1966 as a trio consisting of Rory Gallagher on guitars & vocals, Eric Kitteringham on bass, and Norman Damery on drums. In their early years Taste played around the UK before becoming regulars at Maritime Hotel, an R&B club in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1968 the original lineup split. The new lineup formed with Richard McCracken on bass and John Wilson on drums. The new Taste moved permanently to London where they signed with the record label Polydor. In 1969 Taste released their first two studio recordings, the self-titled "Taste" first and "On The Boards" soon following, the latter showing Rory and the band's jazz influences with Gallagher playing saxophone on numerous tracks. In November 1969 the band opened for Cream at Cream's farewell concerts in London. Taste then began touring the United States and Canada opening for Eric Clapton and Ginger Bakers new band Blind Faith. Their most noteworthy performance came in 1970 as part of the Isle of Wight Festival, joining such notable musicians as Jimi Hendrix and The Who. They were well-received by those in attendance, ultimately being called back for five encores. Later the same year Taste would once more tour Europe before performing their last show on New Year's Eve in Belfast. In 1970 Taste split leaving front man Rory Gallagher to pursue his solo career until he passed away in June 1995. In the August 2006 issue of Blues in Britain it was revealed that John Wilson had made Taste active once again. Bass player Richard McCracken will join Wilson when available and they will be joined by Belfast guitarist and singer Sam Davidson on guitars. 'Artist Discography'
Triumph, a hard rock band out of Canada was popular in the late '70s thru '80s, remaining active through '93, and reforming in '08. Triumph, consisting of of Gil Moore (drums, vocals) and Mike Levine (bass, keyboards), and Rik Emmett (guitar, vocals, songwriter), produced 14 albums (excluding compilations), eight of which were certified Gold or Platinum. The band also received several Juno Awards and were Group of the Year in '79, and '85 -'87 consecutively.
Triumph went from the proverbial "High School Dance Band" to Festival Headliners in just 3 years, playing at the Canada Jam Festival for a six figure crowd in 1978. Originally signing with Canada's Attic Records they soon moved to, RCA, then MCA, TML, and Victory Records. While under the auspices of MCA their music became too complex to be effectively reproduced on stage, leading to some loss in following, and forcing the addition of Rick Santers (guitar, keyboard) to support their final tours.
In '88, Rik Emmett left the band and began a moderately successful solo venture. Triumph recruited Phil Xenidis, (guitar) in '92 and with Gil Moore remaining the primary songwriter and lead singer for the '92 album "Edge of Excess", receiving writing assistance from Mladen Borosak (guitar, producer). Rick Santers remained as touring keyboardist and singer for Triumph's '93 North American tour, picking up the mantle for Rik Emmett's vocal passages. The Edge of Excess album was received quite favorably by American audiences, but due to the subsequent and untimely collapse of Triumph's recording label (TML) the remaining members of Triumph effectively disbanded.
March '07, saw the induction of Triumph into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame with all the original members in attendance. After a 20 years separation, Triumph re-united to play at the Sweden Rock Festival in June 2008, following the induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as part of the Juno Awards. Released on May 18, 2010, Triumph's Greatest Hits: Remixed includes all of the Triumph classics. Thanx to Chuck H for the input on Triumph. 'Artist Discography'
Wolfmother - Australian hard rock band that formed in Erskineville, Sydney in 2000. Originally comprising vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett, the band has released one studio album – Wolfmother (2005) – which reached number three on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart. The album also won the 2005 J Award and ARIA Awards for Best Breakthrough Album and Best Rock Album in 2006. "Woman", a single from the album, won the band their first Grammy Award, for Best Hard Rock Performance, in 2007. In August 2008, Ross and Heskett left the band due to "irreconcilable personal and musical differences", though Stockdale stated that he would continue using the Wolfmother moniker with new members in the future. After a brief hiatus, as well as two low-key gigs under the alias "White Feather", new members were revealed in February 2009 – guitarist Aidan Nemeth, bassist and keyboardist Ian Peres and drummer Dave Atkins. A second album is currently estimated for a summer 2009 release. 'Artist Discography'
ZZ Top - The group members are Billy Gibbons (lead vocals, guitar), Dusty Hill (vocals, bass, keyboards), and Frank Beard (drums, percussion). They hold the nearly unique distinction of being among the few rock bands still composed of its original recording members for nearly 40 years.ZZ Top reached peak commercial success in the 1970s and 1980s, scoring many hit songs during that time, and are still touring and releasing albums to date. ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 2004. Summarizing their music, Cub Koda wrote, "As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers; Gibbons is one of America's finest blues guitarists working in the hard rock idiom ... while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support."
