One of my favorite albums growing up was the self-titled debut album by Boston. It still is one of my favorites, and it was the best-selling debut album in history until Guns ‘N Roses released “Appetite For Destruction.”
Before becoming a successful rock musician, Scholz earned his Bachelor’s degree and his Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, better known by the acronym M.I.T. While working for Polaroid as a senior product design engineer during the day, he built a recording studio in an apartment building basement and began recording demo tapes at night. After six unsuccessful years of being turned down by many record labels, he finally received interest from Epic Records, who signed Scholz and lead singer Brad Delp to a recording contract. Most of Boston’s debut album was recorded right there in that basement recording studio, often using electronic devices invented and built by Scholz. The album was released in August 1976 and broke sales records, selling more than 17 million albums in the U.S.A. alone.
Boston’s follow-up album, “Don’t Look Back,” which Scholz has described as a “rush job,” sold about 7 million copies in the U.S. And, while Scholz was working on material for a third Boston album, he was sued by his record label for breach of contract. The lawsuit slowed production and recording of the album, which was finally released six years later, in September of 1986. The album “Third Stage,” produced Boston’s only #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, “Amanda.”
Here are some of Boston’s biggest hits as we celebrate the birthday of the band’s founder and only remaining member, Tom Scholz.
That’s their debut single, “More Than A Feeling,” which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. They followed that up with this #22 single.
The third single released from their self-titled debut album cracked the Top 40, peaking at #38.
The lead single from the band’s second studio album was the title track, which peaked at #4 in 1978.
The follow-up single from “Don’t Look Back” was this power ballad, which reached #31.
The band’s first single release in six years went all the way to #1 during the MTV decade, even though their was no promotional video released to music video channels.
“We’re Ready” was the follow-up single from “Third Stage,” and it became Boston’s final top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9 in 1987.
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