Supergroup (music)

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In the late 1960s, the term supergroup was coined to describe "a rock music group whose performers are already famous from having performed individually or in other groups."[1][2] In some cases, an act will later be referred to as a supergroup when multiple members from said group end up securing individual fame later on. Supergroups are often short-lived, lasting only for an album or two, although this is not always the case, as some of the examples shown below demonstrate. They are sometimes formed as side projects that are not intended to be permanent, while other times can become the primary project of the band members' careers.

Some examples of the most well-known supergroups include: 1960s groups Cream, Blind Faith, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; 1970s groups Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Humble Pie, Cactus, Toto and Bad Company; the 1980s & 1990s groups Band Aid, USA for Africa, The Firm, Traveling Wilburys, Asia, Damn Yankees, Power Station, and The Highwaymen; 2000s groups The Damned Things, A Perfect Circle, Audioslave, Velvet Revolver, Angels & Airwaves, Chickenfoot, Zwan, Hellyeah, Child Rebel Soldier, Golden Smog, Black Country Communion,Them Crooked Vultures, Liquid Tension Experiment and Vital Tech Tones. The category is not rigidly defined.



The term took its name from the 1968 album Super Session with Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield, and Stephen Stills. The coalition of Crosby, Stills & Nash (later Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) is another early example, given the success of their prior bands (The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies respectively). Music writers have also applied the term to groups that sold huge numbers of albums and headlined massive concerts regardless of the previous fame of their individual members, such as the band Led Zeppelin, wherein only Jimmy Page was well known at the time the group formed.[citation needed] The term is also used to describe existing bands whose members achieved individual fame after the band's founding, such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen, Genesis and Yes.[citation needed]

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