Head East

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": classic rock rock hard rock 70s alternative rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Allmusic Lyrics Wikipedia

Biography

An example of stubborn belligerence ensuring longevity despite limited musical identity, Head East persevered on the Midwest, USA circuit for several years, releasing a sequence of competent hard rock albums without ever making the transition to international fame that peers such as REO Speedwagon enjoyed. Originally from south central Illinois, Roger Boyd (keyboards), Larry Boyd (bass), Steve Huston (drums), John Schlitt (3 February 1950, Lincoln, Illinois, USA; vocals) and Dan Piper (guitar) played together as the Timeations, before changing their name to Head East in August 1969. The classic Head East line-up came together in 1974, with Roger Boyd, Schlitt and Huston joined by Mike Somerville (guitar) and Dan Birney (bass). They cultivated a highly commercial hard rock sound that made them perfect for AOR radio. Critics were less appreciative of their earnest, hard driving sound (reflected in lyrics which dwelled on domestic and romantic themes), but their live...

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