Styx is the first musical act to ever have four consecutive triple
platinum albums, and remain one of the most popular musical acts in
history. The group originally formed in the Chicago area in
1961 as The Tradewinds. This earliest line-up of the group included
brothers Chuck and John Panozzo on guitar and drums; and vocalist,
pianist, keyboardist and accordion player Dennis DeYoung.
Styx has released no less than fifteen studio albums. In 2010, the group put out an EP called Regeneration: Volume 1, and joined forces with Yes in the summer of 2011 for a U.S. tour.
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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".
Through the late 1970s, Styx enjoyed its greatest success, with the album releases Pieces of Eight (1978) finding the group moving in a more straight-ahead pop-rock direction and spawning the hit singles "Renegade", "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" and Cornerstone (1979) yielding the group's first number one hit, the DeYoung ballad "Babe", as well as their biggest international hit, "Boat on the River".