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Prince Buster

Prince Buster (real name Cecil Bustamente Campbell) was drawn into the Jamaican music business as a teenager in the 1950s, when he intervened in 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...

Primitives, The

Formed in 1985, these melodic guitar rockers from Coventry were fronted by photogenic peroxide-blonde Australian-born vocalist Tracy Cattell and driven by guitarist-songwriter Paul Court. Early...

Primal Scream

Originally a guitar pop band formed by early Jesus & Mary Chain drummer Bobby Gillespie, Primal Scream got harder, wilder and heavier as the decade wore...

Pretenders, The

Forever the bridesmaid of the London punk scene, by the end of the 70's Akron, Ohio-born ex-NME scribe Chrissie Hynde felt as if rock & roll had...

Prefab Sprout

After reading English at Newcastle, minister's son Paddy McAloon formed Prefab Sprout with his girlfriend Wendy ("Smithy") and his bass-playing younger brother Martin. The trio produced...

PP Arnold

PP Arnold was born Patricia Ann Cole on 3 October 1946 in the South Central area of Los Angeles (then known as Watts). She joined the Ike...

Peter, Paul & Mary

Over the years, the Bob Dylan song Blowin' In The Wind would become the anthem of the civil rights movement and be recorded by literally hundreds of artists. But it...

Perry Como

Perry Como was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and worked as a barber before he embarked on a career in show business in the 1930s. His...

Pop Will Eat Itself

This irreverent quartet from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, with a style best described as hardcore pop with psychedelic and metal overtones, began gigging...

Pop Group, The

Mark, Bruce and Gareth (band members were invariably referred to by their Christian names alone) formed The Pop Group in Bristol in 1977. They'd known...

Police, The

Originally known as Strontium 90, The Police was formed by American drummer Stewart Copeland in January 1977. Copeland (who had previously been in Curved Air) remembered Sting,...

Pere Ubu

Pere Ubu (the name came from a cruel and crude character in the absurdist 1890s stage play, Uhu Roi, by Alfred Jarry) formed in Cleveland...

Poison

These Philly-born Nerf bangers (they hailed from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) - whose first two albums showcased a blissfully carefree marriage of Sixties bubblegum to Seventies...

Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge was born in Leighton, Alabama, in November 1941 and was working as a hospital orderly in 1965 when his former music teacher...

Poco

Poco was formed in 1968 by ex-Buffalo Springfield members Jim Messina and Richie Furay. Initially the band were so conscious of hitting the East Coast -...

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...

Pleazers, The

The Pleazers were a wild long-haired Australian R&B act, who evolved out of Brisbane's Johnny & The G Men, then picked up a Kiwi...

Platters, The

Formed in Los Angeles in 1953, The Platters were one of the very first black vocal harmony groups to reach a mass white audience. They...

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Kiki Dee

Kiki Dee had been making records since the Sixties, but her career didn't really get going until Elton John signed her to his Rocket...

Chairmen Of The Board

The effervescent vocals of General Norman Johnson did much to secure Chairmen Of The Board a major hit with Give Me Just A Little More...

Springfields, The

Dusty left the group in 1963 to try her hand at a solo career. Tom Springfield Vocals Dusty Springfield Vocals, guitar Tim Field Vocals Mike Hurst Vocals

Church, The

From the release of the She Never Said single in November 1980, this unique Sydney-based band produced a distinctive, ethereal, psychedelic blend of music which alternatively...

Harry Chapin

Harry Chapin was born on 7 December 1942 in Long Island, New York, and sang with the Brooklyn Boys' Choir before forming a folk...

Youngbloods, The

Native New Yorkers The Youngbloods formed under the leadership of Jesse Colin Young in 1967 and played soft rock numbers with a light jazz...

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,...

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...