Shaw joined Styx in December 1975. His first album with Styx, Crystal Ball (1976), was titled after his own composition and also includes his songs " Mademoiselle " and "Shooz". Its follow-up, The Grand Illusion (1977), became the group's breakthrough album, which went platinum due in part to Shaw: He personally went from studio to studio, coast to coast and pleaded with the stations to play the band's Dennis DeYoung -written and-sung single " Come Sail Away " and also featured a radio hit by Shaw, " Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) ".
He was born Roland Edgar Shaw-Tomkins in Leicester on May 26 1920, the only child of a foreman in a Kettering boot factory. An early hankering to play the drums was thwarted by a lack of funds to purchase a full drum kit. Instead he bought a set of drumsticks, which, he recalled, “probably did great damage to the windowsills”. He eventually taught himself to play the piano.