Artists – G

Grapefruit

Grapefruit

Led by George Alexander (born Alexander Young, and brother of The Easybeats' George Young who had stayed behind at home when his family emigrated to Australia) Grapefruit were cheerful harmony pop/rockers. Formed in 1967, and comprising three former members of Tony Rivers and The Castaways, the band were named by John Lennon (after Yoko Ono's book with the same(...)

Grateful Dead, The

The Grateful Dead formed in San Francisco in 1966 when love and acid hit that city in a big way. From their 1967 self-titled album onwards, The Dead were hailed as lords of acid rock and the leaders of a tribal lifestyle mythology. Renowned for long improvised numbers and performances lasting up to five or(...)

Green Day

The formula was simple. Take a few power chords, a catchy tune, some tongue-in-cheek humour, and do it all fast so kids will want to jump up and down. It's hardly revolutionary: Green Day's sound and sense of irony was heavily borrowed from The Ramones and The Sex Pistols - lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong(...)

Groop, The

The history of Australian band The Groop is divided into two distinct periods. The original line-up issued several novelty singles, while the second, more-successful line-up boasted a strong R&B style. The original version of The Groop formed in 1964 and included English-born guitarist Peter Bruce, who had been a member of The Dave Clark Five (albeit in(...)

Groove, The

The Groove's success started with their first disc, Simon Says, which came out in October 1967. From there they went on to win the Battle of the Sounds in 1968, which earned them a trip to England and several more chart-topping successes, plus top billing right around Australia. Peter Williams Vocals, guitar Rod Stone Guitar Jamie(...)

Groundhogs, The

Having started life in the early 1960s travelling the UK in a van as John Lee Hooker's backing band, by the mid-70s The Groundhogs had become a trio who supported The Rolling Stones and had three Top 10 albums as purveyors of heavy psychedelic blues. Tony 'TS' McPhee was arguably the greatest living British bluesman(...)

Group 1850

Emerging from the renowned Dutch group Klits (short for 'clitoris') from The Hague, Group 1850 were an interesting, if sometimes exasperating, late-'60s Dutch band who ranked among the most accomplished and original Continental rock acts of the era, though they made little impression in English-speaking territories. The line-up in 1965 consisted of Peter Sjardin (vocals),(...)

GTOs, The

The GTOs were a "group of groupies" in the late 1960s, comprising Miss Pamela (Pamela Des Barres), Miss Sparky (Linda Sue Parker), Miss Lucy (Lucy McLaren), Miss Christine (Christine Frka), Miss Sandra (Sandra Leano), Miss Mercy (Mercy Fontentot) and Miss Cynderella (Cynthia Wells, later Cynthia Cale-Binion). The group hailed from the area around Los Angeles, with(...)

Guadalcanal Diary

Jangle pop band Guadalcanal Diary originated in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta in the early 1980s. Singer/guitarist Murray Attaway's songs reflected a bizarre variety of far-flung interests, from a preoccupation with the supernatural to a fascination with American cultural imperialism. Conveying a sense of wonder as well as a sense of humour, the Watusi Rodeo EP(...)

Guess Who, The

From their roots as Chad Allan & The Reflections, The Guess Who rose to become the most popular Canadian rock band of their generation and one of the few Canadian bands to gain any recognition outside their own country. Changing their name from Chad Allan & The Reflections to Chad Allan & The Expressions in(...)

Guitar Slim

Things That I Used To Do topped the US R&B chart in 1954 and proved to be one of the biggest records of the year. The heavily amplified guitar was light years ahead of its time, with Ray Charles lending a hand on piano. Slim became an alcoholic and eventually died of pneumonia in New York City in(...)

Gun Club

Originally named Creeping Ritual, The Gun Club channelled punk energy into a vivid exploration of American roots music, drawing on rockabilly, country and the Delta blues. The Los Angeles punk-blues quartet was fronted by hell raiser and former Blondie fan club president Jeffrey Lee Pierce. Fuelled by the feral slide guitar of Ward Dotson, their 1981 debut(...)

Guns N’ Roses

Axl Rose (real name William Bailey) put Guns N' Roses together in Los Angeles after hitch-hiking from Indiana with old school friend Izzy Stradlin' (real name Jeffrey Isbell). Slash (real name Saul Hudson), Duff McKagan and Steven Adler from LA band Road Crew completed the line-up. The mini-album they first released on their own Uzi(...)

Guy Mitchell

Guy Mitchell was born Albert Cernik in 1927 and recorded for King Records as Al Grant. When he signed with Columbia Records, label president Mitch Miller rechristened him Guy Mitchell. He became one of the smooth, sports-jacketed American singers to be washed away by the mid-50s rock revolution. He made the original version of Singing The(...)

Guys ‘n’ Dolls

Guys 'n' Dolls were formed in 1974, after Ammo Productions held auditions for three girls and three boys to start the band. They secured a couple of Top Ten hits in the UK Singles Chart during the 1970s, with the songs There's A Whole Lot Of Loving (January 1975) and You Don't Have To Say You(...)

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