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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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

J Geils Band, The

Formed in Boston, Mass. in the late 60's from two rival local bands (The J Geils Blues Band and The Hallucinations), The J Geils...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Panama Limited (Jug Band)

After the release of their eponymous debut LP, Panama Limited Jug Band replaced original vocalist Liz Hanns with 19-year-old Annie Matthews and dropped their...

Long John Baldry

John Baldry - born 12 January 1941 in London - was a giant on the early 60s British blues scene in more than one...

Australian Crawl

The members of Australian Crawl all hailed from the Mount Eliza area on the Mornington Peninsular in Victoria, Australia. The band came together in...

Tammy Wynette

To say Tammy Wynette (real name Virgina Wynette Pugh) had a tough childhood is something of an understatement: she never knew her father since...

Showaddywaddy

Since releasing their first self-titled LP on Bell in 1974, this rock 'n' roll revival octet from Leicester has spent 209 weeks in the...

Gentrys, The

Formed in 1963 in Memphis, Tennessee, The Gentrys forged their early reputation playing high school dances before winning the city's Battle of the Bands contest...

Fine Young Cannibals

Former members of Birmingham 2 Tone ska outfit The Beat, bassist David Steele and guitarist Andy Cox, formed this band in 1984 with newcomer singer...

Top Of The Pops

1 9 6 4 - 2 0 0 6  (UK) On 30 July 2006 the BBC broadcast the final edition of Top Of The Pops. Thousands...