Original Members: Steve Plunkett Steve Lynch Randy Rand Steven Isham Kenny Richards
In the early 80s, 1983 to be exact Steve Plunkett, an amazing singer, songwriter and guitarist left his band Silver Condor to begin his own solo project. This led to him hooking up to record his material with several musician friends. They formed a solid lineup that would produce some very 80s tunes. It is rumoured that Plunkett chose the name Autograph for the band after hearing the Def Leppard song Photograph on the radio. Their 1983 demo was played for David Lee Roth who invited the band to open for Van Halen on tour. Playing a 48 show tour opening for a major band was unheard of at the time for an unsigned group. Autograph was signed to RCA Records after in late 1984.
While Autograph is a well known name today their debut album Sign In Please was released in October 1984 and did not hit any charts until January 1985. Turn Up the Radio is the bands only major hit and the song that most people know Autograph by today. Over the next few years the band lost and gained a few members, before eventually breaking up in 1989. During their shortlived time together they created 3 full albums, toured with Heart, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Ronnie James Dio, Whitesnake and Bryan Adams.
You can still catch one version of Autograph playing various festivals and events. Monsters of Rock Cruise, M3 Rock Festival, and state fairs just to name a few.