Great White PhotoFORMED: 1982

For most intents and purposes, Great White wasn't that different from the glut of mid-'80s hard rock/heavy metal bands. Their songs were derivative of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Mott the Hoople, and lead singer Jack Russell had Robert Plant's wail down cold. Despite their lack of originality, the band was a tight unit that knew the value of a good song -- they covered Hunter twice, including their hit single "Once Bitten, Twice Shy."

However, Great White could never write as clever and mean as Hunter, nor could they crank out the riffs like Jimmy Page or Angus Young, which made their time in the spotlight very brief. The band continues to record and tour in the '90s, but they have yet to regain the audience 1989's Twice Shy captured with records like 1994's Sail Away and 1996's Let It Rock.

In 1999, they saluted their biggest influence with Great Zeppelin: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin; Can't Get There from Here appeared later that same year. 2000's Latest & Greatest featured newly-recorded versions of their hits. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide