This Los Angeles, USA heavy metal band was put together by vocalist Don Dokken (29 June 1953). His first break came when producer Dieter Dierks recruited him to supply (eventually unused) back-up vocals on the ScorpionsBlackout in 1982. Dierks then allowed Dokken the remaining studio time to produce demos. These rough recordings impressed Carrere Records enough to secure him a contract, and he enlisted the services of guitarist George Lynch (b. 28 September 1954), drummer Mick Brown and bass player Juan Croucier (who later left to form Ratt and was replaced by Jeff Pilson) to form Dokken. The bands intimate fusion of hard rock, melody and atmospherics led to a major label contract with Elektra Records. They remixed and re-released their Carrere debut, Breaking The Chains, which made the lower end of the US Billboard album chart. Thereafter, Elektra allowed the band a substantial recording budget, with producers Michael Wagener, Geoff Workman, Tom...
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