Yes, they made Bruce Dickinson famous before Iron Maiden. SAMSON paved the way to the whole NWOBHM movement and were highly successful from 1978 to 1984 (Bruce was the lead singer until June 1981). In the late eighties/early nineties, they reinvented themselves as a Hard Rock band sometimes flirting with blues and AOR. In 1999-2000, there was an ultimate reunion featuring Nicky Moore, Paul Samson, Chris Aylmer and Thunderstick. Paul Samson (RIP 1953-2002) was an absolute genius. The last SAMSON record was P.S.... (2006), issued posthumously. It's their 10th studio album. Many former SAMSON members became famous on their own. John McCoy formed Gillan. Bruce Dickinson became the definitive Iron Maiden frontman. Mel Gaynor joinedSimple Minds. Thunderstick created his eponymous metal band. Pete Jupp and Mervyn Goldsworthy formed FM. Nicky Moore formed Mammoth with John McCoy in 1987 and then he turned into a blues legend in UK - by the way, before joining Samson, he had been the lead singer of successful cult bands as Hackensack and Tiger/Big Jim Sullivan Band. If you want to know more about SAMSON, I created a detailed site: SAMSONWORLD http://samsonworld.blogspot.com Complete biography and discography. Featuring exclusive interviews with Nicky Moore, Mick White, Peter Scallan and Billy Fleming - so far. Looking forward your feedback. Thanks.