PRIMARY WAVE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH
BOSTON FOUNDER TOM SCHOLZ
New York, NY (September 13, 2019) – Primary Wave Music Publishing continues its expansion with yet another acquisition. After announcing two recent, multi-million dollar deals with the Estate of Whitney E. Houston and Culture Club, the publishing company now welcomes the legendary rock band BOSTON to its roster. In a deal that closed last week, Primary Wave purchased the music publishing of the band’s iconic self-titled, debut album from its former manager Paul Ahern/Pure Songs. Released in 1976, BOSTON became the best-selling debut album in the U.S. that year and went on to sell more than 25 million copies worldwide.
The music was the brainchild of guitarist and studio genius, Tom Scholz. A self-taught musician, Scholz didn’t begin playing the guitar until he was 21 years old. He started writing songs shortly after while earning his master’s degree in engineering. Over the course of nearly a decade, the multi-instrumentalist created demo after demo in his basement studio and finally hit gold with what would become his massive hit, “More Than A Feeling.” It was that song that caught the attention of Epic Records which immediately signed Scholz and vocalist Brad Delp. About six months later, BOSTON released its ground-breaking debut effort which remained the best-selling debut for any band for 10 years.
The 8-track album, which is considered to be a landmark of 1970’s rock music, not only features BOSTON’s top 5 smash “More Than A Feeling,” but also includes additional well-known hit singles, “Foreplay/Long Time,” “Smokin’,” and “Peace of Mind.” Songs from the album have gone on to be covered by everyone from N*Sync to Sleater-Kinney to Anthrax, and have appeared in a number of films and TV shows such as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “The Sopranos,” and “The Walking Dead.”
Known as the inventor of the BOSTON sound, Scholz is the principal songwriter, principal instrumentalist, and engineer, and continues to tour, playing to sold-out crowds across North America. To date BOSTON remains a staple of classic rock radio playlists, has sold more than 75 million records worldwide and is one of the world’s best-selling artists releasing six studio albums over a career spanning more than 40 years.
Scholz also created the Rockman portable guitar amplifier which featured many effects for musicians, one of which was its ability to reproduce the unique “BOSTON” guitar sound with incredible accuracy. The amps stopped production in the 90s, however the originals have become collector’s items. Scholz is also known for his charitable efforts including his DTS Charitable Foundation which helps support causes such as animal protection, vegetarian resources, stopping world hunger, creating homeless shelters, food banks, advocating for children’s rights, and more. Through his foundation, the legendary musician has donated millions of dollars over the years.
“The debut BOSTON album is unique” says Tom Scholz. “Everything about the creation of the music, the recording process, even the actual equipment used, violated all accepted norms for pop and rock music. Written, performed, engineered and produced by an unknown amateur in the basement of an apartment using radically different homemade gear, many music aficionados were incensed that such a recording could be successful, and some have done their best to ignore it, even today. My hope is that Primary Wave will help bring this music and its positive message to many more listeners.”
“I have been a fan of the band and Tom Scholz since the debut album, BOSTON, in 1976,” says Lawrence Mestel, CEO & Founder, Primary Wave Music Publishing. He continues, “Tom created some of the most memorable rock songs of all time and we are excited to welcome him to the Primary Wave family.”