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Brotherly Love

Liverpool group Brotherly Love comprised three brothers, Mike, Ronnie and Lee Carroll. Their single Tip Of My Tongue was actually their fifth record, and was written by...

Brotherhood Of Man

Brotherhood of Man's 1970 UK hit United We Stand was adopted as a clarion call for the post-Stonewall gay rights movement. Hardly an outcome that producer Tony...

Bros

Platinum-haired twin brothers Matt and Luke Goss formed a group with school friend Craig Logan. The group was originally called Caviar before changing to Bros (pronounced...

Brook Benton

Born Benjamin Franklin Peay in Lugoff, South Carolina, in 1931, Benton - the son of a Methodist preacher - began singing in his father's...

Bronski Beat

Playing electronic instruments and singing openly gay lyrics in a shrill falsetto, this London trio burst onto a complacent music scene in 1984. Scottish-born Jimmy...

British Lions

While Mott The Hoople effectively fell apart in 1974 they didn't officially split until 1976, at which point drummer Dale 'Buffin' Griffin, bassist Pete 'Overend' Watts...

Brinsley Schwarz

It's a tad unfair that Brinsley Schwarz became a global laughing stock after their infamous "Fillmore trip" of 1970. The ill-fated jaunt saw them pay...

Brill Building Pop

The New York record business at the start of the 1960s was very much the leader in the field and was dominated by the idea...

Brian Hyland

Brian was born on 12 November 1943 in Queens, New York City, where his first musical experience ranged from church choir at the age...

Brian Cadd

Instead of becoming a rock star, Perth-born Brian Cadd could have become a champion tennis player. At the age of ten his mother offered...

Brenda Lee

Born Brenda Mae Tarpley in Atlanta, Georgia, on 11 December 1944, Brenda Lee is rumoured to have taken to the road with a singing...

Brenda Holloway

Perhaps the most beautiful woman to step in front of a microphone at the studio, there was never a greater, more unfulfilled talent at...

Breakfast Club, The

The Breakfast Club's drummer, Stephen Bray, helped write and produce several hits for his former college friend, Madonna, including True Blue and Into the Groove. Madonna actually played drums in...

Breakaways, The

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Bread

Bread started out as Elektra Records studio session musicians and originally intended the group to be wholly studio-based. The reception for their first album in...

Bram Tchaikovsky

Bram Tchaikovsky (born Peter Bramall) began playing in local pub bands in Lincolnshire in the late 60s. He joined The Motors in 1977 and was relegated to...

Brainticket

As enthusiasts are aware, Kraütrock encompasses wildly disparate musical tendencies. But if you tend to the freak-out side and want the opposite of the amorphous ambience/mellifluous...

Boz Scaggs

Since the mid 60s the Texas-bred Scaggs (real name William Royce Scaggs) had bounced around the music business, serving a stint in the Steve Miller...

Boyzone

Father and Son was Boyzone's closest brush with #1 to date when it hit the charts at the end of 1995. 18-year-old Ronan Keating sang lead...

Boyz II Men

The 80s had seen the New Jack Swing sound of R&B acts like New Edition and Keith Sweat sell massively, but it took Boyz...

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Squire

Though they never received the recognition they deserved, Squire was one of the earliest and finest mod revival bands of the late 70's. Squire were able to...

Tennessee Ernie Ford

Six years before Johnny Cash recorded his hugely influential live album within the walls of San Quentin prison, western balladeer Ford gave angelic voice to killers,...

Vanilla Fudge

This New York group formed in 1965 as The Pigeons (originally The Electric Pigeons), changing their name to Vanilla Fudge in 1967. But as...

Ink Spots, The

The Ink Spots were the inspiration for many black vocal groups of the 1950s - for The Ink Spots were black but had hits...

Foghat

Formed in London in late 1970 by former Savoy Brown members 'Lonesome' Dave Peverett, Tone Stevens and Roger Earl, who almost immediately brought in guitarist Rod...

Tommy Roe

Born on 9 May 1942 in Atlanta, Georgia, Tommy Roe attended the Brown High School where he formed his first group, The Satins. He...

Dream Syndicate, The

Emerging from the early-80s US paisley underground with their meticulously wrought concoction of The Velvet Underground and Television, The Dream Syndicate were The Strokes ten years before...

Rare Earth

Having played the club circuit since 1961 under the name The Sunliners, it was on joining Motown's subsidiary Rare Earth Records - set up by...