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Mystrys, The

Masked mavericks The Mystrys burst onto the Australian pop scene in 1966 with a spaced-out single, Witch Girl, and some downright intergalactic hype, before vanishing almost...

Mazzy Starr

From 1984 to 1987, songwriter-guitarist David Roback, already known for his work in Rain Parade, and Kendra Smith, the former bass player for the...

Village People

Part clever concept, part exaggerated camp act, the Village People were worldwide sensations during disco's heyday and seemed to keep reviving like the phoenix. French disco...

Scruffs, The

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, The Scruffs' easily filled the void left by The Raspberries and Big Star with their debut album, Wanna Meet The Scruffs? (1977). Their...

Toggery Five, The

Manchester beat band The Toggery Five formed in 1963, and first rehearsed at the Thatched House pub in Stockport. The group's unusual name came from...

Mother Goose

Mother Goose hailed from Dunedin, New Zealand, and were unique for their performances which combined mime, satire, costumes and novelty songs with virtuoso playing. Honing...

Shirley Goodman

Born in New Orleans on 19 June 1936, Shirley Goodman was 16 years old when she signed to Aladdin, the jazz and R&B label that...

Wackers, The

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Bob Segarini formed The Wackers in northern California in 1970 before relocating to Montreal, Canada, two years later. The Wackers released their debut...

Marv Johnson

When Berry Gordy first started his Motor Town touring spectaculars (the precursors of the celebrated Motown revues) Marv Johnson was a headliner on an...

Powder

San Mateo anglophiles Rich and Tom Martin pursued a different musical path to many after the Beatles epiphany they shared with millions of other...

Spizz

Midlander Kenneth Spiers, aka Spizz, is to many people largely identified by the one song, Where's Captain Kirk? (1980). But few artists can have gone to as...

Metros, The

Big on the Northern Soul scene but little-known outside of it, The Metros from Detroit honed their exquisite harmonies in their school's bathroom and...

Subhumans

Formed in 1980, Wiltshire anarcho-punk legends Subhumans raged against the Orwellian nightmare of Thatcher's Britain on classic albums like The Day The Country Died (1983) and From The...

Stone Poneys, The

The Stone Poneys are now remembered only as Linda Ronstadt's first group. But although she quickly overshadowed her colleagues and assumed top billing, when their...

Steve and The Board

Sydney R&B band Steve and The Board formed in 1965. Frontman Steve Kipner was the son of record producer Nat Kipner, who was the force behind...

Nena

Entering the Billboard Top 40 on 21 January 1984, 99 Luftballons - a single by Teutonic new wave group Nena sung entirely in their own language - put...

Stryper

Stryper - or Salvation Through Redemption Yielding Peace, Encouragement (and) Righteousness - formed in Orange County, California, in 1983, when brothers Michael Sweet (vocals...

Ronnie Hilton

Born Adrian Hill in Hull, in January 1926, Ronnie Hilton was one of the great UK singers of the 1950s. He was actually working a...

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Magna Carta

Magna Carta were a gentle acoustic-guitars-and-harmonies outfit who began in the late 60's and survived several line-up changes. Their material, built mainly around the...

Spectrum

Spectrum's #1 hit single I'll Be Gone (February 1971) was the final rock song to be played on the once-hip Melbourne radio station 3AK before it took...

Shang-A-Lang

1 9 7 5 - 1 9 7 7 (UK) 20 x 30 minute episodes 1 x 50 minute episode Shang-A-Lang premiered on Britain's ITV on 1...

Echobelly

Elfin-faced and built like a sparrow (although she used to be a kickboxer) Sonya Aurora Madan had a divine voice and sang in an...

Trees

Based not in some rural retreat, but in the hippie hothouse of Notting Hill, Fairport-wannabes Trees squeezed out a pair of albums in a...

Australian Crawl

The members of Australian Crawl all hailed from the Mount Eliza area on the Mornington Peninsular in Victoria, Australia. The band came together in...

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...

Split Enz

New Zealand's most successful music export, Split Enz, began in Auckland in 1972 when Tim Finn and Philip Judd formed an acoustic band called...