Loverboy is a Canadian rock band from Calgary in the province of Alberta. The Loverboy hit singles, in particular Turn Me Loose and Working for the Weekend, become arena rock anthems and are still heard in classic rock radio channels in Canada. The group is located in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The group formed in 1980 when Mike Reno (singer, drummer and composer) and Paul Dean (guitarist) decided to compose songs together, then playing them on guitar and drums. The training was completed by the arrival, a few weeks later, of keyboardist Doug Johnson, bassist Scott Smith and drummer Matt Frenette. First rejected by the majority of American labels, the band decided to sign at Columbia Records in Canada, to record their first album.
Welcomed in studio on March 20, 1980, Loverboy has for manager and producer Bruce Fairbairn and as engineer Bob Rock. The recording of the album, entitled Loverboy, ends before the summer of 1980. The record sells for 700,000 copies in Canada and is already a success for the band. The Columbia Records American label realizes the impact of the album and recalls the group to finally sign a contract and thus release the album in the United States. He sells two million copies.
Loverboy then decided to release a second album, in 1981. Entitled Get Lucky, the record is still produced by Bruce Fairbairn, but also by the guitarist Paul Dean. With a hard rock sound, he won the band a great success, with hits such as Working for the Weekend, or When It's Over, and won five Juno Awards (including one in 2009). The record is also successful in the United States, ranking 7> in the Billboard rankings, and sells four million copies.