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Marvelettes, The

Hailing from the low-income Detroit suburb of Inkster, the 17-year-old girls who came together as The Marvelettes (originally The Casinyets - a corruption of...

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. (inspired by Sam Cooke, he added the "e" to his surname when he began his musical career) was born in Washington...

Mary Hopkin

When The Beatles formed their own label, Apple, in 1968, they didn't want it to exist only for their albums. They also wanted to make it possible...

Mary Wells

Born in Detroit on 13 May 1943, Mary Wells started singing at the age of ten and actually auditioned for the Tamla Motown label in 1961,...

Massive Attack

British hip-hop has always been a poor cousin to its US counterpart. Only when Brits corrupt the formula by crossing it with other styles...

Master’s Apprentices, The

Formed in Adelaide, Australia, in 1964, the Masters' early music was raw R&B with echoes of The Rolling Stones and The Animals, but by 1965 the band...

Matchbox

Matchbox formed in 1971 but it wasn't until 1976 that their first album, Riders In The Sky, came out on Charley Records, by which time...

Matt Finish

Matt Finish's inaugural album Short Note (1981) is widely regarded as an all-time Australian classic and continues to sell to this day. The title track has...

Matt Monro

Former Shoreditch bus driver Terry Parsons recorded his first album clad in his driver's jacket and went on to become "Britain's Frank Sinatra" (as virtually...

Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Maurice Williams was born in Lancaster, South Carolina at the beginning of World War II. He wrote Stay while he was performing in a band as The...

Max’s Kansas City

Max's Kansas City was a New York bar, restaurant, club and trendy hangout where such acts as the Velvet Underground and the New York Dolls got their start....

Maxine Brown

Dubbed "the girl who invented soul" this South Carolina-born singer with the heart-stopping voice scored from the off with her 1960's self-penned debut All In...

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...

MC Hammer

The release of Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, the second album by an ex-Navy officer from California, proved to be a touchstone moment. MC Hammer (born...

MC5, The

Formed in Lincoln Park, Michigan, in 1965, The MC5 (Motor City Five) rode to fame on a wave of revolutionary hysteria. The band never...

McCoys, The

Rick D Zehringer started a group called The McCoys but changed their name to The Rick Z Combo. When they were offered the song My...

McGuinness Flint

McGuinness Flint was formed in 1969 by Tom McGuinness (ex-Manfred Mann) and Hughie Flint (ex-John Mayall's Bluesbreakers). Dennis Coulson, Benny Gallagher, Graham Lyle and Paul...

Meal Ticket

Who would expect a Canadian actor to be working with a British South Coast rock band, a country blues guitarist and a Scottish soul...

Meat Loaf

Born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas in 1951, Meat Loaf has provided various explanations for his unusual stage name - most commonly that...

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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...