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Johnny Kidd & The Pirates

Originally a Rock & Roll band, The Pirates' greatest days were perhaps behind them when the beat boom began. Formed in 1958 when Rock &...

Johnny Hates Jazz

Purveyors of super-slick pop, this UK band derived their unusual name from a friend called Johnny, who - you guessed it - literally did...

Jona Lewie

Of all the artists who recorded for Stiff Records, Jona Lewie was probably the least well known, even though his career had been long...

Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson

Watson wrote and recorded a bunch of R&B goodies in the 1950s (including Gangster Of Love and Looking Back) that gave him West Coast recognition without stirring...

Jonathan King

Now sadly perhaps best known for his extra-curricular activities with kiddies, former TV presenter and newspaper columnist Jonathan King (real name Kenneth King) was...

Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

Jonathan Richman was born in Boston on 16 May 1951. Raised in Needham, Massachusetts, he dropped out of school, whiled away some time in Andy Warhol's...

Jonesy

Canterbury brothers Trevor and John Evan-Jones started playing music together at a very early age, and when their family emigrated to Australia in the...

Johnny Cash

He was born J.R. Cash ('John' came later, and 'Johnny' was an invention of Sun Records chief Sam Phillips) in Kingsland, Arkansas, one of...

Johnny Burnette

Memphis-born Johnny, plus elder brother Dorsey and their guitarist friend Paul Burlison, formed the legendary Rock 'n' Roll Trio which recorded in the late...

Joni Mitchell

Roberta Joan Anderson was born on 7 November 1943, in Fort Macleod in the prairie province of Alberta, Canada. She was the only child of...

Jook

Formed in 1971, Jook were the brainchild of Sparks manager John Hewlett, who introduced guitarist Trevor White to singer-songwriter Ian Kimmett and recruited bassist Ian Hampton...

Johnny Ace

Born in Memphis on 9 June 1929, Johnny Ace (real name John Marshall Alexander Jr) returned from service in the US Navy during WWII...

Johnny & The Hurricanes

Although they scored four Top Thirty hits in their native USA, Johnny and the Hurricanes doubled that figure in Britain, where they sold almost...

Johnnie Ray

Despite being skinny, pigeon-toed, half-deaf and effeminate, this highly emotional performer was the most popular singer of the pre-Elvis era. Indeed, when Elvis first started out he was...

Journey

By the release of 1981's Escape, Journey had evolved into the ultimate American arena rock band, complete with clinical production and the finest collection of...

Joy Division

Joy Division formed in Manchester, England, in January 1977 originally as The Stiff Kittens, then Warsaw. The name they finally settled on came from House of...

Judas Priest

Named after the Bob Dylan song The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest and led by Tim Brooke-Taylor look-alike and openly gay biker dress-alike...

Judee Sill

Presented by David Geffen's Asylum label as the archetypal singer-songstress of the period, Judee Sill's background differed markedly from those of her self-absorbed peers. While...

Judge Dread

As a former bouncer at Brixton's Ram Jam club, Alexander Hughes met Prince Buster and Derrick Morgan. As a debt collector for Trojan Records, he...

Julian Lennon

Early April 1963, not far from Penny Lane. Outside in the cool night air, the young girls wait for a glimpse of John Lennon. Inside...

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Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer was born in Batley, Yorkshire in 1949 but spent his childhood on a Naval base in Malta, where he listened to the...

Beat, The (USA)

The Beat was founded by Paul Collins, the step-son of a civilian father attached to the US military, who spent his pre-teens living in...

Sister Janet Mead

Sister Janet (of the Sisters of Mercy) has the distinction of being the first Australian recording artist to sell over one million copies of...

Led Zeppelin

It's been over four decades and the lyrics still don't make much sense - what is a "bustle in your hedgerow" anyway? - but...

Smiths, The

A bedroom-trained recluse with limited experience in local punk bands, Steven Patrick Morrissey (who was also the ex-president of the UK New York Dolls fan club...

Eric Carmen

Raised near Cleveland, Ohio, Eric Carmen developed an appreciation of classical music early on, before being transfixed by The Beatles, which resulted in his...

Rembrandts, The

Danny Wilde had been pursuing a solo career for five years and Phil Solem had been trying to get his own band off the...

Discharge

The Discharge album Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing (1982) contained the fiercest music ever heard when it was first released. Formed in 1977, their brutal assault...