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Vogues, The

This Pittsburgh group formed in 1960 and produced a series of wholesome lite-garage/pop hits with You're The One (#4), Five O'Clock World (#4), Magic Town (#21) and The Land Of Milk...

Voice Of The Beehive

This jaunty British pop band with 60s girl group overtones was fronted by Californian sisters Tracey Bryn and Melissa Brooke Belland, with backup from...

Voyager

Voyager formed in Newbury (Berkshire) - originally as The Paul French Connection -  and charted in 1979 with Halfway Hotel. Voyager disbanded in 1981, with the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Voodoo Lust

Originally from Brisbane, Voodoo Lust issued the singles Shake Shake, Hey Yey (1986), Stop Breakin' My Heart (1987), and Cathy's On Heat (1988) plus...

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,...

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New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM)

In the early 1980s, UK rock magazine Sounds ardently promoted (and christened) the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal -  the acronym of which is spelt...

Stuart Sutcliffe

Deciding to concentrate on being an artist rather than a musician, Sutcliffe opted to stay in Hamburg and lived there with his girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr. Stuart...

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry

These Leeds-based post-punk doomsters formed in 1982. York-based label/distributor Red Rhino released their hypnotic debut 45, Beating My Head, six months later. Over the next seven years...

Red Crayola, The/Red Krayola

The abstract tendencies of The Red Crayola (later Red Krayola) were greeted with befuddlement when they released their debut album - The Parable of Arable...

Platters, The

Formed in Los Angeles in 1953, The Platters were one of the very first black vocal harmony groups to reach a mass white audience. They...

Matt Finish

Matt Finish's inaugural album Short Note (1981) is widely regarded as an all-time Australian classic and continues to sell to this day. The title track has...

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...

Purple Hearts, The

Dropping their shady punk past as The Sockets (not 'Jack Plug & The Sockets', contrary to popular belief), this Romford four-piece were figureheads for...