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Aretha Franklin

Daughter of Detroit's acclaimed Baptist preacher, the Reverend C L Franklin, Aretha Louise Franklin was just into her twenties when she signed to Atlantic in November...

Arrested Development

When Arrested Development's debut appeared in 1992, the Atlanta band seemed to herald a new dawn in hip-hop. It seemed they had created a...

Art of Noise

Before they helped Max Headroom to hit the charts (Paranoimia) or resurrected the careers of Tom Jones (Kiss) and Duane Eddy (Peter Gunn), Art Of Noise brought sampling...

Attack, The

This mid-60s Mod-influenced UK group (formerly known as The Soul System) were signed to Don Arden's agency, Galaxy Entertainments, in the hope of emulating...

Alternative TV (ATV)

The success of the 70's London punk fanzine Sniffin' Glue was almost entirely due to the irreverent, pugnacious sincerity of its founder Mark Perry (pictured below...

Archies, The

Don Kirshner and Ron Dante worked together as teenagers for Aldon Music, whose roster of writers included Neil Sedaka, Gerry Goffin and Carole King. After singing...

Aswad

Aswad - whose name means 'black' in Arabic - formed in 1975 in West London's Ladbroke Grove and built their early reputation on four...

Atlanta Rhythm Section

Hairy Americans who made friendly Southern AOR - not unlike a less thrashy Lynyrd Skynyrd. Unfortunate abbreviation makes the band ARS! Ronnie Hammond  Vocals JR Cobb  Guitar Barry Bailey  Guitar Dean...

Archie Bell & The Drells

In 1967, Texan Archie Bell received his daft letter from the US Army. Bell was understandably depressed at the prospect of going to serve...

Arcadium

This 1960s psychedelic band was fronted by songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Miguel Sergides with Graham Best on bass, Allan Ellwood on organ, John Albert...

Arcadia

During Duran Duran's "gap year" (1985), Arcadia was the girly yin to the macho yang of Power Station, and - surprise, surprise - thanks to hit...

April Wine

Myles Goodwyn Vocals, guitar Steve Lang Bass Gary Moffet Guitar Brian Greenway Guitar, vocals Jerry Mercer Drums David Henman Guitar Ritchie Henman Drums Jim Henman Bass Jim Clench Bass

Atlantics, The

Rock Historian Glenn A Baker has called The Atlantics "one of the most extraordinarily talented rock groups Australia has ever produced". The band's sound encompassed...

Atomic Rooster

Atomic Rooster was a British prog-rock group formed in 1969 with an initial line-up of Vincent Crane (real name Vincent Cheesman) and Carl Palmer...

Applejacks, The

The Applejacks hailed from Solihull in the West Midlands where, in 1960, guitarists Martin Baggott and Philip Cash were in a church youth club...

Aphrodite’s Child

Aphrodite's Child were formed in Athens, Greece, by singer Demis Roussos and keyboard player Evangahlos O. Papathanassiou (better known later as Vangelis) in the...

Apartments , The

Like a number of Australian musicians who got their start during the late 1970s New Wave movement, The Apartments' Peter Milton Walsh received more acclaim in...

Any Trouble

Stiff Records had great commercial hopes for this Manchester quartet, led by balding, bespectacled singer/guitarist/pianist Clive Gregson, whose songs - mostly about the unhappy side...

Antoinette

Born Marie Antoinette Daly in Southend, Essex, between the ages of 13 and 15, Antoinette (later known as Toni Daly) recorded half a dozen...

Australian Crawl

The members of Australian Crawl all hailed from the Mount Eliza area on the Mornington Peninsular in Victoria, Australia. The band came together in...

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Diodes, The

When punk first broke in 1976, Canadian band The Diodes (Paul Robinson, John Catto, Ian Mackay, John Hamilton and, later, Michael Lengyell) were in...

Utopia

After five solo albums released between 1970 and 1974, Todd Rundgren put together the band Utopia. The band was originally, in effect, Rundgren's version of Wings and the first...

Don’t Knock the Twist (1962)

An effort by Columbia Pictures to capitalise on the Twist dance craze, produced by notorious cost-cutter Sam Katzman as a virtual remake of Don't Knock The Rock (1956). The...

Just for You (1966)

Known in the USA as Disk-O-Tek Holiday.

American Flyer

American Flyer comprised Craig Fuller (formerly of Pure Prairie League), Doug Yule (ex-Velvet Underground), Steve Katz (ex-Blood, Sweat & Tears) and Eric Kaz. Their eponymous debut...

Blind Faith

Blind Faith was formed by Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker from Cream, Steve Winwood from Traffic and Ric Grech from Family. Britain's most anxiously awaited...

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa was one of the most accomplished composers of the rock era. His music had an understanding of and appreciation for such figures as...

Kenny Lynch

Born and bred in Stepney, East London, Kenny was one of thirteen children. He began singing with his sister, Gladys, who was a jazz singer...