Canadian hard rock outfit formed in 1978 by Mike Reno (Joseph Michael Rynoski, 8 January 1955, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; vocals), Paul Dean (b. 19 February 1946, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; guitar), Doug Johnston (b. 19 December 1957, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; keyboards), Scott Smith (b. Donald Scott Smith, 13 February 1955, d. November 2000, California, USA; bass) and Matthew Frenette (b. 7 March 1954, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; drums). Reno was formerly with Moxy, and Dean and Frenette had been members of Streetheart, a melodic AOR/heavy rock band. With this pedigree, Loverboy was signed up by Columbia Records in March 1980. Producer Bruce Fairbairn helped them to record a self-titled album that was to set Loverboys standard for years to come. It was an US styled melodic hard rock collection that also dipped into reggae and jazz moods. Buoyed by the US hit singles Turn Me Loose (number 35) and The Kid Is...
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