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There are numerous famous American bands and international music groups of all time. At least subjectively – because everyone has their own taste in music. While some consider Nirvana to be one of the famous American Bands ever, others rave over R.E.M. Although these two famous American bands are worlds apart they are now connected in this ADDucation list.

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B=Bass | D=Drums | G=Guitar | K=Keyboard | SX=Sax | SYN=Synthesizer | T=Trombone | V=Vocal

Band (formed)Line upEx-membersBest Albums and Hits (first release date)
T. Rex
(GB, 1967-1977)
V/G: Marc Bolan † 1977 V/K: Gloria Jones PER: Steve Took † 1980, Mickey Finn † 2003 B: Steve Currie † 1981

Albums: My people were fair (1968), Unicorn (1969), A beard of stars (1970), T. Rex (1970), Electric Warrior (1971), The slider (1972), Tanx (1973), Zinc Alloy (1974), Dandy in the underworld (1977)


Greatest Hits: Hot love (1971), Get it on (1971), Jeepster (1971), Telegram Sam (1972), Metal Guru (1972), Children of the revolution (1972), Solid gold (1973), 20th Century Boy (1973), The Groover (1973)

Take That
(GB, 1990)
V/T: Gary Barlow V: Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Jason OrangeV: Robbie Williams

Albums: Take That & Party (1992), Everything changes (1993), Nobody else (1995), Beautiful world (2006), The circus (2008), Progress (2010)


Greatest Hits: Could it be magic (1993), Back for good (1995), Patience (2006), Greatest day (2008), The Flood (2010)

Talking Heads
(USA, 1975-1991)
V/G: David Byrne B: Tina Weymouth, K/G: Jerry Harrison D: Chris Frantz B/K: Brian Eno G: Adrian BelewPC: R. Palmer, J. Rossy SX: Fela Kuti

Albums: 77 (1977), More songs about buildings and food (1978), Fear of music (1979), Remain in light (1980), Speaking in tongues (1983), Stop making sense (1984), Little creatures (1985), True stories (1986), Naked (1988)


Greatest Hits: Psycho killer (1977), Burning down the house (1983), Road to nowhere (1985)

Temptations, The
(USA, 1961)
V: Dennis Edwards, Eddie Kendricks † 1992, Melvin Franklin † 1994, Otis Williams, Paul Williams † 1973V: “Al” Bryant † 1975, David Ruffin

Albums: Meet the Temptations (1964); The Temptations Sing Smokey (1965), Gettin’ Ready (1966), With a Lot o’ Soul (1967), In a Mellow Mood (1968); Diana Ross & the Supremes (1968), Wish it Would Rain (1968); TCB Takin’ Care of Business (1968), Cloud Nine (1969); The Temptations Show (1969); Puzzle People (1969); Together (1969; Psychedelic Shack (1970); Sky’s the Limit (1971), Solid Rock (1972); All Directions (1972); Masterpiece (1973); 1990 (1974), A Song for You (1975), House Party (1976); Wings of Love (1976); Do The Temptations (1976); Power (1980); Reunion (1982), Surface Thrills (1983), Back to Basics (1983), Give Love at Christmas (1983), Truly for You (1984); To Be Continued (1986), Phoenix Rising (1998), Ear-Resistible (2000); Awesome (2001), Reflections (2006), Back to Front (2007), Still Here (2010)


Greatest Hits: The Way You Do the Things You Do (1964), My Girl (1965); Get Ready (1966), I’m Gonna Make You Love Me (1968), Cloude Nine (1968); I Can’t Get Next to You (1970); Just My Imagination (1971), Ball of Confusion (1970); Papa Was a Rollin Stone (1972), Masterpiece (1973), Treat Her Like a Lady (1984)

Thin Lizzy
(IRL, 1969)
G: Scott Gorham, D: Tommy Aldridge, B: Francesco DiCosmo Ex: V/G: John Sykes, Phil Lynott † 1986, G: Gary Moore, Eric Bell, B. Robertson

Albums: Vagabonds of the Western World (1973), Fighting (1975), Jailbreak (1976), Johnny the Fox (1976), Bad Reputation (1977), Live and Dangerous (1978), Chinatown (1980), Renegade (1981), Thunder and Lightning (1983)


Greatest Hits: Whisky in the Jar (1973), The Boys Are Back in Town (1976)

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
(USA, 1976–2017)
V/G: Tom Petty † 2017, G: Mike Campbell, B: Ron Blair, K: Benmont Tench, G/K: Scott Thurston, D: Steve FerroneD: Stan Lynch, B: Howie Epstein

