Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison

A rock and roll pioneer, Roy Orbison left us with a catalog of songs that touched the hearts of generations. With his characteristic dark sunglasses, deep vibrato (with the occasional punctuating falsetto), “The Big O,” as he was nicknamed, produced hits that regularly broke the Top Ten, hits that were a touchstone for generations of the lovelorn and heartbroken. Continue reading...

The Monkees

The Monkees

Whenever something is a resounding success, there will always be imitators that follow. Often they pale in comparison to the original, but in the rare case, it turns out that the imitator has a charm and appeal all its own. Such was the case with The Monkees. Yes, they were Hollywood's answer to The Beatles, but still quirky and original enough to make millions of their own fans along the way. Continue reading...

Boston

Boston

If one wanted to hear the rebellious, in-your-face spirit of Bostonians, one needed to look no further than the gritty guitar sounds on the debut album by the 70s supergroup aptly named Boston. A technological marvel filled with plenty of ear candy, this hybrid of hard rocking and heartwarming ballads catapulted Boston to the top of the charts. Continue reading...

John Cougar Mellencamp

John Cougar Mellencamp

Despite countless obstacles along the way, John Cougar Mellencamp persevered all the way to the top, managing to carve out a personalized fusion of folk, rock and country music that landed him numerous hits - and made him the voice of millions of ordinary folks struggling to make their own way. Continue reading...

J. Geils Band

J. Geils Band

In the late 60's, there was a whole lot of that crazy hippie music wafting through the East Coast air. But if you found yourself in the decidedly un-wimpy Boston, in front of the decidedly un-wimpy J. Geils Band, you might just forget about that hippie music. These guys were known for their tough, sweaty rock and roll, and their pumping-fist fans ate it up. Continue reading...

A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day’s Night

The Beatles are such an accepted part of pop culture that it's easy to forget how dramatic their rise to worldwide fame was. The eruption of Beatlemania in the early 60s shook up the entertainment world in a way that few overnight sensations have before or since. Inevitably, the 'Fab Four' ended up in a movie designed to capitalize on their success. Released in 1964, A Hard Day's Night is so good that it stands on its own. In fact, many film fans consider it to be the greatest rock and roll musical of all time. Continue reading...

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

With a knack for setting trends and scoring hits, Billy Idol made his mark in the 80s by blurring the boundaries between punk, hard rock and pop. Coupled with his bad boy image and trademark sneer, his music videos quickly became part of the regular rotation of an emerging presence called MTV and, in the process, made him one of the decade's biggest stars. Continue reading...

Van Halen

Van Halen

The world has its fair share of talented rock musicians, but very few achieve the heights attained by Van Halen. With slick songwriting, a dose of lounge act humor, and one the finest guitarists of the genre, Van Halen has filled arenas for decades. Even when they replaced their iconic and flamboyant frontman, a move that would spell the demise of most bands, Van Halen continued forward undaunted, thrilling audiences around the world with incendiary performances that few have equaled. Continue reading...