Artists – J

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 Band were one of the few American white bands to play authentic soul, blues and rhythm & blues. Influenced by the bluesmen who played small clubs in Boston, and by English(...)

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 name Sharon Myers) has been an artist to be reckoned with. This Kentucky-born singer/songwriter is best-known in the UK for her chart successes Needles and Pins and When You Walk In The Room, which(...)

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 under the name 'Jacky' -  Irish singer Jackie Lee was asked to do a demo for a new children's TV series called Rupert The Bear (adapted from the popular Daily Express comic strip). The song(...)

Jackie Lynton

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 of rhythm and blues into soul. In his teens he was a Golden Gloves boxer but his mother dissuaded him from pursuing a career in the ring. It was as a(...)

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 world headlines almost a quarter of a century later. But Michael Jackson, the 11-year-old frontman of the Jackson 5, was no ordinary pop star. During that first year with Motown Records(...)

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 the tour bus. The title track was written when Browne was driving back and forth to the studio each day to make The Pretender. "I was always driving around with no gas(...)


Despite garnering critical acclaim on its 1970 release, Fly On Strangewings - the only album by this Surrey folk trio - lay lay forgotten by all but a handful of collectors. Whatever the reason, it certainly wasn't because of the songwriting. Like Sandy Denny, Marianne Segal's songs mined a rich seam of poetic introspection with cut-glass English(...)

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, guitar, keyboards), previously members of psychedelic pop act July. Glyn Havard (bass, vocals) completed the new venture. Jade Warrior completed three albums for the Vertigo label, the second of which, Released (1971)(...)

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 Nick Watkinson and John Alder with Steve Prudence on bass and Alex Baird on drums. In July of 1978, they signed to Island Records and released a promising four track(...)

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 at the Jesuit-run St. Michael's College in Leeds and a Jesuit boarding school in Dolgellau, north-west Wales before studying modern languages at Durham University. Thackray fell under the stylistic influence(...)

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 pair joined up with Bruce Foxton - who had been playing in a local prog rock band called Rita - and Steve Brookes to play local pubs and clubs, but(...)


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 to the Fontana label and had three minor hits before reissuing an earlier recording, Sit Down, in 1991. It became their biggest hit to date. 1993's album Laid, produced by Brian Eno, had(...)

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 into the world only thanks to rapid mouth-to-mouth resuscitation performed by his great-aunt Minnie. His childhood did not get easier. When he was four, his mother abandoned him, and two years(...)

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 for Goldwax that stand today as incontrovertible masterpieces. Foremost among them was The Dark End of the Street, a sombre and dread-filled ballad co-penned by two blue-eyed, soul-besotted country boys, but(...)

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