Born in 1950, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Joe Perry is best known as the lead guitarist and principal songwriter for the band Aerosmith. Citing the Rolling Stones and The Beatles as primary influences, the band was dismissed at first as a knock-off of the former. Originally called The Jam Band, Perry was regarded as one of the best guitarists of all time.
After a slow start, Aerosmith released a series of hit singles in the '70s, such as "Toys In the Attic" and "Rocks." The band was known for its "Blue Army," a large, predominantly male audience dressed in blue denim. Despite serious drug abuse, the band managed a '77 hit, "Draw the Line." Singing with MCA, Perry went on to release "Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker. He was nominated for a Grammy in '06.