Artists – A to K

Aliens, The

The Aliens were one of the first Australian bands of the late 70s to adopt the New Wave “uniform” of black clothes and skinny ties. Originally known as Riff Raff, The Aliens’ hailed from Adelaide and played guitar-rich pop-rock with the influence on 1960’s melodies. The band relocated to Melbourne in 1978, but Graham Lewis and(…)

Alison Moyet

Having spent much of the 1990s in legal wrangles with her then record company Sony, Alison’s fortunes were subsequently buoyed by, of all things, the theatre. In 2001 she appeared in Chicago in London’s West End, and in 2006 she starred alongside Dawn French in Smaller.

All About Eve

This London quartet featured the rather lovely – and often multi-tracked – voice of Coventry-born music journalist Julianne Regan (an early bassist in Gene Loves Jezebel) and utilised, of all people, former Yardbirds bassist Paul Samwell-Smith in the producer’s chair. With dreamy-looking cover art and songs about children, angels and clouds, one might have expected lots of wispy,(…)

Allison Durbin

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 24 May 1950, Allison Anne Durbin joined New Zealand’s popular Uncle Tom’s Friendly Road Children’s Choir (a radio and concert choir made up of kids aged between 5 and 21) at the age of five. She stayed with the choir for four years. At the age of 13, Allison sang(…)

Allisons, The

  Like The Walker Brothers (who were neither brothers nor Walkers) neither of The Allisons were actually called ‘Allison’. Brian Alford (John Allison) first met Colin Day (Bob Allison) when they both sang in the choir at Saint Dionis Church in Parsons Green, Fulham. By 1960, they had managed to obtain a residency at the Breadbasket(…)

Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band were, to all intents and purposes, created by Southern soul Svengali Phil Walden (friend and manager of Otis Redding, and head of the world’s greatest soul music booking agency) to capitalise on the burgeoning popularity of open-ended improvising bands like The Grateful Dead. In common with The Dead, the Allmans featured a double-drummer(…)

Allniters, The

During the late 70s/early 80s a small pub in downtown Sydney, called the Sussex Hotel, was the birthplace of the Australian mod revival. When the 2 Tone movement erupted in Britain (with Madness, The Specials, The Selecter etc) it was inevitable that Ska too would end up there. One of Australia’s first ska bands, The(…)

Allusions, The

The Allusions were one of the most stylish and inventive of Sydney’s 1960s beat groups. The band issued six singles; Gypsy Woman (March 1966), The Dancer (July 1966), Looks Like Trouble (October 1966), Roundabout (February 1967), Seven Days Of Rain (July 1967) and Mr Love (January 1968), plus one excellent – and very rare –(…)

Alma Cogan

Born in London, Cogan’s chart career ran from 1954 to 1961 as she sang innumerable hits on the cusp of the rock era. Dubbed “The Girl With A Giggle In Her Voice”, she was the highest paid British female entertainer of her era. Alma’s mother encouraged her to enter show business, and she auditioned for Ted(…)

Altered Images

Formed in 1979, this Glasgow band centred around 17 year old Clare Grogan who appeared in the film Gregory’s Girl (1981) directed by Bill Forsyth. In 1980 Altered Images toured with Siouxsie & The Banshees and subsequently employed the services of their bassist, Steve Severin, as producer. Another champion of their work was the influential UK disc jockey John(…)

Alternative TV (ATV)

The success of the 70’s London punk fanzine Sniffin’ Glue was almost entirely due to the irreverent, pugnacious sincerity of its founder Mark Perry (pictured below right). That Perry should form a band seemed a natural progression. Ironically, his band turned out to be far less interesting than his mimeographed fanzine. Co-founder/guitarist Alex Fergusson split early on(…)

Alvin Stardust

Born Bernard Jewry in the 1940s, Alvin Stardust shot to stardom in the 1970s. He had already had four hit singles in the 1960s under the name of Shane Fenton (with The Fentones) before moving into management, looking after The Hollies and Lulu, among others. But what fun is it, watching other people get all the fame and accolades? There(…)

Amazing Rhythm Aces, The

The Amazing Rhythm Aces came together in Tennessee in 1972, with a sound mixing pop, country and blue-eyed soul. Their debut album, Stacked Deck (1975), resulted in two crossover country-rock hits, Third Rate Romance and Amazing Grace (Used to Be Her Favorite Song), the group’s lone Top 10 country single. In 1976 The End Is Not in Sight (The Cowboy Tune) –(…)


Amazulu had an early break in 1984 when they scored one of the musical slots on anarchic TV comedy show The Young Ones to perform their single Moonlight Romance (it’s the episode called Time if you want to check it out – season 2, episode 4). Composed of five dreadlocked and raffishly-attired females and one male (Nardo Bailey) the ska/reggae/new wave group(…)

Amen Corner

Although it’s also the name of a 1954 play by James Baldwin, Amen Corner took their name from a weekly soul night at Cardiff’s Victoria Ballroom when they formed in 1966. The Welshmen quickly gained a reputation as a strong live R&B band, with the twin saxes providing a fatter, more American sound than most(…)

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