The Ides of March

Guitarists Jim Peterik and Larry Millas, bassist Bob Bergland, and drummer Mike Borch began life as The Shon-Dels in Berwyn, Illinois in October 1964 before changing their name to The Ides of March and releasing their first single on Parrot Records, "You Wouldn't Listen," in June 1966. The rockers welcomed trumpeter Steve Daniels into the fold the following year with horn players John Larsen and Chuck Soumar later joining in 1969. Their first major breakthrough came in 1970 with the release of hit single "Vehicle," released on their new label home of Warner Bros. Records. The song became one of the fastest-selling singles in Warner's history and went to Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Also titled Vehicle, their debut album, hurtled onto the scene that same year and struck Number 55 on the US charts. Their second album on Warner, Common Bond, arrived in 1971 with the band moving to RCA for their third LP, World Woven (1972). After releasing their fourth album Midnight Oil in 1973, the Ides of March went on hiatus, during which Jim Peterik enjoyed a breakout career as a co-founder of the band Survivor, co-writing all of their platinum hits including "Eye of the Tiger," and "The Search Is Over." The Ides of March reunited in 1990 and released a comeback EP, Beware – The Ides of March, the following year. They released an album comprising re-recordings and new material called Ideology, followed by a five-track album, Age Before Beauty, in 1997. The four original members continue to tour to this day, having celebrated 57 years together in September 2021.

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