Artists – G

Georgia Satellites

Formed in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) as Keith & The Satellites in 1979, Georgia Satellites rocked the bar and club scene for years but finally got the chance to break out and weighed in with their raucous self-titled debut album (1986) and the single Keep Your Hands To Yourself. The follow-up album, Open All Night (1988), kept to(…)

Georgie Fame

Clive Powell was born in 1943 in the small Lancashire town of Leigh (which was ultimately to be lost in the encroaching industrial conurbation of Greater Manchester) where his father worked for a cotton manufacturing firm and was a dab hand on the piano accordion. Eager to formalise his seven-year-old son’s interest in music, Mr(…)

Germs, The

Sid Vicious was self-destructive; Johnny Rotten was snotty; Rollins was furious; and Johnny and Dee Dee were cartoon-like. Darby Crash was all of these things . . . A charismatic and confrontational frontman, many took him to be barking mad (many happened to be right). But his oddball lyrics and unpredictable and incendiary stage shows(…)

Gerry & The Pacemakers

Born Gerard Marsden in Liverpool on 24 September 1942, Gerry formed his first group with his brother Freddie. A skiffle outfit, the band were originally called The Red Mountain Boys but changed their name to Mars Bars in the hope of securing sponsorship from the chocolate company. The ploy backfired and the company demanded the group change(…)

Gerry Rafferty

After early musical collaboration with comedian/actor Billy Connolly in a group called The Humblebums, and a successful stint in Stealers Wheel, Gerry Rafferty enjoyed a successful solo career, becoming a transatlantic superstar thanks to 1978 hit Baker Street – and its parent album, City To City, which sold over 2.5 million copies. Featuring a haunting sax hook played by(…)

Gilbert O’Sullivan

Not all the giant superstars of the 1970s were millionaires. One notable case was Raymond O’ Sullivan, an Irishman in a cloth cap (born in Waterford on 1 December 1946) who took his stage name from the famous W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. But ‘W.S. Arthur’ was not to enjoy any major success, and so(…)

Ginger Baker’s Airforce

Their self-titled double live album (recorded at the Royal Albert Hall) was recorded in 1970 and featured Steve Winwood, Ric Grech and Chris Wood of Traffic, Harold McNair, Denny Laine, Graham Bond and other notables. Sounds promising, yes? The chap who wrote the dreary sleeve notes heard “an astonishingly tight performance . . . the extended jams [possessing](…)

Ginny Arnell

Born Virginia Mazarro on 2 November 1942 in New Haven, Connecticut, Ginny Arnell was one of a slew of clean young pop teens who emerged briefly in the wake of chart-topping hits from Lesley Gore and Little Peggy March in the USA in 1962 and 1963. Arnell hit in a small way in the US with Dumbhead, a song which(…)

Gipsy Kings, The

The Gipsy Kings from Montpelier and Arles in Southern France featured Andre and Nicolas Reyes (sons of flamenco singer Jose Reyes) and four members of the Baliardo family, all of them relatives of the Reyes brothers. The sextet formed in 1979 but made a commercial leap in 1986 when they hooked up with manager/producer Claude Martinez, who(…)

Girls At Our Best!

In 1979, local Leeds (Yorkshire) punk heroes James “Jez” Alan (guitar) and Gerald “Terry” Swift (bass) recruited art student Judy Evans (vocals) and formed a ramshackle band called The Butterflies. They responded to a half-price recording offer from a studio in Cambridge where (with Chris Oldroyd on drums) they recorded two songs; Getting Nowhere Fast and Warm(…)

Girlschool

Formed in London in the late 70s, Girlschool were one of the first all-girl rock acts to make a mark in the mostly male-dominated NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). The band’s first two albums have gone on to become classics. Having signed with Bronze, their debut album Demolition surfaced in 1980. Stand-out tracks included a blistering cover(…)

Gladys Knight and The Pips

Gladys began winning talent contests at the age of four and offers for a showbiz career were frequent, though her mother insisted that Gladys finish her education first. Gladys Knight and The Pips were comparatively late arrivals at the Motown party, already well established when signed to the soul subsidiary in 1966. Like every woman on(…)

Glen Campbell

Campbell was born in Delight, Arkansas, and by the age of six was playing guitar in his uncle’s Western group. In 1960 Glen and his wife moved to California, where he played in a number of rock groups and became a sought-after session guitarist, working with Elvis Presley, Rick Nelson and many others. In 1961 he scored his(…)

Glitter Band, The

The Glitter Band (originally – though briefly – called The Glittermen) were formed by producer Mike Leander in 1972 as backing and session musicians for Gary Glitter. Several of the band had played with Glitter in The Boston Showband during the 1960s when he was still known as Paul Raven. The band provided the backing music for(…)

Go-Betweens, The

Grant McLennan was born in Rockhampton, Queensland (Australia) on 12 February 1958. While studying at Queensland University he met a flamboyant dandy – and fellow drama student – named Robert Forster. Together they formed The Go-Betweens. The Go-Betweens released their first single, Lee Remick, in 1978 on the independent Able label. The song was not a(…)