Artists – T

Til Tuesday

Like any group of sensible young people going into business for themselves, the Boston-based band 'Til Tuesday had a plan. Singer/bassist Aimee Mann and androgynous guitarist Robert Holmes wrote it in the winter of 1983 and even called it "The Master Plan." Often, after a long evening of songwriting, they would crack open a few(...)

Tim Buckley

Born on Valentine's Day 1947, California-raised Buckley's heroes were Nat King Cole and Johnny Cash, and his 1966 folk rock debut leaned heavily on psychedelia. Just 19 when his debut LP was recorded, Buckley was briefly marketed as a folk rock teen idol, before his music metamorphosed into realms that defied categorisation. A mere three years later he was recording(...)

Tim Hardin

Only three weeks after the globally-discussed death of John Lennon, the demise of a contemporary songwriter passed almost unnoticed by the media. Like Lennon, Tim Hardin had virtually vanished from the music business during the last half of the 1970s. Unlike Lennon, however, his retreat was not solely a matter of personal choice, but the(...)

Times, The

In 1977, Edward Ball formed Television Personalities with fellow Chelsea schoolmate Dan Treacy. They were a ham-fisted pastiche of a punk band, whose ironic swipes at the scene made them anti-heroes, the archetypal cult band. Ball soon split from Treacy and followed his vision with The Teenage Filmstars and ultimately The Times, a guise which continued well(...)

Timi Yuro

Born Rosemarie Timotea Aurro (pronounced "Yuro") in Chicago to Italian-American parents in 1940, Yuro moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1952. Signed by Liberty Records in 1959 Yuro soon realised the label didn't know what to do with her. In 1961, she crashed a board meeting in frustration and sang Hurt to some astounded label(...)

Tin Machine

Tin Machine had its beginnings when Sara Gabrels, a journalist who had worked as David Bowie's press liaison person during his Glass Spider tour in 1987, slipped her boss a tape of her guitarist husband, Reeves, at the end of the tour. It was only when Bowie was back at home in Switzerland unpacking after the(...)

Tina Turner

Tina Turner, who had struggled with her solo career since splitting with Ike in 1976, started fighting back in the early 1980s: support slots with The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart, and working with Heaven 17 on their BEF project. She reached the top with her huge selling 1984 'come back' album, Private Dancer, in which Tina(...)

Tintern Abbey

Taking their name from Wordsworth's poem, Tintern Abbey came together in mid-1967 after meeting in a Chelsea dole queue and soon became a regular attraction on the London-based late 60s underground circuit. Their profile was helped in no small measure by the fact that they were managed by Nigel Samuel, a teenage multi-millionaire who, among(...)

Tiny Tim

Tiny Tim was born Herbert Khaury in 1932 and grew up convinced he would be a singing star. There was definitely something peculiar about this childlike man with the wiry hair, ghoulish make-up, hooked nose and autistic facility to retain and recall songs, who was deeply religious and eternally romantic, but his eccentricity helped make(...)

TISM (This Is Serious Mum)

Masters of disguise for over 15 years, the seven individuals who make up TISM never revealed their faces nor their identities - save to a very select few who remained ridiculously loyal. With such costumes as four-foot high face-covering Louis XIV wigs, six-foot helium inflated, condom-like sheaths and, of course, their trademark balaclavas, TISM have(...)

Todd Rundgren

The brilliance of Todd Rundgren's career lies in its schizophrenia. One minute he's knocking out perfect 70s soul pop, the next he's a rock god. One day he's masterminding the perfect Beatles pastiche, the day after he's playing motorcycle guitar on Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell. All of which makes Rundgren arguably the perfect rock star. A photo(...)

Toggery Five, The

Manchester beat band The Toggery Five formed in 1963, and first rehearsed at the Thatched House pub in Stockport. The group's unusual name came from a clothes shop, The Toggery, owned by their manager Mike Cohen. He was going out with Coronation Street's Lucille Hewitt (actress Jenny Moss, who cut her own single Hobbies with(...)

Tokens, The

This Brooklyn doo wop group was originally known as The Linc-Tones when they formed in 1955 at Lincoln High School. Original members Hank Medress, Neil Sedaka, Eddie Rabkin and Cynthia Zolitin didn't have much impact in their early days recording for Melba. They later disbanded, but Medress re-formed the group in 1960 as The Tokens. Brothers Phil and(...)

Tom Jones

The son of a Welsh coal miner, Tom Jones was born Thomas Jones Woodward in Treforest, Glamorganshire, in 1940, and began his 'career' with bar-room singing - and enough brawling to break his nose a few times - first for beer and then for pound notes. Since Welshmen, especially in groups, probably make up the greatest nation(...)

Tom Paxton

The most covered of the early 60s folk artists (Dylan aside), Tom Paxton's songs were common currency by the time Elektra belatedly offered him a deal.  

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