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JFK and The Cuban Crisis

Liverpool-born, Brisbane-raised John Kennedy formed JFK and the Cuban Crisis in Brisbane, Queensland, in October 1980. Playing a brand of jangly guitar pop with country...

Jilted John

Jilted John was a character invented by Graham Fellows, a 19-year-old from Sheffield, while he was studying at drama school in Manchester in 1977. He...

Jim Croce

Jim Croce (pronounced CROW-chee) was born in South Philadelphia on 10 January 1943, and brought up on ragtime, country and Dixieland music. He played...

Jim Reeves

The son of an impoverished Texas farming family, Jim Reeves was actually a very successful country music recording artist before he came to the...

Jimi Hendrix

James Marshall Hendrix (real name: Johnny Allen Hendrix) was born in Seattle, Washington in 1942. He began his short career by touring with a number...

Jimmy & The Boys

There were moments on stage when vocalist Ignatius Jones ceased to be human; when his bloodied face, bondage mask, obscene leotard, dripping sweat and...

Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff left Jamaica, where he was the #1 local star, to try and make it in Britain in 1964. He spent five years playing...

Jimmy Justice

James Anthony Bernard Little was born on 15 December 1939, in Carshalton, Surrey. Under the name Jimmy Justice, he scored three Top 40 hits in the...

Jimmy Reed

The master of down-home blues was, shockingly, turned down as an artist by Chess records in 1953, but became a best-selling performer for rival...

Jimmy Ruffin

Jimmy Ruffin was born in Collinsville, Mississippi in May 1936. He sang with his family's gospel group, led by his minister father, before moving...

Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith single-handedly took the lumbering electric organ out of the realms of bible-thumping and chapels of rest, stuck a cold beer on the...

Jiva

If it wasn't for the fact that the group were signed to George Harrison's Dark Horse label, it is doubtful the world would have...

JJ Cale

John Weldon Cale was born on 5 December 1938, in Oklahoma City. Raised in Tulsa, he served in the US Air Force, then, in the...

Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons

Aussie band Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons could almost have been Graham Parker and the Rumour under another name. They also sounded like...

Joan Armatrading

Singer/guitarist/songwriter Joan Armatrading was born in St Kitts in the West Indies on 9 December 1950 and raised in Birmingham, England, from the age...

Joan Baez

After playing to coffee houses around Boston in the late 1950s, Joan Baez got her big break when she appeared at the 1959 folk...

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

There are many female musicians, but few genuine female rockers. Joan Jett bucked this trend and pursued straight-ahead rock and roll at a time...

JoBoxers

JoBoxers comprised English based, expatriate American singer Dig Wayne, backed by the Bristol-based quartet of Rob Marche (guitar), Dave Collard (keyboards), Chris Bostock (bass),...

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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...