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• • • • • • Tradewinds • TW4 Website Members Past members Styx is an American band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known for melding the style of pop rock and hard rock with the power of a hard-rock guitar balanced with acoustic guitar, synthesizers mixed with acoustic piano, upbeat tracks with power ballads, and incorporating elements of international musical theatre.
Styx is best known for the hit songs ', ', ', ', ' and '. Other major hits include ', ', and '. Styx has had 4 consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the as well as 16 top 40 singles in the US, 8 of which hit the top 10.
Contents • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Early years [ ] At 12 years of age, twin brothers (bass) and (drums) first played music together with their 14-year-old neighbor (vocals and keyboards) while living in the area, eventually using the band name 'The Tradewinds'. Chuck left to attend school for a year but returned to the group by 1964. Tom Nardin had been brought in to replace Chuck on guitar, and Chuck decided to play bass guitar when he returned to the band.
John Panozzo was the drummer, while Dennis DeYoung had switched from accordion to organ and piano; in 1965, the Tradewinds name was changed to TW4 (There Were 4) after another band,, achieved fame nationally. By 1966, the Panozzo brothers had joined DeYoung at and kept the group together by performing at high schools and fraternity parties while studying to be teachers; in 1969 they added a college friend,, on guitar after Tom Nardin departed. Guitarist came aboard in 1970, making TW4 a quintet. In 1972 the band members decided to choose a new name when they signed to after being spotted by a talent scout at a concert at St.
John of the Cross Parish in (James Young's hometown). Several suggestions were made and, according to DeYoung, the name Styx was chosen because it was 'the only one that none of us hated'. Wooden Nickel years [ ] The band's (1972), (1973), (1973) and (1974) were a mixture of straight-ahead rock with some dramatic flourishes and aspirations.
These albums showcase intricate [ ] and powerful [ ] organ, guitar, vocal and percussion solos as well. Would foreshadow [ ] later endeavors by the group—the is an upon which Styx would rely heavily by the 1980s. On the strength of these releases and constant playing in local clubs and schools, the band established a fan base in the Chicago area, but was unable to break into the mainstream, though the song 'Best Thing' from Styx charted on 9-16-72 and stayed on Billboard's 'Hot 100' chart for 6 weeks, peaking at #82. Then, the ' (from Styx II), began to earn some radio time, first on in in 1974 and then nationwide. In the spring of 1975, nearly two years after the album had been released, 'Lady' hit No. 6 in the US and Styx II went gold soon after. Move to A&M [ ] On the heels of its belated hit single, Styx signed with and released (1975), which sold well and yielded a minor hit in ', No. 27 in the US.
More importantly, it contained the rock anthem ', which gained the band considerable recognition and airplay on in the relatively new (AOR) format. Following the move to A&M, guitarist suddenly left the band as they were to embark on a nationwide tour in December 1975, due to his desire to spend time with his family. After a frantic last-minute search, the band brought in guitarist as Curulewski's replacement. (1976), the first album to feature Shaw, was moderately successful. The album showcased the band's newest member, as Shaw's ' was another minor hit, reaching No. 36, and the album's title track, also written and sung by Shaw, quickly became another AOR hit. Breakthrough [ ] Styx's seventh album,, was released on July 7, 1977, (7/7/77) and became their breakthrough album, reaching.
It spawned a top-ten hit and radio staple in the -written ', which reached #8 in 1978. Virtual Dj Cut Effect Free there. Shaw's ' was a second radio hit and reached #29 the same year. The title track also received significant airplay. Through the late 1970s and early 1980s, the band enjoyed its greatest success, their 1978 album found the group moving in a more straight-ahead hard-rock direction and spawned three Shaw sung hit singles ' (#16 in the US) and ' (#21 in the US), plus a minor hit ' that stopped just short of the Top Forty at #41.