One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1985 – Autograph

“Turn Up the Radio” by Autograph


Autograph was formed in 1983. The band recorded some demos, and played them for a few close friends. One of the friends invited the band to re-record and upgrade those demos. The upgraded demos made it to David Lee Roth, who was so impressed that he invited the band to open for Van Halen during their 1984 tour. Due to their rising popularity Autograph then signed a contract with RCA Records in late 1984.

Out of this came their Sign in Please album. The lead single, “Turn Up the Radio” helped the album go Platinum. The song proved to be Autograph’s only top 40 hit, peaking at #29 on March 16, 1985. Guitar Player magazine awarded Steve Lynch “Guitar Solo of the Year” for his work on this song.

The band released two more albums, but nowhere as successful as their debut. They left RCA in 1988.
The band would eventually be offered a new deal with Epic in 1989, but negotiations fell through at the last minute. The band then split up in December 1989.

At least they left us this gem:

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