When one thinks of Boston probably some of the things that come to mind is baked beans, chowder, the Red Sox and the Celtics. When it comes to music probably the first name that comes to mind is the group that takes their name from the city, Boston. Boston’s debut album, Boston, released on August 8, 1976, ranks as the best-selling debut album in U.S. history with over 17 million copies sold.
But they aren’t the most successful band to come out of Boston. That would be Areosmith, who are sometime referred to as “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.”
Another Rock band that came out of Boston in the 70s was Cars. Their debut album was also self titled and was released on June 6, 1978. Songs from that album such as ‘Just What I Needed’ and ‘My Best Friend’s Girl” are still played on a regular rotation on rock radio.
New Edition formed in Boston in 1978. And could be considered the first of the boy bands of the 80s & 90s.
In 1983, its members were Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ralph Tresvant.
Tavares, five brothers (Ralph, Feliciano, Arthur, Antone, and Perry Lee) came from Boston during the days of Disco and is best known for their ‘Saturday Night Fever’ hit, ‘More than a Woman’.
Although best known for his ‘surf guitar’ of the early 1960’s, Dick Dale was born in Boston and lived there for his first 16 years of life. He moved with his family to California in 1954.