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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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"...

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...

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...

Leyton Buzzards

This new wave/pop outfit was formed by Geoffrey Deanne and David Jaymes, who then recruited Kevin Steptoe (drums) and Dave Monk (guitar). Originally playing R&B covers...

Lieutenant Pigeon

Stavely Makepeace was formed by three school boys in Coventry. They released a number of unsuccessful singles and decided a side-line novelty band may help their careers. They plumped...

Lighthouse Keepers, The

Formed in 1982, the Lighthouse Keepers tasteful, jangly brand of country-tinged folk rock was at odds with prevailing trends in the Detroit-besotted independent music...

Lightnin’ Hopkins

Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins was born on 15 March 1912 in Centerville, Texas, a small farming town north of Houston. His father, Abe - who died...

Lightning Seeds

In 1989, Ian Broudie holed up in a closet-sized Belgian studio with his "band mates": a drum machine, a couple of guitars and a...

Lime Spiders, The

The Lime Spiders formed in the Liverpool area of Western Sydney (Australia) around a core of vocalist Mick Blood and guitarist Darryl Mather. From a...

Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt was born in Tuscon, Arizona, on 15 July 1946. She began her career singing with a soft-rock group called The Stone Poneys. Ronstadt's long-standing...

Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne's first three albums, released on Charisma between 1970 and 1972, are all bonafide classics full of boozy, raggle-taggle charm and endearing amateurism, in...

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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...