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You know the old saying, “You can choose your Friends but you can’t choose your Family”.  These 10 Super Bands (in no particular order) have members that chose to work next to their relatives day in and day out.  A few of them on the list still are.  Some of us consider close friends our family as much as we consider our kin our family.  I have many a musician friend that see their bandmates as family too. On the road, they travel, eat, sleep and perform with each other constantly.  Maybe it’s easier with someone you know almost as well as you know yourself.  The weird little quirks and annoying habits you learn about someone when you go on the road with them, would already be known by family.  No surprises there….. But as with any family, there are disagreements (if not, all out fights) with both professional and personal undertones.  And then there are the tears and heartache that go along with the fame, fortune and failure.  And of course, the ultimate clashing of egos is bound to happen at some point…but all in all these bands made it to the top with each other. What do you think? Blood or not, could you handle working with “the Fam” everyday? Do you? Tell us about it!



The Beach Boys


The Beach Boys are an American rock band, formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group’s original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine. At age 16, Brian Wilson shared a bedroom with his brothers, Dennis and Carl, in their family home.  For his 16th birthday, Brian was given a reel to reel tape recorder. He learned how to overdub using his vocals and those of Carl and their mother. Brian would play piano with Carl and David Marks (an eleven year old long time neighbour), playing guitars they had got as Christmas presents.


The Jackson 5

The Jackson 5 performing

The Jackson 5 are an American music family group from Gary, Indiana. Formed in 1964 under the name The Jackson Brothers, the founding members were Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael.  In 1964, father Joe Jackson caught his son Tito playing with his guitar after a string broke. Upon fixing the string, & threatening punishment, Tito played for his father, who was impressed enough to buy Tito his own guitar. Tito, Jermaine & Jackie showed an interest in singing and formed their own group with their father naming them as The Jackson Brothers with six-year-old MJ playing congas.


The Proclaimers

Herald picture of Proclaimers in 1989

The Proclaimers are a Scottish band composed of identical twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid.  They were born in Leith in 1962, and grew up in Edinburgh, Cornwall.  After several punk bands at school they formed The Proclaimers in 1983. The band still tours extensively throughout the world. They have released nine studio albums from 1987 until the present.


Creedence Clearwater Revival


Creedence Clearwater Revival—occasionally shortened to Creedence or CCR—was an American rock band popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s and consists of brothers Tom & John Fogerty. The brothers are of Irish descent and both began singing rock & roll in high school, although they both were in separate bands at the time.





AC/DC is an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who have remained constant members. Eldest brother George Young is known for being the producer of AC/DC. The Brothers all originate from Glasgow, Scotland. Most of the family moved to Sydney in 1963. Their oldest brother Alex Young chose to remain in Britain to pursue his own musical interests.


Santo & Johnny


Santo & Johnny were an Italian-American rock and roll duo from Brooklyn, New York, comprising brothers Santo and Johnny Farina. They are best known for their instrumental “Sleepwalk”, which became a regional hit and eventually reached the top of the Billboard pop chart when it was released nationally in 1959


Stone Temple Pilots


Stone Temple Pilots, currently known as Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, is an American rock band from San Diego, California, that currently consists of brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz, and Chester Bennington. The original lead vocalist of Stone Temple Pilots was Scott Weiland, who left the band in 2013



Kings of Leon


Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Anthony Caleb Followill, Ivan Nathan Followill and Michael Jared Followill, with their cousin Cameron Matthew Followill. The three Followill brothers (Matthew is their cousin) grew up in Oklahoma and Tennessee . Caleb, Jared, and Nathan were all born in Mt. Juliet Tennessee. All four members of the band go by their middle names.



 Bee Gees


The Bee Gees were a pop music group that was formed in 1958. The group’s line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The Bee Gees have sold more than 120 million records worldwide, making them one of the worlds best selling music artists of all time.



 The Allman Brothers Band


The Allman Brothers Band is an American rock/blues band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, as well as Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson.  Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971, months after the release and initial success of At Fillmore East.


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