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‘Lorelei’ by Styx – Classic Hit or Miss

Twin brothers Chuck and John Panozzo first got together with their neighbor Dennis DeYoung in 1961 in the Roseland section of the south side of Chicago, eventually taking the band name “The Tradewinds”.

 

Chuck Panozzo left to attend seminary school for a year but returned to the group by 1964. Tom Nardini had been brought in to replace Chuck on guitar and Chuck decided to play bass guitar when he returned to the band. John Panozzo was the drummer, while Dennis DeYoung had switched from accordion to organ and piano.

In 1965, the name “Tradewinds” was changed to TW4 after another band called The Trade Winds broke through nationally. By 1966, the Panozzo brothers had joined DeYoung at Chicago State University and kept the group together doing gigs at high schools and frat parties while studying to be teachers. In 1969 they added a college buddy, John Curulewski, on guitar after Tom Nardini departed. Guitarist James “J.Y.” Young came aboard in 1970 making TW4 a quintet.

In 1972 the band members decided to choose a new name when they signed to Wooden Nickel Records; several suggestions were made and, says DeYoung, Styx, the name of the river in Greek mythology between Earth and the Underworld, was chosen because it was “the only one that none of us hated”

Over the years they have released 15 studio albums, 6 live albums, 14 compilation albums and 31 singles.

Lorelei  hit #27 on the charts in 1976… how about today?

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