Artists – L to Z

Left Banke, The

Michael Brown, the keyboard player and songwriter whose brief tenure with The Left Banke produced the band’s classic hits Walk Away Renee (the product of an infatuation with the girlfriend of bassist Tom Finn) and Pretty Ballerina (again inspired by Renee Fladen), passed away at the age of 65 in March 2015. Tensions within the band resulted(…)

Leiber and Stoller

Jerry (born Jerome) Leiber and Mike Stoller have written some of the most spirited and enduring rock and roll songs: Hound Dog (originally recorded by Big Mama Thornton in 1953 and covered by Elvis Presley three years later), Love Potion No. 9 (The Clovers), Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison), On Broadway (The Drifters), Ruby Baby (Dion) and Stand By Me (Ben E. King). Their vast catalogue includes virtually every major(…)

Leif Garrett

A film star at the age of 12, a pop star a year later, über-Californian Leif Garrett burned briefly but brightly during the 70s, his biggest hit being 1979’s I Was Made For Dancin’, which topped the charts around the world. Then, three days before his 18th birthday, he drove his Porsche off the highway while on(…)

Lemonheads, The

The Lemonheads originally formed as a hardcore punk band with high school buddies Evan Dando and Ben Deily in mid-80s Massachusetts. By the time they signed their major label contract in 1990 the revolving line-up was simply a vehicle for Dando’s songs. Their cover version of Simon and Garfunkel‘s Mrs Robinson (1992) was recorded in three hours(…)

Len Bright Combo, The

‘Wreckless’ Eric Goulden scored a huge hit in 1977 with Whole Wide World which, if anything, simply compounded his insecurity, which in turn led to increased drinking, which in turn compounded his insecurity etc etc etc . . . By the mid-80s, unfamous and uncertain, he relocated to Kent where he bumped into The Milkshakes‘ bass player(…)

Lene Lovich

“If this remarkable lady is not big in ’79 I shall send my ears back for a new pair,” declared Smash Hits. Her high-pitched warbling couldn’t have made a mark in any other era, and a penchant for Miss Havisham frocks and lace marked Lovich as a Goth prototype. But Lene wasn’t new – she’d ducked punk in(…)

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz was born on 26 May 1964 in New York City. His family ties – his Jewish father was a top television producer while his Bahamian mother, Roxie Roker, was an actress – suggested a future in show business. As a teenager he attended the Beverly Hills High School where his contemporaries included Slash,(…)

Leo Sayer

Born Gerard Hugh Sayer, “Leo” Sayer fronted The Terraplane Blues Band and Phydeaux while a Sussex art student before moving to London, where he supplemented his wages as a typographic designer (during this time he designed three of his own typefaces) by street busking and via floor spots in folk clubs. In 1971, he formed(…)

Leon Russell

Leon Russell was born in Lawton, Oklahoma in April 1941. He studied classical piano from an early age and moved to Los Angeles in 1958. He began his career as a session musician and songwriter in California in the 1960s, playing piano for The Byrds, Badfinger and Phil Spector (he played on Be My Baby and Da Doo Ron Ron) among many others.(…)

Leonard Cohen

Born in Canada, Leonard Cohen was already a published novelist and prize-winning poet before he started singing and songwriting, but Columbia’s A&R department probably didn’t expect him to become very popular when they signed him. He was in his mid-thirties (which in the hippie 60’s was dangerously approaching old age) and the author of a book of(…)

Lesley Gore

Lesley Gore

In 1963, a 17-year old from Tenafly, New Jersey, hit the top of the charts with It’s My Party. The daughter of a wealthy swimsuit manufacturer, Lesley Gore (born Lesley Sue Goldstein) had a number of strong songs, and her trademark impassioned vocals ensured she had further Top 5 hits with Judy’s Turn To Cry (in which Lesley(…)

Let’s Active

Mitch Easter Vocals, guitarFaye HunterBassSara Romweber DrumsAngie Carlson Keyboards, guitar, vocals Eric Marshall Drums Jon Heames Bass

Lettermen, The

The Lettermen’s first break came when they were spotted by comedian George Burns who took them on tour with him. Jack Benny then “stole” them for his tour. Then their first single, The Way You Look Tonight, took off and sold more than a million copies. Their debut album, A Song For Young Love, was a #1(…)

Level 42

Formed in 1980 by dexterously-thumbed bassman Mark King, Brit-funk pioneers Level 42 scored 29 hits, including Lessons In Love (#1 in eight countries) before succumbing to the pressures of success. Jazz-funk pomp gave way to jazz-rock decline and then it all went a bit cod-Weather Report. When Phil and Boon Gould left the band in 1987 (for(…)

Levellers, The

This five-piece outfit from Brighton in England included fiddle and mandolin, and its brand of populist-based punk anthems was tinged with the stirring sound of Irish folk music. The band’s popularity was so strong that it even had its own 24-hour hotline and a quarterly magazine, On The Fiddle. Mark Chadwick Vocals, guitar Simon Friend Guitar,(…)

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