Artists – G


At the hedonistic peak of Britpop, Gene’s more melancholic, Smiths-influenced strains were a lad-free anomaly. The obviousness of their influences would ultimately be their downfall, but their first Top 20 single (and title track of their debut LP), Olympian (1995), injected genuine heart into a scene that was, at times, becoming a caricature of itself. Splitting on a relative(…)

Gene Loves Jezebel

Identical twins Jay (John) and Mike Aston enjoyed cult appeal as Gene Loves Jezabel in the UK goth community but achieved greater success in America. The pair grew up in the South Wales town of Porthcawl, together with guitarist Ian Hudson. After obtaining a drum machine, the trio became known as Slav Aran for a while,(…)

Gene Pitney

Gene Pitney was born in February 1940 of Polish origin, and grew up in the Connecticut town of Rockville. While at school there he formed a beat group, and then went to college to study electronics. He began writing songs, and by the beginning of the 60s was having so much success with them that(…)

Gene Vincent

Vincent Eugene Craddock was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1935. After dropping out of South Norfolk High School at the age of 15, he lied about his age and joined the Navy. He served in Korea and was awarded two Distinguished Service Medals. Returning to the US, he was involved in a severe motorcycle accident(…)

Generation X

Generation X emerged during the punk explosion of 1976. Singer Billy Idol had previously worked with bassist Tony James in the short-lived band, Chelsea. With Bob Andrews on guitar and John Towe on drums, Generation X made their debut in London during December 1976. By the following May, Towe had been replaced by Mark Laff. Towe reappeared(…)


In July 1970, a callow 19-year-old, who had a brief career as a child actor in TV commercials and used to help out at the Marquee Club after school, answered an advertisement for a drummer in Melody Maker. The audition went well and Phil Collins was suddenly a member of Genesis (with two Charterhouse public school boys, Peter(…)

Geno Washington

William Francis Washington was born in 1943 and raised by his aunt in a house of ill-repute called The Big Boot in Evansville, Indiana. His singing career began when he adopted the name ‘Geno’ from an Italian-American footballer and took to the stage while serving in the military. The US Air Force took him to(…)

Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant were formed from the remnants of late 60s psychedelic beat group Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, who scored a 1967 UK Top Ten hit with the excellent Kites single – which featured extensive use of the Mellotron. Brothers Ray, Derek and Phil Shulman – who sang, played bass and saxophone – teamed up with(…)

Gentle Soul, The

While much folk-rock (and rock in general) was getting noisier and more psychedelic in the late 1960s, a few Los Angeles folk-rockers were moving in a rather calmer, rootsier direction. The Gentle Soul took the latter approach for their producer Terry Melcher, most famous for his work on the first two albums by the greatest(…)

Gentrys, The

Formed in 1963 in Memphis, Tennessee, The Gentrys forged their early reputation playing high school dances before winning the city’s Battle of the Bands contest and securing a recording contract with the independent Youngstown label. Their first release, Sometimes, was coupled with the infectious Keep On Dancing, an R&B track that attracted more interest than the A-side. MGM(…)

Gents, The

These Doncaster mod revivalists first came to prominence when they won the EMI Supergroup competition in Leeds. The first prize was a recording session at Abbey Road, and from that came a single – double A-side The Faker and Pink Pantser – which was issued in 1981. Other tracks from Abbey Road (along with other demo recordings) formed(…)


AC/DC lead vocalist Brian Johnson trod the boards in the 1970s with Newcastle-based Geordie. The band who were often referred to as ‘Newcastle’s answer to Slade‘ scored a handful of hits across Europe (especially in Germany), including Don’t Do That (their first single from September 1972), All Because Of You, Can You Do It?, Electric Lady, Ride On Baby, She’s A(…)

George Harrison

Of all the individual solo output following the break-up of The Beatles, George Harrison provided the real surprise with the 1970 triple album set All Things Must Pass – a three million-selling US Number One. Never a big contributor to The Beatles’ writing credits, his solo effort is thought to contain all the songs that Lennon and McCartney rejected during his(…)

George Martin

George Martin was working as a producer for EMI Records’ Parlophone label when, in 1962, he heard the demo tapes of a group called The Beatles. His previous claim to fame had been as producer of Peter Sellers comedy albums, but Martin played an essential part in developing the recorded sound of The Beatles – and(…)

George Thorogood & The Destroyers

George Thorogood never earned much respect from blues purists, and yet he became a popular favourite in the 1980s through repeated exposure on FM radio and the arena rock circuit. Thorogood’s music was always loud, simple and direct – his riffs and licks were taken straight out of 1950s Chicago blues and rock & roll(…)