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Boston

During the 1970's and 1980's there was an American rock band known as Boston. Tom Scholz was the guitarist and songwriter. Tom was an MIT engineering graduate who worked at Polaroid and he began to make recordings in his home recording studio. He was accompanied by guitarist Barry Goudreau, drummer Jim Masdea, and singer Ron Patti (formerly from the band Boston Creme). Some of their early songs were, More than A Feeling, Hitch A Ride, Peace Of Mind, Foreplay/Long Time, and Rock & Roll Band. Scholz was not satisfied with the sound they were getting from the recording equipment so he began building and designing his own. The first set of tapes did not get any response from any of the record companies but the next group got the attention of executives at Epic Records. Scholz played guitar, Brad Delp was the singer, and Masdea played the drums. Masdea was replaced with Sib Hashian because Epic records were dissatisfied with Masdea on the drums. Epic also insisted that Scholz re-record the tapes in a professional recording studio with a full band, so they hired Fran Sheehan as their bass guitar player. Scholz duped the record company and re-recorded seven of the tracks in his own home studio.

The Boston debut album which was released in 1976 was a big success and ranked as one of the best selling debut albums in the United States history. The album sold over 17 million copies. In the summer of 1976 Boston toured with Black Sabbath and Moxy. After that they began a worldwide tour to support their new album. The hit single from the album, More than a Feeling was a top 10 hit and two other songs from the album were in the top 40. They were, Peace of Mind, and Foreplay/Long Time. The album peaked at number 3 on the Billboart charts. Two years later (in 1978) their second album, Don’t Look Back, was released by Epic. This album sold over 4 million copies in the first month. Boston went on to release several other albums in the middle of fighting an bickering and lawsuits among the band and the record companies. Their third album contained the song, Amanda, which became the lead single in 1986 after Scholz signed a new contract with MCA records. The album was a big hit and became the strongest Boston release at the time. The album, Third Stage, and the single, Amanda, both went to number 1 on the Billboard charts and the singles, We’re Ready, and Can’tcha Say, were top 10 and top 20 on the list. Third stage sold over 4 million copies so far.