Founder of the band Boston, Tom Scholz is the mastermind behind some of the world's most enduring rock hits. As a musician, he has written some of the best known hits, including "Amanda" and "Rock & Roll Band." He has also helped to pioneer technological advancements in rock music. He was instrumental in developing a volume control device called the "Power Soak," which is now widely used in recording studios around the world. In addition, he founded the DTS Charitable Foundation, which focuses on conservation and protection of animals. Moreover, he is a co-host of Rock Classics Radio with Jenn on Apple Music Hits.
He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. After graduating, he worked in product design for Polaroid Corporation. He then started a company, Scholz Research & Development, Inc., which designs and develops new music technologies. He holds nearly 36 patents. His most popular invention is the "Rockman" guitar amplifier. This device is now available in several versions, including a battery powered version that can be plugged directly into a mixing board.
When he was a teenager, Tom Scholz studied classical piano and had a knack for building model airplanes and go-karts. He was also a member of a competitive basketball team. He began writing his own songs while he was in high school and continued to do so for the next six years. He cites the San Diego band Iron Butterfly as an early influence.
In the 1970s, he designed a recording studio in his apartment's basement. The best part was, he was the one playing most of the instruments. He added three local musicians to the mix, namely Fran Sheehan and Barry Goudreau. They performed sporadically during the recording process. They also provided some of the demos that ultimately lead to the band's contract with Epic Records. The demos eventually led to Boston's self-titled debut, which remains the most successful debut album of all time in the U.S. In fact, the album has sold 25 million copies worldwide and ranks 12 on the RIAA's list of best-selling albums.
In the years since the release of Boston's debut, the group has seen a plethora of ups and downs. There have been lawsuits, lineup changes, and intermittent tours. However, the group has managed to find success in the lead singles department with "Amanda," "More Than A Feeling," and "Rock & Roll Band." The group has also scored four songs on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2010, Tom Scholz is set to hit the road with his band for a 66-date tour.
Despite the band's short tenure, they have still managed to produce some classic hits. In addition to the above-mentioned "Mira Mori" and "Rock & Roll Band," Boston has released several other notable songs. These include the title track from their 1986 album, the top-selling single of all time, "Amanda," and the classic "More Than A Feeling." They have also received the coveted rock star award, a citation that is rare among bands in the rock world.