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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...

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...

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...

Pet Shop Boys

Neil Tennant, the assistant editor of UK pop magazine Smash Hits met keyboard player Chris Lowe in a music shop in London in 1981 and discussed...

Pete Myers – ‘The Mad Daddy’

Pete Myers (aka "The Mad Daddy") was the wildest Disc Jockey from America's golden age of Rock & Roll radio - a cat who...

Pete Seeger

Born in 1919, and immersed in music by his teacher parents, Pete Seeger got his big break in 1940. His parents were helping famous folk...

Peter & Gordon

Peter Asher (brother of English actress Jane Asher) and Gordon Waller met in 1959 when they were pupils at London's famous Westminster School. As a singing...

Peter & The Test Tube Babies

With album titles like Pissed and Proud, The Mating Sounds of South American Frogs and The Loud Blaring Punk Rock LP, Brighton nutters Peter & The Test Tube Babies...

Peter Allen

Born Peter Woolnough in Tenterfield, NSW, Australia in 1942, vocalist/pianist Peter Allen began his musical career at the age of nine, playing piano in...

Peter Doyle

Born in 1949, Peter Doyle enjoyed a varied and successful career which took him from Australia to the UK, the USA and back again. He...

Peter Frampton

Born in Beckenham, Kent, in 1950, Frampton was an old mate of David Bowie (Frampton's father, Ossie, taught Bowie art at Beckenham Technical School). The first time...

Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers

Originally based in East Anglia (England), The Jaywalkers pre-dated the British Beat Boom but scored a minor hit in 1962 with Can Can '62. Despite...

Peter Sarstedt

In 1969 Peter Sarstedt recorded one of the 60's most iconic records, Where Do You Go To My Lovely, and sent a follow-up single, Frozen Orange...

Peter Tosh

Having quit The Wailers and Island Records (he would frequently call the label boss Chris Blackwell, "Chris Whiteworst"), Tosh delivered Legalize It in 1976. The album was...

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...

Peters & Lee

At the age of five, Lennie Peters (born Leonard George Sargent) was knocked down by a car and lost the sight of his left...

Petula Clark

Petula Clark was born in Epsom, Surrey, UK, on 15 November 1932 and was encouraged by her father to seek a career in show...

Pezband

Despite forming in 1971, Chicago-based Pezband were crowned 'Most Promising New Act of the Year' in 1978, primarily because of the resurging interest in power...

Phil Collins

Phil Collins was born in Chiswick in 1951. As a young man, his father had run away to sea but was ordered back by...

Phil Ochs

They said he was as good as Bob Dylan, perhaps even better. For a split-second in time, Phil Ochs probably was. When Dylan alienated his hardcore...

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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...