Styxis an American rock band which was most popular in the 1970's and 1980's. The band was formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1961. They were known then as The Tradewinds, and they performed in local bars while they went to college at Chicago State University. The members consisted of brothers, Chuck and John Panozzo (guitar and drum players), Dennis DeYoung (vocalist, keyboard, piano, and accordion player). The group changed their name briefly to, TW4. Chuck decided to play bass guitar and the group recruited members, James Young, and John Curulewski (guitar players and vocalists). They decided to change their name again and this time decided on, Styx. They also signed with Wooden Nickel Records label. They chose the name Styx, because from a list, it was the only one that none of them hated.
The group released the albums, Styx (in 1972), Styx II (in 1973), The Serpent id Rising (in 1973), and Man of Miracles (in 1974). The songs were a mixture of straight rock, prog rock, and art rock. The band established a fan base by promoting these four albums and playing in clubs and schools, in the Chicago area. They could not quite break into the mainstream until their song from Styx II, called, Lady, faired some radio time on WLS In Chicago, and then nationwide. In the spring of 1975, Lady reached the top 10 on the charts and a little while later, Styx II went gold. Styx signed with A&M Records a little later and released the album called, Equinox. This album sold well and from it came several minor hits. They were, Lorelei and Light Up. Just before they were to go on a nationwide tour, Curulewski left the group ans was replaced with singer, songwriter, and guitar player, Tommy Shaw. The next album was, Crystal Ball, released in 1976, and it was moderately successful.
Styx continued to release albums and singles and in 1979 they got their first number one hit. It was a ballad called, Babe, and it was written by DeYoung, for his wife’s birthday. The song reached number 6 in the U. K., in 1980. It was also their first international hit and it was the first single to sell a million copies. Tensions were beginning to mount among the members because they disagreed about the style of music they should sing. They released a live album in 1984 called, Paradise Theatre, but the band had already split up before it was released. From the album came the studio track, Music Time, and it became a top 40 hit. Styx reunited in 1990 with Glen Burtnik taking Shaw’s place. They toured across the U. S., then split up again. Some of the Styx members are still performing and Styx was to tour with Def Leppard, and Foreigner in 2007. They received the Lifetime Achievement Award from IEBA, in Nashville, Tennesee, in October, 2007. The group released 15 albums and 29 singles.
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