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Sharon Tandy

If there was any justice in the world, Johannesburg-born Sharon Tandy (born Sharon Finkelstein) would have been up there with Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield in the 60s. Unquestionably, she had the voice for it, and her choice of songs was pretty much impeccable. Her South African debut LP, Sharon Loves You-Know-Who, showcased her strong, intuitive delivery on(...)

Shaun Cassidy

If you were going to invent a teen idol for American teens in the 1970s, you'd have to come up with something like Shaun Cassidy: nineteen years old, blonde, Southern Californian. Clothes fit him as the designers intended, the tops open just enough to expose a couple of inches of hairless chest, and a waterfall(...)

Shed Seven

Sheena Easton

Sheena Shirley Orr was born in 1959 in Bellshill, Scotland, and began performing while studying speech and drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music And Drama, studying by day and singing with a band (Something Else) in the evenings. Her short-lived marriage to actor Sandi Easton gave Orr her new name, and as Sheena(...)

Sheffields, The

Originally known as The Vampires, The Sheffields formed in Sheffield, Yorkshire (where else?) in 1963 and got their break when they won a 'battle of the bands' contest at the City Hall in September of that year. Signing to Pye Records, they released three Tony Hatch-produced singles - the best remembered being their cover of the(...)

Shep & the Limelites

James 'Shep' Sheppard's career began in St. Alban's Park, New York, in 1954 when, in the fashion of the day, his vocal group was having a friendly competition with another group of youngsters from Queens who called themselves The Hearts. Wally Roker, Vernon Seavers, and Albert Crump from Wilson High, with Robby Tatum from Jackson(...)


A pop sensation of the mid 1970's, Sherbet's popularity was unrivalled in Australia. Their songs dealt with innocent, romantic allusions to pubescent sexual experience with lyrics like "Summer love is like no other love". Good looking and apparently well-behaved, Sherbet were 'spunks' in satin jackets to thousands and thousands of teenage fans. Sherbet were also(...)

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 is a lawyer and trumpeter, and her mother, Bernice, a piano teacher and music buff. With a classical music degree from the University of Missouri, Crow moved to Los Angeles in 1986(...)

Shirelles, The

Had Shirley Owens and Beverly Lee not become bored while babysitting, the first Girl Group may never have existed. Forming as high school classmates in Passaic, New Jersey, The Shirelles came under the wing of manager Florence Goldberg, the mother of a classmate at Passiac high school, who also ran the Scepter label. The Shirelles were instrumental(...)

Shirley Bassey

Already established as a star by virtue of strident big-voiced romps through the likes of Kiss me, Honey Honey, Kiss Me and As Long As He Needs Me, in 1962 Shirley Bassey embarked on a ten-day British tour in the company of leading American arranger/conductor Nelson Riddle. Famous for his work with Judy Garland, Nat King Cole and(...)

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 was home to Charles Brown and Amos Milburn. The company teamed her with Leonard Lee, and rocking out of New Orleans with Dave Bartholomew's orchestra, Shirley & Lee set about laying(...)

Shirts , The

'The Shoits', as their Brooklyn accents would have it, engaged on a long, hard climb in the mid to late 70s along the East Coast of America, under the direction of their manager, CBGBs entrepreneur Hilly Kristal. Apart from lead singer Annie Golden (pictured above), The Shirts all lived and rehearsed in the same house. In addition,(...)

Shocking Blue

Dutch-born vocalist Mariska Veres died of cancer on 2 December 2006. She was 59.                


Shoes (from Zion, Illinois) recorded and pressed their first album, One In Versailles (Un Dans Versaille), in 1974. The title referred to the fact that guitarist Gary Klebe was in France studying architecture at the time. Three hundred copies of the disc were pressed and distributed to friends and sold in Zion record stores. Drummer Skip Meyer(...)

Shotgun Express

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