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Loverboy Biography

Loverboy's inception began in Calgary, CANADA, when vocalist Mike Reno was introduced to guitarist Paul Dean at The Refinery Night Club. Dean was rehearsing a new band out back in a warehouse with a friend of Reno and Mike stopped by to jam. Dean heard him sing a couple of songs and that was that! Over the next few weeks, Dean and Reno began writing songs on guitar and drums. Keyboardist Doug Johnson who at the time was in another Canadian recording band began to hang out and jam with Dean and Reno. It was during one of those jam sessions with Reno on drums and Dean on bass that their very first hit "Turn Me Loose" and Loverboy was born. The line-up was soon completed with the addition of bassist Scott Smith and drummer Matt Frenette.

After being rejected by all the major U.S. record companies Loverboy signed with Columbia Records Canada. The summer of 1980 saw their self-titled debut album fly out of the stores setting record sales for a debut album, over 700,000 units in Canada. Columbia U.S. had no choice but recognize that 700,000 people could not be wrong. The U.S. released the album in November 1980 and by April 1981, it had gone gold. Loverboy's debut album went on to sell over 4 million copies worldwide and more than 2 million in the U.S. peaking at #13 on the Pop chart. The disc contained the aforementioned smash "Turn Me Loose" which hit the U.S. Top 40 and peaked at #6 on The Mainstream Rock chart, as well as a second Billboard's Hot 100 single, "The Kid Is Hot Tonite".
Soon the band found themselves playing on mega tours with Journey, Bob Seger, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top and Def Leppard, to name a few. Between dates, over 200 shows in 1981 the band wrote and recorded their second multi-platinum selling album. "Get Lucky" shot to #7 on The Billboard 200 and featured "Working For The Weekend" which debuted at #29 on The Pop Singles chart and returned them to the Mainstream Rock top 10, falling one slot short of #1. The album spawned three more Mainstream Rock top 40 singles: "When It's Over", "Take Me To The Top" and "Lucky Ones" and the band's enormous touring success, led Loverboy in 1982, to an unprecedented 6 Juno Awards, Canada's highest music award.
In 1983, Loverboy released their third LP, "Keep It Up" and launched another extensive 8-month world tour; they charted again at #7 in U.S. with this album and the main single, "Hot Girls In Love", peaked at #2 on The Mainstream Rock chart and reached the #11 position on The Pop Singles list; "Queen Of The Broken Hearts" was another American top 40 hit well as another near-Mainstream Rock top 10 hit for the band, soon recognized as one of the hardest working outfits with a must-see live show.
"Lovin' Every Minute Of It" arrived two years later reaching #13 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart; the title-track hit #3 and #9, respectively, on The Mainstream Rock chart and The Billboard Hot 100 and the single, "This Could Be The Night", also hit the top 10 of those same charts. The album included "Dangerous", a song written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, which reached #23 on The Mainstream Rock chart.
In 1986 Loverboy recorded "Heaven In Your Eyes", for the soon to be blockbuster movie "Top Gun"; the single hit #12 on The Billboard Hot 100.
This was followed by the 1987 release of "Wildside", the band's last studio album of the '80s; it reached #42 on The Billboard 200 led by "Notorious", this single went top 40 on Billboard's chart and peaked at #8 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks. However they realized they were caught on the downhill slide of a music revolution, finding themselves squeezed out of the market by more sophisticated elder statesmen and hungrier young acts. After a final gig in London with Def Leppard that summer, Loverboy took what they thought at the time would be a brief hiatus.
Two years later Columbia issued "Big Ones", a cheezy best of package with two new tracks "Ain't Looking For Love" and "Too Hot", the latter of which reached the #27 slot on The Mainstream Rock chart.
The group didn't appear together again until 1992 when they reunited to join Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi and other stars to help raise money for cancer-stricken friend and fellow recording artist Brian 'Too Loud' McLeod. Outside interests tho soon found the members again going their seperate ways.
Loverboy reunited in 1997 for "VI". Like many of their peers, the powerhouse Canadian fivesome wasn't able to secure a contract with a major label and decided to attach themselves to CMC International, an imprint specializing in veteran rockers.
On December 2, 2000, the Rock world was saddened with the announced death of Scott Smith following a tragic boating accident off the coast of California. The band picked up the pieces the next spring when they hired Ken 'Spider' Sinnaeve best known for playing bass with Tom Cochrane's band Red Rider.

Loverboy celebrated 25 years together in 2005 by performing in selected cities throughout the U.S. and Canada to mark this milestone and in November 2007 released their seventh album, "Just Getting Started".

 

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