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Joe Lynn Turner (JLT), born Joseph Linquito August 2, 1951 in Hackensack, New Jersey, is a melodic hard rock singer best known for his work with Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and his brief stint in Deep Purple. He played the accordion as a child, grew up with an appreciation for classic R&B and became an accomplished guitarist in his early teens. He was ranked 84th in Hit Parader's "Heavy Metal's All-Time 100 Vocalists".
Early Career to Present
In high school, Joe formed Ezra, performing original material and cover songs by such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Free and Deep Purple. In 1976, JLT enjoyed his first taste of national success with Fandango, a band described as an eclectic mix of R&B, pop, country, jazz and melodic rock. ...
“He’s known the world over as the soulful singer/keyboardist of the iconic jazz-pop band Chicago. His featured spots on the hits “Look Away” and “Hard Habit to Break” are among his mainstream highlights. But Bill Champlin’s defining work with the Sons of Champlin and as a songwriter put him on the musical map long before he arrived in Chicago. Bill and the Sons were blowing the doors off venues back in the ’70s - and they returned to doing the same in the late ’90s and into the present.”
-- Greg Rule, Keyboard Magazine
Bill Champlin was born in Oakland, California on May 21, 1947 to a musical family. His grandparents, mother and sisters have all been singers. Bill is married to Tamara Champlin, a singer/songwriter in...
In 1977, Kimball joined a group of fellow Los Angeles session musicians called Toto by submitting a self-penned audition song for the band, "You are the Flower," which was included on their debut album. He recorded the first four studio albums for Toto, before drug and personal issues began to cause conflicts among the other members of the band.
He was released from the band in 1984 during sessions for Isolation, their follow-up studio album to 1982's Grammy Award-winning Toto IV. A revolving door of lead singers followed during a somewhat tumultuous time in the band's career, while Kimball relocated to Germany for a solo career under Producer Frank Farian of the Far Corporation (infamously noted as the creator behind ill-fate...