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REAL NAMES / MEMBERS: Joseph Simmons (Run) ~ Darryl McDaniel (D.M.C.) ~ Jason Mizell (Jam Master Jay)
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BIRTHDAYS: Run (November 14, 1964) ~ D.M.C. (May 31, 1964) ~ Jam Master Jay (January 21, 1965 - October 30, 2002)
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Walk This Way" (1986)
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BIGGEST LP: Raising Hell (1986)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0
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ROLLING STONE: '100 Greatest Artists of All Time': # 48
button.gif (123 bytes) ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: 2009

 
TIMELINE

Run-D.M.C.button.gif (123 bytes) Musical history will look back one day at the 90s being the decade of hip-hop and rap emergence into the mainstream. Run-D.M.C. can at least take credit for starting this emergence in the 80s and influencing many of the artists that made it big in hip-hop years later. In the history of rap music, Run-D.M.C. can claim many firsts including the first rap act to have a #1 R&B LP and the first rap act to make the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Run-D.M.C. consists of Run (Joseph Simmons), D.M.C. (Darryl McDaniel), and Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell).

1982...

button.gif (123 bytes) Run-D.M.C. got together in Hollis, Queens after graduating from high school.

1984...

Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C. button.gif (123 bytes) When Run-D.M.C. emerged they gave rap a rougher edge, focusing more on lyrical statements than dance grooves. Suddenly LPs contained all rap songs with hard beats instead of an occasional rap track, and rap songs making it to the radio were all rap, not just an inclusion of a rap riff. Run-D.M.C. released several singles that gradually allowed the group to become more successful: "It's Like That," "Hard Times," and "Rock Box." They released their first LP, Run-D.M.C.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Run-D.M.C. was certified gold.

1985...

January
Run-D.M.C. - King Of Rockbutton.gif (123 bytes) Run-D.M.C. released King Of Rock and were at the top of their musical genre with many imitators trying to equal their success. Hit tracks off the LP included "King Of Rock" and "You Talk Too Much." The LP went platinum two years later.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) King Of Rock was certified gold.

1986...# 50 Singles Artist of the Year

Run-D.M.C.button.gif (123 bytes) Run-D.M.C. made it onto pop radio with their cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way." The single was a Top 10 pop hit and gave the trio more exposure on video channels (the first rap act to have major exposure on MTV).

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Their third LP Raising Hell, was very successful and also included the Top 40 hit "You Be Illin'" and the track "It's Tricky." The LP went Top 10 on the Pop charts, became the first rap LP to hit #1 on the R&B charts, and went triple-platinum.

June
Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hellbutton.gif (123 bytes) Raising Hell was certified 2x platinum.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Run-DMC performed in New York at an anti-crack concert.

1987...# 200 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Run DMC - "Walk This Way' (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Run-DMC were nominated for 5 American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Video Artist, Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group, Favorite Soul/R&B Album (Raising Hell), Favorite Soul/R&B Video, and Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group Video Artist.

February
Run DMC - "It's Like That' (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) King Of Rock was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Run-DMC were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group (Raising Hell).

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Raising Hell was certified 3x platinum.

September
Run DMC - "It's Tricky' (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "Walk This Way" was nominated for 2 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Stage Performance Video and Best Overall Performance.

1988...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Run-DMC were nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group.

May
Run-D.M.C. - Tougher Than Leatherbutton.gif (123 bytes) Run-D.M.C.'s follow-up LP, Tougher Than Leather was released in conjunction with a film of the same name starring the group. But by '88, the focus of popular rap had changed toward more hardcore, street artists, and Run-D.M.C.'s success failed to hold strong. Neither the LP or the movie were considered hit releases although the LP did go platinum.

June
Run DMC - "Mary Mary" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Tougher Than Leather was certified platinum.

1989...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Run-D.M.C. were nominated for 2
American Music Awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album (Tougher Than Leather).

1990...

November
Run-D.M.C. - Back From Hellbutton.gif (123 bytes) Run-D.M.C. released Back From Hell. Even though critics enjoyed the LP (Q magazine called it "one for the woofers... and ferocious," the LP failed to go platinum.

button.gif (123 bytes) The trio continued to be over-shadowed by other rap acts making their way to stardom. Personal problems plagued the group soon after with McDaniel's dealing with alcoholism and Simmons being accused of rape. Both men became born-again Christians after the alcoholism was worked on and rape charges dismissed.

1991...

November
Run-D.M.C. - Greatest Hitsbutton.gif (123 bytes) A greatest hits collection, Together Forever: Greatest Hits 1983-91, was released and included their rap holiday classic, "Christmas In Hollis" (originally contributed to the A Very Special Christmas compilation).