Their song lyrics often feature sexual innuendo and humor. Nearly as well-known as their music is the group's image: Gibbons and Hill are almost always pictured wearing sunglasses ( "Cheap Sunglasses"), similar if not matching clothing, and their trademark chest-length beards. In 1984, the Gillette Company reportedly offered Gibbons and Hill $1 million each to shave their beards for a television commercial but they declined, stating "We're too ugly without 'em".
The origin of the band's name was not officially known for many years, but rum ours abounded: a hybrid of two popular brands of rolling paper, Zig-Zag and 'Top'; a tribute to blues legend Z. Z. Hill; and Billy Gibbons perhaps witnessing the two words running together on a dilapidated billboard. The real origin--as told by Billy Gibbons and recorded in his book Rock + Roll Gearhead--is derived from the name of blues guitar master B. B. King. The band originally wanted to call themselves Z.Z. King, but thought it seemed too similar to their hero. They thus figured that "King" was also at the "top", and so settled on ZZ Top.
In July 2008, the band announced they have signed with producer Rick Rubin and are recording a new album. Rubin will be producing the next album, and it has been reported that the band will be aiming to move back to their pre-80's sound. 'Artist Discography'
Blink 182 - American rock trio formed in 1992 in Poway, California that predominantly plays pop punk music. The band, then known simply as "Blink", was originally composed of Tom DeLonge (vocals, guitar), Mark Hoppus (vocals, bass) and Scott Raynor (drums). In 1998, midway through a U.S. tour, drummer Travis Barker replaced Raynor. DeLonge left the group in early 2005, initiating an indefinite hiatus. DeLonge went on to form Angels & Airwaves, while Hoppus and Barker continued playing music together in +44. On February 8, 2009, Blink-182 announced that they are continuing as a band. Blink-182 is one of the bands to be featured in a documentary about modern punk music. The film, entitled One Nine Nine Four, is due to be released in 2009. At the 51st Grammy Awards ceremony on February 8, 2009, all three members of the band appeared onstage for the first time since December 2004. Barker announced the band's reformation, stating that "we used to play music together, and we decided we're going to play music together again," with Hoppus adding, "Blink-182 is back!" A message appearing on the band's website the same day confirmed the reformation and added that the band was in the studio writing and recording a new album and preparing for a world tour. The band also updated their "smiley face" logo to feature six arrows instead of the previous five. 'Artist Discography'
Buddy Holly/Crickets - Charles Hardin Holley, known professionally as Buddy Holly was an American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll. Although his success lasted only a year and a half before his death in an airplane crash, Holly is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll." His works and innovations were copied by his contemporaries and later musicians, notably The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan, and exerted a profound influence on popular music. Holly was in the first group of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Holly #13 among "The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time".
