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Kenny Lynch

Born and bred in Stepney, East London, Kenny was one of thirteen children. He began singing with his sister, Gladys, who was a jazz singer...

Kiki Dee

Kiki Dee had been making records since the Sixties, but her career didn't really get going until Elton John signed her to his Rocket...

Kelpies, The

The Kelpies formed in Sydney (Australia) in March 1981 with a line-up of James Gelding (vocals), Mark Easton (guitar), Brian Conolly (guitar), Con Murphy...

Kippington Lodge

Kippington Lodge released five excellent singles on Parlophone Records between 1967 and 1969, yet they remain one of the least known English pop groups...

Kursaal Flyers, The

Named after a seaside amusement arcade at Southend in Essex, and fronted by Paul Shuttleworth (who could out-spiv Arthur Daley on a charabanc trip),...

Kula Shaker

If Blur were the McCartney of the Britpop party, and Oasis were the Lennon, Kula Shaker were the George Harrison. Heavily influenced by Indian...

Kristine Sparkle

As Christine Holmes in the 1960s, Ms Sparkle had a respected solo and session standing which included a successful stint in The Family Dogg. By...

Kris Kristofferson

By the time Kris Kristofferson recorded his debut album in 1970 he had already been a Rhodes Scholar, a failed British recording artists (under...

Kris Jensen

Of Danish/Finnish descent, singer/guitarist Kris Jensen was Nashville-based and managed by Wesley Rose. His one and only hit was Torture, a song penned by John...

Kraftwerk

The word "unique" is over-used in music, but Kraftwerk have a stronger claim than most to the tag. Organist Ralf Hütter and woodwind student Florian...

Kool & The Gang

Beginning as The Jazziacs in Jersey City in 1964, the band renamed themselves Kool and the Flames. The band's break came via the efforts of...

Koobas, The

Possibly the least-known of Brian Epstein's post-Beatles charges from the Merseybeat era, The Koobas formed in 1962 and broke up in 1968. Their story read like virtually every other...

Koko Taylor

Koko Taylor - so named because of her lifelong fondness for chocolate - was born in 1928 and earned the title "Queen of the...

Kokomo

Like every other self-respecting musical movement in the early 70s, Pub Rock had its own 'supergroup' in the shape of Kokomo. Named after an Aretha Franklin song (First Snow...

Knickerbockers, The

The Knickerbockers formed in 1962, when the Cecchino brothers, Beau and John, met former boy-wonder Buddy Randell. Singer, songwriter and sax player Randell was 16 when...

Knack, The

The Knack exemplified American New Wave - a short haired, 60s-influenced band playing straight-ahead pop-rock while sporting skinny ties and modish suits. Charting worldwide in 1979 with...

KLF

Shrouded in mystery and occultist imagery, The KLF were the biggest selling British singles act of 1991. Formed as the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu...

Klaatu

Canadian trio Klaatu are remembered for two things: being mistaken for The Beatles, and the song Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft - a melodic, slow-moving and ludicrous...

Kirsty MacColl

Born on 10 October 1959, Kirsty was the daughter of celebrated folk singer Ewan MacColl, although her father actually left the family home in...

Kinks, The

The Kinks - from London's Muswell Hill district - began their career in a similar way to hundreds of other groups, playing R&B and...

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Gale Garnett & The Gentle Reign

Best known for her 1963 hit We'll Sing In The Sunshine and a film and TV career including movies such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding , Gale...

Hector

"Are they the ultimate in Bovver Rock?" wondered Music Week in September 1973. Portsmouth four-piece Hector painted freckles on their faces, wore striped Dennis The Menace...

Phil Collins

Phil Collins was born in Chiswick in 1951. As a young man, his father had run away to sea but was ordered back by...

Led Zeppelin

It's been over four decades and the lyrics still don't make much sense - what is a "bustle in your hedgerow" anyway? - but...

Christine Quaite

Christine was born in Leeds and after being placed second in a Manchester talent contest, she was offered a contract by Oriole Records, releasing...

Bill Martin and Phil Coulter

When the moody Forever and Ever topped the UK charts for Slik on Valentine's Day 1976 it completed a remarkable ten years at the top for...

Tubes, The

Taking their cue from Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention, San Franciscan rock satirists The Tubes were one of the first groups to bring performance art to arena...

Faust

In the early seventies, Germany's progressive music scene became known in Europe and the US as 'Krautrock', a faintly pejorative tag coined by the...