ACE FREHLEY The first lead guitarist with KISS. KISS auditioned over 60 lead players. Ace quit KISS after making the “I Love It Loud” video. His face appears on the “Creatures of the Night” album cover, but he did not play on it. Ace rejoined KISS in February of 1996.
TOM SCHOLZ from the band Boston was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
CREED was the first band in history to have four number-one rock singles from a debut album.
PRINCE, best known as eccentric pop star. Top sellers “1999” and “When Doves Cry”. On many songs Prince played all the instruments himself. In the 1990s he changed his name to The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, then to an unpronouncable symbol, in 2000 he changed his name back to Prince.
FALCO got his stage name after an East German skier, Falko Weisspflog. Falco was Austria’s most popular musical export, on the merits of two bizzare singles, 1983’s “Der Kommissar,” rapped in German, and 1986’s “Rock Me Amadeus,” who’s video showed him strutting around as a punk Mozart. “Der Kommissar” found huge success on US radio after being re-recorded by “After The Fire” in 1983. Falco died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on February 6, 1998.
JERRY GARCIA’s death was marked by a tie-dyed flag flying at half-mast in front of San Francisco’s City Hall.
BARRY MANILOW got his start playing piano for Bette Midler
RINGO STARR, Drummer with “The Beatles”. First drummed in the band “Rory Storm and the Hurricanes”. It was Rory who suggested that he change his name to a flashier stage moniker. Because of his penchant for wearing rings on his fingers, his name evolved into “Rings” which quickly morphed into “Ringo”, Starkey became shortened to Starr. He played with “The Beatles” for the first time ever on 18 August 1962. and the rest as they say, is history!
LOU REED underwent electroshock therapy as a teenager in an unsuccessful bid to control his mood swings.
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD got it’s name from the landmark Grand Trunk Railroad in Michigan. The members dropped “Railroad” in 1973, only to add it back again in 1976
ROBERTA FLACK’s No. 1 hit song “Killing Me Softly With His Song” was written about attending a Don McLean Performance.
SPENCER DAVIS from the Spencer Davis Group was a college lecturer by day and guitarist by night and formed his band in 1963
BIG BOPPER was most frequently remembered for his untimely death with Richie Valens and Buddy Holly in a plane crash. It was his creative energy that drove the early days of rock and roll.
RAY CHARLES had hits such as “Hit the Road Jack” 1961 and “Georgia on my Mind” 1960, for which he won a Grammy. He lost his sight at age 7 due to glaucoma that went untreated. He appeared in the movie “The Blues Brothers” in 1980, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
ELVIS COSTELLO was best known for album “My Aim is True”, which now has a new wave punk classic, including the hit singles “Alison” and “Watching the Detectives”.