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Wackers, The

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Bob Segarini formed The Wackers in northern California in 1970 before relocating to Montreal, Canada, two years later. The Wackers released their debut...

White Sister

Dennis Churchill-Dries Vocals, bass Rick Chadock Guitar Gary Brandon Vocals, keyboards Gus Moratinos Drums Richard Wright Drums

Wild Cherries, The

The Wild Cherries were formed in 1964 by Melbourne University students John Bastow (vocals), Rob Lovett (guitar and vocals), and Les Gilbert (bass). Local bluesman...

Wire

Unashamedly middle-class, and older than most of their contemporaries, Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Bruce Gilbert and Robert Gotobed (born Mark Field) – who weren't...

Who, The

The Detours formed in Shepherd's Bush in 1964 as a local youth club band. Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle (who originally called himself...

Weezer

In the early 1990s, singer Rivers Cuomo had an awkward girlfriend who was routinely picked on. His efforts to stick up for her inspired...

Westworld

Westworld (named after the 1973 film in which androids go on a rampage at a futuristic theme park) was founded by former Generation X guitarist Bob...

Wet Wet Wet

Fronted by Marti Pellow (born Mark McLaughlin), Scottish band Wet Wet Wet had three Top 10 hits in 1987, and a #1 debut album...

Wham!

Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael (real name Georgios Panayiotou) met at school in Bushey, Hertfordshire, in the 1970s and played together in a ska...

Whitesnake

After recording two solo albums, former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale formed Whitesnake around 1977. In the glut of hard rock and heavy metal bands of the late 70s,...

Wedding Present, The

This rapid-fire band of jangly punk/poppers formed in Leeds in 1984. Outside of the hermetic world of John Peel's Festive 50 (where they were forever kings),...

Weather Report

Weather Report was among the earliest and most influential of all jazz-rock bands. The original unit was co-founded by Wayne Shorter (saxophone) and Josef...

Waylon Jennings

Following the break-up of The Crickets, Jennings played bass for Buddy Holly. During a particularly harsh winter in February 1958 while touring with Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big...

Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders

Wayne Fontana was born Glynn Ellis in Manchester, England, on 28 October 1945. He started his musical career at school with a skiffle group called The...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs

Georgia-born Wayne County first appeared in the New York club scene in the early 1970s though with little success. He dressed in full drag and...

Wasted Youth

Formed in the summer of 1979, this East London band forged a style with punk and psych roots. Their singles and albums were released on...

W.A.S.P.

On stage they drank fake blood from a human skull, whipped a half-naked woman tied to a torture rack and threw raw meat at...

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Larry Parnes

Larry Parnes (born Laurence Maurice Palmer) was the most successful British rock manager of the 50s and early 60s. Known as Larry "Parnes, Shillings and...

Northern Soul

A musical movement born in the industrial North of England, the Northern Soul phenomenon grew out of club-goers passion for black American dance music....

Blood, Sweat & Tears

This eight-piece group was the brainchild of Al Kooper, former Bob Dylan sideman, Brill Building songsmith and king-pin of The Blues Project, but he had...

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope - the American one, featuring David Lindley - purveyed a truly idiosyncratic mix of jug band stompers, psych pop, blues, bluegrass and neo-Egyptian...

Beat Club

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 7 2 (West Germany)  

JFK and The Cuban Crisis

Liverpool-born, Brisbane-raised John Kennedy formed JFK and the Cuban Crisis in Brisbane, Queensland, in October 1980. Playing a brand of jangly guitar pop with country...

Right On

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 7 8 (Australia) Music show Right On aired on Australia's Channel Ten at 4.00pm (sometimes 4.30) on weekdays, right after Bugs...

Arrows

Arrows was formed in August 1973 when Alan Merrill, who was enjoying solo success in Japan, moved to England at the request of high...