Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, initially in a band called the Jam Band, met up with vocalist/musician/harmonicist Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and framed Aerosmith. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band started building up a following in Boston.
They were signed to Columbia Records in 1972, and released a string of gold and platinum collections, starting with their 1973 eponymous presentation collection, trailed by Getting Your Wings in 1974. In 1975, the band broke into the standard with the collection Toys in the Attic, and their 1976 follow-up Rocks established their status as hard rock superstars. Two extra collections followed in 1977 and 1979. Their initial five collections have since achieved multi-platinum status. All through the 1970s, the band visited widely and outlined twelve Hot 100 singles. Before the decade's over, they were among the most prevalent hard rock groups. However, drug addiction and internal conflict took their toll on the band, which led to the departures of Perry and Whitford in 1979 and 1981, respectively; they were replaced by Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay.