The group’s members were originally part of country pop singer Don King’s road band. When King stopped touring in 1981, the group decided to stay together and played up to five sets a night, six days a week, until they auditioned for the TV show Star Search in 1983. They auditioned just to get the videotape to promote the band, yet ended up winning the $100,000 grand prize and record contract.
The band originally chose the name Savanna. When another band with a similar name emerged, the group decided to change its own moniker.