1993... # 111 Singles Artist of the Year

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Run-D.M.C. hit the Top 40 with "Down With The King."

May
Run-D.M.C. - Down With The Kingbutton.gif (123 bytes) Run-D.M.C. released what many called their comeback LP, Down With The King which gave them another Top 40 hit with the title track. The LP sold well and many of today's biggest rap artists still praise Run-D.M.C. as their inspiration and as the innovators of rap.
button.gif (123 bytes) Run-D.M.C. topped the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart for 2 weeks with "Down With The King."
button.gif (123 bytes) Down With The King topped the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart for a week.

button.gif (123 bytes) Run-D.M.C. could be heard on The Beavis And Butthead Experience with "Bounce."
Run DMC - "Down With The King' (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The singles "Walk This Way" and "Down With The King" were certified gold.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Down With The King was certified gold.

October
Run DMC - "Ooh, Whatcha Gonna Do" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: "The 100 Top Music Videos" included "Walk This Way" at # 11.

1997...

January
Run-D.M.C.button.gif (123 bytes) Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock And Roll includes "Walk This Way."

1998...

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Run-D.M.C. (with Jason Nevins) topped the UK Singles charts with "It's Like That" for 6 weeks.

1999...

Run DMC - "Rock Show' (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) MTV: 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made includes "Walk This Way" at # 5.

2001...

April
Run-DMC - Crown Royalbutton.gif (123 bytes) Crown Royal was released after numerous delays and featured appearances by Kid Rock, Nas, Method Man, and more. The delays of the LP were said to be due to the management of Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst not wanting their contributions used as singles of the LP.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 100 Greatest Videos includes: # 11 - "Walk This Way" (with Aerosmith).

2002...

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Run D.M.C. released Greatest Hits.

October
Run-DMC - Greatest Hitsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Jam Master Jay was shot and killed on October 30th at the age of 37. Jay (Jason Mizell) was shot in a recording studio in Queens, New York by an unknown assailant and died from a gunshot wound to the head. Run-D.M.C. had recently finished touring with Aerosmith and Kid Rock. Darryl McDaniels (DMC) said of the loss: "I am deeply saddened and shocked by the loss of my friend and long-time partner Jam Master Jay. He was family to me. We grew up together. We ate together. We slept together. We laughed together. We lived two-third's of our lives together. He made every DJ not want to use a DAT machine. He stuck to the true essence of what a DJ in a hip-hop performance should be. The whole music industry has lost a great talent. I always thought we would be together forever. I will truly miss him." Aerosmith issued the comments: "Jay was scratching before anyone had the itch and was still at the top of his game when we played with him this summer. We will hear him every night when we play 'Walk This Way'."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Run announced the end of Run-DMC due to Jay's death: "Nobody wants to see Run and DMC without Jay. Jay was definitely one third of the group... Run-DMC is officially retired. I can't get out onstage with a new DJ."

2003...

April
button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists includes Run-DMC at # 1.

June
Ultimate Run-D.M.C.button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years includes "Walk This Way" at # 6.

October
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The CD/DVD, Ultimate Run-D.M.C., was released.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: # 120: Raising Hell, # 240: Run-D.M.C..

2004..

April
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Rolling Stone: The Immortals - The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time included Run-DMC at # 48.

2006...

October
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VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's included "Walk This Way" at # 9.

2008...

June
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Entertainment Weekly: 100 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years included Raising Hell at # 38.

2009...

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Run-DMC were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.



