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Haçienda, The

Erecting a Manhattan-style nightclub in Manchester was a daft idea; but it worked. In 1980, New Order were undertaking their first US tour. During their stay in...

Haight-Ashbury

While Swinging London vibrated to the Mod sound of The Who and The Small Faces, an entirely different youth scene had developed half a world away - It was...

Haircut 100

In 1981 and 1982, Haircut 100 lit up the charts with music so cuddly and safe it could only have ever followed the terror...

Half Man Half Biscuit

Half Man Half Biscuit formed in late 1985 when Nigel Blackwell and Neil Crossley recorded a batch of the curious little songs they'd been...

Hall & Oates

Philadelphia soulboys Hall & Oates hit pay dirt in America with their 1977 #1 single Rich Girl - which David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz would later...

Hank Ballard

Hank Ballard (real name John Henry Kendricks) was born in Detroit on 18 November 1927. When he was seven he was sent to Bessemer,...

Hank Williams

Hiram King "Hank" Williams was born in Alabama and began playing guitar at the age of eight. As a teenager he led his own country...

Hanoi Rocks

Finnish glam heroes Hanoi Rocks were pissed-up, junked-up white trash, and had all the moves and tunes of a 1980's New York Dolls, with slightly healthier...

Happenings, The

Hailing from Paterson, New Jersey, The Happenings were a vocal harmony group who specialised in reviving classic songs. Bob Miranda, Ralph DiVito, David Libert and...

Happy Hate Me Nots

The Happy Hate Me Nots were an Australian band that formed in Sydney in 1983. Mark Nicholson replaced Neil Toddie on drums in 1984 but...

Happy Mondays

Manchester (UK) band Happy Mondays took their name from a New Order song but came last in a 'Battle of the Bands' contest at New Order's Haçienda...

Hapshash and The Coloured Coat

Hapshash and The Coloured Coat was the name adopted by graphic artists Michael English and Nigel Weymouth. English had gone to art school with Pete...

Hard-Ons, The

The Hard-Ons hailed from the Sydney (Australia) suburb of Punchbowl. With Korean, Ceylonese and Yugoslav-Australian backgrounds they made for a potent and volatile cultural...

Harmony Grass

The sole Harmony Grass LP, This Is Us (1970), is arguably the finest UK soft rock release of the last four decades. Bandleader Tony...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

Harold Melvin formed the Blue Notes in 1954. Recording for a variety of labels, they had minor R&B hits during the next decade. In 1971,...

Harpers Bizarre

Harpers Bizarre started life as The Tikis in Santa Cruz, California in 1964. They were signed to Autumn Records, a label started by Tom Donahue...

Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte was born in New York City on 1 March 1927 of a Jamaican mother and a Martinique father. He was taken as...

Harry Chapin

Harry Chapin was born on 7 December 1942 in Long Island, New York, and sang with the Brooklyn Boys' Choir before forming a folk...

Harry Nilsson

Harry Nilsson was born Harry E Nilsson III in Brooklyn on 15 June 1941  and spent his early childhood in the tough neighbourhood of...

Hatfield And The North

Formed in 1973 from members of Canterbury prog rockers Caravan, Delivery and Egg, Hatfield And The North (their full name was taken from the A1...

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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...