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La De Da’s, The

From their beginnings as a tough garage R&B band, to their final years as an exciting hard rock/boogie outfit, New Zealand's La De Da's...

La’s, The

The La's emerged in Liverpool in 1987, playing vibrant unashamedly nostalgic working-class pop with council estate swagger and a sensibility honed in the northern...

Lambrettas, The

In the spring of 1979, the Mod revival was gathering momentum. In Brighton, Quadrophenia was being filmed, and in the East End of London, the Bridge House had been...

Larry Parnes

Larry Parnes (born Laurence Maurice Palmer) was the most successful British rock manager of the 50s and early 60s. Known as Larry "Parnes, Shillings and...

Larry Williams

The late Larry Williams, though born in New Orleans in 1935, recorded in Los Angeles for Art Rupe's Specialty label - the home of Little...

Last Resort, The

The Last Resort formed in 1980 after Roi Pearce had seen a band called The Rivals rehearsing. He met up with a guitarist called...

Laughing Clowns

As co-founder of The Saints, Ed Kuepper was the musical backbone of the group that was playing punk music in Brisbane, Australia, in 1975....

Laura Nyro

Laura was born Laura Nigro in the Bronx, New York, on 18 October 1947, and was only 19 when she recorded her first album,...

Laurel Aitken

Having relocated from Jamaica to Brixton at the start of the 1960s, it was pretty much right-time-right-place for Cuban-born ska legend, Laurel Aitken, as ska began...

LaVern Baker

Chicago-native LaVern Baker (born Delores Williams on 11 November 1929) was a well-built and undeniably sexy black girl who learnt to sing in church...

Leaf Hound

The Brooks brothers, Derek and Stuart, formed south London blues rockers Leaf Hound out of the remnants of a band called Black Cat Bones. Joined...

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...

Lee Curtis & The All Stars

Peter Flannery became Lee Curtis by reversing the name of the American singer Curtis Lee. He was managed by his brother Joe, and there was...

Lee Dorsey

Born in New Orleans on 4 December 1926, Lee Dorsey moved with his family to Oregon when he was 10. After serving four years in...

Left Banke, The

Michael Brown, the keyboard player and songwriter whose brief tenure with The Left Banke produced the band's classic hits Walk Away Renee (the product of...

Leiber and Stoller

Jerry (born Jerome) Leiber and Mike Stoller have written some of the most spirited and enduring rock and roll songs: Hound Dog (originally recorded by Big...

Leif Garrett

A film star at the age of 12, a pop star a year later, über-Californian Leif Garrett burned briefly but brightly during the 70s, his...

Lemonheads, The

The Lemonheads originally formed as a hardcore punk band with high school buddies Evan Dando and Ben Deily in mid-80s Massachusetts. By the time...

Len Bright Combo, The

'Wreckless' Eric Goulden scored a huge hit in 1977 with Whole Wide World which, if anything, simply compounded his insecurity, which in turn led to increased...

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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...