During the fall of 1949, Buddy met Bob Montgomery at Hutchinson Junior High School. They shared a common interest in music and soon teamed up as "Buddy and Bob". Initially influenced by bluegrass music, they sang harmony duets at local clubs and high school talent shows. Holly turned to rock music after seeing Elvis Presley perform in Lubbock in early 1955. On October 15, he opened on the same bill with Presley, also in Lubbock, catching the eye of a Nashville talent scout. Holly's transition to rock continued when he opened for Bill Haley & His Comets at a local rock show organized by Eddie Crandall. As a result of this performance, on February 8, 1956, Decca Records signed him to a contract, on which his last name was misspelled as "Holly". That spelling was then adopted for his professional career. Holly formed his own band, though at that time it had no name. It would later be called the Crickets.The Crickets were lead guitarist and vocalist Buddy Holly, drummer Jerry Allison, bassist Joe B. Mauldin, and rhythm guitarist Niki Sullivan. Sullivan dropped out after a little more than one year to resume his education. The Crickets, now a trio, continued to make stage and TV appearances, and recorded more songs, many composed by the band members themselves.
The band name "The Crickets" came about due to the fact that Holly had already recorded for another label under his own name, and to avoid legal problems he needed a new name for his group. As the Crickets recalled in John Goldrosen's book "The Buddy Holly Story," they were inspired by other groups named after birds, and then they thought of insects. It is worth noting that they almost chose the name "Beetles". Years later, The Beatles chose their band name partly in homage to The Crickets. 'Artist Discography'
Green Day - Green Day was originally part of the punk rock scene at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California, and has consisted of Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals, guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass guitar, vocals), and Tré Cool (drums, percussion) for the majority of its existence. Early releases for independent record label Lookout! Records earned them a grassroots fanbase, but their major label debut Dookie (1994) became a breakout success selling over 10 million copies in the U.S. alone, and 15 million copies sold worldwide. As a result, Green Day was widely credited, alongside fellow California punk bands The Offspring and Rancid, with reviving mainstream interest in and popularizing punk rock in the United States. Originally called Sweet Children, they changed the name after signing with Lookout! Records, where in 1989 they recorded their first EP, 1,000 Hours. Before 1,000 Hours was released, the band dropped the name Sweet Children, according to Livermore this was done in order to avoid confusion with another local band Sweet Baby. The band adopted the name Green Day, allegedly due to their fondness of marijuana
Green Day's sound is often compared to first wave punk bands such as the Ramones, The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, and the Buzzcocks. The majority of their song catalog is composed of distorted guitar, fast, manic drums, and relatively high-treble bass. Most of their songs are fast-paced and under four minutes. Billie Joe Armstrong has mentioned that some of his biggest influences are seminal alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü and The Replacements, and that their influence is particularly noted in the band's chord changes in songs
To date Green Day has sold over 65 million records worldwide, won three Grammy Awards; Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, and Record of the Year for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams". 'Artist Discography'
The Jam - English rock band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. While they shared the "angry young men" outlook and fast tempos of their punk rock contemporaries, The Jam wore neatly tailored suits rather than ripped clothes and incorporated a number of mainstream 1960s rock influences rather than rejecting them, placing them at the forefront of the mod revival movement.
The Jam formed in England, in 1972, consisting of Paul Weller on guitar and lead vocals together with various friends at Sheerwater Secondary School. They played their first gigs at Michael's, a local club. The line-up began to solidify in the mid 1970s with Weller, bassist Bruce Foxton, guitarist Steve Brookes and drummer Rick Buckler. In their early years, their sets consisted of covers of early American rock and roll songs by the likes of Chuck Berry and Little Richard. They continued in this vein until Weller discovered The Who’s "My Generation" and became fascinated with mod music and lifestyle. As he said later, "I saw that through becoming a Mod it would give me a base and an angle to write from, and this we eventually did. We went out and bought black suits and started playing Motown, Stax and Atlantic covers". Eventually Brookes left the band, and was not replaced. Up to this point Weller had been playing bass and Foxton had been the band's second guitar player; he persuaded Foxton to take over bass duties and developed a combined lead/rhythm guitar style influenced by The Who’s Pete Townshend as well as Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson. The line-up of Weller, Foxton, and Buckler would persist until the end of The Jam’s career. They were managed by Weller’s father, John Weller, who still manages Paul, who went onto a solo career. In an official press release in 2007, Foxton and Buckler announced that they were working on a new album and UK tour under the moniker "From The Jam - Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler." 'Artist Discography'
John Mayer Trio - American blues-rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 2005. Comprising singer-songwriter and guitarist John Mayer, bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan, the band has released one live album – Try! in 2005. Mayer formed the Trio to play, what he called, "power-rockin', electric-guitar, in-your-face blues." In October 2005 the band toured as the opening act for The Rolling Stones on some A Bigger Bang Tour dates. As feedback from the tour began pouring in, the reviews were a polarizing mix; commenting on the Trio's October 6, 2005 show, Alan Light, with Rolling Stone, said, "Make no mistake: One-time Berklee College of Music student Mayer is a bad ass guitar player. Backed by studio aces Steve Jordan on drums and Pino Palladino on bass...his blues playing was consistently impressive." "But", he added, "he's a bit too eager to impress."
