Certain artists have been with KISW from the start, many of which you still hear today! Not all have what it takes to survive the decades, but some do... with movies, posthumous albums, books, and new line-ups. So please read closely, because we wouldn't want you to miss any of it!
Allman Brothers BandThe Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969 by brothers Duane and Greg Allman. Considered one of the great forefathers of Southern Rock, George Kimball of Rolling Stone magazine even hailed them as "the best damn rock and roll band this country has produced in the past five years". Group founder Duane Allman died in 1971, and bassist Oakley died a year later.
Bachman Turner OverdriveFrom the ashes of The Guess Who, BTO was born. In the 1970s, the band had five Top 40 albums and six Top 40 singles. The band has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, and has won fans who are affectionately known as "Gearheads".
Bad CompanyBad Company was founded in 1973 and consisted of band members from Free (including Paul Rodgers), King Crimson, and Mott The Hoople. Bad Company was the first signing to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records and were also managed by Peter Grant, who had guided Led Zeppelin to success. Bad Company dominated the airwaves and offered some of the best groove-based blues rock to be found in the 1970s.
Black SabbathThey originally formed as a heavy blues rock band named Earth. Black Sabbath eventually became known as the "grandfathers of metal". After they began incorporating occult and horror-inspired lyrics with tuned-down guitars and changed their name, they achieved multi-platinum success in the 1970s. In addition to these occult and horror themes, they also composed songs dealing with social and political issues, such as drugs and war. Ozzy Osbourne fronted Black Sabbath through their eighth studio studio album, Never Say Die, which was released in 1978.
A locally successful Detriot-area artitist, Bob Seger put together The Silver Bullet Band, which was an evolving group of local musicians. It was with this band that he became most successful. In 1976, he achieved national fame with two albums, the live record Live Bullet and the studio-recorded Night Moves. A roots rocker with a classic, raspy shouting voice, Seger was originally inspired by Little Richard and Elivis Presley, along with James Brown. He wrote and recorded songs dealing with blue collar themes and has had many rock n' roll hits, including "Night Moves", "Turn the Page" and "Like A Rock".
BostonHailing from Boston, Massacusetts, the guys from Boston were the kings of rock radio in the 1970s. They centered around keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer/mad scientist Tom Scholz. They have sold over 31 million albums in the United States, of which 17 million are their self-titled debut album and 7 million are their second album, Don’t Look Back.
Bruce Springsteen, who has earned the nickname "The Boss", has become known for his Americana-inspired lyrics and his heartland rock style. Born In The USA and Born To Run are his most successful studio albums to date. The subjects of their content deal with some of the struggles of blue collar American life. He has sold more than 65 million albums in the US and over 120 million albums worldwide.