Inducted in 2009

If you partied at all in the 80s, chances are your soundtrack included Loverboy. The band captivated legions of loyal fans and helped define the original party rock era of the 1980s. They have sold more than 20 million records worldwide and touched generations of music fans.

Formed in 1979 in Calgary, Alberta, Loverboy signed their first deal with Columbia Records Canada in 1980 and immediately went into the studio with producer Bruce Fairbairn and Canadian Music Hall of Fame member Bob Rock to record their self-titled debut album. The band’s music was driven by the powerful vocals of Mike Reno, the relentless rock groove of lead guitarist Paul Dean, the bass stylings of Scott Smith, the melodies of keyboardist Doug Johnson and the heavy rhythms of drummer Matt Frenette. They turned their collective talent into hits such as “Turn Me Loose” and “The Kid Is Hot Tonite.” Loverboy flew off the shelves, setting record sales for a debut album at the time with over 700,000 albums sold in Canada.

Career Highlights


Perform benefit for Brian MacLeod and officially reunite.


Disband in 1988, releasing first greatest-hits compilation Big Ones the following year.


Win a record-setting six trophies at The 1982 JUNO Awards.


Tour with Journey and release Get Lucky.

Video Thumb


Sign to Columbia Records and release debut album.


Form in Calgary.


Quick Fact

The band co-wrote a song with members of Bon Jovi for their 1987 LP Wildside.

Video Background


Quick Fact

Loverboy recorded Team USA’s theme song, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop You Now,” for the 1984 Summer Olympics.