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Ozzy Osbourne

Born on 3 December 1948, John Michael Osbourne grew up in a large family. At 16 he became a mod. Not because of any deep...

Overlanders, The

Paul Arnold (Friswell) Vocals, guitar Laurie Mason  Vocals, piano Peter Bartholomew  Vocals, guitar Terry Widlake  Bass David Walsh  Drums Ian Griffiths  Vocals, guitar

Outcasts, The

The Outcasts place in Northern Irish punk history was immortalised in the 2012 film Good Vibrations, about the infamous Belfast record label that was in...

Otis Rush

Otis Rush was born near Philadelphia and learned his instrument from listening to blues on the radio. Whilst visiting his sister in Chicago, he was...

Otis Redding

Hailing from Macon, Georgia, Otis Redding began his singing career when he won fifteen straight Sunday night talent shows in Macon. He joined Stax in 1962 and...

Os Mutantes

The experimental psych rock of Os Mutantes was an anomaly in late 60s Brazil - this was, after all, a country entering a brutal...

Osmonds, The

The singing Osmond siblings from Utah - Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay and Donny - had been performing together for nearly 10 years before they...

Osibisa

Osibisa (the name is Akan dialect for criss-cross rhythms) were from the real heart. Four were from Africa, three from the West Indies. On the...

Original Mirrors

Original Mirrors formed in Liverpool in 1980 after the demise of vocalist Steve Allen's art rock group Deaf School. Guitarist Ian Broudie had previously played...

Orange Juice

Lovelorn, naive and vibrant, these foppish lads from the middle-class Glasgow suburb of Bearsden fashioned post-Byrds jangle and skinny white soul into their own nervy,...

Oppressed, The

The Oppressed was an Oi! band formed in March 1981 in Cardiff by Russell Payne (guitar), his brother Ronnie (bass), Gary Tier (drums) and Martin Brennan...

Opal

Opal was formed by two of the leading lights of LA's paisley underground scene - former Rain Parade guitarist David Roback and ex-Dream Syndicate...

Only Ones, The

The Only Ones emerged in 1977 with an independent single, Lovers Of Today b/w Peter & The Pets, and a swag of Velvet Underground-like songs of heroin addiction...

One In A Million

Initially known as The Jaygars, Alan Young (vocals and rhythm guitar), Billy Scenters (bass) and brothers Jimmy and Jack McCulloch (lead guitar and drums...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD)

In 1978, Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys - two strait-laced kids from the Wirral - hosted an evening they considered to be a self-indulgent...

Olympics, The

The Olympics began life in 1954 as The Challengers while still at high school in Compton, California. Their debut single, Western Movies (1958), reached #8 in the...

O’Jays, The

Eddie Levert Vocals Walter Williams Vocals William Powell Vocals Bobby Massey Vocals Bill Isles Vocals

Oingo Boingo

Oingo Boingo originally formed in 1972 as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo- a musical troupe in the tradition of Frank Zappa, performing an...

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Vice Squad

This Bristol punk band formed in late 1978 and was fronted by blonde vocalist Beki Bondage (real name Rebecca Louise Bond), who became for...

Johnny Chester and the Chessmen

John Howard Chester was born on Boxing Day 1941 in North Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia. By the time he was 17, John had formed a group...

Metallica

Metallica's debut album, Kill 'Em All, was released in 1983 when Iron Maiden were still the biggest, newest noise in Heavy Metal. Metallica combined the power of classic...

Tall Dwarfs, The

Formed in the early 80s in New Zealand by ex-Toy Love members Alec Bathgate and Chris Knox, The Tall Dwarfs were one of the...

Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders

Wayne Fontana was born Glynn Ellis in Manchester, England, on 28 October 1945. He started his musical career at school with a skiffle group called The...

Sade

Sade (pronounced Sharday) was born in Nigeria in 1959 as Helen Folasade Adu, the daughter of a Nigerian father and a British mother. When...

Cilla Black

Cilla Black was born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on 27 May 1943. Dropping out of school at 15 she went to work pounding a...

Prince

His name was Prince, then it wasn't, then it was again. One of the most fascinating artists of the Eighties, the pocket-sized legend was...