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Val Doonican

It would be a mistake to think that in 1968 everybody dressed like a hippie, smoked pot and listened to Cream. The average person...

Valadiers, The

There are many forgotten names in the early Motown catalogue. Who remembers Nick & The Jaguars, Eugene Remus, Popcorn & The Mohawks, Lee & The Leopards,...

Valentines, The

Australian group The Valentines formed in Perth (Western Australia) in mid-1966, bringing together members of three leading local beat groups: Bon Scott and Wyn...

Valentinos, The

The Valentinos sang mighty fine gospel - their 1961 version of Yield Not To Temptation is exquisite. But at the instigation of Sam Cooke, role model, producer,...

Van Der Graaf Generator

One of the most intense and extreme groups of the 70s Prog Rock era, Van Der Graaf Generator were ever on the verge of collapse. Constant...

Van Halen

Van Halen was one of the most popular American hard rock/heavy metal bands to emerge in the 70's, primarily distinguished by the fleet fingers...

Van Morrison

Weaned on Hank Williams, Leadbelly and his father's blues and jazz records, Van Morrison became lead singer with Them in his teens. A gritty, R&B-influenced beat band, Them...

Vanilla Chainsaws

Formed in August 1986, Sydney band Vanilla Chainsaws released their debut single, T.S. (Was It Really Me) b/w Everything on the local Phantom label in August the following...

Vanilla Fudge

This New York group formed in 1965 as The Pigeons (originally The Electric Pigeons), changing their name to Vanilla Fudge in 1967. But as...

Vanilla Ice

It's understandable why Robert Van Winkle chose not to use his real name when embarking upon a career in Rap music. A white rapper was...

Vanity Fare

Vanity Fare formed at the end of 1967 from the ashes of Kent (UK) melodians The Avengers and became surprise hit-makers amidst the acid-fried...

Vapors, The

Led by vocalist/guitarist Dave Fenton, The Vapors were a short-lived new wave guitar group that is best remembered for the pop single Turning Japanese. Fenton formed the first...

Vashti Bunyan

Now universally acclaimed as a classic, Vashti Bunyan's LP Just Another Diamond Day (1971) went unheralded for the better part of three decades until, in...

Velvelettes, The

The Velvelettes were formed by Bertha Barbee at Western Michigan University in the early 60s, with Cal (Carolyn) Gill ending up as the lead...

Velvet Underground

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Lou Reed, whose sing-speak vocals and gripping narratives have come to define street-savvy rock & roll, loved rock & roll from...

Venetians, The

Australian band The Venetians formed in late 1982 when vocalist Rik Swinn arrived in Australia with a 24-track master demo of a song he'd recorded...

Venom

In the early 1980s, this darkly humorous Newcastle thrash trio belonged nowhere. They combined deadly themes and stories of the netherworld that had nothing...

Ventures, The

Original lead guitarist Bob Bogle, alongside fellow masonry worker Don Wilson, founded The Ventures in Washington State in 1958, performing at local clubs and...

Venus Flight

Venus Flight was my first high school band. I formed the band with Tony Smith and Mark Colwell in 1976 over a number of...

Vernons Girls, The

The Vernons Girls were assembled in Liverpool by the Vernons football pools company in the 1950s when Vernons - employers to 8,000 female coupon...

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“5” Royales, The

The "5" Royales began life in the 1940s as a gospel group called The Royal Sons Quintet but rechristened themselves The Royals after going...

10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs (named after the low-budget horror movie Two Thousand Maniacs) was formed in Jamestown, NY, in 1981 by singer Natalie Merchant and guitarist John Lombardo. The...

101’ers, The

Primarily known as the band Joe Strummer was in before he joined The Clash, The 101'ers were part of the last wave of British...

10cc

Vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a songwriter of pop hits during the 1960s. Amongst his many compositions are some pure classics: For Your Love (The Yardbirds), No Milk Today (Herman's...

13th Floor Elevators

Featuring the yelping vocals and visionary - occasionally demented - lyrics of Roky Erickson, The 13th Floor Elevators were one of the original acid-rock...

1910 Fruitgum Company

The 1910 Fruitgum Company began life as Jeckell and The Hydes in New Jersey in 1965. They signed to Buddah Records in 1967 and released...

1927

1927 formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1987. Guitarist and keyboardist Garry Frost had left Moving Pictures after their second album, Matinée (Frost had co-written Moving Pictures'...

2 Tone

The independent 2 Tone Records label was founded by Jerry Dammers of The Specials in 1979. Dedicated to dance-floor music performed by racially mixed...