In February 2005, the trio played Mayer's single "Daughters" at the 47th Grammy Awards, for which Mayer went on to win the award for Best Male Vocal Performance later that night (though the Trio performed, the act was announced only as "John Mayer"). The Trio teamed up for another performance on December 8, 2007, where John performed an acoustic set, a set with the Trio and then a set with his band. The performance is featured on Mayer's live DVD Where the Light Is, released on July 1, 2008. 'Artist Discography'
Muse - Since their inception, the band has comprised Matthew Bellamy (vocals, guitar, piano), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass guitar, vocals, keyboards) and Dominic Howard (drums, percussion). Muse are known best for their energetic live performances, and on June 16 and 17, 2007 became the first band to sell out the newly built Wembley Stadium in London. Muse have released four studio albums. Their fourth release, Black Holes & Revelations earned the band a Mercury Prize nomination and a third place finish in the NME Albums of the Year list for 2006. Muse have won many other music awards throughout their career, including five MTV Europe Music Awards, five Q Awards, six NME Awards, two BRIT awards and four Kerrang! Awards.
The members of Muse played in separate bands during their stay at Teignmouth Community College and Coombeshead College in the early 1990s. The formation of Muse began when Bellamy successfully auditioned for the part of guitarist in Dominic Howard's band. They asked Chris Wolstenholme, who played drums at the time, to learn to play bass guitar for the band. Wolstenholme agreed and took up lessons. In 1994, under the name Rocket Baby Dolls and with a goth/glam image, the group won a local battle of the bands contest, smashing their equipment in the process. "It was supposed to be a protest, a statement", Bellamy said, "so, when we actually won, it was a real shock. A massive shock. After that, we started taking ourselves seriously". Shortly after the contest, the three decided to forego university, quit their jobs, change the band name to Muse, and move away from Teignmouth.
Muse had tentatively started work on their fifth album in 2008. Drummer Dominic Howard explained that the band wrote a few tracks ahead of their headline V Festival slots (16-17 August) and would head back to their studio near Lake Como in Italy. Speaking to BBC 6music, Howard said, "We're working on new stuff and we're gonna have a couple of weeks off and then in about two weeks time we're back out to Italy to start writing again". He also added, "We've already done a few tracks and it sounds great, so we're just working towards the future". In September 2008, the band received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts each from the University of Plymouth for being recognized as "not only one of the most exciting live bands in the world, but also a band which pushes musical boundaries". 'Artist Discography'
Nirvana - With the lead single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from the band's second album Nevermind (1991), Nirvana entered into the mainstream, bringing along with it a sub-genre of alternative rock called grunge. Other Seattle grunge bands such as Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden also gained popularity, and as a result, alternative rock became a dominant genre on radio and music television in the United States during the early-to-mid-1990s. As Nirvana's frontman, Kurt Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the "spokesman of a generation", with Nirvana the "flagship band" of Generation X. Cobain was uncomfortable with the attention and placed his focus on the band's music, believing the band's message and artistic vision to have been mis-interpreted by the public, challenging the band's audience with its third studio album In Utero (1993).
