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Styx is an American rock band, and the first musical act to ever have four consecutive multi-platinum albums.

The group originally formed in the Chicago, Illinois, area in 1961 as “The Tradewinds”. This earliest line-up of the group included vocalist, pianist, keyboardist, and accordion player Dennis DeYoung, and a rhythm section comprising brothers Chuck Panozzo and John Panozzo on bass and drums, respectively. Changing their name briefly to “TW4”, the band added guitarists/vocalists James Young (J.Y.) and John Curulewski. The band members decided to choose a new name when they signed to Wooden Nickel Records; several suggestions were made and, says DeYoung, Styx was chosen because it was “the only one that none of us hated.”

Guitarist Tommy Shaw joined the group in 1975 following the departure of Curelewski. Tommy Shaw left in 1983 and returned again in 1995.

In the mid-1990s, as Styx was about to embark on its first tour with the classic line-up since 1983, John Panozzo fell seriously ill and began battling cirrhosis of the liver, eventually dying of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging; he was 47 years old. John’s brother Chuck left the band shortly thereafter, though he has since rejoined the band part-time and tours with Styx on a regular basis. In 2001, Panozzo announced he was gay and living with HIV and he has been involved in campaigning for AIDS awareness and gay rights. In 2006, he spoke with Frontiers for the first time about his decision to come out.

Twin brothers Chuck (guitar) and John Panozzo (drums) first got together with their neighbor Dennis DeYoung (vocals and keyboards) in 1961 in the Roseland section of the south side of Chicago, eventually taking the band name "The Tradewinds". Chuck Panozzo left to attend seminary school for a year but returned to the group by 1964. Tom Nardini had been brought in to replace Chuck on guitar and Chuck decided to play bass guitar when he returned to the band. John Panozzo was the drummer, while Dennis DeYoung had switched from accordion to organ and piano. In 1965, the name "Tradewinds" was changed to TW4 after another band called The Trade Winds broke through nationally. By 1966, the Panozzo brothers had joined DeYoung at Chicago State College and kept the group together doing gigs at high schools and frat parties while studying to be teachers. In 1969 they added a college buddy, John Curulewski, on guitar after Tom Nardini departed. Guitarist James "J.Y." Young came aboard in 1970 making TW4 a quintet.

In 1972 the band members decided to choose a new name when they signed to Wooden Nickel Records after being spotted by a talent scout at a concert at St. John of the Cross Parish in Western Springs, Illinois, James Young's home town. Several suggestions were made, and according to DeYoung, the name Styx (the river in Greek mythology between Earth and the Underworld) was chosen because it was "the only one that none of us hated".

Styx is an American Rock band. Their hit songs have included "Come Sail Away", "Mr. Roboto".
Styx is the first band to have four consecutive albums certified multi-platinum.
In 1989, with Shaw achieving some success with Damn Yankees Styx reformed, bringing in Glen Burtnik (in 1990) to take Shaw's vacated position.

 

70's Rock

Blue Collar Man
Come Sail Away
Fooling Yourself
Renegade
The Grand Illusion

80's Hits

Babe
Mr Roboto
Too Much Time On My Hands

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