Paul Dean came up with the band's name while flipping through a fashion magazine in 1979. What started as "Covergirl" became "Coverboy" and, finally, "Loverboy."
The band maintained its original lineup until 2000, when original keyboardist Scott Smith died in a sailing accident.
The band's hit "Working For The Weekend" was featured in a Saturday Night Live skit. In the skit, Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze did an elaborate dance-off for a position as a Chippendale's dancer - "Working for the Weekend" was the backing music.
In our interview, Paul Dean explained that the first show the band performed was as an opening act for KISS. Said Dean: "We weren't tight. The bass player was looking at me, a little confused. And this was in front of 15,000 rabid KISS fans. But it was a good show."
Paul Dean credits Jim Kale, bass player from The Guess Who, with helping him learn to be a serious songwriter. The musician advised him to tie his lyrics together into something meaningful, rather than just string together phrases.
"Working for the Weekend," written by Paul Dean, was originally called "Waiting for the Weekend." Mike Reno suggested the change.
Loverboy released four Platinum albums - over a million copies sold for each.
The founding members were Paul Dean and Mike Reno. The pair met in a warehouse, where Dean was jamming with a new band. Reno stopped by with a mutual friend, belted out a few songs, and the two decided to collaborate formally on the spot.
Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" opens with the South African female singer Letta Mbulu saying the Swahili phrase "Naku penda piya-naku taka piya-mpenziwe." There was some geographic liberty here, as Swahili is not spoken in the West African nation of Liberia.