Personalities | Boston | Seventies | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1976–present)

A mainstream American rock band whose meticulously layered music was largely the brainchild of songwriter, guitarist and producer Tom Scholz, Boston’s line-up was completed by Brad Delp (vocals), Barry Goudreau (guitar), Sib Hashian (drums) and Fran Sheehan (bass). The all-conquering first album Boston released in 1976 became the biggest-selling debut of all time and yielded the hit single ‘More Than A Feeling’. Ever the perfectionist, Scholz considered the follow up, Don’t Look Back, which appeared in 1978 – when a two-year gap between albums was regarded as excessive – to be a rush job for which he blamed record company Epic. Exactly duplicating its predecessor’s formula, the album sold seven million copies.

Eight years later, Boston’s next album, Third Stage (1986), emerged boasting the US No. 1 single ‘Amanda’. For 1994’s Walk On Delp was replaced as vocalist by Fran Cosmo, although he returned for Corporate America (2002). Delp committed suicide in 2007.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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