Artists – S

Sad Cafe

The band called it a day in 1990, but briefly reformed in 1998. Vocalist Paul Young went on to further success with Mike & The Mechanics. He died of a heart attack on 15 July 2000. Paul Young Vocals Ian Wilson Guitar Ashley Mulford Guitar Vic Emerson Keyboards John Stimpson Bass Tony Cresswell Drums

Sade

Sade (pronounced Sharday) was born in Nigeria in 1959 as Helen Folasade Adu, the daughter of a Nigerian father and a British mother. When her parents divorced, Sade moved to Britain with her mother. She moved to London at the age of seventeen to take a three-year course in fashion and design at St. Martin's(...)

Sailor

This Anglo-Norwegian band was the brainchild of Georg Kajanus, the son of a Russian prince and a Finnish sculptress who had also been a folk-rocker (in Eclection). The quartet devised an ingenious palette featuring tack pianos, accordions, glockenspiels, dulcimers and 12-string guitars - a spangled old -world sound modernised by fruity synth basslines. Kajanus even hand-crafted(...)

Saint Etienne

Horsham's Bob Stanley and Croydon's Pete Wiggs formed Saint Etienne in 1990. They sang of sweet dreams from the suburbs, blending the sounds of disco, Motown and girl group blues with spacious club rhythms to create a music so timeless that it seemed to beat with the pulse of past, present and future. Their debut single, a dubby reinvention of Neil(...)

Saints, The

Australians Ed Kuepper (guitar), Chris Bailey (vocals & bass) and Ivor Hay (keyboards) formed a high school band in Brisbane, Queensland, called Kid Galahad and The Eternals in 1973, with Kuepper already writing songs that The Saints would later perform. In 1975, Hay switched to bass and Jeff Wegener joined on drums. This line-up played(...)

Sam & Dave

Samuel Moore and David Prater were both from the South, had both spent time as gospel singers, and joined forces as a vocal duo in 1961 after meeting at an amateur show in Miami. Signed by Atlantic Records, the duo was sent to Memphis in 1965 to record at Stax Records. Their material for Stax was written and(...)

Sam Apple Pie

Sam Apple Pie hailed from Walthamstow (East London) in the late 60's and played all the day's underground clubs and 'happenings', and even appeared at the very first Glastonbury Festival, in 1970. Fronted by vocalist/harpist Sam Sampson, the group featured an astonishing three guitarists, drummer Dave Charles and keyboardist Malcolm Morley. Their recorded output was(...)

Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke was born one of eight children in Chicago on 22 January 1931, into a strong church-going family. His father was a local minister. His early musical influences (like many of his contemporaries) was gospel music, and with his siblings he was featured singing in a church group at the age of nine, under(...)

Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs

Texan quintet Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs had a regional hit in 1965 with a track called Haunted House. It caught the ear of Stan Kesler, who had been a Sun Records house musician and songwriter, and he offered to record a single with the band. In the studio he asked the group if they(...)

Samantha Fox

Samantha Karen Fox was born on 15 April 1966 in Mile End, London, to parents Patrick and Carole. She had two childhood dreams: to become a policewoman or a singer. In 1983, Sam was voted 'Face & Shape of 1983' by the Sunday People and ended up with an exclusive contract for topless modelling with The Sun. She(...)

Sammy Davis Jr

Sammy Davis Jr was born in Harlem in 1925 to Elvira Sanchez, a Puerto Rican dancer, and Sammy Davis Snr, a black vaudeville entertainer. Elvira's mother was a light-skinned, Manhattan-born Cuban whose miedro al negro (fear of blacks) encouraged Elvira to abandon her son. Raised by his paternal grandmother for his first three years until his father(...)

Samson

Focusing on the talents of guitarist and occasional vocalist Paul Samson (who sadly passed away from cancer on 9 August 2002) Samson were at the forefront of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). In fact their second single, Mr Rock & Roll, is often credited as the defining first of that era - and this was(...)

Sandie Shaw

Born Sandra Goodrich on 26 February 1947, Sandie Shaw came from Dagenham in Essex, England. Following an education at the Robert Clack Technical School, she began working as an IBM machine operator at the local Ford plant. During 1964, when Adam Faith, Eden Kane and Dave Berry came to Dagenham as part of a British tour, Sandie talked her way(...)

Sandra Barry

Sandy Denny

Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny, was born on 6 January 1947 in Worple Road, Wimbledon. She would forever be known as Sandy. Her mother and father, Neil and Edna, were loving, if traditional, parents who expected their children to do well at school and encouraged them to play instruments. Sandy was a natural at the piano,(...)

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