Artists – J

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 scene. The  band was formed in 1966 by Fox, Tom Kriss (bass) and Glenn Schwartz (guitar) though it was after the latter was replaced by Joe Walsh (vocals, guitar, keyboards) the(...)

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 $1.3 million worth of records. Born in Liverpool, England, on 9 April 1957, he moved with his family to Melbourne when he was seven years old. A year later he auditioned for(...)

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 bought his albums as Jamiroquai, and to the bitter minority of haters who found him annoying as The Twat In The Hat. In the mid-90s, the UK charts were full either(...)

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 beach and hot rod lifestyle in a series of slick records including Surf City (which Berry co-wrote with his friend Brian Wilson and which contained the memorable line "two girls for every(...)

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 single on Stiff Records, Yankee Wheels. Aire's backing group The Belvederes were, in reality, a London group called The Edge, who came about when guitarist Lu Edmonds and drummer Jon Moss left(...)

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 the big dumb fun of prime Hollywood metal, without burdening anyone with any of the wearisome boorishness characteristic of most practitioners of the genre. The group's first release was the(...)

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 she launched her own solo career. Her meteoric rise was coupled with equal accolades for the writing and production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

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 song Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking). The song entered the US Top 40 on 17 June 1967 making #14, but was banned by many radio stations as subversive (since the lyrics(...)

Janis Joplin

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 came from Port Arthur, Texas. At high school, she dressed differently and cared about different things and, as a result, had few friends that she could relate to. Texas isn't the(...)

Japan

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 make-up and lizard rocker trews. Japan's early material is fronted by a slurry David Sylvian (a former Batt) and backed by a pointy-nosed guitarist Rob Dean, who left when the Roxy Music-isms(...)

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 soon snaffled by a major label for their first full-length effort, Lost & Found (1985). The band lost none of its bristling intensity and the Nashville punk tag did nothing to disguise punchy,(...)

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 he joined The Yardbirds to replace Eric Clapton, at the suggestion of future band member Jimmy Page. Leaving The Yardbirds in November 1966, Beck signed a solo record deal with Columbia and recruited three musicians, vocalist Rod(...)

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 him a world apart. A graduate of New York's early 1990s avant-garde club scene, Buckley - whose father Tim was a folk hero of the late 1960s - recorded his first(...)

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 of eight and entered his first talent quest about 12 months later, and in the six years that followed sang at numerous school concerts and social functions. He began his singing(...)

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