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There is a lot of history to a band that has been around for over 25 years - some good and some not so good…but all of it classic!

The band first came to light shortly after Paul Dean (ex-Streetheart) and Mike Reno (ex-Moxy) met in a rehearsal warehouse in Calgary, Alberta. Recognizing each other’s talent and drive, they began writing together almost immediately.

Keyboardist, Doug Johnson joined the duo shortly after, and in the spring of ‘79 the band became a quartet when Paul’s old Streetheart drummer, Matt Frenette, joined the fold. The guys headed for Vancouver and found the missing piece of the puzzle when bassist Scott Smith left his band Dalbello and LOVERBOY was formed.

Impressed with the band’s demos, Columbia Records (CBS) signed them to a recording deal and in 1980 “Loverboy” was released in Canada and the US, and in Europe and Australia in 1981, garnering hits with “The Kid is Hot Tonight” and “Turn Me Loose”. The band toured almost non-stop supporting that album, opening for acts like Kiss, Cheap Trick, Bob Seger, Kansas and ZZ Top.

“Get Lucky”, their second effort, was released in Canada and the US in October 1981 and Loverboy headed out on the road with Journey almost immediately. At the same time, the first album was certified platinum in the US and quadruple platinum in Canada…not too shabby for a debut album!


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  • LA_Denmark

    So underrated band! [3]

    23 Jan 8:23pm Reply
  • My_Sharona

    I totally agree with jpinkman13! [2] <3

    14 Jan 3:26pm Reply
  • BigPTS

    Lover boy another great band I liked during my high school days 1981 Columbus Ohio especially when it's over

    1 Jan 12:03am Reply

    I hope you are with me when it is over! :-) :-) I don't want to hear it! ! Take me back to Mountain Air 82. Northern California concert!

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Timekeeperrr

    So underrated band! [2]

    4 Dec 2013 Reply

    I just need to say to this Tune and Talent! You guys Rock! (Aka) Loverboy! :-)

    21 Nov 2013 Reply

    Spank! Love this tune and talent!

    25 Jul 2013 Reply

    Still working for the weekend! I could go off the deep-end! I choose not! HAAA! HAAA!

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Leatherripper

    I totally agree with jpinkman13!

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • jpinkman13

    I really can not understand why so many people think that Loverboy is a one hit band . Are you serious ? So under rated band . Loverboy were outstanding back in the 80's . In my opinion one of the greatest bands with so many hot songs with amazing rhythm . Respect .

    11 Apr 2013 Reply

    Spank! I love this tune and talent! Everbody is working for the weekend! And the Goverment F////s it up! HAAAA! HAAA! Glass half full here! :-)

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • lastpradex

    Turn me loooooooooooooose! Great to listen to....

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • jessieinthesky

    Songfacts sat down with Paul Dean to talk opening up for KISS, what he REALLY thinks about "Working for the Weekend" being used during that infamous Saturday Night Live sketch and so much more! Enjoy!

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • NikSoren

    The ugliest guys I've ever seen, and the band's called Loverboy. Hauhuaa But the sound's not so bad!

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • peterbiltoutlaw

    Great Canadian band

    6 May 2012 Reply
  • TCBProject

    Luvin every minute of it! Thanks!

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Maknme15

    Thank you mom for exposing me to some real music <3

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
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