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Fox

Noosha Fox (real name Susan Traynor) had been the vocalist with folk-rock band Wooden Horse before moving to glam-pop band Fox, formed by singer/songwriter...

Françoise Hardy

Born on 17 January 1944, Françoise Hardy grew up with a hard-up single mum (an accountant's assistant) and one sister in a tiny Parisian...

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...

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa was one of the most accomplished composers of the rock era. His music had an understanding of and appreciation for such figures as...

Frankie Avalon

Nicknamed 'The Young Sinatra' and 'Golden Boy' in his hey-day, Frankie Avalon was born Frankie Avallone of Italian stock, in Philadelphia on 18 September 1940. He...

Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Perhaps one of the greatest success story of the 80s, Liverpool group Frankie Goes To Hollywood were more than a mere pop group, they...

Frankie Laine

Frankie Laine was born to Sicilian immigrant parents in Chicago's Little Italy on 30 March, 1913. Ever since his recording of That's My Desire burst onto the scene...

Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers

One day in 1955 Richard 'Ritchie' Barrett heard The Premiers, a young multi-racial vocal group from the Bronx, singing on the stairs of a...

Frankie Vaughan

Frankie Vaughan was a Liverpool crooner who had some UK hits from 1955 to 1967 singing big production songs spread thick with smiling sincerity,...

Freda Payne

Freda Payne was born in Detroit and began singing and playing piano as a child. At 18 she moved to New York to study music...

Freddie & The Dreamers

In 1956, sixteen-year-old Freddie Garrity won a razor as first prize in a Sale talent contest with an Al Jolson impersonation. Sucked into skiffle's vortex,...

Freddie King

Freddie (originally 'Freddy') is often named as one of 'the Three Kings' alongside BB and Albert. Not as well known today, at the time he was...

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...

Free

The authority of Free's debut album Tons Of Sobs (1968) was all the more remarkable given the tender age of its creators. All four band members were...

Free Design, The

The Free Design were a jazz-influenced family vocal group usually associated with the US Sunshine Pop era of the late 60s, and they have...

Frijid Pink

Frijid Pink formed from the ashes of a covers band called The Detroit Vibrations. Their version of The House Of The Rising Sun was a huge hit...

Fugs, The

Poet Edward Sanders fled the US Midwest for New York in 1958 and transformed a Lower East-side kosher butcher shop into the Peace Eye...

Fun Boy Three

As inner-city Britain rioted in 1981, The Specials had just topped the UK charts with the doomy and foreboding Ghost Town. And then they split up ....

Fuzzbox

This female punk-pop quartet formed in Birmingham in 1985 and were originally known as We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It. Led by...

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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“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...