Artists – F

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 (on a cheap guitar) with his brother Derek (a tea-chest bassist) constituted half of The Red Sox, runners-up in the North-West Skiffle Competition of 1958. Subsequent bookings in Greater(…)

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 recording Hide Away and other instrumental (and vocal) masterpieces he was as influential and inventive as anyone. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Peter Green, Jimmy Page and many West Coast surf bands from the early 1960s cited his influence

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 in 1959 Freddie hit the charts in Britain and the US that year with Tallahassee Lassie following heavy promotion and a good gimmick – a whooping scream that featured in many(…)

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 in their teens – bassist Andy Fraser barely out of school – yet their mastery of world-weary blues (such as Moonshine or Goin’ Down Slow) rivalled that of Led Zeppelin. Paul Kossoff stole the show(…)

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 long been a cult favourite with harmony vocal fans for their inventive work.

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 both in the US and in West Germany (where the band retain a dedicated following, despite never leaving North America). Subsequent singles – also heavied-up covers – attracted less attention(…)

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 Bookstore. One of the self-publishing poets who frequented the bookstore was New York-born Tuli Kupferberg, Sanders’ senior by 16 years and a Beat icon known for his ‘zines Birth and Yeah. The two decided(…)

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 . . . Band-members Neville Staple, Lynval Golding and Terry Hall wasted no time in forming Fun Boy Three and signing to Chrysalis, who had marketed The Specials’2 Tone label. The trio had(…)

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 vocalist Vix (Vickie Perks), they were loud, gaudy and mildly controversial both visually and aurally, with a wilful raw amateurishness to their playing. They received an early career boost via(…)

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, the lusty attitude of Iggy Pop and Jim Morrison, topped off with the outsider bad boy look of the bikers seen in AIP films, and oodles of 60s fuzztone guitar(…)

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) was Roller Skating Baby. The group formed in 1970 and built a strong fan following in the Midlands. They even appeared in Look-In in 1975. The band was formed by bassist/vocalist Berny Hewitt and(…)

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