Artists – P

Pat Benatar

Former bank cashier Patricia Andrejewski changed her name to Benatar and began singing in the late 1970's. She was "discovered" in the New York cabaret Catch A Star in 1979 and signed with Chrysalis Records, releasing her debut album - In The Heat Of The Night - that same year. As she began to make it, her eight-year marriage(...)

Pat Boone

Pat Boone was born Charles Eugene Boone - the great-great-great-great-grandson of pioneer Daniel Boone - in Jacksonville, Florida, on 1 June 1934 and started singing in High School. One of his fellow students at North Texas State College was Roy Orbison who was spurred on to his own singing career following Pat's initial success. In 1954,(...)

Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline (born Virginia Patterson-Hensley) had her breakthrough hit in 1957 - at the age of 24 - with Walkin' After Midnight and became a mainstay at the Grand Ole Opry the following year. Further success eluded her, though, despite releasing twelve further singles over the next three years. It was not until I Fall To Pieces in August(...)

Patti Smith

Patti Smith, a rock critic and aspiring Bob Dylan-fixated poet from South Jersey, only truly found herself when she began to sing her intense verse. Attitude of the "don't fuck with me" variety had been conspicuously missing from rock for years, and Smith challenged the prevailing mood of bloated self-indulgence with a look and sound that fanfared the(...)

Paul Anka

Paul Anka was born in Ottawa, Canada, on 30 July 1941, and started singing professionally at the age of 12 with two friends. The trio were pretty successful in Canada and when they disbanded Paul convinced his parents to send him to Hollywood where he had an uncle with 'Show-Biz' connections. He was eventually signed(...)

Paul Kelly

Paul McCartney

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 7 - essentially a plank of wood with strings) was The Beatles' chief source of joyous melody. John Lennon and Paul McCartney's songwriting genius called for a versatility unique in pop music. By 1965(...)

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 organist Paul Revere. Resplendent in American colonial military uniforms, their image matched their colourful records - which were far more polished than those of most of their contemporaries - and records(...)

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 nascent years. By the time he was in his 20's his husky bark was arguably the most recognisable voice of the post-punk era. Following the demise of The Jam, Weller remodelled(...)

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 Spots as his debut single. This was followed closely by an unsuccessful cover of Nicky Thomas' hit Love Of The Common People. With his gravel croak, porcupine mullet and fists clenched to his(...)

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 with her natural ability to dance and entertain. Paula appeared on TV at the age of 16 (in the 1978 movie-musical Junior High School). In the early 1980s Paula auditioned to cheer(...)

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 cabbages at gigs before being fired from the band a year later. The band had built up a hipster mystique through their singles, but they caught a post-grunge tailwind with(...)

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 A Small Hill, Pavlov's Dog were unlike anything else. The band were fronted by the dirty angel vocals of Surkamp (heard to great effect on Julia), with a background brew of mellotrons,(...)

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 Harbor & The Explosions

Formed in San Francisco in 1979, this band was centred on vocalist Pearl Harbor (b. 1958 in Germany of a Filipino mother) who, as Pearl E. Gates, had previously been a dancer in The Tubes' live show. They specialised in old-fashioned rock 'n' roll/rockabilly spiced up with new wave energy. Their debut single Drivin' (which was later(...)

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