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Strangeloves, The

While The Strangeloves managed to produce one garage band classic, their story is probably more interesting than their actual music . . . Bob Feldman,...

Straitjacket Fits

Like Kurt Cobain, charismatic leader Shayne Carter - brandishing a left-handed black Les Paul - wrote smart, melodic and infectious pop songs that he...

Symbols, The

The Symbols were one of the very best of the Essex-based UK 60s harmony outfits who benefited from the regular exposure of American West...

Sylvester

Sylvester was born Sylvester James and was raised by his grandmother, blues singer Julia Morgan. After a short-lived gospel career, he performed with the...

Syd Barrett

When Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett died of complications from diabetes aged 60 on 7 July 2006, he had been out of the public eye for...

Stone The Crows

Formed around Scottish singer Maggie Bell the band worked initially in clubs and air bases around the UK and Europe before arriving in London in...

Stone Temple Pilots

  Initially dismissed by critics as grunge latecomers and Pearl Jam wannabes, California's Stone Temple Pilots proved adept at twisting the catalogues of their old...

Stone Roses, The

It is hard to believe in retrospect, but The Stone Roses' eponymous debut album - now often cited as "the greatest British debut of...

Stiff Records

Memorably described by Pete Waterman as "a crepe soles and roll-ups operation" Stiff Records was set up by industry managers Jake Riviera and Dave...

Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro was born Susan Quatrocchio in Detroit on 3 June 1950 - the daughter of Detroit jazz band leader Art Quatro. Suzi's professional career...

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan was born on 3 October 1954 to Jim and Martha Vaughan, and grew up dirt poor in the Oak Cliff section...

Sutherland Bros & Quiver, The

Once upon a time, there were two Scottish brothers - lain and Gavin Sutherland - peddlers of particularly earthy soft-rock fare with two albums...

Stiv Bators

With The Dead Boys, Stiv Bators (real name, Steve Bator) was a ferocious punk rocker, full of bleak but energetic nihilism and violence. When the group...

Surfaris, The

This surf group from Glendora, California are remembered for Wipe Out - the #2 hit from 1963 that ranks as one of the great rock instrumentals,...

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

Steve Harley (real name - Steven Nice) had worked as a journalist for a local newspaper in Colchester before forming Cockney Rebel. Falling awkwardly between...

Steppenwolf

Canadian-American band Steppenwolf was formed by German-born guitarist and singer John Kay (real name, Joachim Fritz Krauledat) in 1967, playing a mixture of rock...

Supergrass

Singer/guitarist Gaz Coombes and his older school friend, drummer Danny Goffey had been playing together in The Jennifers since their early teens, releasing one...

Super Furry Animals

Arriving completely out of left field, Animal Logic (1996) casually referenced such disparate cultural phenomena as comedian Bill Hicks, drug smuggler Howard Marks, 17th-century...

Supercharge

Albie Donnelly  Vocals, saxophone Ozzie Yue Vocals, guitar Allen Gaskell Saxophone, guitar, vocals Alan Peters Trumpet Bob Robertson Vocals, saxophone Pete Newton Bass Tony Dunmore Vocals, bass Dave Irving Drums Iain Bradshaw Keyboards Les Karski Guitar, vocals

Sunrays, The

Californian surf band The Sunrays began life as The Renegades - and had also recorded as The Snowmen and The Rangers - before being...

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Uptight

Melbourne's ATV-0 remained the leading production house for Australian rock TV shows in the late 60s and early 70s with Uptight, fronted by Ross...

Rock Arena

1 9 8 2 - 1 9 8 8 (Australia) This Aussie live music show, produced in Perth and broadcast on the ABC, was hosted by...

Melanie

Melanie Safka was born on 3 February 1947 in Astoria, Long Island, New York, of Ukrainian/Italian parentage. Her rise to stardom reads like a...

Neil Christian & The Crusaders

Neil Christian (born Christopher Tidmarsh on 14 February 1940) grew up in Shoreditch, East London. Infatuated by Rock & Roll, but with no desire...

Fairies, The

The group were formed in Colchester in Essex in 1963 as Dane Stephens and The Deep Beats, later evolving into The Fairies. They signed to...

Alan Freed

The Disc Jockey widely believed to have first coined the phrase "rock 'n' roll" began life as a jazz trombonist with a band called...

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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...