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Jane Aire & The Belvederes

Jane Aire (real name Jane Ashley) was another talented singer from Akron, Ohio whose career really got started outside her homeland, courtesy of a...

Jane’s Addiction

It's very difficult to overstate how refreshing Jane's Addiction felt when they first emerged from LA in the late 80s. They allowed the listener all...

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson avoided following her brothers into music, preferring to concentrate on an acting career. By 1982, however, family tradition proved too great, and...

Janis Ian

Janis Ian was born Janis Eddy Fink. She was only 15 when she scored a hit record in 1967 with her depressing interracial love...

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin - 'Pearl' to her friends - sang the blues like no other white woman before or since. Born on 19 January 1943, Janis...

Japan

Before Lewisham's Batt brothers reinvented themselves as archly cosmetic Occidentals with a fascination for the Orient, they affected New York Dolls-style sleaze in slummy, vampish...

Jason & The Scorchers

Following a genuine buzz around their 1982 EP, Fervor, Illinois native Jason Ringenberg's seminal cowpunk outfit (then known as Jason and the Nashville Scorchers) were...

Jeff Beck

Born in Surrey, England, in 1944, Jeff Beck was already a guitar veteran of early 60s bands like Screaming Lord Sutch and The Nightshifts when...

Jeff Buckley

In an era when the soundtrack to angst was defined by grungey guitars and plaid shirts, Jeff Buckley's delicate melodies and aesthetic sensibilities set...

Jeff St John and The ID/The Copperwine

Jeffrey Leo Newton was born on 22 April 1946 in Sydney. He began his singing career by joining a church choir at the age...

Jefferson Airplane

In November 1965, Jefferson Airplane received a $20,000 advance from RCA Records - the largest advance ever paid to any rock band at that...

Jellyfish

The roots of Jellyfish can be traced back to the dawn of the '80s, when guitarist/keyboardist Roger Manning and lead singer Andy Sturmer (rock...

Jenny & The Rascals

Jenny and The Rascals formed in 1965 in Holland. Jenny Streur  Vocals, guitar Ton van de Neut Guitar Aad Plumiert Bass Ruddy Fisscher Drums

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis was raised in the same Pentecostal religious tradition and cultural setting as Elvis, and was exposed to almost identical musical influences. From...

Jerry Wexler

He didn't sing, play or write songs, but Jerry Wexler (born in 1917) changed music significantly more than most people who could do all...

Jesse Winchester

James Ridout "Jesse" Winchester was born on 17 May 1944 in Shreveport, Louisiana. His father, stationed there as an Air Force major at the...

Jesus & Mary Chain, The

Formed in East Kilbride, Scotland, this indie quartet originally comprised William Reid (vocals, guitar), Jim Reid (vocals, guitar), Douglas Hart (bass) and Murray Dalglish...

Jesus Jones

Dozens of English guitar bands converted to dance music following the success of Happy Mondays and others. Mike Edwards and company were a guitar...

Jet Harris

British musician Terence Harris - nicknamed "Jet" because he was one of the fastest runners in his school - played bass guitar in The Shadows...

Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull was formed in Luton, England, in 1967 when Ian Anderson (vocals, flute) and Glenn Cornick (bass) - members of a visiting Blackpool...

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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...