John Curulewski

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John "JC" Curulewski
Born(1950-10-03)October 3, 1950
Chicago, Illinois, US
DiedFebruary 13, 1988(1988-02-13) (aged 37)
  • Guitar
  • vocals
  • keyboard
Years active1968–1975
LabelsWooden Nickel, A&M
Formerly ofStyx, Spread Eagle, Arctic Fox

John Curulewski (October 3, 1950 – February 13, 1988) was an American musician who was one of the original members of Styx.


In 1969 Curulewski joined the Chicago-based band TW4, featuring college friends Dennis DeYoung, Chuck Panozzo, and John Panozzo. The group evolved into Styx by 1972.[1] Curulewski played guitar and sang occasional lead vocals on the band's first five studio albums, released from 1972 to 1975.[2] Just after the recording of the album Equinox in 1975, Curulewski left Styx to spend more time with his family, and was replaced by Tommy Shaw.[3]

After his career with Styx, Curulewski became a guitar teacher in the Chicago area and played occasionally in local bands. He died on February 13, 1988, from a brain aneurysm. He was survived by his wife and their son.[4]


  1. ^ Kogan, Rick. "Giving up the ghosts". Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "Styx | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  3. ^ "Equinox - Styx | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  4. ^ "Buried Here - John Curulewski, Original Member And Guitarist For "Styx"". History Of Rock Music. December 26, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2020.