LPs
Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C. Run-D.M.C.
Released: 1984
US: Gold
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeBillboard peak: # 53
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Hard Time" - "Rock Box" - "Jam Master Jay" - "Hollis Crew (Krush-Groove 2)" - "Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1)" - "It's Like That" - "Wake Up" - "30 Days" - "Jay's Game"
Run-D.M.C. - King Of Rock King Of Rock
Released: January, 1985
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 52
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Rock The House" - "King Of Rock" - "You Talk Too Much" - "Jam-Master Jammin'" - "Roots, Rap, Reggae" - "Can You Rock It Like This" - "You're Blind" - "It's Not Funny" - "Darryl And Joe (Krush-Groove 3)"
Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell
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Raising Hell
Released: May, 1986
US: 3x Platinum
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeBillboard peak: # 3
Rolling Stone review: 5 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Peter Piper" - "It's Tricky" - "My Adidas" - "Walk This Way" - "Is It Live" - "Perfection" - "Hit It Run" - "Raising Hell" - "You Be Illin'" - "Dumb Girl" - "Son Of Byford" - "Proud To Be Proud"
Run-D.M.C. - Tougher Than Leather Tougher Than Leather
Released: May, 1988
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 9
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Run's House" - "Mary, Mary" - "They Call Us Run-D.M.C." - "Beats To The Rhyme" - "Radio Station" - "Papa Crazy" - "Tougher Than Leather" - "I'm Not Going Out Like That" - "How'd Ya Do It Dee" - "Miss Elaine" - "Soul To Rock And Roll" - "Ragtime"
Run-D.M.C. - Back From Hell Back From Hell
Released: November, 1990
Billboard peak: # 81
Rolling Stone review: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Sucker D.J.'s" - "The Ave." - "What's It All About" - "Bob Your Head" - "Faces" - "Kick The Frama Lama Lama" - "Pause" - "Word Is Born" - "Back From Hell" - "Don't Stop" - "Groove To The Sound" - "P Upon A Tree" - "Naughty" - "Livin' In The City" - "Not Just Another Groove" - "Party Time"
Run-D.M.C. - Greatest Hits Together Forever: Greatest Hits 1983-91
Released: November, 1991
Billboard peak: # 199
Rolling Stone review: 5 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1)" - "Walk This Way" (with Aerosmith) - "Together Forever (Krush-Groove 4)" (live) - "King Of Rock" - "Run's House" - "It's Tricky" - "Pause" - "You Be Illin'" - "My Adidas" - "Here We Go" (live) - "Rock Box" - "The Ave." - "Hard Times" - "Beats To The Rhyme" - "Jam Master Jay" - "Peter Piper" - "It's Like That" - "Christmas In Hollis"
Run-D.M.C. - Down With The King Down With The King
Released: May, 1993
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 7
Entertainment Weekly: B
Tracks: "Down With The King" - "Come On Everybody" - "Can I Get It, Yo" - "Hit 'Em Hard" - "To The Maker" - "3 In The Head" - "Ooh, Whatcha Gonna Do" - "Big Willie" - "Three Little Indians" - "In The House" - "Can I Get A Witness" - "Get Open" - "What's Next" - "Wreck Shop" - "For 10 Years"
Run-DMC - Crown Royal Crown Royal
Released: April, 2000
Billboard peak: # 37
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: B-
Tracks: "It's Over" - "Queens Day" - "Crown Royal" - "Them Girls" - "Take The Money And Run" - "Rock Show" - "Here We Go 2001" - "Ahhh" - "Let's Stay Together (Together Forever)" - "Ay Papi" - "Simmons Incorporated"
Run-DMC - Greatest Hits Greatest Hits
Released: September, 2002
Tracks: "King Of Rock" - "It's Tricky" - "Beats To The Rhyme" - "Can You Rock It Like This" - "Walk This Way" - "Run's House" - "Rock Box" - "Peter Piper" - "Mary, Mary" - "Hard Times" - "You Be Illin'" - "It's Like That" - "My Adidas" - "Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1)" - "You Talk Too Much" - "Jam Master Jay" - "Down With The King" - "Christmas In Hollis"
Run-DMC - 'Ultimate Run DMC'
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Ultimate Run DMC
Released: October, 2003
Tracks: "Rock Box" - "Run's House" - "Walk This Way" - "Together Forever" (live) - "King Of Rock" - "Jam-Master Jay" - "Hit It Run" - "It's Tricky" - "Peter Piper" - "It's Like That" - "Raising Hell" - "My Adidas" - "Sucker MC's" - "Mary, Mary" - "Here We Go" (live) - "Beats To The Rhyme" - "Down With The King" - "It's Like That" (Run DMC vs. Jason Nevins)
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Walk This Way
from
Raising Hell
RIAA Certification: Gold
Year-End Chart Position: # 87
AMA Nominee: Favorite Soul/R&B Video
MTV VMA Nominee:
Best Stage Performance Video, Best Overall Performance
Rolling Stone: "The 100 Top Music Video": #
11
VH1: "100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years": #
6
3 11 1986 Run DMC - "Walk This Way' (Single)
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2 Run DMC - "Down With The King' (Single)Down With The King
from
Down With The King
ARC Chart Run:
39 - 33 - 27 - 25 - 23 - 21 - 32 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
158
RIAA Certification: Gold
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3 Run DMC - "You Be Illin'" (Single)You Be Illin'
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Raising Hell
Year-End Chart Position: # 197
28 7 1986 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Run DMC - "It's Like That' (Single)It's Like That
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Run-D.M.C.
** ** 1984 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Run DMC - "It's Tricky' (Single)It's Tricky
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Raising Hell
** ** 1987 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Run DMC - "Mary Mary" (Single)Mary, Mary
from
Tougher Than Leather
** ** 1988 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Run DMC - "Ooh, Whatcha Gonna Do" (Single)Ooh, Whatcha Gonna Do
from
Down With The King
** ** 1993 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Run DMC - "Rock Show' (Single)Rock Show
from
Crown Royal
** ** 2000 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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