During the early 1980's, Tom Scholz became the most popular rock star of his time, playing with many of the biggest names in the industry. He even recorded a solo album, which earned him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Today, he's one of the most influential guitarists of all time, and his music has inspired many other rock musicians.
Early musical influences
During his early years, Tom Scholz had several bands. He was a member of his high school basketball team and received a full scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to study mechanical engineering. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and later earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering.
After graduating from MIT, Scholz worked for Polaroid Corporation as a product design engineer. While working for the company, he started writing songs. He also founded a charitable foundation, the DTS Charitable Foundation. He donated millions to animal and humanitarian causes.
In 1975, Scholz and Brad Delp signed a recording contract with Epic Records. The band released Boston by Boston, which was the most successful debut album ever. The record sold over 17 million copies in the United States. Throughout the years, the group's classic hits have remained in regular radio rotation.
During his childhood, Tom Scholz grew up in the suburbs of Ohio. He had a love for building go-karts and model airplanes, and he was a classically trained pianist. He was also a top student at Ottawa Hills High School. He graduated with near perfect grades. After graduating, he worked for Polaroid as a senior product design engineer. In 1975, he met a young musician named Brad Delp. They formed the band Boston and signed a recording contract with Epic Records.
When Boston released their self-titled debut album, it sold more than 500,000 copies. It became one of the most successful rock albums of all time. It reached number 12 on the RIAA's list of best-selling albums. The album's lead single, "Amanda," topped the singles chart.
DTS Charitable Foundation
Founded in 1987 by guitarist Tom Scholz, the DTS Charitable Foundation promotes a vegetarian lifestyle, animal protection, and the prevention of cruelty to animals. The foundation does not solicit public funds, and uses nearly 100% of its assets to fund programs.
In addition to its charitable initiatives, the Foundation also has a number of patents. This includes a portable guitar amplifier that reproduces the "BOSTON" sound, a snazzy LED headphone amp that can be plugged straight into mixing desks, and a surprisingly effective headphone-based remote control for mobile phones.
The DTS Charitable Foundation has won several awards, including the Animal Rights National Conference's Celebrity Animal Advocate of the Year award. The organization also donated a few million dollars to causes ranging from world hunger to homeless shelters.
SR&D is a music technology company that was founded by guitarist Tom Scholz in 1980. He has a background in mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and worked in product design for Polaroid after graduating. He was also the guitarist in several bands including the band Boston.
Scholz designed a number of devices during this time, including a regulated power supply for tube amps and stereo-doublers. He also built his own recording studio in the basement of his apartment building. These demo recordings became the debut album of the band Boston. It was then that he decided to start his own company. He wanted to make equipment that would produce the same sound after every take.
One of the first products he developed was a volume control box. This device was designed for music players and gave them a range of presets for guitar amplifiers.
Don't Look Back
During the 1970's, Tom Scholz formed a band called Boston. Their debut album, More Than a Feeling, was a solid gold hit. Then, eight years later, Boston released Third Stage.
Boston had a big legal battle with the record label Epic, which delayed the release of their next album for eight years. Don't Look Back was the group's second album and was remastered and rereleased in 2006.
"Don't Look Back" is the title track of Don't Look Back, the second studio album by the band Boston. The song was written by Scholz and reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1978. It has been ranked as the fourth best song of all time by Michael Gallucci. It is a rock song that includes a powerful vocal by Brad Delp.