Massachusetts born singer/songwriter James Taylor basically wrote the book on soft rock. At 16, Taylor dropped out of high school, moved to New York, formed a band called Flying Machine and subsequently got sucked into the city's sex, drugs and rock n' roll scene of the 1960s. Taylor quickly developed a severe heroin addiction, forcing him eventually to check into rehab. After recovering from this addiction in Los Angeles, Taylor forged his distinct sound marked by his gentle voice and mellow acoustic guitar. Though some criticize Taylor for being a bit too lurid, there is no denying the exceptional songs that he wrote during his heyday in the 1970s, nor the influence he has had and will have on sensitive singer/songwriters for decades to come.
The Misfits formed in 1977 and introduced the world to horror punk, a mixture of punk music with horror themes and elements. The Misfits has been an ever-evolving band over the years that has seen many different members come and go, including group founder and lead singer Glenn Danzig. It has made it through though its various breakups and transitions, however, and continues to be one of the most popular punk bands in the world.