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Jobriath

Signed to Elektra largely as thanks to manager Jerry Brandt for bringing Carly Simon to the label, ex-Hair actor Jobriath took his vocal cues...

Joe Brown (& The Bruvvers)

Joe Brown was born on 13 May 1941 in Swarby, Lincolnshire, but his family relocated to Plaistow in London when he was just two-years-old...

Joe Cocker

The ex gas fitter from Sheffield, Yorkshire, reached the British Top 30 in 1968 with his record Marjorine. Six months later he recorded The Beatles' With A Little...

Joe Jackson

Midlander Jackson was a music college graduate and cabaret arranger before he discovered pub rock, nicked Elvis Costello's clothes and Graham Parker's vocal stylings,...

Joe Meek

Acclaimed by many as the UK's Phil Spector, Joe Meek was born on 5 April 1929. His first love from childhood had been electronics, and this...

Joe South

As both a session guitarist (Dylan's Blonde On Blonde) and songwriter (Deep Purple's Hush), Joe South deserves to be known for more than just 1969's haunting Games...

John (Cougar) Mellencamp

John Mellencamp grew up in Seymour, Indiana. By seventeen he was married, and at nineteen he was a father, pouring concrete for a living...

John Denver

The son of a US Air Force pilot, John Denver was born Henry John Deutschendorf on 31 December 1943 and raised all over the US...

John Farnham

John Peter Farnham was born in London on 1 July 1949, moving to Melbourne with his family in 1959. At the age of 16, he...

John Kennedy’s Love Gone Wrong

When his last band, JFK and The Cuban Crisis, split up John Kennedy started a solo career as an "urban and western" singer. The...

John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker was born on a sharecropper farm in Clarkesdale, Mississippi in 1917 and became - with his distinctive heavily-rhythmic boogie style -...

John Lennon

"We're more popular than Jesus right now", John Lennon said in 1966 at the height of The Beatles success. His irreverent remark caused a storm of...

John Leyton

Born in Frinton-On-Sea, Essex, England, on 17 February 1939, John Dudley Leyton started his professional career in the television series Biggles His recording career began when...

John Martyn

John Martyn was born Iain David McGeachy on 11 September 1948 in New Malden, Surrey.  His opera singer parents divorced when he was five, at which...

John Mayall’s Blues Breakers

Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, in 1933, John Mayall attended Manchester School of Art where the blues so captured his imagination that by the time...

John Paul Young

Born in Scotland, John Paul Young's family migrated to Australia when he was in his teens. After recording a single with an obscure band...

John Peel

John Peel (born John Ravenscroft in 1939) cut his teeth as a DJ in the USA, working on stations in Dallas, Oklahoma and San...

John Prine

Signed to Atlantic with the help of Kris Kristofferson, 25-year-old John Prine released his country-tinged eponymous debut LP in 1971, just as the Vietnam War was peaking. Prine got stuck...

John St Peeters

Italian-born John St Peeters began his professional performing career during his early teens as Johnny Lo Piccolo, playing the piano accordion on television talent...

John Stewart

An imposing deep-voiced Californian who told tales of the new American West, a harsh land populated by lonesome ne'er-do-wells. Stewart's commercial success was fleeting,...

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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...