Albums: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976), You’re Gonna Get It! (1978), Damn the Torpedoes (1979), Hard Promises (1981), Long After Dark (1982), Southern Accents (1985), Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) (1987), Into the Great Wide Open (1991), Songs and Music from “She’s the One” (1996), Echo (1999), The Last DJ (2002), Mojo (2010), Hypnotic Eye (2014). Tom Petty Albums in collaboration with other musicians: Full Moon Fever (1989), Wildflowers (1994), Highway Companion (2006)


Greatest Hits: American Girl (1977), Breakdown (1977), The Waiting (1981), Learning to Fly (1991), Refugee (1980), Mary Jane’s Last Dance (1993) and in his own name: Free Fallin’ (1989), I Won’t Back Down (1989)

Tool
(USA, 1990)
V: Maynard J. Keenan G: Adam Jones B: Justin Chancellor D: Danny KerryAlbums: Undertow (1993); Ænima (1996); Lateralus (2001); 10.000 Days (2006)
Toto
(USA, 1977-2008)
V: Joseph Williams, G/V: Steve Lukather B: Shem von Schroeck D: Simon Philipps K: David Paich, Steve PorcaroV: Bobby Kimball B: Mike Porcaro † 2015, David Hungate D: Jeff Porcaro † 1992

Albums: Toto (1978), Hydra (1980), Turn Back (1981), IV (1982), Isolation (1983), Fahrenheit (1986), The Seventh One (1988), Past to Present (1990), Kingdom of Desire (1992), Tambu (1995), Mind Fields (1999), Through the Looking Glass (2002), Falling in Between (2006), Toto XIV (2015)


Greatest Hits: Hold the Line (1979), Rosanna (1982), Africa (1982)

U2
(IRL, 1976)
V: Bono (Paul David Hewson) G: The Edge (David Howell Evans) B: Adam Clayton D: Larry Mullen junior

Albums: Boy (1980), October (1981), War (1983), The Unforgettable Fire (1984), The Joshua Tree (1987), Rattle and Ham (1988), Achtung Baby (1991), Zooropa (1993), All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000), How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), No Line on the Horizon (2009), Songs of Innocence (2014), Songs of Experience (2017)


Greatest Hits: Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983); With or Without You (1987); I Still Haven‘t Found What I‘m Looking for (1987); Desire (1988), The Fly (1991); One (1992); Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (1995), Discothèque (1997), Beautiful Day (2000); Vertigo (2004); The Saints are Coming (2006); Get on Your Boots (2009); Ordinary Love (2013)

UB 40
(GB, 1978)
G/V: Duncan und Robin Campbell B/V: Earl Falconer K: Tony Mullins SX: Brian Travers D: James “Jim” BrownG/V: Alistaire “Ali” Campbell

Albums: Present Arms (1981), Labour of Love (1983), Geffrey Morgan (1984), Rat in the Kitchen (1988), Labour of Love II (1989), Promises and Lies (1993), Love Songs (2009)


Greatest Hits: Red Red Wine (1983), I Got You Babe (1985), Kingston Town (1990);I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (1990), Falling in Love With You (1993), Higher Ground (1993)

Uriah Heep
(GB, 1970)
V: Bernie Shaw G/V: Mick Box B/V: Trevor Bolder K/V: Phil Lanzon D: Russell GilbrookV: David Byron †1985 K: Ken Hensley B: Gary Thain †1975 V: John Lawton

Albums: Very´eavy, Very ´umble (1970); Salisbury (1971); Look at Yourself (1971); Demons and Wizards (1972); The Magician‘s Birthday (1972); Sweet Freedom (1973); Wonderworld (1974); Return to Fantasy (1975); High and Mighty (1976); Firefly (1977); Innocent victim (1978); Fallen Angel (1979); Abominog (1982); Head First (1983); Equator (1985); Sea of Light (1995); Wake the Sleeper (2008); Into the Wild (2011), Outsider (2014), Totally Driven (2015)


Greatest Hits: Gypsy (1970); Gypsy (1970), Lady in Black (1971); Spider Woman (1972), Easy Livin‘ (1972); Free Me (1977)

Van Halen
(USA, 1974)
V: David Lee Roth G/T/K: Eddie Van Halen B: Wolfgang Van Halen D: Alex Van HalenV/G: Sammy Hagar B: Michael Anthony

Albums: Van Halen (1978), Van Halen II (1979), Fair Warning (1981), 1984 (1984), 5150 (1986), OU812 (1986), For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991), Balance (1995), Van Halen III (1998), A Different Kind of Truth (2012)


