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Cabaret Voltaire

This experimental band formed in Sheffield in 1974 and played their debut gig at a student disco in May 1975. Named after a Dadaist group,...

Cactus

After the Jeff Beck Group splintered in 1969, the guitarist and Rod Stewart planned a supergroup with former Vanilla Fudge bassist Tim Bogert and...

Caleb Quaye

Caleb Quaye (he is the half-brother of Finley Quaye) was employed in the late 60s as resident guitar-prodigy-cum-teenage-studio-whizz-kid-producer for Beatles publisher Dick James' company, which subsequently...

Cam-Pact

The second version of Cam-Pact featuring Mark Barnes, Greg Cook, Trevor Courtney, Keith Glass and Chris Stockley was the most successful line-up. In late 1967,...

Camel

Formed by former Shotgun Express keyboardist Pete Bardens, Camel occupied the musical middle ground between Emerson, Lake and Palmer and The Moody Blues, eminently...

Camper Van Beethoven

Their third album had no title because CVB considered their second album to be both their second and third albums (and titled it II and III). When the...

Can

Formed in Cologne in July 1968, Can surfed the first wave of German innovators, with their debut album Monster Movie referencing Pink Floyd and Hendrix in the context of a...

Candi Staton

The songs that Candi Staton sang rang true because, sadly, she lived them. A gospel prodigy, she ran off with fellow gospel singer Lou...

Candymen, The

These guys are most well-known for being Roy Orbison's backing group during the mid 60's, but they did have a very good hit of their...

Canned Heat

Canned Heat started out as a Los Angeles blues band in 1965 and were one of the first white American blues bands to get...

Captain and Tennille

Husband and wife duo Cathryn Antoinette ("Toni") Tennille and Daryl Dragon had both worked as session artists before forming a musical partnership, and marrying...

Captain Beefheart

The multi-genre fusion experimentalist Captain Beefheart (born Don Van Vliet) was born on 15 January 1941 in suburban Glendale, California, where his father drove a baker's...

Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band

This group was something of an Australian institution - which started out playing to hippies and found itself playing for punks. In its various incarnations it was a jug...

Caravan

One of the seminal British 'head' bands of the 70s, Caravan hailed from the Kent cathedral town of Canterbury and would eventually clock up...

Caravelles, The

The Caravelles were Lois Wilkinson (born 3 April 1944 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire) and Andrea Simpson (born 9 September 1946 in Finchley, London). The duo experienced most success...

Cardigans, The

On record, The Cardigans followed in the exalted Swedish rock & roll tradition of fellow countrymen ABBA: bubbly smooth Euro-pop buoyed by the breathy...

Carl Perkins

Born in Lake County, Tennessee, on 9 April 1932, Carl Perkins began playing country music with his brothers Jay and Clayton for nearly a decade...

Carl Wayne & The Vikings

Birmingham guitarist Terry Wallace (born 1942) formed skiffle group The Vikings in 1958. They later became rock 'n' roll band Carl Wayne and The...

Carla Thomas

Carla Thomas - daughter of Memphis disc jockey and singer Rufus Thomas - was only 10 years old when she started out with the Teen...

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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...