Artists – J


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 from Jagger and his musical inspiration from Bowie's piano-based, cabaret-style inclinations to create the histrionic album, Jobriath (1973). Despite the addition of a 55-piece orchestra, and Hendrix's engineer Eddie Kramer, Jobriath's music(...)

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 to run the Sultan pub in Grange Road. As a kid he sold cockles and winkles and collected scrap metal for extra cash. At 12-years-old he'd saved enough to buy a(...)

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 Help From My Friends and caused a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic. Cocker achieved a rare thing with that record - taking a Lennon/McCartney song and improving on The Beatles' version so(...)

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, and hitched a ride on the New Wave. He went on to international success, particularly in America, by updating a range of ancient style including Jump-Jive and sub-Cole Porterisms.

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 stayed with him during his stint in the Royal Air Force where he was a radar technician. When demobbed, he became a sound engineer with IBC Studios in London, before(...)

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 People Play. Operating right in the zone where country meets soul it's not hard to figure why Elvis took such a shine to Walk A Mile In My Shoes.

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 and then working as a lineman for the telephone company. He kicked around the local Seymour bar scene, and in 1975 - with aspirations to make it in the music business(...)

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 before getting into music while at college in Texas. After working for four years in the Chad Mitchell Trio, he signed with RCA in 1969. His first album, Rhymes and Reasons (1969) contained the(...)

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 joined a band called Strings Unlimited who played at metropolitan and country dances. It was while singing with this group at a dance in Cohuna - a country town in(...)

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 band he put together for recording and live work became a casual group called John Kennedy's Love Gone Wrong. The single Forget came out on Waterfront in September 1984, followed by Miracle In Marrickville in(...)

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 - the most celebrated Chicago bluesman of the 1950s. He recorded under a number of pseudonyms during the 50s, and made some memorable records including; Boom Boom, Boogie Chillen', Dimples, Sugar Mamma, and I'm Mad Again.(...)

John Lennon

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 controversy in the USA, where the Fab Four reigned supreme in the pop charts. Lennon's verbal wit and Paul McCartney's gift for melody added up to one of the most successful songwriting(...)

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 he signed a contract with Top Rank Records even though his voice was not the attraction; rather his smooth good looks and blonde hair. Nevertheless, Leyton had the experienced backing(...)

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 stage he began spending much of his time in Glasgow. Mentored by Scottish folk legend Hamish Imlach, Martyn embarked on his musical career in 1965, at the age of 17. He(...)

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 he left to work for an advertising agency in 1949, he had painstakingly taught himself boogie-woogie and related styles on the piano. Chucking in his agency job, he was a window(...)

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