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Rufus Thomas

Born on 26 March 1917 in Cayce, Mississippi, Rufus Thomas first hit the stage as a dancer and comedian with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels....

Rubinoos, The

"What we have here is a vital serving of classic pop songs . . . few other records this year have felt so good"...

Rubettes, The

Wayne Bickerton and Tony Waddington knew they had a hit when they wrote Sugar Baby Love. Without an act to record it they did what many...

Roy Orbison

Roy Kelton Orbison was born on 23 April 1936 in Vernon, Texas. Not long after, his family moved to nearby Wink, and when Roy...

Roxette

Swedish export Roxette was more popular in the US than ABBA was. Whereas ABBA were purveyors of pure pop, Roxette specialised in big power...

Rowans, The/The Rowan Brothers

Chris and Lorin Rowan originally performed as a duo called The Rowan Brothers. The young brothers had been playing since their teen days in the...

Roulettes, The

Ballard and Henrit eventually departed to join Argent in 1969. Russ Ballard  Lead guitar Peter Thorpe  Rhythm guitar John Rodgers  Bass Bob Henrit  Drums Josh 'Mod' Rogan  Bass 

Ross Ryan

Australian singer/songwriter Ross Ryan's debut album Homemovies (1972) was recorded independently at Channel Nine's studios in Perth, for a total cost of only $500. Ross distributed...

Rose of Avalanche

This Leeds-based goth-tinged band revolved around Phil Morris (vocals) and Paul James Berry (guitar), with the remainder of the line-up prone to frequent change. After...

Rosebud

Rosebud were a determinedly democratic American quintet featuring Judy Henske and Jerry Yester - creators of the delightfully odd Farewell Aldebaran - and reminiscent of Bread,...

Rory Storm & The Hurricanes

Despite changing the name from The Texans, Rory Storm (real name Alan Caldwell) was obviously still fond of the numerous Western series on television. He decided...

Rory Gallagher

Born in Ireland in 1948, Gallagher was a self-taught prodigy who acquired his initial love of the blues from the recordings of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. At...

Roogalator

It was 1975, and the British music scene was in thrall to pub rock, the movement that would ultimately make superstars of Graham Parker, Ian Dury, Elvis Costello...

Ronny & The Daytonas

This Nashville-based combo was led by John 'Bucky' Wilkin, son of country songwriter Marijohn Wilkin (Cut Across Shorty, The Long Black Veil). The group's first album, GTO (1964), featured...

Ronnie Burns

Ronnie Burns' initial claim to fame was as a member of Melbourne band The Flies (usually billed as 'Victoria's top Beatles group'). They were Australia's longest-haired band and...

Ronettes, The

Girl groups came to the forefront of popular music in the early 60s, and none more so than The Ronettes, a trio of New...

Ron Dante

Even if you don't know Ron Dante by name, you know his voice: a smooth, youthful, pop-friendly sound that can effortlessly blossom into a...

Romantics, The

As one of the first generation of American bands to emerge from the revival of local music scenes brought about by New Wave, The...

Roman Holliday

Roman Holliday formed in Harlow, Essex, and settled on a blend of swing/jive that appealed to DJ John Peel who supported and promoted the...

Rolling Stones, The

The Rolling Stones were the antithesis of The Beatles. It's very difficult to imagine how any two groups could have been more different : The Beatles...
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