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Styx formed in Chicago at the top of the ’70s, but it took a few years for them to hit their stride. They scored a Top 10 hit with ‘Lady’ in 1974, but it would be another few years before they finally broke the Top 10 on the album chart with 1977′s ‘The Grand Illusion.’ After that, they racked up four consecutive hit records, including 1981′s No. 1 outing ‘Paradise Theater.’ After 1983′s conceptual misfire ‘Kilroy Was Here,’ singer-keyboardist Dennis DeYoung and singer-guitarist Tommy Shaw left for solo careers and Styx broke up. They reunited in 1990 without Shaw (who returned to the lineup later). By the end of the decade, DeYoung was gone. The current band includes original members Shaw, guitarist James Young and bassist Chuck Panozzo.

Top 10 James Young Styx Songs

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For much of Styx’s amazing four-decade career (give or take a few years of inactivity), either Dennis DeYoung or Tommy Shaw have hogged most of the spotlight as the band’s primary vocalists and songwriters.

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40 Years Ago: Styx Struggle to Find Themselves on ‘Man of Miracles’

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Styx managed to release ‘Man of Miracles,’ their fourth album, while still searching for an identity.

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Dennis DeYoung on Ignoring the Naysayers and Moving on Without Styx – Exclusive Interview

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Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

Dennis DeYoung, after nearly two decades away from Styx, is at peace -- with their legacy and with his own.

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35 Years Ago: Styx Lays Down A ‘Cornerstone’

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On Oct. 19, 1979, Styx laid down the ‘Cornerstone’ for what they hoped would be a brand new phase in a career that had already been underway for nearly a decade.

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Styx Strut Their Stuff on the High Seas – Concert Review

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Reviewing a Styx show that took place aboard a cruise ship without using a single 'Come Sail Away'-related pun is going to be difficult.

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Dennis DeYoung, ‘The Best Of Times’ – Exclusive Video Premiere

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Watch Dennis DeYoung perform the Styx classic 'The Best of Times' live from his new concert video 'Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of Styx - Live In Los Angeles.'

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Styx, Journey to Sail Away on 2015 Carnival Live Concert Series

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Dave Kotinsky / Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Styx will be joined by Journey on the Carnival Live Concert Series, beginning in spring 2015.

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Top 10 Tommy Shaw Styx Songs

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Dave Kotinsky, Getty Images

Styx's addition of hard-rocking everyman Tommy Shaw before 1976’s 'Crystal Ball' forever shifted the band’s dynamic toward founding guitarist James "J.Y." Young’s clear penchant for straight-ahead rock.

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Foreigner Members Prank Styx During Iowa State Fair Show

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By all accounts, the Soundtrack of Summer was a blast for Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder, as well as the fans who turned out to see them take the road for a series of package dates -- but Styx and Foreigner's final night on the road together still turned out to be a real drag.

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Clash of the Titans – Rush’s ‘Working Man’ Vs. Styx’s ‘Blue Collar Man’

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Plenty of rockers have paid tuneful tribute to the 9-to-5 existence of the hard-working average Joe, and in this edition of Clash of the Titans, we're forcing you to choose between two classic examples from the genre.

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