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Elastica

Elastica were the most crush-inspiring gang of the 90s Britpop set. Their DM's, eyeliner, jeans and leather jackets non-look set a new standard in what-the-fuck-you-staring-at attitude while...

Electric Flag, The

The Electric Flag made their debut at the Monterey Festival in 1967 with Mike Bloomfield on guitar and Buddy Miles on drums. The majority of...

Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)

ELO may be fixed in the public mind as the multi-headed beast commanded by Jeff Lynne, probably performing Mr Blue Sky under a fake UFO, but...

Electric Pandas

Because this Australian band's style was based on that of English punk group Exotic Pandas (who Lin Buckfield had known whilst living in the...

Electric Prunes, The

The story of The Electric Prunes is the classic tale of a group plucked from obscurity. A group of friends from Taft High School in...

Electronic

Electronic were a perennially-resurgent joint project between Bernard Sumner of New Order and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Their first single, Getting Away With It (1989), featured the Pet...

Elgins, The

The Elgins were a quartet - three males (two of whom had originally signed to Motown as part of The Downbeats) and female lead...

Elkie Brooks

Back in 1960, this lady was still named Elaine Bookbinder, a fifteen-year-old from Manchester who after leaving school replied to an ad in a...

Ella Fitzgerald

Born in Newport News, Virginia, in 1917, Ella Fitzgerald never knew her father - he left the family while she was an infant -...

Ellen Foley

Doe-eyed St Louis singer/actress Ellen Foley was at the musical mercy of men in the late 70s and early 80s. Jim Steinman plucked her from...

Elmore James

Despite his brief career - spanning little more than a decade before his early death in 1963 - bluesman Elmore James affected rock and...

Elton John

Reginald Kenneth Dwight (pictured at right) began playing piano as a schoolboy to supplement his earnings as a messenger/tea boy at a London music...

Elvis Costello

Born Declan McManus in Paddington in 1954, his family moved to Liverpool when he was 13 where he began writing songs. His father, Ross McManus, was a...

Elvis Presley

Elvis Aron (Aaron) Presley was born on 8 January 1935 to a poor family from Tupelo, Mississippi, and moved to Memphis, Tennessee with his...

Embassy Records

Kids today want designer names, the genuine thing. But in the 1950's and 1960's when money was in short supply, they were happy to...

Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP)

By the end of the 1960s, many artists became swept up in the wake of The Beatles and their aggressive exploration of the possibilities of pop...

Emile Ford (& The Checkmates)

In a musical climate that had been dominated by white British and American acts, Emile Ford forged a name for himself as Britain's first...

Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris was initially a folkie (her early heroes were Joan Baez and Judy Collins) but became renowned as country music's First Lady. Harris's career...

Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold George Dorsey in Madras, India, in 1936) had been singing for years without great success as Gerry Dorsey. Then in 1967...

Enya

Variously described as 'mood music', New Age and "trance-like", Enya (real name, Eithne Ni Bhraonain) has sold albums in their millions. Classically trained on piano,...

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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...