Artists – H

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 of Bay Area radio station KYA. The Tikis cut two singles for Autumn, the second of which, Bye Bye Bye, was later included on the Harpers’ Secret Life album as part of a medley. Donahue sold out(…)

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 a child to live in Jamaica, where he lived for five years. He then returned to New York to attend the George Washington High School, although he never completed his education.(…)

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 group – The Chapin Brothers – with younger brothers Tom and Steve that performed in Greenwich Village during the early 1960s. He was the second son of Big Jim Chapin, a(…)

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 Bushwick. By 1952, his parents had separated, and Harry travelled with his mother and sister to the greener pastures of the West Coast. In Los Angeles, he attended St. John Blannev’s(…)

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 motorway signs in North London) married whimsy to musical contrivance in a similar way to British jazz-rockers Nucleus and Soft Machine with bassist/vocalist Richard Sinclair’s Estuary accent aping the lugubrious tones of Robert(…)


Originally perceived as a “people’s band”, regularly playing free concerts and festivals, Hawkwind were the first outfit to commit themselves completely and permanently to science-fiction subject matter, with music swamped in spacey synthesizer sounds and albums bearing titles such as In Search of Space (1971) and Space Ritual (1973). After playing for a few years around the British circuit,(…)

Haysi Fantayzee

Former model Kate Garner and former disc jockey Jeremy Healy put together a mad brew of skipping-rope chants, backwoods fiddle, sadistic percussion, demented piano pounding and Malcolm McLaren-style studio trickery to bring the world Haysi Fantayzee. The duo sang/spoke almost exclusively in cartoon lingo and made-up jargon – as evidenced in the lyrics to John Wayne(…)

Hazel O’Connor

Coventry girl Hazel O’Connor launched herself as a singer/songwriter with a starring part in the music industry movie Breaking Glass (1980) – scoring a Top Five hit single with Eighth Day in the process. Her first album was recorded with a group called Megahype, which included her brother Neil on guitar. Her career continued to thrive with several follow-ups, but(…)

Headboys, The

Lou Lewis Vocals, guitar George Boyter Bass, vocals Calum Malcolm Keyboards, vocals Davy Ross Drums, vocals


Headpins was formed in Vancouver, Canada, in 1980 by ex-Chilliwack men Brian MacLeod and Ab Bryant. Fronted by former fashion model Darby Mills (pictured) – possessed of an abrasive voice that would strip paint – the group released their debut album, Turn It Loud , in 1982. The debut LP would go on to sell over a(…)

Healing Force

Australian band Healing Force formed in October 1970. Comprising Australians Lindsay Wells (guitar) and Laurie Pryor (drums) and New Zealanders Charlie Tumahai (vocals and bass) and Mal Logan (keyboards), the band quickly became a major drawcard on the Melbourne ‘head’ scene. Following the release of the single, Golden Miles (1971), Tumahai, Wells and Pryor all quit to(…)


First known as The Army (as far back as 1963) and then White Heart, the Seattle band fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson evolved from 1970s folk-rock to 1980s stadium rock – with big voices and bigger hair. The Wilson sisters grew up in a military family – their father was a Marine Corps(…)


This British-based multiracial disco band were a breeding ground for future top writing and producing talent. Rod Temperton (who wrote their 1977 hit Boogie Nights) went on to write for Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and George Benson. JD Nicholson joined The Commodores and Derek Bramble went on to work with David Bowie. Heatwave’s history was blighted(…)

Heaven 17

Glenn Gregory, the only son of a steel worker, was born in Sheffield and grew up on the Flower Council Estate in Shire Green, one of the poorest and roughest areas of Sheffield. As a frustrated 16-year old he found salvation at the Meatwhistle theatre/arts workshop, where he met Phil Oakey, Adi Newton, Martyn Ware(…)

Heavy Metal Kids, The

Former child actor Gary Holton formed The Heavy Metal Kids in 1974 with Mickey Waller (guitar), Argentinean-born Danny Peyronel (keyboards), Ronnie Thomas (bass and vocals) and Keith Boyce (drums). Discovered by former Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich frontman Dave Dee, the Kids recorded two albums for Atco (the British Atlantic label) – Heavy Metal(…)

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