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Fabian

Born Fabiano Forte in Philadelphia on 6 February 1943, he attended the same boys club as his neighbourhood friends Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell.  All three...

Fabulous Poodles, The

Before joining The Fabulous Poodles, frontman Tony de Meur (he of the red-rimmed spectacles) worked as a solo folk/bluesman/comedian under the name of Daddy...

Fabulous Thunderbirds, The

The Fabulous Thunderbirds was formed by vocalist, harp-player Kim Wilson and guitarist Jimmy Vaughan (older brother of guitar-slinger Stevie Ray Vaughan). Wilson, a Detroit native...

Faces, The

At the start of 1970, one of Britain's most promising new acts was The Faces - formed by three ex-members of The Small Faces together with Rod...

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,...

Factory, The

UK group The Factory recorded two effects-laden psychedelic singles in the late 1960s which combined psychedelia with pop harmonies. Originally named Souvenir Badge Factory, the...

Fairground Attraction

Formed in Glasgow in 1986 by guitarist Mark Nevin and ex-Eurythmics backing singer Eddi Reader, Fairground Attraction reached #1 with folky debut single Perfect in 1988. But the sunny...

Fairies, The

The group were formed in Colchester in Essex in 1963 as Dane Stephens and The Deep Beats, later evolving into The Fairies. They signed to...

Fairport Convention

The reverberations from The Byrds' first two albums could be felt as far away as the Muswell Hill house where Simon Nicol and his teenage...

Faith No More

Formed as a post-punk outfit in 1982, Faith No More fired hard-drinking vocalist Chuck Mosley. His replacement was Mike Patton, a handsome 20-year-old from...

Fall, The

1989. Manchester was in the ascendant, Indie bands were being collected like trinkets by major labels, and The Fall (formed by ex-dock clerk Mark...

Falling Joys, The

Susie Higgie Vocals, guitar Stuart Robertson Bass, vocals Ken Drums

Family

Family aren't remembered with the same misty-eyed nostalgia as other early 1970s road warriors like The Faces or Traffic - Roger Chapman's desperate yodel and the band's frequent...

Fanny

Fanny was the first successful female hard rock group. Despite the ritual chauvinist growls of "Cor, fuckaduck, man, I could fuck that bass player,"...

Fanny Adams

Douglas John Parkinson was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, on 30 October 1946. He began singing in the choir at his Sydney primary school...

Fantastic Baggys, The

P.F. (Phil) Sloan and Steve Barri were the Baggys themselves - a name they used while providing backing vocals on some Jan & Dean...

Farinas, The

The Farinas were formed by rock guitarist Richard John Whitney while attending Leicester Art College in 1962. Playing rhythm and blues in local venues, the...

Farm Aid

In the 1980s American farmers were confronted by a crisis more severe than any since the Great Depression. Many who depended on agriculture for...

Farm, The

Drummer Andy McVann died in a crash in December 1986. In October 1991, Keith Mullen was attacked and stabbed needing over 80 stitches. In the...

Faron’s Flamingos

Faron's Flamingos emerged from a band formed at the Liverpool Mercury Cycling Club (apparently in the winter months they preferred skiffle to cycling!). The...

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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...