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Big Brother & The Holding Company

The one-time house band at San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom, Big Brother & The Holding Company was an early Bay Area sensation, but their raw,...

Big Country

Scottish band Big Country - with their big guitars and heroic, anthemic rock - were the polar opposite of the predominant synthesizer groups of...

Big In Japan

Few other groups in the post-punk era can claim to have launched so many successful careers as Big In Japan – The KLF, Frankie Goes...

Big Joe Turner

Joe Turner was born in Kansas City on 18 May 1911, and by the late 1920's he was a singing bartender in a town...

Big Mama Thornton

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, on 11 December 1926, Willie Mae Thornton supported herself from age 14, when her mother died. When Sam Green's Hot Harlem...

Big Pig

Although technically an Australian group, Big Pig began in London around 1985. Lead singer Sherine had a dark alto that complemented the often depressing...

Big Star

Named after a Memphis supermarket, Big Star were so far ahead of the game that even though co-founder Chris Bell died in 1978, it...

Big Three, The

In 1962 the most popular group on Merseyside with other musicians was possibly not The Beatles but The Big Three, and yet they couldn't transform their...

Bilbo Baggins

Formed in Edinburgh in 1972 , Bilbo Baggins may have suffered through their connection to The Bay City Rollers (Tam Paton was the manager for...

Bill Haley & His Comets

Bill Haley, who had been singing and playing guitar with a country & western combo since 1940 - when he was 15 years old...

Bill Martin and Phil Coulter

When the moody Forever and Ever topped the UK charts for Slik on Valentine's Day 1976 it completed a remarkable ten years at the top for...

Billie Davis

Billie Davis was born Carol Hedges on 22 December 1945, in Woking, Surrey. She had several hits in the 1960s and is best remembered...

Billie Holiday

Born Eleanora Fagan in 1915 and abandoned by her parents as a baby, former teenage prostitute Billy Holiday's troubled upbringing in 1920's Maryland remains...

Billy Bragg

Looking back on all the pop star excess of the decade, the 80s needed Steven William Bragg more than anyone could have imagined at...

Billy Fury

Billy Fury (real name Ronald Wycherley) became arguably the best rocker that Britain produced in the early 60s. He wrote his own songs and benefited...

Billy Idol

Billy Idol was born William Michael Albert Broad on 30 November 1955 at Stanmore, Middlesex, England. While studying English Literature at Sussex University, Broad became...

Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas

Billy Kramer (real name, William Howard Ashton) was an apprentice fitter for British Rail - He was also the lead singer for a Liverpool...

Billy Joel

William Martin Joel was born on 9 May 1949 in the Bronx, New York. He fought as a welterweight boxer during his teenage years...

Billy Lee Riley

Billy Riley grew up in Pocahontas, Arkansas, and moved to Memphis in 1955 with the idea of making country records. He ended up as "the...

Billy Preston

William Everett Preston was born in Texas in 1946 but raised in Los Angeles, where his prodigious talents blossomed early. At the age of 10...

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“5” Royales, The

The "5" Royales began life in the 1940s as a gospel group called The Royal Sons Quintet but rechristened themselves The Royals after going...

10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs (named after the low-budget horror movie Two Thousand Maniacs) was formed in Jamestown, NY, in 1981 by singer Natalie Merchant and guitarist John Lombardo. The...

101’ers, The

Primarily known as the band Joe Strummer was in before he joined The Clash, The 101'ers were part of the last wave of British...

10cc

Vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a songwriter of pop hits during the 1960s. Amongst his many compositions are some pure classics: For Your Love (The Yardbirds), No Milk Today (Herman's...

13th Floor Elevators

Featuring the yelping vocals and visionary - occasionally demented - lyrics of Roky Erickson, The 13th Floor Elevators were one of the original acid-rock...

1910 Fruitgum Company

The 1910 Fruitgum Company began life as Jeckell and The Hydes in New Jersey in 1965. They signed to Buddah Records in 1967 and released...

1927

1927 formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1987. Guitarist and keyboardist Garry Frost had left Moving Pictures after their second album, Matinée (Frost had co-written Moving Pictures'...

2 Tone

The independent 2 Tone Records label was founded by Jerry Dammers of The Specials in 1979. Dedicated to dance-floor music performed by racially mixed...