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Before joining Styx, Gowan was fueling Canadians' moonlight desires

With apologies to Fabian and Donovan, it was the '80s when the one-name artist idea took root. You can do role call on the biggest one-name artists: Madonna, Prince and Tiffany all from the U.S. and in Canada you had - Gowan.

Lawrence Gowan started off as a classical pianist but in the '80s he sold his soul to prog rock and had a successful career charting thirteen Top 40 hits in Canada including 1987's Moonlight Desires. A Top 10 hit, Moonlight Desires features the harmonies of Gowan and Jon Anderson of Yes. The video for Moonlight Desires finds Gowan in the Aztec Ruins and his magnificent mullet is all the proof you need that aliens must have been responsible for this '80s video.

While Gowan's solo career lasted well into the '90s, Gowan is best known by '80s fans as the singer who replaced Dennis DeYoung in Styx. He has been with Styx for 17 years, almost as long as DeYoung was with Styx.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 7, 2016 9:16am]

    

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