"Styx" is the first musical act to ever have four consecutive triple platinum albums.
The group originally formed in the Chicago, Illinois, area in 1961 as "The Tradewinds". This earliest line-up of the group included brothers Chuck and John Panozzo on guitar and drums, respectively; and vocalist, pianist, keyboardist, and accordion player Dennis DeYoung. Changing their name briefly to "TW4", Chuck switched to bass guitar and the band added guitarists/vocalists James "J.Y." Young and John Curulewski.
The band members decided to choose a new name when they signed to Wooden Nickel Records; several suggestions were made and, says DeYoung, Styx was chosen because it was "the only one that none of us hated." http://forums.melodicrock.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=94642&sid=f4d559e6f0836e0461ce1e0784a8aa7d
The band's Wooden Nickel recordings, ''Styx'' (1972), ''Styx II'' (1973), ''The Serpent Is Rising'' (also 1973) and ''Man of Miracles'' (1974) were a mixture of straight-ahead rock with some dramatic prog-rock flourishes and art-rock aspirations. ''The Serpent Is Rising'' would foreshadow later endeavors by the group—the so-called concept album would be a medium up...
|years active||1961 – present|
|music genre||Arena rock|
|current members|| Tommy Shaw|
James Young (musician)
|past members|| Dennis DeYoung|