Nirvana's brief run ended with Cobain's death in April 1994, but the band's popularity continued in the years that followed. In 2002, "You Know You're Right", an unfinished demo from the band's final recording session, topped radio play lists around the world. Since their debut, the band has sold over twenty-five million albums in the US alone, and over fifty million worldwide.
The band members were Kurt Cobain – vocals, guitar (1987–1994), Krist Novoselic – bass guitar (1987–1994), Dave Grohl – drums, backing vocals (1990–1994). Former members include; Aaron Burckhard – drums (1987–1988), Dale Crover – drums (1988, 1990), Dave Foster – drums (1988), Chad Channing – drums (1988–1990), Jason Everman – guitar (1989), Dan Peters – drums (1990), with additional touring members being; Pat Smear – guitar, backing vocals (1993–1994), Lori Goldston – cello (1993–1994), Melora Creager – cello (1994). 'Artist Discography'
Police - English three-piece rock band consisting of Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar), Andy Summers (guitar, vocals) and Stewart Copeland (drums, vocals, percussion). The band became globally popular in the early 1980s, playing a style of rock that was influenced by jazz, punk and reggae music. Their 1983 album, Synchronicity, was number one in the UK and the US and sold over 8,000,000 copies in the US. The band broke up in 1984, but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour lasting until August 2008, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their hit single "Roxanne" and also, to a lesser extent, that of their formation as a group. To date, The Police have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and were the highest earning musicians in the world during 2008, as a result of their reunion tour. Rolling Stone ranked The Police number 70 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
The Police were founded by American-born drummer Stewart Copeland in early 1977. After the demise of his progressive rock band Curved Air, Copeland was anxious to form a new three-piece group and join the burgeoning London punk scene. Singer-bassist Sting and guitarist Henry Padovani began rehearsing with Copeland in January 1977, and they recorded their first Police single, "Fall Out"/"Nothing Achieving," the following month. Acting Manager Paul Mulligan paid for the recording of the single. In March and April, the threesome toured as a support act for Cherry Vanilla as well as Wayne County & the Electric Chairs.
The Police, along with The Clash, are notable as one of the first mainstream white bands to adopt reggae as a predominant musical form, and to score major international hits with reggae-styled material. Although ska and reggae were already very popular in the United Kingdom, the style was little known in the United States or other countries. Prior to the emergence of the Police, only a handful of reggae songs — such as Eric Clapton's 1974 cover rendition of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" or Paul Simon's "Mother and Child Reunion" — had enjoyed any significant chart success.
The bleached blonde hair that would become a trademark of the band was a lucky accident, originating in February 1978. The band, desperate for money, was asked to do a commercial for Wrigley's Spearmint chewing gum on the condition that they dye their hair blonde, and for the more curious Sting's real name is Gordan Matthew Thomas Sumner. 'Artist Discography'
Soft Machine - The Soft Machine were one of England's original and best psychedelic bands, emerging out of the same "UFO Club" London scene at the same time as Pink Floyd. While the band would always undergo constant personnel and stylistic change, their best known lineup in their psychedelic days was the trio of Kevin Ayers-bass, guitar, vocals, Mike Ratledge-organ and Robert Wyatt-drums, vocals. The Soft Machine was formed in 1966 and for the first few gigs only, also featured American guitarist Larry Nowlin. This first Soft Machine line-up became involved in the early UK underground, featuring prominently at the UFO Club, and subsequently other London clubs like the Speakeasy and Middle Earth, and recorded the group's first single ' Love Makes Sweet Music', as well as some demo sessions that were released several years later.
