Artists – N

Nancy Sinatra

Born on 8 June 1940 in Jersey City, New York, Nancy Sinatra was the oldest of three children born to Frank and Nancy Sinatra. While she was still a child the family moved to Southern California where she attended high school in Los Angeles, before moving on to the University of Southern California where she majored in(...)

Napalm Death

The music of Birmingham agitators Napalm Death typically crashes upon the listener like a drum kit hurled through a closed bay window, their lyrics vomited forth with the force of a hurricane. As laconic as they are ear-splitting, their settings range from 'fast' to 'considerably faster'. They are an extreme aspect of rock's climate: implacable,(...)

Napoleon XIV

Nashville Teens, The

From the stockbroker town of Weybridge in Surrey came The Nashville Teens, brainchildren of Arthur Sharp and Ramon Phillips, lead singers of two rival groups of the parish who amalgamated in 1962. Of the two, Phillips was the more commanding, taking most of the weightier vocals leaving comic-relief to the easy-going Sharp. In 1966 Ray(...)

Nat King Cole

Learning to play the piano at an early age, Nathaniel Adams Coles secured a residency at Chicago's Panama Club with his brother Eddie while still in his teens. They recorded their first single as The Nat King Cole Trio and were soon offered a record deal by Capitol. He would become their most successful recording(...)


Formed in Dunfermline in 1968 - and still going 40+ years later - Nazareth peaked in 1975 with their sixth album, Hair Of The Dog, which sold two million copies and inspired future Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose. The album is a slice of quintessential 70s hard rock, typified by Dan McCafferty's screeching vocal that Axl would(...)

Nazz, The

Guitarist Todd Rundgren formed The Nazz with bassist Carson Van Osten in 1967 after they had quit blues purists Woody's Truck Stop. Recruiting drummer Thom Mooney and vocalist/keyboardist Stewkey (nee Robert Antoni), Rundgren and Van Osten named the group after The Yardbirds' song The Nazz Are Blue and quickly landed an opening spot for The Doors in(...)

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin

British feedback machine Ned's Atomic Dustbin toured for over a year as the opening act for The Wonder Stuff, Pop Will Eat Itself and Jesus Jones - exposure which helped their reputation as a live band bursting with energy band enthusiasm. In return, their album God Fodder (1991) - which included their #1 UK indie hit Kill Your Television - became a steady(...)

Neil Christian

Neil Christian & The Crusaders

Neil Christian (born Christopher Tidmarsh on 14 February 1940) grew up in Shoreditch, East London. Infatuated by Rock & Roll, but with no desire to perform. By 1960 he was working as the driver for Red E Lewis & The Redcaps when he heard about a talented new guitarist and travelled to a hall Epsom(...)

Neil Diamond

Neil Leslie Diamond was born on 24 January 1941, in Brooklyn, New York. For his sixteenth birthday, he was given a guitar and began composing music for fun. His interest and ability grew and, while studying at NYU (he won his place on a fencing scholarship) he dropped out to work as a professional songwriter(...)

Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 13 March 1939 and won a scholarship to the Juilliard Music School (the school depicted in the movie Fame) to study as a classical pianist. He teamed up with neighbour Howard Greenfield to write many songs for other artists - including Stupid Cupid for Connie Francis - and then began singing(...)

Neil Young

Since co-founding Buffalo Springfield in 1966 (and then splitting after two albums), Neil Young rarely stopped moving. Born in Toronto in November 1945, Neil Perceval Young worked in Canada as a folk singer before teaming up with Steve Stills in Buffalo Springfield. When the band split in 1968 he took up solo performances again and recorded a self-titled(...)


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 German popular music on the map. Peaking at #2 made it the first foreign language pop song to scrape the top of the US charts. A record of this nature was(...)

Neneh Cherry

She was born Neneh Mariann Karlsson in 1964 in Stockholm, Sweden, the daughter of West African percussionist Ahmadu Jah and Swedish artist, Moki. Raised by her mother and her jazz trumpeter stepfather (Don Cherry) in both Stockholm and New York City, she left school at 14. In 1980, Cherry moved to London to sing with(...)

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