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John’s Children

Because Marc Bolan (soon to become T. Rex) was briefly a member, John's Children are perhaps accorded more reverence by '60s collectors and aficionados than they...

Johnnie Ray

Despite being skinny, pigeon-toed, half-deaf and effeminate, this highly emotional performer was the most popular singer of the pre-Elvis era. Indeed, when Elvis first started out he was...

Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson

Watson wrote and recorded a bunch of R&B goodies in the 1950s (including Gangster Of Love and Looking Back) that gave him West Coast recognition without stirring...

Johnny & The Hurricanes

Although they scored four Top Thirty hits in their native USA, Johnny and the Hurricanes doubled that figure in Britain, where they sold almost...

Johnny Ace

Born in Memphis on 9 June 1929, Johnny Ace (real name John Marshall Alexander Jr) returned from service in the US Navy during WWII...

Johnny Burnette

Memphis-born Johnny, plus elder brother Dorsey and their guitarist friend Paul Burlison, formed the legendary Rock 'n' Roll Trio which recorded in the late...

Johnny Cash

He was born J.R. Cash ('John' came later, and 'Johnny' was an invention of Sun Records chief Sam Phillips) in Kingsland, Arkansas, one of...

Johnny Chester and the Chessmen

John Howard Chester was born on Boxing Day 1941 in North Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia. By the time he was 17, John had formed a group...

Johnny Devlin

Johnny Devlin was born John Lockett Devlin on 11 May 1938 in New Zealand. Devlin's cover of Lloyd Price's Lawdy Miss Clawdy (1958) went to #1...

Johnny Gentle

John Askew was born on 8 December 1936 in Liverpool. After leaving school he performed at local clubs with friend Bobby Crawford, singing Everly Brothers songs, before...

Johnny Hates Jazz

Purveyors of super-slick pop, this UK band derived their unusual name from a friend called Johnny, who - you guessed it - literally did...

Johnny Kidd & The Pirates

Originally a Rock & Roll band, The Pirates' greatest days were perhaps behind them when the beat boom began. Formed in 1958 when Rock &...

Johnny Mathis

An outstanding college high-jumper, Johnny Mathis was on course for an Olympic medal before being distracted in the mid-50s by the opportunity to sing...

Johnny Moped

Johnny Moped formed in Croydon, south London, in 1974 and bridged the gap between mid-seventies pub rock and punk with their amalgam of free festival...

Johnny Nash

Born on 19 August 1940, in Houston, Texas, John Lester Nash, Jr was one of the first black entertainers to work on Houston TV. He...

Johnny O’Keefe

Johnny O'Keefe produced more Top 40 hits than any other Australian recording artist. He had a total of 29 hits spanning 1958 - 1974,...

Johnny Rebb

Johnny Rebb was the first Australian artist to be signed by Lee Gordon's Leedon label in 1958.  The local media dubbed Rebb the 'Gentleman Of...

Johnny Rivers

A New Yorker, Rivers broke through in 1964 with a cover version of Memphis, although his biggest hit was a song he had written with...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers

Johnny Thunders (vocals, guitar) and Jerry Nolan (drums) had quit The New York Dolls and Richard Hell (vocals, bass) had been forced out of Television. The trio...

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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...