Sharing the same management team as Jimi Hendrix, the band were rewarded with a support slot on the Experience's US tours throughout 1968. Soft Machine's first album - a psychedelic rock/proto-prog classic - was recorded in New York in April at the end of the first leg. Back in London, eventual The Police guitarist Andy Summers joined the group, fresh from his stint with Dantalian's Chariot (previously Zoot Money's Big Roll Band). After a few weeks of rehearsals, the new quartet began a tour of the USA with some solo shows before reuniting with Hendrix for a final string of dates in August-September 1968. Summers, however, had in the meantime been fired at the insistence of Ayers. Ayers departed amicably after the final date at the Hollywood Bowl, and for the remainder of 1968 Soft Machine was no more. Wyatt stayed in the US to record solo demos, while Ratledge returned to London and began composing.
Since 1988, a wealth of live recordings of Soft Machine have been issued on CD, with recording quality ranging from poor to excellent. In 2002, four former Soft Machine members - Hugh Hopper, Elton Dean, John Marshall and Allan Holdsworth - toured and recorded under the name Soft Works (initially called Soft Ware). From late 2004 onwards, with John Etheridge replacing Holdsworth, they toured and recorded as Soft Machine Legacy. They released three albums: Live in Zaandam (2005), the studio album Soft Machine Legacy (2006) and Live at the New Morning (2006). Although Elton Dean died in February 2006, the band has continued with Theo Travis (formerly of Gong and The Tangent) taking over. In December 2006, the new line-up recorded the album Steam in Jon Hiseman's studio, released by Moonjune Records in August 2007 before a European tour in autumn.
Graham Bennett's Soft Machine biography, Soft Machine: Out-Bloody-Rageous, was published in September 2005. In 2006 the book won an Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. 'Artist Discography'
Stray Cats - Predominantly a rockabilly band formed in 1979 by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer, with school friends Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom in the Long Island town of Massapequa, New York. The group had several hit singles in the UK and the US during the early 1980s. The group, whose style was based upon the sounds of Sun Records artists from the 1950s and heavily influenced by Bill Haley & His Comets, had little initial success in the New York music scene. When Setzer heard that there was a revival of the 1950s Teddy Boy youth subculture in England, the band moved to the UK. The band found themselves in the midst of a nascent rockabilly revival, with youth wearing drape jackets, brothel creepers and updating the 1950s look by using hair spray instead of grease to style their hair and by wearing bright, "loud" colours.
The Stray Cats have reunited periodically for live performances. Setzer is still part of his 1990s swing-revival band The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Rocker and Phantom went on to form Swing Cats as well as releasing some solo material. Slim Jim Phantom also plays the drums in another rockabilly band 13 Cats, as well as the Rock and Roll band The Head Cat with Lemmy (Motörhead) and Danny B. Harvey (13 Cats). The band was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 15, 2006. 'Artist Discography'
Violent Femmes - The Violent Femmes were founded by bassist Brian Ritchie and percussionist Victor DeLorenzo. They became a full-fledged band upon the arrival of Gordon Gano, lead vocalist and guitarist. In its early days, the band frequently played coffee houses and street corners. An alternative rock band, noted for laying the groundwork for folk punk, the band has had up to four members with the additions of singer, guitarist and songwriter Gordon Gano, and a second drummer, Guy Hoffman.
After their debut album Violent Femmes, they released Hallowed Ground, which moved the group towards a country music sound and introduced spiritual themes. Their third album, The Blind Leading the Naked, produced by fellow Milwaukee native Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads, was more mainstream and pop-oriented, resulting in a minor hit with "Children of the Revolution," originally by T. Rex. The group briefly disbanded, with Gano releasing an album in 1987, the result of a gospel side project Mercy Seat. Ritchie also released several solo LPs. The group came back together in late 1988, releasing 3, a return to the band's earlier, stripped-down sound, sans Hoffman. 'Artist Discography'
Crosby, Stills, & Nash - Composed of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, also known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) when joined by occasional fourth member Neil Young. They are noted for their intricate vocal harmonies, often tumultuous interpersonal relationships, political activism, and lasting influence on music and culture. Initially formed by the trio of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, the genesis of the group lies in two 1960s rock bands, The Byrds and The Hollies, and the demise of a third, Buffalo Springfield. Friction existed between David Crosby and his band mates in the Byrds, and he was dismissed from the Byrds in the fall of 1967. By early 1968, Buffalo Springfield had also disintegrated over personal issues, and after aiding in putting together the band’s final album, Stephen Stills found himself unemployed by the summer. He and Crosby began meeting informally and jamming, the results of one encounter in Florida on Crosby’s schooner being the song “Wooden Ships,” composed in collaboration with another guest, Paul Kantner.
