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Loverboy

Michael Ethen

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print November 2013 |
Published online July 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.A2242201

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Canadian rock group. It was formed in Calgary, Alberta, by Paul Dean (b Vancouver, BC, 19 Feb 1946; guitar), Mike Reno (Joseph Michael Rynoski; b New Westminster, BC, 8 Jan 1955; voice), Doug Johnson (b 19 Dec 1957; keyboards), Scott Smith (b Winnipeg, MB, 13 Feb 1955, d ?San Francisco Bay, 30 Nov 2000; bass), and Matt (Robert) Frennett (b Calgary, AB, 7 March 1954; drums) in 1980. Often cast alongside Styx or Foreigner as a foil to heavy metal, the group blends traditional rock aesthetics with arpeggiated synthesizers and subdued guitar work. Identified with a clean studio sound, the group has also released uptempo dance numbers occasionally traversing multiple key areas.

Initially rejected in America, Loverboy began recording with Columbia Records Canada. After the success of “Turn Me Loose” and “The Kid is Hot Tonight” they recorded their next two albums with Columbia Records (US). Swiftly cresting, Loverboy gained still broader exposure with “Working for the Weekend” and “Hot Girls in Love,” supported by accompanying performance videos and exhaustive touring. They achieved a Top 10 single in the United States with the power ballad “This Could Be the Night.” They have twice been associated with the Olympic Games, first in summer ...

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