American melodic hard rock outfit formed in 1976 by vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (b. Joseph Linquito, 2 August 1951, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA) and guitarist Rick Blakemore. Enlisting the services of Larry Dawson (keyboards), Bob Danyls (bass) and Abe Speller (drums), they signed to RCA Records the following year. They produced four albums in four years, with each successive release featuring more accomplished and memorable compositions. Influenced by Kiss, Deep Purple, Journey and Styx, their style was rigidly formularized and geared to US FM radio playlists. The band disintegrated in 1981, with Turner going on to work with Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force and Deep Purple, as well as pursuing a solo career. Blakemore was killed in a car crash in the early 80s.
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