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Don Felder was invited to join the Eagles while working with two-thirds of Crosby, Stills and Nash. Coincidentally he'd already worked with Stephen Stills by that time. Stills helped Felder form his first band in Gainesville while the future Eagle was still in high school. A few years ago Felder recalled how Eagles co-founder Bernie Leadon replaced Stills in his group. It's all connected.
Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon was in charge of the entertainment for his high-school prom, so he called up Jim Peterik of Ides of March, later of Survivor. The Chicago area was flush with rock talent in the late '60s and '70s, and apparently some were willing to play proms. REO Speedwagon was formed by University of Illinois students Neal Doughty and Alan Gratzer. Cronin would join five years later.
Forby Leonard Skinner is the man who inspired a southern-rock band to call itself Lynyrd Skynyrd. The gym teacher and high-school coach famously came down on Ronnie Van Zant and his friends for wearing their hair too long, although he later said that his alleged behavior was exaggerated. “They were good, talented, hard-working boys,” the late Skinner told the Florida Times Union. “They worked hard, lived hard and boozed hard.”
Marvin Lee Aday graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas in 1965. After a spell in college, he headed to L.A. to begin his music career and found success fairly quickly, although his signature album 'Bat Out of Hell' wouldn't be released until 1977. It featured hits like 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light' and 'Two Out of Three Ain't Bad.'
He has a little less hair these days, but Sting still has those blue, deep-set eyes that pull you in like a Venus fly trap. The Police singer and bassist grew up in Wallsend, along the northeastern coast of England. Born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, people started calling him Sting because of a black and yellow sweater (which made him look like a giant bee) that he wore to his early shows.
The Prince of Darkness describes his childhood British village of Aston as a place without much color. "The only flowers we ever saw in Aston were on a coffin going to a cemetery," he told Esquire years ago. As as boy he enjoyed theater in school, but quit at age 15 and began working different trade jobs before doing six weeks in jail for burglary. Soon Ozzy Osbourne would help form Black Sabbath and live happily ever after.