Creatively frustrated with the Hollies, Nash decided to quit and throw his lot in with Crosby and Stills. After failing an audition with the Beatles' Apple Records, they were signed to Atlantic Records by Ahmet Ertegün, who had been a fan of Buffalo Springfield and was disappointed by that band's demise. From the outset, given their respective band histories, the trio decided not to be locked into a group structure, using their surnames as identification to ensure independence and a guarantee against the band simply continuing without one of them, as had both the Byrds and the Hollies after the departures of Crosby and Nash. Their record contract with Atlantic reflected this, positioning CSN with a unique flexibility unheard of for an untested group.
The trio's first album, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, was released in May 1969 and was an immediate hit, spawning two Top 40 hit singles and receiving key airplay on the new FM radio format. With the exception of drummer Dallas Taylor, Stills had handled the lion's share of the instrumental parts himself. It was a testament to his talent, but left the band in need of additional personnel to be able to tour, now a necessity given the debut album’s commercial impact.
Retaining Taylor, the band decided initially to hire a keyboard player, Stills at one point approached Steve Winwood, who was already occupied with a newly formed group Blind Faith. Atlantic label head Ahmet Ertegün suggested Canadian singer/songwriter Neil Young, also managed by Elliot Roberts, as a fairly obvious choice. Initial reservations were held by Stills and Nash, Stills owing to his history with Young in Buffalo Springfield, and Nash, due to his personal unfamiliarity with Young. But after several meetings, the trio expanded to a quartet with Young a full partner. The terms of the contract allowed Young full freedom to maintain a parallel career with his new back-up band, Crazy Horse. With Young on board, the restructured group went on tour in the late summer of 1969 through the following January. Their second gig was a baptism-by-fire at the Woodstock Festival; CSNY's recording of the Joni Mitchell song memorializing Woodstock would later become a hit and the recording most associated with the festival. By contrast, little mention is made of the group's subsequent appearance at Altamont, CSNY having escaped mostly unscathed from the fallout of that debacle.
CSNY's music unerringly reflected the tastes and viewpoints of the counterculture as the sixties changed into the seventies. By 1970, with protest against both the establishment and the Vietnam War gearing up, the group made no secret of their political leanings, Crosby in particular. The release of “Ohio” following the Kent State shootings in 1970 marked the boldest musical statement made to that date regarding the Vietnam War, calling out Richard Nixon by name and voicing the counterculture's rage and despair at the events. Between "Ohio", their appearance in both the festival and movie of Woodstock, and the runaway success of their two albums, the group found themselves in the position of enjoying a level of adulation far greater than experienced with their previous bands, as evidenced by the 27 Platinum certifications they received across 7 albums. 'Artist Discography'
Kingston Trio - The folk and pop music group that helped launch the folk revival of the late 1950s to early 1960s. The Kingston Trio was formed in 1957 in the Palo Alto, California, area by Dave Guard, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds, who were just out of college. Greatly influenced by The Weavers, the calypso sounds of Harry Belafonte and other folk artists such as the Gateway Singers and the Tarriers,, they were discovered playing at a Menlo College-area club, the Cracked Pot, by Frank Werber, a publicist then working at San Francisco's hungry i nightclub. He became their manager, and secured them a one-shot recording contract with Capitol Records. Shane would later tell concert audiences that the group first considered itself primarily a calypso group, and therefore named itself after the capital of Jamaica.
