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Tommy Shaw (born September 11, 1953) is an American guitarist, best known for his work with the classic rock band Styx. In between his stints with Styx, he has played with the supergroup Damn Yankees and has released several solo albums. In addition to music, Tommy Shaw also made a cameo apperance in the 2006 movie Charlotte's Web.

Tommy Shaw currently performs solo as well as leading a version of Styx, but without much of the fan base that previously followed the group. Some of Tommy Shaw's solo albums are Girls with Guns released in 1984, What If released in 1985 and Ambition released in 1987.

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Tommy Shaw's first album with Styx, Crystal Ball (1976), was moderately successful (the band still performs the Tommy Shaw-penned title track to this day) and also includes his songs "Mademoiselle" and "Shooz". Its follow-up, The Grand Illusion (1977) became the group's breakthrough album, going platinum and spawning a top-ten hit and AOR radio staple in Dennis DeYoung's "Come Sail Away", as well as a second radio hit, Tommy Shaw's "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)". The album also includes its title track and James Young's "Miss America".

Styx's 8th album, appropriately entitled Pieces Of Eight, was the breakout album for Tommy Shaw's songwriting talent with his rock-oriented contributions "Renegade" and "Blue Collar Man", which became `70's rock radio staples and perennial Styx concert favorites, reaching #16 and #21 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

Tommy Shaw left Styx in 1983 to pursue his solo career, releasing 3 solo albums: Girls with Guns (1984), What If (1985) and Ambition (1987). Although Tommy Shaw never saw close to the success as a solo artist as he did with Styx, he had 1 Top 40 solo hit with the title track from the 1st album.

In the early 1990s Tommy Shaw, Ted Nugent, Jack Blades and Michael Cartellone formed the band Damn Yankees. Their biggest hit, "High Enough", was co-written by Tommy Shaw. The band had a strong concert following, however, even though the 2nd album went platinum, the band separated. Tommy Shaw returned to a reunited Styx in 1995 and embarked on a subsequent tour with them in 1996. He would later record a fourth solo record in 1998: 7 Deadly Zens.