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!
Elton JohnElton John is an English singer, composer and pianist, and has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967. They have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his four-decade career, John has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time.
Eric ClaptonThe guitar god, Eric Clapton, broke new barriers in the 1970s, starting out with the English blues rock band Blind Faith. Clapton also created Derek And The Dominos, who only released one studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. The album featured prominent contributions from guest guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. This record and the song “Layla” are career defining moments for Clapton. For most of the 70s, his music bore the influence of the mellow style of J.J. Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. The Eric Clapton cover version of the Bob Marley song "I Shot the Sheriff" helped win the reggae style a mass market.
Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac's second wave of success in the 70s came through after the incorporation of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. In 1977, Rumours produced four US Top 10 singles, including Nicks' song "Dreams" which was the band's first and only US #1. The record remained at #1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks, as well as achieving the top spot in various countries around the world. To date, the album has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it the ninth-highest selling album of all time.
FoghatFoghat, a British band, reached the height of their success in the 1970s. With their heavy use of electric and electric slide guitar, their style could be called blues rock and has also been described as "boogie-rock". They maintained a large fan base during the disco era until their popularity began to fade in the early 1980s. Foghat achieved five gold records.
Formed by English musicians Mick Jones and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald with American vocalist Lou Gramm in 1976, Foreigner was a British-American rock band. They have sold more than 70 million albums worldwide, with over 37.5 million in the United States alone.
Golden Earring, a Dutch rock band, was founded in 1961 and called Golden Earrings until the "s" was dropped in 1969. In the Netherlands, they had over 40 hits and achieved more than 30 gold and platinum albums. The band saw international chart successes with the songs "Radar Love", "Twilight Zone", and "When the Lady Smiles".
HeartHeart was the band of locals who initially gained success in Canada. The group rose to fame in the 1970s with their music being influenced by hard rock and folk music, as well as a massive love for Led Zeppelin. The 70s were an explosive time for Heart with 1976’s Dreamboat Annie, 1977’s Little Queen, and 1978’s Magazine and Dog & Butterfly.
Jefferson Airplane was founded in San Francisco in 1965, and was the first band from the area to gain considerable commerical success. Considered a leading band in the psychedelic rock movement, they played at all of the most famous rock festivals that took place in the 1960s, including Woodstock. This success in the 60s lead to increasing popularity in the 70s and 80s, and eventually spawned two successive bands, Jefferson Starship and Starship. In 1996, Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Jimi Hendrix is considered the greatest electric guitarist in musical history and his music continues to inspire musicians across many different genres. He gained fame in Europe with The Jimi Hendrix Experience and soon began to win over American fans after his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. He went on to play many of the most famous rock festivals in the late 1960s, including Woodstock. His last public performance was an informal jam at a jazz club in Soho with Eric Burdon's funk-rock band, War. Hendrix died on September 18th, 1970 in London. Even after his death, Jimi Hendrix releases continued into the 1980s. Nine to the Universe was released in March of 1980 in the US. The album contains five jam sessions and only charted in one country, the United States. Radio One was released in 1988, and is made up of a number of tracks which were recorded for the BBC in 1967.