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Ronnie Hilton

Born Adrian Hill in Hull, in January 1926, Ronnie Hilton was one of the great UK singers of the 1950s. He was actually working a...

Real Thing, The

Liverpool's The Real Thing were the most successful black British group of the Seventies. But although they prided themselves on writing their own material,...

Riot Squad, The

London group The Riot Squad were initially managed and produced by Larry Page, and later (for their reunion) by Joe Meek. Members included Graham Bonney (vocals),...

Renaissance

When Keith Relf and Jim McCarty left The Yardbirds in 1968, they added Keith's sister Jane, bassist Louis Cennamo and ace pianist John Hawken...

Ride

Back in the early 1990s, there was a joke in the UK music papers that referred to an imaginary indie band called Slowdriveride -...

Rita Coolidge

Rita Coolidge was born in Lafayette, Tennesee, a small town outside Nashville, and began her musical career playing the organ in church. Throughout her childhood,...

Richie Havens

Richie Havens' roots were in gospel and doo-wop, before graduating onto the coffee house circuit of the early 60s alongside singers like Bob Dylan...

Ruts, The

A favourite of the late great John Peel, The Ruts emerged from Southall, a heavily Asian-populated west London suburb. Their anti-racist stance fused punk and...

Ruth Brown

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1928,  Ruth Brown (real name Ruth Alston Weston) won an amateur night competition at Harlem's Apollo Theater in 1948 and...

Russell Morris

Russell Morris joined Somebody's Image in 1967. The band became very popular in Australia and released three singles - Hide and Seek, When I Come...

Rush

Rush began playing hard rock/heavy metal in Toronto bars. After financing a debut LP themselves, Neil Peart (an ingenious lyricist) replaced the band's original...

Running, Jumping & Standing Still

Aussie guitarist Doug Ford and singer Andy James moved to Melbourne when The Missing Links broke up in 1966.  There they formed Running, Jumping & Standing Still...

Run-DMC

Run-DMC are the single most important act in hip-hop history. The trio from Hollis, in New York's Queens district changed the sound and attitude...

Runaways, The

Four teenage girls - all aged 16 except lead guitarist Lita Ford, who at 17 was the "old lady" of the group - formed...

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Killing Floor

Named after the blues standard covered by everyone from Howlin' Wolf to Mike Bloomfield, Killing Floor was fronted by the much under-appreciated guitarist Mick Clarke. They appeared...

Screaming Trees

Formed in the Pacific Northwest before a musical movement even existed there, Screaming Trees embodied the post-punk and psychedelic elements that later bands would...

A Certain Ratio

A Certain Ratio (the name is a pointer to a Brian Eno song) formed in Manchester in 1977. The band's original members were Simon Topping, Martha Tilson,...

Mitch Mitchell

Mitch Mitchell (pictured above, left), who died in Portland, Oregon in 2008 - just a few days after featuring on the 'Experience Hendrix Tour'...

Guys ‘n’ Dolls

Guys 'n' Dolls were formed in 1974, after Ammo Productions held auditions for three girls and three boys to start the band. They secured a...

Camper Van Beethoven

Their third album had no title because CVB considered their second album to be both their second and third albums (and titled it II and III). When the...

Katrina And The Waves

Formed in Cambridge (UK) in 1981 - although there was actually a prototype of the Waves back in 1975 - Katrina and the Waves were...

Rock Around The Clock (1956)

In this low-budget, 77-minute movie, disc jockey Alan Freed discovers a rock band in a village in the faraway hills and promotes them in...