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Lonnie Mack

Lonnie Mack's music is amongst the most direct and unadorned of the 1960s. His ballads are especially moving, and the instrumentals and his guitar...

Lieutenant Pigeon

Stavely Makepeace was formed by three school boys in Coventry. They released a number of unsuccessful singles and decided a side-line novelty band may help their careers. They plumped...

Lou Christie

Ten months before The Beach Boys' 'pocket symphony' Good Vibrations made the charts, Lou Christie struck with the schizophrenic suite about love and lust, Lightnin' Strikes. American...

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,...

Lydia Lunch

By 1977, the New York punk scene had run out of steam. Into the vacuum charged a second generation of NYC bands - determined...

Love And Rockets

This avant-garde UK rock band formed at Christmas 1985 from the ashes of Bauhaus. Early singled included Kundalini Express (concerning tantric meditation) and a cover of The...

Lotus Eaters

Rising from the ashes of the Wild Swans, Liverpool's Lotus Eaters enjoyed instant commercial success with a fragrant pop song, The First Picture Of You,...

Levellers, The

This five-piece outfit from Brighton in England included fiddle and mandolin, and its brand of populist-based punk anthems was tinged with the stirring sound...

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...

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Lords of the New Church

Formed in 1982, Lords Of The New Church comprised punk pioneers Stiv Bators (The Dead Boys), Brian James (The Damned), Dave Tregunna (Sham 69)...

Lynsey de Paul

Lynsey De Paul was born Lynsey Monckton Rubin in Cricklewood, London, in June 1950. The petite singer and prolific songwriter brightened up many early-70s editions...

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...

LL Cool J

LL Cool J was born James Todd Smith. The rap name apparently means "Ladies Love Cool James". He was only 16 when he released his...

Lloyd Price

A raucous rocker from New Orleans whose 1952 recording of Lawdy Miss Clawdy brought him a gold record. His next major success came when Stagger Lee stormed to...

Living Colour

This American rock band was formed in 1984 by Vernon Reid, Muzz Skillings and William Calhoun. Reid had studied performing arts at Manhattan Community...

Loaded Dice

Loaded Dice were a hard working power pop band that were touted as being the next big thing from Western Australia. Formed in 1974, they...

Liverpool Five, The

The Liverpool Five (four of them were actually from Fulham!) left the UK and went travelling throughout Europe. They somehow ended up playing at...

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Tams, The

Atlanta's Tams were among the more popular up-tempo soul groups of the 60s, although they were never able to break Motown's pop stranglehold. Joseph Pope's...

Odetta

Odetta Holmes was born in Birmingham, Alabama (USA) in 1930 and moved with her family to Los Angeles at the age of six. When...

Solomon Burke

Born in Philadelphia, Solomon Burke started preaching at the age of seven, sang on the radio at 12, was signed to the Apollo label...

Paramounts, The

Robin Trower, Gary Brooker and Chris Copping went to school in Southend together. Adding singer Bob Scott and drummer Mick Brownlee they formed The...

Suicidal Tendencies

Suicidal Tendencies were formed in Venice, California in 1981 as a punk/hardcore band, and virtually came to define the phrase "skate-punk." Vocalist/bandleader Mike Muir earned a...

Buggles, The

Video Killed the Radio Star achieved pop immortality by being the first song ever played on MTV. The Buggles was ostensibly bass-playing production titan Trevor Horn,...

March Violets

This rock band with definite Goth leanings was formed in England during 1982. Hugh (bass) met Simon (vocals) in Leeds, and the latter recruited an...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers

Johnny Thunders (vocals, guitar) and Jerry Nolan (drums) had quit The New York Dolls and Richard Hell (vocals, bass) had been forced out of Television. The trio...