Moxy is a Canadian hard rock and heavy metal band, formed in Toronto, Ontario, in 1974, from previous members of the rock group Leigh Ashford – which included singer Douglas "Buzz" Shearman (former teen singer of Sherman & Peabody), alongside Greg Godovitz of Fludd & Goddo, and Gil Moore (later of Triumph), Earl Johnson (former member of King Biscuit Boy), Bill Wade (former member of Outlaw Music and Brutus under the alias Hally Hunter that also included Gino Scarpelli of Goddo) and Terry Juric, (former member of Outlaw Music) as Leigh Ashford. The group changed its name to Moxy in late 1974. This name change was accompanied by a change in the group’s sound. Buddy Caine, a former bandmate of Earl Johnson, was added to the group in 1975.
Moxy toured extensively in Canada before having a hit in late 1975 with "Can’t You See I’m A Star". Moxy then toured the United States on the strength of their radio airplay. Markets in which the band was very popular included Ontario, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, and San Antonio. Joe Anthony, "the Godfather of Rock" in San Antonio on KISS-FM was largely responsible for the popularity of the band in south Texas and helped bring about their first headline appearance in the U.S. in 1977, appearing with AC/DC as their opening act.
Despite the death of Joe Anthony, the Moxy-Texas connection has continued into the present with Moxy’s hits like "Can’t You See I’m A Star", "Moon Rider", and "Sail On Sail Away". "Midnight Flight", "I’ll Set You on Fire" and "Are You Ready" remain on the daily rotation at many Texas radio stations.
Many of the guitar solos on the band’s debut album were performed by guest session musician Tommy Bolin, who had previously been the lead guitarist for The James Gang and later replaced Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple.