Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, philanthropist, dancer and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop.
Cheap Trick released their debut album in 1977 and first found success in Japan with the release of their second album, In Color, later that year. The band didn’t achieve mainstream popularity in the U.S. until 1979 with their breakthrough album Cheap Trick at Budokan. Over the course of their career the band has experienced several resurgences of popularity and has toured consistently, playing over 5,000 shows. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.
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While the band’s early work was mainstream progressive rock, they would enjoy greater commercial success when they incorporated more conventional and radio-friendly elements into their work in the mid-1970’s, going on to sell more than 60 million albums. They reached their commercial peak with 1979’s Breakfast in America, which has sold more than 20 million copies.
The Cars were at the forefront in merging 1970’s guitar-oriented rock with the new synthesizer-oriented pop that was then becoming popular and which would flourish in the early 1980’s. Robert Palmer, music critic for The New York Times and Rolling Stone, described the Cars’ musical style by saying: “they have taken some important but disparate contemporary trends—punk minimalism, the labyrinthine synthesizer and guitar textures of art rock, the 50’s rockabilly revival and the melodious terseness of power pop—and mixed them into a personal and appealing blend.”