Artists – B

Beach Boys, The

Spent the last 55 years with a lost tribe in the Amazon? In that case, here's a band you should know about... Brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson joined forces with their cousin Mike Love, and David Marks, in the summer of 1961, releasing the first single, Surfin'. A minor hit, it was overshadowed the following(...)

Beargarden

As Virgin Records' first Australian signing, Beargarden were briefly big big news. Their first single, Finer Things, was released in 1984 and promoted via mega tours supporting Culture Club, Simple Minds and other heavyweights. But amidst criticisms of being a haircut band with no real talent, something began to wilt and die in Beargarden. All three(...)

Beastie Boys, The

Coming from white, middle-class, Jewish families, New York rappers Adam "Ad Rock" Horovitz, Mike "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "MCA" Yauch were always going to be outsiders in a genre that was rooted in the experience of life in the black ghettoes. March 1987 saw the debut album from the Beastie Boys. Licensed To Ill was originally(...)

Beat, The (UK)

Ska revivalists The Beat were formed in Handsworth (a racially mixed area of Birmingham immortalised by reggae band Steel Pulse with their Handsworth Revolution album) in 1978 in the aftermath of punk. Early pub gigs garnered a devoted following, but also a reputation for privileging musicianship over soul. This was remedied by the recruitment of black(...)

Beat, The (USA)

The Beat was founded by Paul Collins, the step-son of a civilian father attached to the US military, who spent his pre-teens living in Greece, Vietnam and Europe before returning to his native New York. He studied at the prestigious Julliard Music School and eventually moved to San Francisco where he hooked up with songwriter(...)

Beathoven

Formed in Tasmania (Australia) in 1975, Beathoven was based around the amazingly talented trio of Charlie Touber, Greg Cracknell and David Minchin, supplemented by a series of drummers. Their combination of sharp pop songs and boyish good looks quickly led to an almost Beatlemania-like frenzy at their gigs within Tasmania, where they released one single, Do(...)

Beatles, The

Beatles, The

So it goes like this . . . 15-year-old Paul McCartney hears a Skiffle group called The Quarrymen play on Saturday 6 July 1957. Along with a police dog display and the crowning of a Rose Queen, The Quarrymen are one of the attractions at a garden fete of St Peter's, the parish church of Woolton in Liverpool. The(...)

Beatmen, The

Dežo Ursiny Lead guitar, harmonica, vocalsMiroslav Bedrik Rhythm guitar, vocalsMarián Bednár Bass, vocals Peter Petro Drums, vocals Stano HerkoLead guitar Juraj Eperjesi Lead guitar Arno Biller Drums

Beatstalkers, The

Formed in Glasgow in 1962, The Beatstalkers were sometimes referred to as "the Scottish Beatles" in their early days. Their live repertoire mixed R&B-flavoured originals with black American music and less well known Rolling Stones songs. The group built up a loyal audience around Glasgow before moving South to London in 1965 when they were(...)

Beau Brummels, The

Formed in San Francisco in 1964 and most famous for their haunting mid-60s faux British Invasion-cum-folk rock, The Beau Brummels were also among the first notable bands to delve into Nashville-recorded country rock. They enjoyed a 1965 hit with the single Laugh, Laugh which was more polished than the usual garage rock fare. Produced by Sly Stone(...)

Beautiful South, The

The brainchild of former Housemartins Paul Heaton and Dave Hemmingway, The Beautiful South smuggled political lyrics into jaunty, singalong tunes and acerbic commentary on domestic violence and emotional angst into the charts wrapped in pop-friendly melodies delivered by the trio of complimentary voices - Heaton, Rotheray and Corrigan - which was to become their trademark.(...)

Beck

Bek David Campbell - professionally known simply as Beck - was born in Los Angeles in 1970 to an established artistic heritage. Mother, Father and both grandfathers had all performed in different ways. Beck grew up surrounded by a myriad of influences which seeped into his own late 80s output on a series of indie-label(...)

Beck, Bogert & Appice

Plans for guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck to form a power trio with the ex-Vanilla Fudge rhythm section were first mooted in 1969. Both the drummer, Carmine Appice, and the bass player, Tim Bogert, were dissatisfied with their band at the time. These hopes were dashed, however, when Beck was involved in a serious car crash that put(...)

Bedrocks, The

Trevor Wisdom  Organ, vocals William Hixon  Guitar Owen Wisdom  Bass Leroy Mills  Trumpet Paul Douglas  Saxophone Reg Challenger  Drums

Bee Gees, The

The Bee Gees - the name is an acronym of "The Brothers Gibb" - are indisputably one of the most popular recording acts of all time. Maurice, Barry and Robin Gibb have sold more than 100 million records. The trio were so incredible in the 1960s in a psychedelic pop way and yet transitioned so(...)

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