Boston - Did You Know?

Boston - Did You Know?January 30, 2018

Music facts, music trivia, the band, their member, their music and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about American rock band, Boston.




Boston's debut album ("Boston", 1976), was probably the greatest by a band that at that time did not even exist yet, outside of the studio that is.

Boston was formed only after all the songs were finished. Tom Scholz was the one who produced the entire album by himself and also played every instrument for every track on the album.

Only after all the tracks were done and ready, the band Boston was formed, so they could tour.

The album was a success and broke sales records, which made it one of the best-selling debut albums of all time. Two notable singles from that album are  "More Than a Feeling" and "Long Time".

It has been referred to as a landmark in 1970s rock and has been included on various lists of essential albums. Boston's album has sold 17 million copies in the United States only, as well as 25 million copies worldwide.

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Today's interesting fact concerns Boston's great song "More Than a Feeling" which was written by Tom Scholz. He was a graduate from MIT who at the time was working at Polaroid, up until "More Than a Feeling" was released.

Scholz worked on this song for no less than 5 years in his basement studio before it was released on the 1976 Boston album. The managers of Boston spent a great deal of time pitching the song to different radio stations and when the song took off, it became a huge hit.

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The song "Amanda" by Boston was written by Tom Scholz, who was more concerned with crafting meticolous melodic rock than with pouring his heart out. The song "Amanda" is actually very romantic and "Amanda" was most likely chosen as a name, because it scans so well.

After the song became a hit, the previous two albums of the band re-entered the US chart. Boston became one of the biggest catalog sellers of the '80s and '90s, when record companies used to send to people a bunch of albums for a penny if they signed up for their club.

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