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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...

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...

Rod Stewart

Born Roderick David Stewart on 10 January 1945 in Highgate, London, to Scottish parents, Rod became the leading UK rock star of the 70s. Stewart...

Rodney Bingenheimer

Many fans of Rock & Roll will have come across the name Rodney Bingenheimer: KROQ DJ, proprietor of Rodney's English Disco, friend of the stars and...

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 -...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Ronnie Hilton

Born Adrian Hill in Hull, in January 1926, Ronnie Hilton was one of the great UK singers of the 1950s. He was actually working a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...