An American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California.
Active on RCA from 1984 to 1989, they sold 1.5 million records and were awarded gold with their "Sign In Please" album.
A new version of the band (v2.02) was formed by their founder Steve Plunkett in 2002 for a single album. They have been inactive since 2005.
They have toured with Motley Crue, Heart, Aerosmith, Ronnie James Dio, Van Halen, Bryan Adams, and Whitesnake.
Autograph began in late 1983 originally as a solo project for singer-songwriter/guitarist Steve Plunkett (also known as "Plunk"), who had recently left the band Silver Condor, due to his frustration with their lack of interest in recording his songs.
Plunkett then began playing and recording his own material with a group of his musician friends, most of whom had previously played with him in other bands.
On lead guitar was Steve Lynch who had played with Plunkett in the band Looker, and who has a distinctive two-handed, fretboard-tapping technique, which eventually won him the "Guitar Solo of the Year" award from Guitar Player magazine for his work on Autograph's signature song, "Turn Up The Radio."
Bassist Randy Rand knew Plunkett from their days together in Wolfgang, a prominent club band in Los Angeles, which has been described as a local legend and of which Kevin Dubrow (lead singer of Quiet Riot).
Quickly, this group of musicians recording together took the form of an actual band. Plunkett chose the name "Autograph" for the band, having been inspired by hearing Def Leppard's similarly-titled song, "Photograph," on the radio.
The band rose to prominence opening for Van Halen on their 1984 tour, ultimately playing 48 shows, an act of distinction for an unsigned band. Autograph signed a contract with RCA Records following a performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1984.
Autograph remained at RCA to record a third album which took longer to record than the other two. Loud and Clear was released in the spring of 1987 and was produced by their friend Andy Johns.
The band left RCA in early 1988 and not long after RCA coincidentally went defunct.
The band would eventually find a new deal with Epic in 1989, but it fell through at the last minute, and the members called it quits towards the end of December of that year.
Frontman Steve Plunkett recorded a solo album " My Attitude" shortly after the breakup that was released in 1991, while drummer Keni Richards went on to work with Dirty White Boy. Keyboardist Steve Isham joined up with Gary Moon, who later replaced Jack Blades in Night Ranger, to form The Pack.
Though the group had disbanded, a few of their music videos, most commonly "Turn Up the Radio" from their debut, continued to be played on channels and programs such as MTV.
Original band members;
Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar: Steve Plunkett
Guitars: Steve Lynch
Bass: Randy Rand (born Randy Schuchart)
Keyboards: Steven Isham
Drums: Keni Richards
Line-up for Buzz album:
Lead Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards: Steve Plunkett
Guitars: T. J. Helmerich
Bass: Lance Morrison
Drums: Matt Laug