Originating from Boston, Massachusetts, the band Boston is perhaps most known for the success of its debut album Boston, which was released in August 1976 and currently ranks as the best selling debut album in history (with over 17 million copies sold). Boston is an American rock band (i.e. hard rock and progressive rock) that was most prominent in the late 1970’s through the 1980’s. The band got its name on the suggestion of John Boylan, who mixed the debut album.
With the success of that album, Boston was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Three singles from the debut album ("More Than a Feeling", "Long Time," and "Peace of Mind") made the national charts. Boston was the first band in history to make its New York City debut at Madison Square Garden.
Original members of Boston were Tom Scholz (1976-present), Barry Goudreau, Sib Hashian, Brad Delp, and Fran Sheehan. As of January 2013, just Scholz remains from the original group. Additional members include Gary Pihl (1985- present), Curly Smith (1994-1997, 2012-present), Kimberley Dahme (2001-present), Jeff Neal (2002-present), Tommy DeCarlo (2008-present), David Victor (2012-present), and Tracy Ferrie (2012- present).
The band’s labels are Epic, MCA, and Artemis. Four of the band’s five albums are rated “Platinum” under RIAA Certification. A new album is set to be released this year (2013).