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Levi Brown–People and Music–Tom Scholz and the legend of Boston

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Editor’s note: It is no understatement to say that one of the greatest records of the classic rock era was the debut self-titled album, Boston. At the time, the record was the largest selling debut of all time and spawned such staples of rock radio like More Than A Feeling, Peace of Mind and Long Time. It should be noted that to many, it is the definitive sound of the 70’s…one that endures today…and is still the only CD that our adviser Mr.Kocur plays on a daily basis in his car. “It’s the only music I listen to…the only music I need,” Kocur says.


In the year of 1976, a band by the name of Boston would be found. The band would be founded by Tom Scholz. Tom would also be the lead guitarist, songwriter, keyboardist, and producer of the band. The band’s lineup consisted of backup guitarist of the band was Barry Goudreau, drummer Jim Masdea, and vocalist Brad Delp.


The band would debut with the album Boston (Named after band). The album was released on July 25th, 1976. At this time the band was signed to Label company Epic. It is in 2nd place for the best-selling debut album of all time, behind Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction. The album has sold around 20 million copies worldwide and has been certified 17X Platinum (17 times) by the US Recording Industry Association of America. It peaked at #3 in the US Billboard 200, with the single More than a Feeling reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976.


The band’s next album would be titled Don’t Look Back. This album was released in August 1978. It was released on Epic, and sold 4 million copies in the first month of its release. The album peaked at #1 for US Billboard 200 and #1 for Canada RPM 100 albums. It was certified 7X platinum on April 11th, 1996 for selling over 7 million copies worldwide.


The band’s third album would be titled Third Stage. It was released on September 23th, 1986. Instead of being signed with Epic this time, the band switched over to MCA Records. The album would peak at #1 for the Canadian Top Albums & US Billboard 200 for 1986. The single Amanda peaked at #1 for US Billboard Hot 100 in 1986. The album would be certified 4X Platinum on February 26th, 1987 in the USA, and 3X Platinum on December 20th, 1986 in Canada.


The band’s next album would be titled Walk On. It was released on June 7th, 1994. It was released on MCA Records. The album peaked at #7 for US Billboard 200. The single I Need Your Love peaked at #4 for Mainstream Rock Tracks in 1994.

In 2002, the band released Corporate America, an album that found a new listening audience in college crowds with the title track and the Delp-led “I Had a Good Time.” Sadly, Delp committed suicide but the band still tours and enjoys incredible success with new lead singer Tommy Decarlo, a singer who was discovered via youtube and sounds a great deal like Brad. The band was here in August and is aiming for 2013 as the year in which a new Boston CD will hit shelves.


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Levi Brown–People and Music–Tom Scholz and the legend of Boston