Today is the birthday of Brad Delp, the late singer of the rock group Boston, who’s acrobatic, high-pitched and almost banshee-style vocals helped propel that band to become one of America’s biggest in 1976, charting a success that followed to the end of the decade, and ultimately becoming one of the most beloved bands of that era.
Delp, who was born on June 12, 1951 in Massachusetts, started his musical career after excitedly watching The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. He picked up the guitar soon after, and became obsessed with The Beatles, even being fortunate enough to have seen them perform live, locally in town during what was to become their final tour, in 1966. In the late 60s, Delp discovered an obscure band by the name of Orpheus, who’s lead singer was a key influence on his vocal style, which became his trademark.
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