|Birth name||John Anthony Panozzo|
September 20, 1948|
|Died||July 16, 1996
|Genres||Progressive rock, rock, hard rock|
John Anthony Panozzo (September 20, 1948 – July 16, 1996) was an American drummer best known for his work with rock band Styx.
Early Life and Career
Panozzo grew up in the Roseland neighborhood, the south side of Chicago, Illinois, with his fraternal twin brother, Chuck (born 90 minutes apart). At age 7, the twins took musical lessons from their uncle in which John took an interest in drums and percussion. They attended Catholic school and eventually they were part of a three-piece band in which John played drums and Chuck played guitar. They would play weddings at age 12 and were paid $15 apiece.
Then, in 1961, John, Chuck, and their neighbor, Dennis DeYoung, formed a band called The Tradewinds in which John played drums, Chuck played guitar, and Dennis played the accordion and sang. They played local gigs at bars and began gaining popularity as a garage band on the city's South Side. In 1968, Chuck switched to bass and they added guitarists/vocalists James "J.Y." Young and John Curulewski, changing their name to TW4. The band signed to Wooden Nickel Records and changed their name to Styx.
Illness and Death
Years of excessive drinking began to take a toll on his liver. In the mid-1990s, as Styx was about to embark on its first tour with the classic line-up since 1983, John fell seriously ill and began battling cirrhosis of the liver, eventually dying of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging and cirrhosis in Chicago; he was 47 years old.
The band dedicated their 1996 Return to Paradise tour to him, and Tommy Shaw, who had earlier replaced Curulewski, wrote the song "Dear John" as the band's final tribute to their drummer and friend.
- 1972 Styx
- 1973 Styx II
- 1973 The Serpent Is Rising
- 1974 Man of Miracles
- 1975 Equinox
- 1976 Crystal Ball
- 1977 The Grand Illusion
- 1978 Pieces of Eight
- 1979 Cornerstone
- 1981 Paradise Theater
- 1983 Kilroy Was Here
- 1990 Edge of the Century
- 1995 Styx Greatest Hits
- 1996 Styx Greatest Hits Part 2
- 2000 Extended Versions
- 2002 20th Century Masters
- 2004 Come Sail Away - The Styx Anthology
- 2005 The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings
- 2006 Styx Gold (re-release of Come Sail Away - The Styx Anthology)
- Clark, Dick (March 29, 1983). "Styx and stones...". Times-News.
- "John Panozzo - Styx Drummer". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. July 16, 1996.
- "John Panozzo, 47, 70's Rock Drummer". New York Times. July 18, 1996. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- Perrone, Pierre (20 July 1996). "Obituary: John Panozzo". The Independent. Retrieved 23 September 2013.