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Freddy Cannon

Freddy Cannon was born Frederick Anthony Picariello in Boston (USA) on 4 December 1940. Signed by producers/songwriters Frank Slay and Bob Crewe to Swan Records...

Flesh For Lulu

Formed in Brixton, London, in 1982, Flesh For Lulu brought a warmer rock sound to Goth. No doomy vocals or icy guitar sound -...

Flirtations, The

Girl group The Gypsies migrated from the USA to England in 1967, changed their name to The Flirtations and got most things right: a...

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...

Flaming Lips, The

From their obscure acid punk beginnings in Oklahoma City in 1983, through to critical acclaim in the 90s and mainstream success in the new...

Flintlock

Derek Pascoe Vocals, saxophone John Summerton Guitar, vocals Bill Rice Keyboards Jamie Stone Bass, vocals Mike Holoway Drums

Fast Cars

Immediately after the demise of Fast Cars, bassist Fabian Byrne started new dance pop band Fiction Romance with Tracey Allen (keyboards), Prue Rheuben (vocals),...

Fireballs, The

They were acclaimed as pioneers of the surf sound alongside Dick Dale, Link Wray and The Ventures, but The Fireballs (from Raton, New Mexico)...

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...

Fynnius Fogg

This Midlands group had the unlikely gimmick of roller-skating through their gigs - hence the title of their debut single (on the Dawn label)...

Fuzztones, The

Despite purists dismissing them as cartoonish, The Fuzztones from new York quickly attracted a rabid following. Rudi Protrudi took the appearance of The Music Machine,...

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Flower Pot Men, The

Songwriting team John Carter and Ken Lewis (ex-The Ivy League) formed The Flower Pot Men as a studio project in 1967 and magnificently exploited...

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,...

Frank Sinatra

The Voice. The Sultan of Swoon. The Chairman of the Board. Old Blue Eyes. The Greatest Singer of the Popular Song. The provider, according to...

Foo Fighters

Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994 left the rock world in shock. To his eternal credit, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl pulled himself together smartly to...

Fleetwood Mac

Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac (as the band were originally known) debuted in 1967 at the Windsor Jazz festival to a tumultuous reception with Green...

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Super Furry Animals

Arriving completely out of left field, Animal Logic (1996) casually referenced such disparate cultural phenomena as comedian Bill Hicks, drug smuggler Howard Marks, 17th-century...

Sunnyboys, The

Sydney band The Sunnyboys remain one of the most highly regarded and best-loved bands of the Australian 'post-punk' era. Led by 18-year-old singer/lead guitarist/songwriter Jeremy...

Weather Report

Weather Report was among the earliest and most influential of all jazz-rock bands. The original unit was co-founded by Wayne Shorter (saxophone) and Josef...

Eddie Floyd

Eddie Floyd was born on 25 June 1935 in Montgomery, Alabama. His parents, a truck driver and a nurse, moved from Alabama to Detroit when...

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...

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)...

Tom Waits

He's been covered by Rod Stewart and Johnny Cash. Bob Dylan called him one of his "secret heroes". Tom Waits has always blurred the line between musician and raconteur. His...

Starjets

Originally formed in Belfast in 1976, The Starjets played a mixture of their own songs and cover versions such as The Archies' Sugar Sugar and The Beatles' Please...