Artists – G

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 Caffey (lead guitar, keyboards), Margot Olaverra (bass), and Elissa Bello (drums). They made their debut performance at a basement punk club called The Masque. In 1979, Elissa Bello left the band(...)

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 of Aborigines . . . Formed in 1976 around the Geelong area of Melbourne (where their manager Ian Lovell ran the Eureka Hotel), Goanna signed with WEA Records early in 1982.(...)

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 inspiration from The Beatles and Elvis Presley , the Coynes became standard-bearers in the late-70s punk revolution. Following a string of mostly unremarkable jobs broken by Peter's three-year stint as a rock journalist, the(...)

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 high school bands with each other, and by the time of the Great Mind Expansion, the Elevators and the Dawn were in close contact. When Power Plant was released in 1968, it was(...)

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 visiting bands like The Who and Led Zeppelin. Kooymans ultimately changed their style into a harder, more aggressive blend of rhythm and blues which first registered with the British public in 1973.(...)

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 group The Animals who, impressed by the quartet's musical abilities, suggested they move to the UK. Goldie (born Genya Zelkowitz in Poland), Carol McDonald (from Delaware), Margo Crocitto (from Brooklyn)(...)

Gong

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 in Paris, he saw the riots of May 1968 first hand and an insurrectionist spirit infused his new band, Gong. Born in Melbourne in 1938 as David Allen (he added the(...)

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 The Hellions and Deep Feeling (the latter imploded when Capaldi left to form Traffic with Steve Winwood), he signed to Yardbirds' manager Giorgio Gomelsky's label and retained his famous friends(...)

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 - a prefab cartoon virtual anti-boy band. The 'band' comprised the fictional characters 2-D, Murdoc, Russel and Noodle, and their sound came courtesy of Albarn, producer Dan 'the Automator' Nakamura, rapper Del Tha Funkee(...)

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 better. Sharing roots with The Police and The Jam, they were really New Wave guitar-poppers - tight, jerky and heavily stylised but with some very effective hooks. Some of the teen-tantrum lyrics would no doubt bring(...)

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 part of Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated before forming his own band, The Graham Bond Organisation, a sensational outfit that in its heyday featured bassist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker and Saxman Dick(...)

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 found himself singing on TV adverts, recording occasionally and even playing bass for a while. But it all proved unsuccessful. Graham Bonnet recorded two albums and several singles in the 70s(...)

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 close. Born in 1950 in London, Parker grew up in Deepcut, a country village in south-east England. His mother worked in a cafe and his father was a coal stoker. Parker(...)

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 once responsible for one-third of the state's crop. As a child, Parsons attended a prestigious boarding school and later moved on to Harvard. But he never graduated, deciding to concentrate on(...)

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 Terry Knight & The Pack. After one self-titled album (1966) and a number of low-key singles, Terry Knight subsequently became the band's manager and virtually hustled Mark Farner, Don Brewer and(...)

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