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Rolf Harris

Rolf was born in Perth, Western Australia, to Welsh parents in 1930. At the age of 15 he won the Junior Backstroke Swimming Championship...

Roky Erickson & The Aliens

Busted for marijuana possession in his home state of Texas in 1969, Roky Erickson of The 13th Floor Elevators (pictured below right) copped an insanity plea...

Rodriguez

Born in 1942 and schooled in the Detroit folk scene, Rodriguez was a hard-bitten street poet. His experiences as a child of immigrants -...

Rockpile

Rockpile took a group of seasoned professionals with an ear for good hooks and an enviable track record and turned this quartet into an...

Rockin’ Berries, The

The Rockin' Berries hailed from Birmingham, England, and had some success during the Merseybeat days. Formed in 1961, the band began as a 50s-style Rock& Roll...

Robin Trower

Robin Trower was born on 9 March 1945. He attended school in Southend with Gary Brooker and Chris Copping, and formed his first group...

Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer was born in Batley, Yorkshire in 1949 but spent his childhood on a Naval base in Malta, where he listened to the...

Robert Cray

An Army brat who grew up on bases in West Germany and the Pacific Northwest, Robert Cray was introduced to popular black music at...

Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack was born in Black Mountain, North Carolina, started school at age four, moved into Arlington the next year and lived in a...

Robbie Williams

1 December 1997 saw the release of Angels, a new single by Robbie Williams. Few cared. Williams (born in 1974) was viewed as a self-regarding...

Roaring Jack

The band split up in 1992. Returning to the UK, Hulett worked with former Fairport Convention fiddle player, Dave Swarbrick (who described Hulett as "the best...

Ritchie Valens

Ritchie Valens (real name Richard Valenzuela) was born in California on 13 May 1941. As a youngster he sang and played guitar at school and...

Riptides, The

I first came across The Riptides at the legendary Trade Union Club in Surry Hills, Sydney (Australia) in the early 80's and was instantly...

Rip Rig + Panic

Even during the eclectic 80s, it's hard to imagine a major label having pursued a band that never rehearsed, boasted no discernible frontman and...

Rip Chords, The

Phil Stewart Vocals (studio/touring) Arnie Marcus Vocals (touring) Rich Rotkin Vocals (touring) Terry Melcher Vocals (studio) Ernie Bringas Vocals (studio) Bruce Johnston Vocals (studio)

Riot Squad

This punk/skinhead band from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, was led by vocalist Dunk. Formed in September 1981, the band had their own label, called Rot, which they...

Righteous Brothers, The

Like The Walker Brothers, The Righteous Brothers were not brothers at all. Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield were a club act popular in southern California, but...

Ricky Valance

Welshman Ricky Valance had a UK Number 1 chart-topper in September 1960 with Tell Laura I Love Her despite the fact that the record was banned...

Ricky Nelson

Ricky Nelson first found fame in the 1950s during his stint on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, the popular American sitcom that starred him...

Rick Wakeman

An in-demand session musician, the classically trained pianist Rick Wakeman had been a member of folk ensemble The Strawbs before joining prog rock juggernauts...

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Nerves, The

Singer/songwriter Jack Lee formed The Nerves with fellow San Francisco street musicians Peter Case and Paul Collins. He had moved to LA but the...

Five Willows, The

This group first recorded as The Five Willows (after originally starting out as The Dovers in 1950). Original members were Richie Davies, twin brothers Ralph and...

Charlatans, The

The Charlatans were the city slickers in residency at The Red Dog Saloon in Nevada in the summer of 1965. They mixed jug-band folk and...

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...

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,...

Screaming Blue Messiahs, The

The Screaming Blue Messiahs came preachin' out of London in 1983 with a bible full of blues, rock 'n' roll, punk and pop, and...

Blue Nile, The

Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and PJ Moore first combined at Glasgow University in the very early 80s. Paul and PJ had known each other...

Jesse Winchester

James Ridout "Jesse" Winchester was born on 17 May 1944 in Shreveport, Louisiana. His father, stationed there as an Air Force major at the...