Artists – S

Santana

Born in 1947, Carlos Santana grew up mostly poor in a small Mexican town, Autlán de Navarro. His father, Jose, led a mariachi band and inspired him to learn violin (which he detested) and guitar (which he didn't). Amid his parents marital uproar the family moved to rumbustious border town Tijuana where Carlos played to(...)

Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan was already one of jazz's most beloved divas when she opened a week-long run at the Chicago nightspot Mister Kelly's in the summer of 1957. While Ella Fitzgerald swung harder and Billie Holiday got deeper into a lyric, no jazz vocalist has ever come close to matching Vaughan's flawless delivery and sumptuous sound. A virtuoso with complete(...)

Savage Garden

Savage Garden emerged onto the Australian music scene in 1996 after Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones met via an advertisement in a local newspaper and played together for two years in a Brisbane band called Red Edge. When the band broke up, Hayes and Jones spent a year polishing up their vocal and musical skills, writing(...)

Savoy Brown

Founded by the only constant mainstay, Kim Simmonds, Savoy Brown (originally The Savoy Brown Blues Band) saw some great players pass through their ranks, including guitarist Martin Stone and vocalist Dave Walker (who was mooted to replace Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath the first time around). The personnel of the band changed regularly, with some degree of stability finally(...)

Saxon

Saxon vocalist Peter "Biff" Byford is a Yorkshireman with strictly old-school values. Once photographed enjoying a cup of tea while his wife washed his car with her broken arm in a sling, he likes his Metal plain and simple. Saxon are best remembered for early-80s hits such as Wheels Of Steel and 747 (Strangers In The Night); thunderous(...)

Scaffold, The

The Scaffold were formed in 1965 by Liverpool poet Roger McGough, Mike McGear (Paul McCartney's brother) and John Gorman. Despite being formed in Liverpool, The Scaffold were not musically inclined - their forte lay in satire. Featured on late-night television programs they later performed their act at the Establishment Club in London and regularly in(...)

Scandal

Australian band Scandal formed in Adelaide in February 1976 and by the end of the year had signed a deal with the Mushroom label. Comprising four English migrants and a token Australian (drummer Aldo Civitico) the band's stylish UK-centric sound drew on influences such as Supertramp, Bryan Ferry and David Bowie for inspiration. Mushroom issued Scandal's debut single Best Deal in(...)

Scientists, The

In May 1978, following the split of The Victims, James Baker formed The Scientists with singer-guitarist Kim Salmon, who had previously founded Perth's first punk band, The Cheap Nasties, in August 1976. From the outset, The Scientists combined the energy of punk with a '60s pop sensibility: the proclamation 'Rock & Roll in the tradition(...)

Scorpions, The

The Scorpions formed in Hanover, Germany, in 1971, and recorded their first album, Lonesome Crow, in Hamburg a little later. The band embarked on a gruelling touring schedule, playing 130 concerts with very few breaks. In Germany, they quickly established themselves as competitors with the top British and American heavy metal bands. It was on a(...)

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Jalacy J. Hawkins was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1929. He spent his early years in an orphanage before enrolling at high school to study piano, tenor sax and opera. After leaving school he became a professional middleweight boxer and served in both the army and the air force before turning to music when he was(...)

Screaming Blue Messiahs, The

The Screaming Blue Messiahs came preachin' out of London in 1983 with a bible full of blues, rock 'n' roll, punk and pop, and a distinctly 80s rock sound. They quickly established themselves as the live band around the capital. Debut album (essentially a 12" six-track EP) Good And Gone was a stone cold classic, with songs like Happy(...)

Screaming Lord Sutch

David Edward Sutch (formerly a plumber's mate from Harrow) based his act on Screaming Jay Hawkins and presented his musical horror show around British clubs in the late 50s and early 60s, when (for a while) he was the farthest-out thing around. His record sales were secondary to his stage act which involved props including leopard skins,(...)

Screaming Tribesmen, The

The Screaming Tribesmen emerged from Brisbane (Australia) in 1981, from the remnants of two bands, The Fun Things and The 31st (these bands also provided members for The Hitmen, Hoodoo Gurus and Died Pretty). Led by singer/guitarist Mick Medew and featuring The Fun Things' rhythm section of John Hartley on bass and Murray Shepherd on drums, the band(...)

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 on bass with Sardine V, her last musical foray had been with the Sydney inner-city band, XL Capris. Along with XL's guitarist Errol (Tim) Gooding,  she also wrote Sweet and Sour,(...)

Scritti Politti

Formed by Green Gartside and Tom Morley in the artsy, politicised milieu of Leeds University (Yorkshire) in 1977, with a name that combined Marxist namedrop (an Antonio Gramsci title roughly meaning "political writings") with Tutti-Frutti onomatopoeia, the band took the Do-It-Yourself imperative to heart, moving to a squat at 1 Carol Street, Camden (north London),(...)

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