Artists – J

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 Neanderthal gyrations culminated in a grotesque indefinable creature, both frightening and fascinating. Like footage of Nazi Concentration Camps, Ignatius commanded attention, no matter how horrifying the spectacle. Teetering between drama and(...)

Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Clanton

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 clubs in Britain and Europe with his soul/blues/West Indian ban the Shakedown Sound, before making the Top Ten all over Europe with Wonderful World, Beautiful People in 1969. The record stayed at #1(...)

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 UK in 1962.

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 Chicago label Vee-Jay. A Mississippi native, his tools for the blues were a harmonica, a guitar and a roaring, pleading voice.

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 to Detroit to work for Ford. In 1961 he cut Don't Feel Sorry For Me for Motown subsidiary, Miracle, and went on tour with the Motown Revue, before serving in the US Army(...)

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 lid and frantically began pumping out the Devil's music, like his ice-cool 1959 classic I Got A Woman. Back At The Chicken Shack (1960) is arguably Smith's greatest album - relentlessly grooving, harmonically sophisticated, and(...)

Jiva

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 ever been troubled by Jiva. The band were a traditional hard-rock lineup - bass, drums and two guitars - and their 1976 debut album was bland and undistinguished. Gary Wright's guest(...)

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 early 60s, played with The Starlighters, who originated 'the Tulsa Sound'. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1964 and worked as a studio engineer for Liberty. He played LA's Whisky(...)

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 Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Ian Dury's Blockheads and Rockpile, all rolled into one. The Falcons' records skirted the edge of the Australian Top 10 between 1979 and 1982, and the(...)

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 of seven. She starred in a local production of the rock musical Hair and formed a songwriting partnership with fellow West Indian immigrant Pam Nester. Moving to London in 1971, Joan and Pam(...)

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 festival at Newport, Rhode Island, where the pretty girl with the angelic voice astounded the crowd. With fellow singer (and erstwhile boyfriend) Bob Dylan, Baez helped to popularise folk music.  Her religious beliefs as(...)

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

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 when it was more fashionable for women to pursue gentler sounds like soft rock and disco. In the process, she recorded several major hits and became an icon to future femme-rockers(...)

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), and Sean McLuskey (drums). Rob, Dave, Chris and Sean had previously played as The Subway Sect, behind Vic Godard, before setting up shop as the house band at the Whisky A(...)

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