Greatest Hits: You Really Got Me (1978),  Runnin’ With the Devil (1978); Jump (1984); I‘ll Wait (1984); Why Can‘t This Be Love (1986)

Velvet Underground
(USA, 1965-1973)
V/G: Lou Reed † 2013 B/K: John Cale G/B/V: St. Morrison † 1995 D: “Moe” TuckerV/G/B: Doug Yule

Albums: The Velvet Underground & Nico (Banana-Album, 1967), White Light/White Heat (1968), The Velvet Underground (1969), Loaded (1970), Squeeze (1973), VU (1984), Another View (1985)


Greatest Hits: Sunday Morning (1967), Who Loves the Sun (1970), Sweet Jane (1970)

Waterboys, The (GB, 1981)V/G: Mike Scott, B: Marc Arciero, D: Ralph Salmins, G: Melvin Duffy, G/SX/K: Anthony Thistlethwaite, K: Richard Naiff & more than 60 othersAlbums: A Pagan Place (1984), This Is the Sea (1985), Fisherman’s Blues (1988),Room to Roam (1990), Dream Harder (1993), A Rock in the Weary Land (2000), Universal Hall (2003), Book of Lightning (2007), An Appointment with Mr Yeats (2011), Modern Blues (2015), Out of All This Blue (2017)
Wham!
(GB, 1982-1986)
V: George Michael † 2016 G/V: Andrew Ridgeley

Albums: Fantastic (1983), Make it Big (1984), Music from the Edge of Heaven (1986), The Final (1986)


Greatest Hits: Young Guns (1982); Bad Boys (1983), Careless Whisper (1984); Freedom (1984); Wake me Up Before You Go Go (1984); Last X-Mas (1984), I’m your Man (1985), The Edge of Heaven (1986))

Who, The
(GB, 1964)
V/G: Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Simon Townshend B: Pino Palladino D: Zak Starkey, K: John BundrickB: John Entwistle †2002 D: Keith Moon †1978, Kenny Jones

Albums: My generation (1965), A quick one (1966), The Who sell out (1967), Tommy (1969), Live at Leeds (1970), Who’s next (1971), Quadrophenia (1973), The Who by numbers (1975), Who are you? (1978), Face dances (1981), It’s hard (1982), Endless wire (2006)


Greatest Hits: My Generation (1965); Happy Jack (1966), Pictures of Lily (1967); Magic Bus (1968); Pinball Wizard (1969); I‘m Free (1969); Baba O‘Riley (1971); Join Together (1972); Who are You? (1978); You Better you Bet (1981)

Yello
(CH, 1978)
V: Dieter Meier SYN: Boris Blank Ex: SYN: Carlos Perón

Albums: Solid Pleasure (1980), Claro que si (1981), You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess (1983); Stella (1985); One Second (1987); Flag (1988); Baby (1991); Zebra (1994), Pocket Universe (1997); Motion Picture (1999), The Eye (2003); Touch Yello (2009), Toy (2016)


Greatest Hits: Bostich (1980), Lost Again (1983), Desire (1985); Viscious Games (1985); Oh Yeah (1987); The Race (1988)

Yes
(GB, 1968)
V/G/T: Jon Davison G: Steve Howe B: Billy Sherwood K: Geoff Downes D: Alan WhiteV/G: Jon Anderson G: Trevor Rabin K: T. Kaye B: Chris Squire † 2015 D: Bill Bruford K: Rick Wakeman,  Patrick Moraz, Vangelis

Albums: Yes (1969); Time And A Word (1970); The Yes Album (1971); Fragile (1972); Close to the Edge (1972); Yessongs (Live 1973); Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973); Relayer (1974); Going for the One (1977); Tormato (1978); Paris Session (Live 1979); Drama (1980); 90125 (1983); Big Generator (1987); Union (1991); Talk (1994); Open your Eyes (1997), The Ladder (1999), Magnification (2001), Fly from Here (2011), Heaven & Earth (2014)


Greatest Hits: Wonderous Stories (1977), Owner of a Lonely Heart (1983); Hearts (1983)

ZZ Top
(USA, 1969)
V/G: Billy Gibson V/B: Dusty Hill D: Frank Beard

Albums: ZZ Top’s First Album (1970), Rio Grande Mud (1972), Tres Hombres (1973), Tejas (1976), Degüello (1979), El Loco (1981), Eliminator (1983), Afterburner (1985), Recycler (1990), Antenna (1994), XXX (1999), Mescalero (2003), La Futura (2012)


Greatest Hits: La Grange (1975); Tush (1975); Gimme all Your Lovin (1983); Sharp Dressed Man (1984); Legs (1984), Viva Las Vegas (1992)

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