Artists – R

Ramones, The

The Ramones were nasty, ugly and played music so fast and simple it was borderline inane, but this band of creeps from Forest Hills in Queens, New York, would go on to have an influence on contemporary music matched only by The Velvet Underground. Buoyed by a love of The Who, The MC5, Iggy &(...)

Randy Newman

Randy Newman was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Southern California.  His career in music began while he was at UCLA, thanks to his childhood friend Lenny Waronker, whose father owned a record company called Metric Music. Metric engaged Newman to write songs for them, for a hundred dollars a month. In the(...)

Rare Earth

Having played the club circuit since 1961 under the name The Sunliners, it was on joining Motown's subsidiary Rare Earth Records - set up by Barney Ales as a home for white rock acts - that the band took up the same name as the label, recording 11 albums between 1969 and 1978 for Berry Gordy's stable.(...)

Raspberries, The

The Raspberries, a Cleveland-based band, summed up everything classic power pop was about (before the term was even being used); simplicity, Beach Boys-esque harmonies, and delightfully skilled melodies - all underpinned by an instrumentation that paid homage to many British Invasion-era bands. The band was built around the Brit rock obsessions of vocalist Eric Carmen and guitarist Wally Bryson. They had a string(...)

Ratcat

Simon Day Vocals, guitar Amr Zaid Bass Andrew Polin Drums

Rationals, The

In mid-Sixties Detroit - where cool white R&B bands were as common as cars - the big three were Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Bob Seger and the Last Heard and, from nearby Ann Arbor, The Rationals. Ryder had the big national singles, Seger got the long platinum career, but The Rationals were the local Rolling Stones, Kinks and Small Faces all(...)

Ratt

This American heavy rock band were based in Los Angeles and comprised Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Warren DeMartini (guitar), Robbin Crosby (guitar), Juan Croucier (bass) and Bobby Blotzer (drums). After one self-titled indie LP they signed to Atlantic and had a three million-selling album with Out Of The Cellar . Stephen Pearcy Vocals Warren DeMartini  Guitar Robbin Crosby (...)

Ray Brown & The Whispers

When Ray Brown died in August 1996, Australian rock & roll lost one of its unsung achievers. After bursting onto the pop scene at Sydney's legendary premier discotheque of the day, Surf City in 1964, Ray Brown and The Whispers became the most successful local recording act of 1965. The band first entered Festival's recording(...)

Ray Burgess

 

Ray Charles

Ray Charles started out smooth - A substandard Nat King Cole - but after signing to Atlantic, his gospel background kicked in and he effectively invented soul. As his vibrant music evolved he blended R&B, Rock & Roll, big band jazz and country - the latter on the groundbreaking Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music album (1962), which gave(...)

Ray Columbus and The Invaders

Real Kids, The

Band leader and frontman John Felice was in the first, unrecorded, lineup of The Modern Lovers with his next-door neighbor Jonathan Richman in the early '70s. He later roadied for The Ramones. Hardly surprising that he would go on to sing in the first truly great Boston punk band (although they sounded much more like the Flamin' Groovies(...)

Real Life

Dave Sterry and Richard Zatorski had been members of the final line-up of 70's Australian band Kush. Real Life's debut single, Send Me An Angel (June 1983), reached #1 in Germany in May 1984. The song was eventually adopted by the American baseball team the California Angels as their theme song. The group returned to the charts(...)

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, group members Chris and Eddie Amoo decided they needed to be more commercial just to get radio play. When songwriters Ken Gold and Michael Denne came up with the catchy pop/soul(...)

Records, The

The Records are best remembered for their cult classic, Starry Eyes, a song that defined British power pop in the 70s. While they never matched the success of that record, their high-quality output from 1979 to 1982 held up better than most of the era and has also served as a blueprint for the various waves of UK(...)

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