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|First Album:||Aerosmith (1973)|
Before Aerosmith was formed in 1970, Stephen Tyler and Joe Perry had met in Sunapee, New Hampshire. A year later, Tyler and Perry met again, and gathering together drummer Joey Kramer, bassist Tom Hamilton, and guitarist Ray Tabano, the band was formed. In 1973, Aerosmith signed with Columbia Records and released their self-titled album. It and the next album, Get Your Wings, were moderate successes. However, it wasn't until the third album, Toys in the Attic, that the band became international superstars. With over 8 million copies sold, it remains the band's best-selling studio album. The 1970s were some of the best times for Aerosmith, as they produced now-popular singles such as "Dream On," "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way."
With a successful first decade making music, it seemed like nothing could stop Aerosmith. However, as 1980 approached, issues began to arise. While still selling very well, albums after 1977's Draw in the Line began to drop in popularity. The 1979 album Night in the Ruts only rose to gold in the year following its release, though it still managed to get to number 14 in the charts. By that time, co-founder Joe Perry had left the band due to arguments between him and Tyler. Brad Whitford, who replaced Ray Tabano in 1971, also left in 1980. Even worse, the members were succumbing to drug use. The drop in popularity affected sales, and the early 1980s albums Rock in a Hard Place and Done with Mirrors were commercial failures.
A few years later, the band's fortunes turned for the better. In 1984, both Perry and Whitford rejoined the band, and all of the members entered rehab to battle their drug addictions. The efforts worked just in time for Aerosmith to make a historic comeback. The 1987 album Permanent Vacation has sold over five million units. The following two albums, Pump and Get a Grip, sold over 14 million albums combined. As well as both being top five charting albums, Get A Grip also gave Aerosmith their first number one record. The three albums produced a number of smash hit singles, including "Amazing," "Livin' on the Edge," "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," "Angel," "Love in an Elevator," and "Janie's Got a Gun."
The post-"Grip" years have seen a noticeable drop in album activity for Aerosmith. The 1997 release of Nine Lives was quite successful, due to help from tracks like "Falling in Love." Around the same time, the band released their first #1 single "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." In 2001, Aerosmith released the #2 charting Just Push Play, in 2004 the #5 ranking Honkin' on Bobo, and in 2012 the #5 ranking Music from Another Dimension!. Over the years, the band has frequently performed or recorded with many artists, including Run-DMC, Kid Rock and Guns N' Roses.