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Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt Kickers

Bobby Pickett originally wanted to be an actor - in fact, you can watch him co-starring with Deborah Walley and Tommy Kirk in the 1967...

BoDeans

BoDeans frontmen Kurt Newmann (aka Beau BoDean) and Sammy Llanas met in high school in 1977 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and worked together in a number...

Barbara McNair

Brenda Holloway had one genuine rival in the Motown glamour stakes. The delectable Barbara McNair from Racine, Wisconsin, even went into the annals as...

Bad Brains

Widely regarded as pioneers of the whole US hardcore movement, the four Rastafarians from Washington DC known as Bad Brains may well have been...

Bubble Puppy

Making their debut opening for The Who in San Antonio in 1966, Texans Bubble Puppy jammed with Townshend and co prior to the show...

Bobby Goldsboro

Born on 18 January 1941 in Marianna, Florida, Bobby Goldsboro studied business administration at college before playing guitar with a band that performed for...

Blossom Toes

Blossom Toes were a quintessentially English psychedelic pop band active between 1967 and 1969. The band's debut album, We Are Ever So Clean, was presented...

Blues Project, The

Formed in 1965, The Blues Project were in the vanguard of the Sixties blues revival. Playing a rootsy amalgam of blues, jazz, folk and...

Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs

William Richard Thorpe was born in Manchester, England, and moved to Australia with his parents at the age of 11. They settled in Brisbane,...

Blossoms, The

When The Blossoms first formed in 1963 it was as a vocal backing group for other artists recording for Phil Spector. The first stars...

Bobby Vinton

After US Army service, band leader's son Bobby Vinton put together a group and landed a spot down the bill on a 1960 tour...

Blue Aeroplanes, The

This unlikely answer to the Velvet Underground formed in Bristol, England, in the early 80s and endured endless line-up changes. Their original aim -...

Babes In Toyland

All-girl trio Babes in Toyland formed in Minneapolis in 1988 and topped the indie charts with their Spanking Machine LP in 1990. Their music was the sound of...

Black Flag

Napalming its way onto the often violent California punk scene of the early 1980s, Damaged (1981) is one of the angriest and most confronting albums ever. Although...

Betty Everett

Born in Greenwood, Mississippi, in 1939, Betty Everett was playing piano and singing in church by the age of nine. In 1957, she moved to...

Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack first began singing in the 1950s along with his brothers in a gospel group and later in an ensemble known as The...

Bob & Earl

Bob & Earl had a massive hit with the often-covered Harlem Shuffle (reportedly George Harrison's favourite song of all time). Earl Nelson died in Los Angeles...

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David Bowie

Born in January 1947, David began his musical career playing drums in a dance band, wearing a bowtie and playing the Hokey Cokey. Initially little more...

Zoot

When Australian band Zoot moved from their hometown of Adelaide (where they had played as Times Unlimited and Down The Line) to Melbourne in...

Frijid Pink

Frijid Pink formed from the ashes of a covers band called The Detroit Vibrations. Their version of The House Of The Rising Sun was a huge hit...

Fairies, The

The group were formed in Colchester in Essex in 1963 as Dane Stephens and The Deep Beats, later evolving into The Fairies. They signed to...

Men At Work

Singer/songwriter Colin Hay grew up in a town on the west coast of Scotland called Saltcoats, where his father owned a music store. In...

Old Grey Whistle Test, The

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 8 7 (UK) Late Night Line-Up's coverage of progressive rock outfits, alongside the expected jazz and classical ensembles, had...

Terence Trent D’Arby

Terence Trent D'Arby was born in Manhattan in 1962, the son of a Pentecostal evangelist, the Rev. James Darby - Terry adopted the apostrophe...

Keef Hartley Band, The

Lancashire drummer Keef Hartley, well known for his flamboyant dress-sense (he often dressed as an American Indian - sometimes in full headdress and war paint) replaced Ringo Starr in Rory...