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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...

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...

Ride

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

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...

Ringo Starr

Richard Starkey was born in the Dingle area of Liverpool on 7 July 1940. While John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best sweated through their musical apprenticeship...

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...

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),...

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)

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...