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Flying Burrito Brothers, The

The 'band with a thousand line-ups' was formed by two ex-Byrds (Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons) along with pedal steel guitarist "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, bassist...

Flying Lizards, The

Kent-based Irish exile David Cunningham specialised in conceptual excavations of pop hits. His Flying Lizards group was a loose collective of avant-garde and free...

Focus

Focus began as a trio formed by Thijs van Leer, a singer, flautist and keyboard player who had studied classical music at the Dutch Conservatorium. His...

Foghat

Formed in London in late 1970 by former Savoy Brown members 'Lonesome' Dave Peverett, Tone Stevens and Roger Earl, who almost immediately brought in guitarist Rod...

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...

Foreigner

Born and raised in England, Mick Jones began his musical career as the "24th guitar player" in Nero and the Gladiators. He wrote songs and...

Fortunes, The

The Fortunes began life as a Birmingham-Welsh vocal trio fronting The Cliftones - whose repertoire was based around easy-listening songs (including Maria from West Side Story). With the...

Fotheringay

Formed in 1970 around Sandy Denny and future husband Trevor Lucas, Fotheringay barely lasted a year. The band set to work, rehearsing in Sandy's Fulham flat in...

Foundations, The

Often cited, alongside The Equals and Blue Mink, as British melting-pot pop, The Foundations consisted of three white Londoners, a Barbadian, a Jamaican, a...

Four Freshmen, The

Formed in 1948, the close-knit harmonies of The Four Freshmen were a hugely popular draw over the next decade and a half. Founder member Bob...

Four Lads, The

First known as The Four Dukes, this Canadian doo-wop group was formed in 1947 in Toronto by Jimmy Arnold, Bernie Toorish, Frank Busseri and...

Four Palms, The

This vocal group met while in the Marine Corps and stationed at Camp Pendleton, Twentynine Palms, California (in the heart of the Mojave Desert). After...

Four Pennies, The

This Blackburn (Lancashire) beat group infiltrated the Liverpool scene to such an extent that they qualified for a spot on Radio Luxembourg's Sunday Night At...

Four Preps, The

The Four Preps met at Hollywood High School. Their first chart single was Dreamy Eyes, just prior to Christmas of 1956. Besides 26 Miles (Santa Catalina) in 1958,...

Four Seasons, The

The Four Seasons were one of the few American groups that avoided being washed out by the rising tide of the British Invasion. In fact,...

Four Tops, The

The Four Tops got together at high school in 1954 and had been playing the Detroit club circuit since the mid-fifties, originally as The...

Fourmost, The

The group formed in late 1959 and were originally called The Blue Jays, then The Four Jays and then The Four Mosts. One of 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...