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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...

William Shakespeare

In a classic case of pop reincarnation, John Cave (born in 1950) became Johnny Cabe, then William Shakespeare. He then scored two Australian #1...

Willie Dixon

Willie Dixon, one of 14 children, was born on 1 July 1915 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. After stints as a gospel singer and boxer, he...

Willie Nelson

Born in rural poverty in 1933, Willie Nelson's mother ran off when he was a baby, leaving him and big sister Bobbie to their...

Wilson Pickett

Wilson Pickett was born in the small town of Prattville, Alabama, where he lived with his mother, grandfather, and ten brothers and sisters. Home life...

Windchase

Mario Milo and Toivo Pilt formed Windchase when their earlier band, Sebastian Hardie, broke up. They called Windchase a 'symphonic rock' band and their debut album, Symphinity, included...

Wings

A little over a year after The Beatles broke up, Paul McCartney and his wife Linda formed Wings, a group created very much to be a touring as...

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...

Wishbone Ash

Wishbone Ash formed in London in 1969 and released their self-titled debut album in 1970. By 1971 they were Melody Maker's brightest hopes for the coming...

Witchfynde

Steve Bridges Vocals Montalo Guitar Andro Coulton Bass Pete Surgery Bass Gra Scoresby Drums

Wizzard

Wizzard was the epitome of Roy Wood's notion of magic and entertainment, formed in 1972 after Roy split from ELO (which then fell under the leadership...

Wonder Stuff, The

Formed in Stourbridge, West Midlands, in 1986, The Wonder Stuff amassed a sizeable local following and released an EP, It's A Wonderful Day, in 1987. Along...

Woodentops, The

Taking punk's DIY ideal and applying it to stripped-down acoustic pop, South London five-piece The Woodentops achieved a great deal of critical success in...

Woodstock

It remains the defining assembly of rock music - an unprecedented gathering of at least 300,000 young, long-haired, raggedy clad Americans "going up the...

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma - an uproarious oil town - on 14 July 1912. His father Charley was a Democrat politico...

World Party

World Party was basically a one-man project from singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Karl Wallinger. Formerly of the popular British band The Waterboys, Wallinger's albums were always fascinating,...

Wreckless Eric

Eric Goulden grew up in Newhaven, near Brighton. From there he went to Hull Art School in northeastern England until he was drawn to...

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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...