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Reels, The

The Reels were the first Australian band of any note to emerge from a New South Wales country town. David Mason (son of the then-leader...

Reflections, The

Tony Micale Vocals Phil Castrodale Vocals Dan Bennie Vocals Ray Steinberg Vocals John Dean Vocals Frank Amodeo Vocals

Regents, The

The Regents were an Italian-American doo-wop group from the Bronx in New York who had a US top twenty hit in 1961 with the...

Remains, The (Barry & The Remains)

The Remains formed in 1964 at Boston University, where all four members were first-year students living in the same dorm (Myles Standish Hall) in...

Rembrandts, The

Danny Wilde had been pursuing a solo career for five years and Phil Solem had been trying to get his own band off the...

Remo Four, The

The Remo Four had the connections (guitarist Colin Manley  and bassist Don Andrew were classmates of Paul McCartney at Liverpool Institute) but were destined to stay...

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...

Renee Geyer

Long recognised as Australia's foremost jazz, blues and soul singer, Renee Geyer (born 1952) has issued 14 albums over the course of a 30+ year...

REO Speedwagon

When their 1980 single Keep On Loving You became REO Speedwagon's first hit, the band had already spent close to ten years trying unsuccessfully to record...

Reparata & The Delrons

Italian-American girl-group The Delrons formed in 1963 at St Brendon's High School in Brooklyn, New York. Their first single, Your Big Mistake (1964), was a flop, so...

Replacements, The

The 1980s gave rise to five outstanding US alternative bands: R.E.M, The Pixies, Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü and The Replacements. In common with Hüsker Dü, The Replacements hailed from Minneapolis...

Residents, The

Louisiana swamp rats who relocated to San Francisco in 1966 and created a stir by never revealing their identities and making head size eyeballs...

Rezillos/Revillos, The

Before Punk came along, Edinburgh art college students Alan Forbes and John Callis were R&B covers band The Knutsford Dominators. Their 1976 venture, The Rezillos, was...

Rich Kids, The

Glen Matlock left The Sex Pistols because he was tired of posing, didn't hate boring old farts enough (he admitted to liking Paul McCartney...

Richard Clapton

Former commercial artist Richard Clapton released his first solo album, Prussian Blue, in November 1973, having spent five years in Europe, where he worked in...

Richard Hell and the Voidoids

By the summer of 1976, Richard Hell (born Richard Myers) had formed and then quit arguably the two most exciting bands of the original CBGB's scene...

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...

Rick Springfield

Born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on 23 August 1949 in the Sydney (Australia) suburb of Guildford, Rick Springfield began playing the guitar at Merrylands high...

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...

Rickie Lee Jones

Born in Chicago in 1954, the third of four children, Rickie Lee Jones was the tragic heir to a family of gypsies and entertainers. Her...

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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...