Artists – B

Barbara Mason

As an 18-year-old in 1965, Barbara Mason captured the innocent stirrings of adolescence on the self-penned Yes I'm Ready, a US #3 R&B hit which is widely acknowledged as the beginning of the Philadelphia sound, with its use of sweet, sweeping strings and the musicians who would go on to form the nucleus of the Philadelphia(...)

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 the first Motown artiste to pose for Playboy, in October 1968. In truth, McNair wasn't in Holloway's class as an outright soul singer, but that wasn't why Berry Gordy signed her up(...)

Barbara Randolph

Having got the thumbs down from Diana Ross when she auditioned for a place with the post-Florence Ballard Supremes, one-time lead singer of The Platters Barbara Randolph released just two singles for Berry Gordy's stable - covers of The Four Tops' I Got A Feeling and Marvin Gaye's Can I Get A Witness, both proving perfect vehicles for(...)

Barclay James Harvest

Barclay James Harvest

From softly focused pastoral passages at the end of the 60s to more muscular rock-outs two decades later, Barclay James Harvest were never a band to wallow in their own heritage. Pompous enough to be labelled the "poor man's Moody Blues" but sufficiently self-aware to call one of their songs just that, the young BJH released(...)

Barracudas, The

Despite a cheerfully self-deprecating stance, London's Barracudas offered quite an enjoyable sentimental journey through assorted American traditions on Drop Out. Some tunes plunged headlong into dense, ringing folk-rock - see Violent Times or I Saw My Death in a Dream Last Night for an update of The Byrds on a gloomy day. Surf tunes like Summer Fun and His Last Summer tried a little too hard(...)

Barron Knights, The

The Barron Knights formed in 1959 in Leighton Buzzard, and their first brush with fame came in 1963 when they appeared as a support act at The Beatles' Christmas shows in London. Although they would ultimately find fame as a comedy parody cabaret act, they actually started off as a straight beat combo playing the same Reeperbahn(...)

Barry Blue

Barry Blue was born Barry Ian Green in December 1950 in London. He signed to Bell Records in the early 70s and had a number of hit singles including Do You Wanna Dance?  (1973),  School Love (1974), and the smash hit Dancing (On A Saturday Night) (1973), which he co-wrote with Lynsey De Paul. His final Top 40 hit(...)

Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow devoted himself to music at an early age, learning to play the accordion at age seven and later studying at the Juilliard School of Music. By the late 1960s, he put his musical skills to work as a musical director for CBS. He also carved out a solid side career composing advertising jingles(...)

Barry White

Barry White was born in Galveston, Texas, in 1944. He joined a group called The Up fronts in 1961- the basis of which remained his touring rhythm section for many years. Through his involvement with the group he learned about producing and arranging the hard way, watching and helping. His first real chance came when(...)


Bauhaus were the founding fathers of Goth-rock, creating a minimalist, gloomy style of post-punk, driven by jagged guitars and cold, metallic synthesizers. Throughout their brief career, the band explored all the variations on their bleak musical ideas, adding elements of glam rock, experimental electronic rock, funk and heavy metal. While their following has never really expanded beyond(...)

Bay City Rollers, The

Love them or loathe them, The Bay City Rollers were the teenage phenomenon of the 1970s. To all those of you who wanted to marry a Roller, cried over Alan's retirement, screamed at a baseball boot that once belonged to Woody or cherished a piece of Les' old fag packet, this one's for you .(...)

Bay City Union

Bay City Union formed in March 1966 and were one of Australia's first traditional Chicago blues bands. They released one single for Festival Records, in April 1968 before breaking up in July 1968 due to a lack of interest in blues bands. Paul Johnson  Vocals Matt Taylor Guitar, vocals, harmonica Jimmy Brelsford  Guitar Trevor Bagnall(...)

BB King

He says he can't sing and keep rhythm on the guitar at the same time, but the unquestionable king of the blues - in both record sales and influence - took the world by storm on his 1965 Live At The Regal LP. The Mississippi-born son of a share cropper, Riley B King started singing the blues(...)

BB Steal

Craig Csongrady Vocals, guitar Kevin Pratt Guitar, vocals Warren Mason Guitar Peter Waterank Bass Peter Heckenberg Drums Richard Grant Bass Craig Rosevear Drums

Be-Bop Deluxe

Formed in Yorkshire in 1972, Be-Bop Deluxe are one of British rock's classic marginal bands. Everyone seems to have heard of them and yet few have actually heard their work. A number of their tracks - such as Ships In The Night and Sister Seagull - were played on UK rock radio in the 70s, and the group were(...)

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