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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Go-Go’s, The

The Go-Go's formed in 1978 as The Misfits - The line-up, at the time, consisted of Belinda Carlisle (vocals), Jane Wiedlin (guitar, vocals), Charlotte...

Goanna

Arguably the 'Greenest' band in Australian history, Goanna seemed comprised solely of new wave hippies whose prime concerns were the environment and improved treatment...

Godfathers, The

The Coyne brothers (Peter and Chris), who founded The Godfathers, grew up in South London in a large close-knit Irish family. Although they drew early...

Golden Dawn, The

The Golden Dawn formed in Austin, Texas in late 1966. George Kinney and Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators grew up together and played in...

Golden Earring

Formed in 1965 by guitarist George Kooymans, Dutch band Golden Earring worked a basically bubblegum routine and built a reputation through support slots with...

Goldie & The Gingerbreads

Formed in Brooklyn, New York, in 1963, Goldie and The Gingerbreads made their debut at the city's famous Peppermint Lounge. They were discovered by British...

Gong

When Soft Machine toured France in 1967, Australian guitarist Daevid Allen (pictured below left) was refused re-entry to the UK due to a visa complication. Staying...

Gordon Jackson

Gordon Jackson (no, not  the one from The Professionals and Upstairs, Downstairs) was a contender from Worcester who very nearly made it. Playing with Dave Mason and Jim Capaldi in...

Gorillaz

Rather than succumb to the usual solo-project indulgences, Blur frontman Damon Albarn teamed up with animator Jamie Hewlett in 1998 to create Gorillaz -...

Graduate

Generally lumped in with the late 70s Ska Revival/Mod Revival due to their suits and their atypical almost-hit Elvis Should Play Ska, this Bath-based five piece deserved...

Graham Bond Organisation, The

Graham Bond initially made an impact on the British jazz scene in 1961 while playing alto sax with Don Rendell's Quintet. In 1963 he became...

Graham Bonnet

In the late 60s Graham Bonnet, with cousin Trevor Gordon, scored a one-hit wonder with the Bee Gees-penned Only One Woman. Trevor quit showbusiness and Graham...

Graham Parker & The Rumour

Even in 1976, blue-eyed soul boy and ex-mod Graham Parker was seen as not quite of the top drawer, although he frequently came very...

Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons was born Ingram Cecil Connor III on 5 November 1946 (Parsons was his stepfather's surname). His grandfather owned and operated a citrus empire that was...

Grand Funk Railroad

Grand Funk Railroad hailed from the resolutely working class environs of Flint, Michigan, and started life in 1965 as a trio - originally called...

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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...