Tom Scholz’s More Than A Feeling, which was motivated by a crush on his cousin, brought Boston out of the basement and gave it a life of its own.
When someone mentions Boston, “More Than A Feeling” is likely the first thing that springs to mind. The song was written by engineer and band leader Tom Scholz, who worked on it for close to five years.
Boston’s debut single went gold right away as it was released. The song, which Scholz painstakingly and cleverly created in his basement, was properly recorded after the band signed a deal with CBS, which Scholz perceived as a hardship given his knowledge of union regulations. The song “More Than a Feeling” was pitched to radio stations for many days and nights until it suddenly became popular.
The song’s reference to Marianne was based on a real-life individual. Scholz revealed, “She was my older first cousin, who I had a crush on when I was 10. I ran into her many many years later and she was very annoyed at me for mentioning that she was my older cousin.”
With 17 million sales over the course of its lifespan, “More Than A Feeling” contributed to the Boston album’s meteoric sales rise.