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O’Jays, The

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


Guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, bass player Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll originally formed as 061 (after the telephone area code for their home city of Manchester), then changed their name to The Rain. Lacking direction - and decent songs -  they sacked their original singer in favour of stroppy, loud-mouthed Liam Gallagher. Changing(...)

Ocean Colour Scene

  Simon Fowler Vocals Steve Cradock Guitar Damon Minchella Bass Oscar Harrison  Drums

October Country

Michael Lloyd signed his first music publishing deal at the age of 13 and signed with Epic to cut his album, October Country , when he was 18. Taking the title October Country from a book by Ray Bradbury, he then bestowed the name upon a harmony pop group called The Last Two to front his erudite(...)


Odetta Holmes was born in Birmingham, Alabama (USA) in 1930 and moved with her family to Los Angeles at the age of six. When her father died, she took her stepfather's last name, Felious. Hearing her in glee club, a junior high school teacher made sure she received music lessons and she started singing with(...)

Offspring, The

Bryan Holland and Greg Kriesel attended Pacifica High in Garden Grove, California, together, where they were both on the cross-country team. They formed their first band together (Manic Subsidal) with two other cross-country teammates one night in 1984 after failing to get into a Social Distortion show. Once Holland had written a handful of songs(...)

Ohio Express

Though marketed as a band, it would be more accurate to say that the name "Ohio Express" served as a brand name used by Jerry Kasenetz's and Jeffrey Katz's Super K Productions to release the music of a number of different musicians and acts. The best known songs of Ohio Express - including their chart-topping(...)

Ohio Players, The

  Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner Vocals, guitar Charles Dale Allen Vocals Bobby Lee Fears Vocals Dutch Robinson Vocals Marshall "Rock" Jones Bass Clarence "Satch" Satchell Saxophone, guitar Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks Trumpet, trombone Bruce Napier Trumpet Billy Beck Keyboards Walter "Junie" Morrison Keyboards Clarence "Chet" Willis Guitar, vocals James Johnson Saxophone Jimmy "Diamond" Williams Drums Gregory Webster(...)

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 eclectic repertoire ranging from Cab Calloway covers to Russian ballet music. The name was inspired by a fictional secret society on the Amos 'n' Andy TV series called The Mystic Knights(...)

Ol’ 55

Formed in Sydney, Australia, in 1975, OL'55 enjoyed enormous popularity with a retro-fifties style that bordered on parody. The band took its name from the Tom Waits song (as covered by The Eagles). Under the direction of astute manager Glenn A Baker, 'the Fives' managed to combine novelty retro kitsch and clever theatrics with a keen sense of(...)

Olivia Newton-John

Shortly after Olivia's birth (in Cambridge, England, in September 1948), her family moved from England (where her Welsh-born father was head of King's College, Cambridge) to Australia and settled in Melbourne. When she was a teenager, Olivia dropped out of high school and won a talent contest which sent her back to England. She joined the(...)

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 USA and made the UK Top 20, and featured a comic narration about the singer's girlfriend being addicted to cowboy movies. Just as The Olympics began to realise real success,(...)

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 respectively) regrouped as One In A Million when they moved down from Glasgow to London in the summer of 1966. They recorded a single for CBS ( Use Your Imagination b/w Hold On ) which(...)

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 and the futility of existence. Preferring flawed romance to fiery nihilism, street urchin poet Peter Perrett - with his leopard-skin jacket and Lou Reed drawl - melded his flair for trembled lyrical gush(...)


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 bass player Kendra Smith. Their sole album, Happy Nightmare Baby (1987), veered from the T.Rex tribute of Rocket Machine to the Doors-style psychedelia of Magick Power, all smothered in Roback's reverb-drenched guitar. The result was a(...)

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