Artists – B

Badfinger

Badfinger

Badfinger began life in Wales in 1964 as The Iveys. After honing their approach as a support act for groups including The Who, The Spencer Davis Group and The Yardbirds, in late 1966 The Iveys cut their first demo with producer Ray Davies. The group then headed towards The Beatles Apple offices in the hope of being signed as both(...)

Bakerloo Blues Line, The

Managed by Jim Simpson (first manager of Black Sabbath), this hard working Birmingham trio formed in 1968 and was fronted by guitarist David 'Clem' Clempson, a self-confessed Clapton fanatic. They signed to Gus Dudgeon's Tuesday Productions, who also handled Tea & Symphony, Magna Carta and Mike Chapman, and after securing a one-off deal with EMI's new progressive outlet,(...)

Bakery

Bakery formed in Perth, Western Australia, in 1970. One of the leading underground groups of their day, they are remembered for their superb debut album, Momento (1971), the innovative A Rock Mass for Love LP (recorded live in St George's Cathedral, Perth, on 21 March 1971 in the presence of nearly 6,000 people) and the powerful single(...)

Balaam and The Angel

Bam Balams, The

Singer/songwriter Brendan Kibble formed The Bam Balams in Sydney in August 1984. The line-up of Kibble, Brad Fitzpatrick (ex-Division 4), Steve Cole and Matt Manchester recorded the singles Deliver My Love (November 1985) and No-One Else (June 1986) for the Citadel label. Both were produced by former-Radio Birdman singer Rob Younger. Kibble broke up the band at the end(...)

Bamboos, The

By the time this Perth (Australia) band's debut LP, Rarer Than Rocking Horse Shit, was released on vinyl it was already three years old - having previously been available on cassette only. Craig Hallsworth  Guitar, vocals Greg Hitchcock  Guitar Roger Russell  Guitar Mark Gelmi  Bass Russell Hopkinson  Drums Shakir Pichler  Drums Tony Chiallella  Drums

Bananarama

This British female dance-pop vocal trio, comprising Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin, came on the scene just as MTV was becoming an influential force in the early 80s. The three friends released a single (Aie a Mwana) on the independent Demon label in 1981. Their picture was spotted in the late style bible(...)

Band Aid

Bob Geldof (ex-Boomtown Rats) was watching television in October 1984 when he saw the news reports from Ethiopia. Driven to action, he used his contacts to get people together. And so Geldof assembled a few colleagues to record a fund-raising record . . . That roll-call in full: Bananarama, Bob Geldof, Culture Club, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Frankie Goes(...)

Band of Angels

Singer Christian (John) Gaydon, keyboard player Mike d'Abo, guitarist John Baker, bass player David Wilkinson and drummer James Rugge-Price were a bunch of public schoolboys (from Harrow, no less) who performed in straw boaters and blazers and managed to secure their own comic strip in the UK pop magazine sponsored by Radio Luxembourg, Fab 208. They were(...)

Band Of Light

Band of Light was a blues-based group formed in October 1972 in Sydney (Australia) by Phil Key, with bassist Peter Roberts - both of whom had just left The La De Das. Their distinctive blues-rock sound was built around the dual slide guitar work of Key and their other superb guitarist, Norm Roue, who had(...)

Band Of Talabene

Phil Manning Guitar, vocals Tony Naylor Guitar Phil Gaunt Bass Tony Buettel Drums Gus Fenwick Bass Peter Roberts Guitar Fran Kelly Bass Peter Curtain Drums Paul Wheeler Bass Dallas Royal Drums Steve Webb Drums

Band, The

Amid media speculation, Bob Dylan's backing group, The Band, released their debut album Music From Big Pink in 1968. It was named after the house they recorded it in (in West Saugerties, New York) and it entered the US album charts on August 10. The unusually high interest in The Band's autonomous debut was mainly due to the(...)

Bandicoot

Australian band Bandicoot was essentially the duo of Mick Fettes (who had recently left Madder Lake) and Shane Bourne (who later became known as a comedian and actor). The two knew each other from the Reefer Cabaret and teamed up to record and tour as Bandicoot, with the help of a few friends, including Gary(...)

Bangles, The

In 1981, a folk-rock singer named Susanna Hoffs rang up a couple of garage-rocking sisters, from Northridge on the northern rim of the San Fernando Valley, called Debbi and Vicki Peterson. The Peterson girls had placed an ad in a Los Angeles newspaper called The Recycler (the paper of choice if you were in the market for(...)

Barbara Acklin

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