Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1989 Kix – Don’t Close Your Eyes

This article is now included in Lost or Forgotten Oldies Volume 3

1989 Kix – Don’t Close Your Eyes

Ronnie Younkins, Brian Forsythe, and Donnie Purnell formed the group The Shooze in December 1977. They added Steve Whiteman and drummer Donnie Spence to complete the group. Steve and Donnie Spence took turns singing and playing drums. Steve had a better vocal range, so he became the lead singer.

In 1979, drummer Jimmy Chalfant replaced Donnie Spence. In 1980, they renamed the band The Generators. They signed a contract with Atlantic Records in 1981 and began recording as Kix. The group released albums in 1981, 1983, and 1985 while touring to build up a following.

The group finally broke through with their fourth album in 1988. The first four singles from the album failed to chart, but the fifth single was Don’t Close Your Eyes. The power ballad was the group’s only entry to the Hot 100, where it reached #11. It also reached #16 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The success of that single earned the album a platinum record and finally made it possible for the group to play arenas.

It was 1991 before the group released another album, and the album after that didn’t come out until 1995. The group’s record label dropped them in 1995. Shortly after that, the group disbanded, and the members pursued solo projects.

The core group reformed in 2003 with Mark Schenker replacing Donnie Purnell on bass. The band recorded a new album in 2014 and is still touring. They maintain a website at http://www.kixband.com/.


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