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Jane Aire & The Belvederes

Jane Aire (real name Jane Ashley) was another talented singer from Akron, Ohio whose career really got started outside her homeland, courtesy of a...

Jan & Dean

Jan Berry and Dean Torrence made it big in 1963 on the crest of a surf music wave created by The Beach Boys. They celebrated Californian...

Jamie Redfern

Over a three year period during the early 1970s, Australian child star Jamie Redfern scored four Top 40 hit singles and sold more than...

James Taylor

Sweet Baby James (1970), went on to achieve triple platinum sales and triumphantly established Taylor as a musical force in the new decade.

James Gang, The

Although formed around drummer/vocalist Jimmy Fox as a British Invasion-inspired group, The James Gang were in reality the product of a thriving Cleveland music...

James Carr

James Edward Carr remains the most famous charge of Quinton Claunch and Rudolph Russell's Memphis label, Goldwax. Carr recorded a clutch of late ’60s singles...

James Brown

Born in a one-room shack in the pinewoods of Barnwell, South Carolina on 3 May 1933, James Joe Brown Jnr. was apparently stillborn, and survived entry...

James

Through an early interest by Morrissey, James managed to get a recording contract with Factory Records based in their hometown, Manchester. In 1990 they signed...

Jam, The

Paul Weller (born John William Weller) and Rick Buckler met at school in Woking, Surrey, in 1975 and played music together during their lunch hours. The...

Jake Thackray

John Philip Thackray was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in 1938 - the son of Ernest Thackray, a policeman, and Ivy May Thackray. He was educated...

Jags, The

The Jags are a fondly remembered part of the late-70s/early 80s UK power pop explosion. The quartet was formed in 1978 by the Yorkshire-based songwriting team of...

Jade

Despite garnering critical acclaim on its 1970 release, Fly On Strangewings - the only album by this Surrey folk trio - lay lay forgotten by all...

Jackson Browne

Running On Empty (January 1977) was Jackson Browne's grand experiment: a live album of all new songs recorded on stage, in hotel rooms and on...

Jackson 5, The/The Jacksons

Given the built-in obsolescence of pop stars, it is remarkable that the singer who made the biggest impact in 1970 should have still made...

Jackie Wilson

Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr. (born in Detroit on 9 June 1934) was an African-American singer who played an important part in the transition...

Jackie Lee

About two years after having a big hit with White Horses - which was written for a popular children's TV series and which she recorded and released...

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 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...

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...

Johnnys, The

Formed in 1982, and described as a cross between Marty Robbins and The Sex Pistols, The Johnnys dressed as cowboys - complete with Stetson hats,...

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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...

Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons was born Ingram Cecil Connor III on 5 November 1946 (Parsons was his stepfather's surname). His grandfather owned and operated a citrus empire that was...

Hazel O’Connor

Coventry girl Hazel O'Connor launched herself as a singer/songwriter with a starring part in the music industry movie Breaking Glass (1980) - scoring a Top Five hit...

The Sherbet Seventies

1 9 6 8 The original Sherbet line-up emerged from the ashes of two Sydney bands, The Downtown Roll Band and Clapham Junction. Englishman Clive...

Black Oak Arkansas

Black Oak Arkansas (the band) put Black Oak, Arkansas (their hometown - population 272) on the map in 1973 with their number one remake...

Simon & Garfunkel

Paul Simon was born in October 1941 in Newark, New Jersey into a Hungarian Jewish family but moved to the middle-class area of Queens...

Leonard Cohen

Born in Canada, Leonard Cohen was already a published novelist and prize-winning poet before he started singing and songwriting, but Columbia's A&R department probably...

Christians, The

Brothers Garry and Russell Christian (formerly an a cappella soul trio with Roger, another sibling) and ex-Yachts helmsman Henry Priestman (who left It's Immaterial...