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J Geils Band, The

Formed in Boston, Mass. in the late 60's from two rival local bands (The J Geils Blues Band and The Hallucinations), The J Geils...

Jackie DeShannon

Ever since June 1956 - when she released Baby Honey and I'm Crazy Darlin' under the name of Sherry Lee on the Mar-Vel label - Jackie DeShannon (real...

Jackie Lee

About two years after having a big hit with White Horses - which was written for a popular children's TV series and which she recorded and released...

Jackie Wilson

Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr. (born in Detroit on 9 June 1934) was an African-American singer who played an important part in the transition...

Jackson 5, The/The Jacksons

Given the built-in obsolescence of pop stars, it is remarkable that the singer who made the biggest impact in 1970 should have still made...

Jackson Browne

Running On Empty (January 1977) was Jackson Browne's grand experiment: a live album of all new songs recorded on stage, in hotel rooms and on...

Jade

Despite garnering critical acclaim on its 1970 release, Fly On Strangewings - the only album by this Surrey folk trio - lay lay forgotten by all...

Jade Warrior

Formed in 1970, this British prog rock outfit centred on the multi-instrumental talents of Tony Duhig (guitar, bass, keyboards) and Jon Field (percussion, flute,...

Jags, The

The Jags are a fondly remembered part of the late-70s/early 80s UK power pop explosion. The quartet was formed in 1978 by the Yorkshire-based songwriting team of...

Jake Thackray

John Philip Thackray was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in 1938 - the son of Ernest Thackray, a policeman, and Ivy May Thackray. He was educated...

Jam, The

Paul Weller (born John William Weller) and Rick Buckler met at school in Woking, Surrey, in 1975 and played music together during their lunch hours. The...

James

Through an early interest by Morrissey, James managed to get a recording contract with Factory Records based in their hometown, Manchester. In 1990 they signed...

James Brown

Born in a one-room shack in the pinewoods of Barnwell, South Carolina on 3 May 1933, James Joe Brown Jnr. was apparently stillborn, and survived entry...

James Carr

James Edward Carr remains the most famous charge of Quinton Claunch and Rudolph Russell's Memphis label, Goldwax. Carr recorded a clutch of late ’60s singles...

James Gang, The

Although formed around drummer/vocalist Jimmy Fox as a British Invasion-inspired group, The James Gang were in reality the product of a thriving Cleveland music...

James Taylor

Sweet Baby James (1970), went on to achieve triple platinum sales and triumphantly established Taylor as a musical force in the new decade.

Jamie Redfern

Over a three year period during the early 1970s, Australian child star Jamie Redfern scored four Top 40 hit singles and sold more than...

Jamiroquai

Best known for a video where a room tries to escape from him, Jay Kay is more familiar to the 30 million people who...

Jan & Dean

Jan Berry and Dean Torrence made it big in 1963 on the crest of a surf music wave created by The Beach Boys. They celebrated Californian...

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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...