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Scruffs, The

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, The Scruffs' easily filled the void left by The Raspberries and Big Star with their debut album, Wanna Meet The Scruffs? (1977). Their...

Shirley Goodman

Born in New Orleans on 19 June 1936, Shirley Goodman was 16 years old when she signed to Aladdin, the jazz and R&B label that...

Spizz

Midlander Kenneth Spiers, aka Spizz, is to many people largely identified by the one song, Where's Captain Kirk? (1980). But few artists can have gone to as...

Subhumans

Formed in 1980, Wiltshire anarcho-punk legends Subhumans raged against the Orwellian nightmare of Thatcher's Britain on classic albums like The Day The Country Died (1983) and From The...

Stone Poneys, The

The Stone Poneys are now remembered only as Linda Ronstadt's first group. But although she quickly overshadowed her colleagues and assumed top billing, when their...

Steve and The Board

Sydney R&B band Steve and The Board formed in 1965. Frontman Steve Kipner was the son of record producer Nat Kipner, who was the force behind...

Stryper

Stryper - or Salvation Through Redemption Yielding Peace, Encouragement (and) Righteousness - formed in Orange County, California, in 1983, when brothers Michael Sweet (vocals...

Stiletto

When Stiletto disbanded at the beginning of 1979 Clifton busied herself with acting and performing as a jazz singer. She also worked as a...

Sharon O’Neill

Pint-sized Sharon O'Neill was one of many musicians from New Zealand who made Australia their base during the 1980s. Hailing from Nelson in the South...

Scribble

After a conspicuous absence from the Australian music scene for two years, vocalist Johanna Pigott re-emerged in 1984 with Scribble. Apart from a brief stint...

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow was born on 11 February 1962 and raised in the city of Kennett, Missouri, the third of four children. Her father, Wendell Crow...

Stuart Sutcliffe

Deciding to concentrate on being an artist rather than a musician, Sutcliffe opted to stay in Hamburg and lived there with his girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr. Stuart...

Sun Records

During the immediate post-WWII period, following disputes over music publishing, small record labels proliferated, offering a rich selection of country, jazz and blues. In the...

Sister Janet Mead

Sister Janet (of the Sisters of Mercy) has the distinction of being the first Australian recording artist to sell over one million copies of...

Suzanne Vega

It's easy to dismiss Suzanne Vega as a poor man's Joni Mitchell, but songs such as Luka and Book Of Dreams (about the plight of amputees) proved that...

Supremes, The

In 1961 three teenage girls, Florence Ballard, Diane Ross (not until later would she be known as Diana) and Mary Wilson, began a journey...

Supertramp

In 1969, a young Dutch millionaire called Stanley August Miesegaes ('Sam' to his associates) gave vocalist and keyboard player (and - at the time...

Swell Maps

Adrian Nicholas Godfrey was born on 19 July 1956. He and his younger brother Kevin began playing in a variety of bedroom bands from...

Supersister

Dutch band Supersister's heady brand of prog owed much to the Canterbury Scene. Their debut LP, Present From Nancy (1970), was freaky, percussive and epic -...

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Dawn

Manhattan-born and Hell's Kitchen-raised, Tony Orlando started out singing in a New York street Doo-Wop group called The Five Gents, before moving on to singing...

Afghan Whigs

Formed in 1987 in Cincinnati, these neomope rockers released their first album, Big Top Halloween, on their own Ultrasuede label in 1988. Their major label debut, Gentlemen...

Colleen Hewett

In 1978 Colleen was the female lead in the Australian drama series The Truckies. She released a top-selling #1 single, Dreaming My Dreams With You, in 1980.  

Let It Be (1970)

Originally arranged as rehearsals for a one-off live show, the TV documentary/concert McCartney envisioned devolved instead into a depressing fly-on-the-wall ogle at The Beatles'...

Headpins

Headpins was formed in Vancouver, Canada, in 1980 by ex-Chilliwack men Brian MacLeod and Ab Bryant. Fronted by former fashion model Darby Mills (pictured) -...

Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff left Jamaica, where he was the #1 local star, to try and make it in Britain in 1964. He spent five years playing...

UK Subs

This London-based rowdy, boozy punk band was formed in 1976 by former R&B singer Charlie Harper, with Nicky Garrett (guitar), Paul Slack (bass) and Pete Davies...