Boston lead singer remains staple on classic rock radio

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Brad Delp, the lead singer for Boston whose high-pitched wail is instantly recognizable on classic rock radio, was found dead at his home in Atkinson, N.H. He was 55.

Atkinson police responded to a call for help at 1:20 p.m. Friday and found Delp's body. Police Lt. William Baldwin said the death was "untimely" and that there was no indication of foul play.

Delp apparently was alone when he died, Baldwin said.

The cause of death remained under investigation by the Atkinson police and the New Hampshire Medical Examiner's office. Police said an incident report would not be available until today.

Driven by the processed but catchy lead guitar work of Tom Scholz, Boston has sold more than 30 million albums. The band rocketed to fame with its self-titled 1976 debut, which became the fasting-selling debut in rock history; spawned a number of radio evergreens, including "More Than a Feeling" and "Peace of Mind"; and has sold more than 17 million copies, tied for 11th all-time in the U.S.

Boston's 1978 follow-up, "Don't Look Back," was No. 1 for seven weeks and has been certified seven times platinum. After that, though, the band went on extended hiatus, returning with Delp and Scholz as the only original members for the 1986 album "Third Stage," which spawned Boston's only No. 1 single, "Amanda."

Delp left the group in 1990, but rejoined for a tour to support its 1994 album "Walk On." While away from the band, Delp teamed with ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau in a new band called RTZ. He also worked on Goudreau's 1980 solo album and mid-'80s band Orion the Hunter, which had an FM hit with "So You Ran." The singer also sang on a Keith Emerson album and on a few tracks on Boston's 2002 effort "Corporate America."

In recent years, Delp fronted Beatlejuice, a Boston-area Beatles cover band.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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