The group's music was simple and accessible, with much use of tight vocal harmony, signature riffs (often played on the banjo), and repetitive choruses. Capitol producer Voyle Gilmore enhanced their vocal sound with reverb and the relatively new process of double tracking, in which the performers sang along with their own prerecorded part to produce a stronger sound than with a single voice, in part due to a natural gap of a fraction of a second between the original recording and the overdubbed part. At first, pairs of tape recorders were used, then later multi-track recording machines, to produce the effect.
The Trio disbanded after a final performance at the hungry i on June 17, 1967 (skipping an encore to attend the nearby Monterey Pop Festival). Shane, the lone member to resist the breakup, started a new group, The New Kingston Trio, in 1969 with Jim Connor and Pat Horine. He eventually reached a contractual agreement with his former partners, Guard, Reynolds, and Werber, to secure and license once again the original name, The Kingston Trio, in 1976.(Blake et al. 1986.) Shane continues to have rights to the name as of 2008. 'Artist Discography'
Peter, Paul, & Mary - One of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s. The trio is composed of Peter Yarrow, Noel "Paul" Stookey and Mary Travers. In the decades prior to the ‘60s, mostly due to the groundwork of Woody Guthrie, the Weavers and Pete Seeger, folk music became identified with social and political issues. Folk music became somewhat subdued during the Senator Joe McCarthy witch-hunting era of the late ‘50s and by the time Peter, Paul and Mary arrived on the scene, folk was merely as a side-bar to pop music which employed acoustic instruments. At this critical historic juncture, with the nation still recovering from the McCarthy era, the Civil Rights Movement taking shape, the Cold War heating up and a burgeoning spirit of activism in the air, Peter Yarrow, Noel (Paul) Stookey and Mary Travers came together to focus these cross currents and reclaim the music's nature as a social, cultural and political force.
The trio broke up in 1970 to pursue solo careers, but found little of the success they had experienced as a group, although Stookey's "The Wedding Song (There is Love)" (written for Yarrow's marriage to Marybeth McCarthy, the niece of senator Eugene McCarthy) was a hit and has become a wedding standard since its 1971 release. In 1978, they reunited for a concert to protest nuclear energy, and have recorded albums together and toured since. They currently play around 45 shows a year. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.
The trio became political activists for their commitment to peace in Central America and for supporting musically and personally the peace and social justice movement in America. They were awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience on September 1, 1990. 'Artist Discography'
Terry Robb Acoustic Blues Trio - Terry Robb began his career in Portland as a guitarist who could play any style of music. At an early age, inspired by his uncle, a professional swing guitarist, Robb immersed himself in all the blues, ragtime, folk, jazz, and country music he could lay his guitar-picking fingers on. In college, he studied music theory with the Czechoslovakian modern classical composer Tomas Svoboda; but once classes ended, Robb hit the road with Frank Zappa/Captain Beefheart alumnus Ramblin’ Rex Jakabosky, who taught him new theories: the ropes of the Northwest club scene. In the early 1980s, he struck up a friendship with the legendary John Fahey, who soon asked Robb to play on and produce several of his recordings, including the extraordinary Let Go, cited by Kurt Loder of Rolling Stone as one of the top three releases of 1983 – right alongside Prince’s Purple Rain and Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. Throughout the decade, Robb and Fahey collaborated on several albums, including Time God Casualty and Old Girlfriends and Other Horrible Memories.
The 1990s found Robb focusing on his own career and collaborating with fellow Oregonian Curtis Salgado on Hit It and Quit It. During this time Robb embarked on a series of national tours with stellar musicians including Buddy Guy and rocker Steve Miller, concluding the run with an appearance on the Conan O’Brien Show. In the studio, he contributed to a number of Grammy and Emmy award-winning projects, including producing a song for the Robert Redford blockbuster The Horse Whisperer, and later producing a W.C. Handy-nominated album for blues-woman Sheila Wilcoxson. The Terry Robb Trio consists of; Terry Robb (bottleneck guitar, guitar, vocals), Alan Hager (guitar, vocals), and Greg Fisher (drums). 'Artist Discography'
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