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Boys Next Door, The

Intent on destroying the remnants of their new wave past, The Boys Next Door relocated to London from their native Melbourne, Australia, in 1980,...

Bow Wow Wow

Bow Wow Wow was born when the remaining members of Adam and the Ants, Leigh Gorman, Dave Barbarossa and Matthew Ashman, sought the advice of Sex...

Bo Street Runners, The

September 1964 saw the launch of the short-lived Ready Steady Win!, a sister show to Ready Steady Go! aimed at finding the next Beatles in what...

Boston

Boston leader and guitarist Tom Scholz got a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked as a researcher and...

Bootleg Family Band, The

Singer/songwriter Brian Cadd originally assembled The Bootleg Family Band as the house band for the Australian independent label Bootleg, which he had helped establish...

Boo Radleys, The

Five years after forming as shoegaze wannabes in 1988, The Boo Radleys issued their third album, Giant Steps (1993), which took them into the Top 20...

Boomtown Rats, The

The Boomtown Rats were formed in Dun Laoghaire (near Dublin), Ireland in 1975 by former NME journalist Bob Geldof, and were originally called The Nightlife Thugs...

Booker T & The MGs

In 1962 the hottest new instrumentalists were Booker T and The MGs - Two blacks and two whites, they were the studio band for Stax records,...

Bonzo Dog (Doo-Dah) Band, The

London art college types influenced by the Commedia Del Arte, 1920s jazz and vaudeville, the Bonzo's were originally called The Bonzo Dog Dada Band. Figuring nobody...

Bon Jovi

Frozen in the collective memory as poodle-haired pretend cowboys, Bon Jovi released their self-titled debut album in 1984. They went on to play over 2,000...

Boney M

Euro-disco big cheeses Boney M were the creation of Frank Farian - the German record producer who also flogged Milli Vanilli to a grateful planet. But...

Bodysnatchers, The

Seven-piece all-girl reggae band, The Bodysnatchers, were brought together by bass player Nicky - then a part-time veg seller in Berwick Street market -...

Bob Seger

Bob Seger grew up in Detroit and played in a local band called Last Heard. In 1966 he recorded some solo material, and several...

Bobby Vee

Bobby Vee was born Robert Thomas Velline on 30 April 1943 in Fargo, North Dakota. As a teenager he was obsessed with Buddy Holly. When it...

Bobby Sherman

Before Shaun Cassidy, even before David Cassidy, there was TV teen heartthrob Bobby Sherman. At the height of his career, Sherman had a hit TV series, a...

Bobby Rydell

Born Robert Ridarelli, Rydell hailed - like his fellow pop crooners Fabian and Frankie Avalon - from the prolific city of Philadelphia, and he linked up...

Bobby Fuller (The Bobby Fuller Four)

Born on 22 October 1942, Bobby Fuller was just another struggling rock 'n' roller until he recorded I Fought The Law (composed by Sonny Curtis -...

Bobby Freeman

17-year-old Bobby Freeman was still at High School in San Francisco when he began enjoying chart hits - none as great as his debut Do...

Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland

Born in Rosemark, Tennessee on 27 January 1930, Bland was an inspired performer who blended gospel, blues and R&B into an intoxicating mix. His 1961...

Bobbie Gentry

Bobbie Gentry (real name Roberta Lee Streeter) was Mississippi born and bred. Her Portuguese parents divorced when she was still in nappies and it was...

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Rick Springfield

Born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on 23 August 1949 in the Sydney (Australia) suburb of Guildford, Rick Springfield began playing the guitar at Merrylands high...

Factory Records

Factory was founded in 1978 with an esoteric roster of artists which included A Certain Ratio, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, X-O-Dus, The Distractions,...

XTC

Formed in Wiltshire, England, in 1972 as Star Park ("Rats Krap" backwards) this widely beloved UK pop unit became the Helium Kidz in 1973...

Katrina And The Waves

Formed in Cambridge (UK) in 1981 - although there was actually a prototype of the Waves back in 1975 - Katrina and the Waves were...

Fortunes, The

The Fortunes began life as a Birmingham-Welsh vocal trio fronting The Cliftones - whose repertoire was based around easy-listening songs (including Maria from West Side Story). With the...

Darling Buds, The

Although they generated reams of coverage in the late-80s weekly music press, Newport's Darling Buds never became the mainstream sensation that their jaunty guitar...

Eastern Dark, The

With sheer energy bursting out of their amplifiers, dynamic, memorable songs, and a leader with rock & roll animal good looks and the longest...

Jimi Hendrix

James Marshall Hendrix (real name: Johnny Allen Hendrix) was born in Seattle, Washington in 1942. He began his short career by touring with a number...