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“Are they the ultimate in Bovver Rock?” wondered Music Week in September 1973. Portsmouth four-piece Hector painted freckles on their faces, wore striped Dennis The Menace gear and had a giant catapult on stage with which to fire smarties at the audience. Bass player Nigel Shannon designed the stage wear, and he later adapted the urchin(…)

Hedgehoppers Anonymous

Hedgehoppers Anonymous

Mike Tinsley  Vocals John Stewart  Lead guitar, vocals Tony Cockayne  Rhythm guitar Ray Honeyball Bass Leslie Dash  Drums Alan Laud Guitar Glenn Martin Drums Ian Atkinson Guitar Howard Livett Bass

Helen Reddy

When Linda Ronstadt turned down a suggestion from Capitol Records that she record I Don’t Know How To Love Him from Jesus Christ Superstar, label vice-president Artie Mogull knew just what to do. He called Helen Reddy’s husband Jeff Wald and told him “That song you wanted for Helen . . . we got it”. Ironically, Helen wasn’t(…)

Helen Shapiro

Helen Shapiro was the first British act to release two Top 10 singles while still at school . . . She was only 14 when she cut the specially conceived Don’t Treat Me Like A Child – a sure-fire hit. Born in Bethnal Green, in London’s East End, on 28 September 1946, Helen took vocal classes(…)


The front room of a suburban North London house is hardly the best setting for any group, but Hello’s performance in their drummer Jeff Allen’s home was enough to convince Russ Ballard of Argent that they had something special to offer. And so it was that he began writing and producing for the group. Ballard(…)

Hello People

When they first began, the thing that set Hello People apart from other bands was their whiteface makeup and use of mime onstage. Bobby ‘Tuffy’ Sedita Vocals, bass, guitar Greg ‘Ajax’ Geddes Guitar, soprano sax, vocals Laurence ‘Willie’ Tasse Keyboards, vocals Norman ‘Captain Thump’ Smart II Drums, vocals

Herb Alpert

Born on 31 March 1937, Herb Alpert attended the University of Southern California. He took up trumpet at the age of eight and played in junior and full symphony orchestras. During his spell in the Army, he developed a love of jazz but realised he had no particular talent as a jazz musician. In 1957 he(…)

Herbie Goins and The Night-Timers

Herd, The

The Herd reached #6 in Britain in 1967 with From The Underworld. The blossoming of ‘flower power’ at that time brought the group two more hits in 1968 with Paradise Lost and the superb I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die. The band was originally managed by Peter Frampton‘s art teacher father, Owen ‘Ossie’ Frampton,(…)

Herman’s Hermits

Herman’s Hermits were one of the most interesting of the original wave of British Invasion groups. Unlike The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Hermits didn’t threaten authority figures with a longhaired look and loud guitar rock. In fact, they were a pleasant, polite group of chaps who sang pleasant music hall-styled ditties that people of all ages could enjoy. In(…)


The folksy five-piece Heron proved popular on the festival circuit in the early 70s with their gentle songs of love. Their debut self-titled album (1970) was recorded in an English country garden, which accounts for the bird calls both within the songs and within the segues between them. The songs were also recorded live, which adds(…)

Hitmen, The

It all began in Australia back in 1975 when Johnny Kannis and Chris Masuak were playing together in a band called The Jackals. Masuak went on to join the legendary Radio Birdman, as did bassist Warwick Gilbert. Meanwhile, Kannis continued playing the pub circuit in Sydney – with a band whose line-up seemed to change(…)


Hole’s debut LP Pretty On The Inside was hard work – and melody certainly took a beating on the album. In contrast, Live Through This (1994) was a shout-along sensation. Many of the songs on the album were composed in the Courtney/Cobain cocoon – hence lines like “I don’t do the dishes, I throw them in the crib” – that(…)

Hollies, The

When The Hollies began recording in 1963, they relied heavily upon the R&B/early rock & roll covers that provided the staple diet for most British bands at the time, including The Beatles. They quickly developed a more distinctive style of three-part harmonies (heavily influenced by The Everly Brothers), ringing guitars and hook-happy material, penned by outside writers(…)

Holly & The Italians

This American group was fronted by Holly Vincent on vocals and guitar. The bass player’s name was Mark Sidgwick (he also played guitars, sang and wrote songs) and the drummer was Steve Young. Holly Vincent was born in Chicago, but grew up in Los Angeles. It was there she formed Holly & The Italians in(…)

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