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Paul McCartney

Inspired equally by show tunes, music hall and rock 'n' roll, the young James Paul McCartney (whose first guitar, incidentally, was a Rosetti Lucky...

Paul Revere & The Raiders

Paul Revere and The Raiders were formed in Portland, Oregon in 1962 by vocalist/saxophonist Mark Lindsay - the heart-throb of the group - and...

Paul Weller

Paul Weller (born John William Weller) found his voice early, bellowing rock 'n' roll covers in working men's clubs as a teenager during The Jam's...

Paul Young

Following the sad demise of The Q Tips in September 1982, vocalist Paul Young signed a solo record deal with CBC/Columbia and released Iron Out The Rough...

Paula Abdul

Paula Julie Abdul was born in 1963 in San Fernando, California. From the age of nine she took dance lessons and impressed her teachers...

Pavement

  Pavement were three friends from California: laconic singer Stephen Malkmus, guitarist Scott Kannberg, and unruly hippie drummer Gary Young, who would hand out free...

Pavlov’s Dog

Formed in the early 70s in St Louis, Missouri, by David Surkamp and Mike Safron from the remnants of a band called High On...

Peanut Butter Conspiracy, The

Barbara "Sandi" Robison Vocals John Merrill Guitar, vocals Lance Baker FentGuitar, vocals Alan Brackett Bass, vocals Jim Voigt DrumsBill WolffGuitarRalph Schuckett Keyboards Michael NeyDrums

Pearl Harbour & The Explosions

Pearl Gates was born in 1958 of a Filipino mother and American father and grew up in Germany. She dropped out of high school,...

Pearl Jam

Edward Louis Severson III was born in Evanston, a northern suburb of Chicago, on 23 December 1966. The eldest of four stepbrothers, it was...

Pearls Before Swine

Led by lisping singer and poet/lyricist Tom Rapp, Pearls Before Swine formed in 1965 and wrote and recorded a number of songs which they sent...

Peddlers, The

The Peddlers formed in Manchester in April 1964, as a trio of Roy Phillips (vocals and guitar), Tab Martin (bass) and Trevor Morais (drums, previously...

Pel Mel

Newcastle (Australia) band Pel Mel initially restricted their performances to occasional gigs on the Sydney inner-city circuit, plus some plum supports for touring artists...

Pendragon

Under their own steam Pendragon released half a dozen albums between 1985 (The Jewel) and 2001 (Not Of This World). Their first two albums offered...

Penetration

In 1977, following exposure to The Sex Pistols, Penetration sprang out of Durham pit village Ferryhill only to find themselves allergic to the music...

Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Royal Academy of Music alumni and freelance pop music arranger Simon Jeffes had a varied client base. Everything from Caravan albums to Sid Vicious's My Way were...

Pentangle, The

Boasting two acoustic guitar masters, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, a virtuoso rhythm section (comprising drummer Terry Cox and bassist Danny Thompson) and the...

Peppermint Trolley Company, The

The group hailed from Redlands in California, making their recording debut in 1965 as The Mark 5 and continued to record under various aliases...

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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...