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Lew Lewis

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 on the pub circuit, they changed direction in 1976 after witnessing the new punk movement at the Roxy Club in London. By the following year, they had secured a record(...)

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 for the name Lieutenant Pigeon and recorded Mouldy Old Dough - dominated by a heavy honky tonk piano which was played by frontman Rob Woodward's piano teacher mother, Hilda - in a front room. The(...)

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 when Sam was still a baby - was a musician, and so were Sam's sister and four brothers. He was encouraged by his mother to play the organ at the family's(...)

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 cheap Casio keyboard. Two weeks later he emerged with 12 bittersweet pop songs that became CloudCuckooLand , an album that superimposed newfangled recording techniques on old-fashioned melodies. A veteran of Liverpool's post-punk music(...)

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 one-off show in 1979 - which included rugby league great Eric Grothe on guitar - the band finally emerged in 1981 with a six-piece line-up of Blood, Mathers, bassist Dave(...)

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 relationship with California Governor Jerry Brown scandalised political circles. At one time Brown proposed to Linda, who is reported to have accepted. But after speculation that the marriage could wreck(...)

Linda Scott

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 a sense, yet made impregnable then and now by Geordie poet, songwriter and vocalist Alan Hull's searing combination of canny observation, pathos, wit and vitriol. Famously, a period of working in(...)

Link Wray

While recording his 1958 hit single Rumble, Link Wray took a pen and punched holes in the tweeters of his amp to get a combination of distortion and tremolo never before heard from an electric guitar. And although there were no words in Rumble, the grungy guitar riffs so convincingly emulated the menace of a real teenage(...)

Lipstick Killers, The

The Lipstick Killers grew out of two of the most notorious late 70s punk bands in Sydney (Australia); Psycho Surgeons and Filth. Their Americanised brand of hard glitter rock drew on The Stooges and The New York Dolls (from whence they derived the band name) for inspiration, although Gary Glitter was also cited as a key musical influence. In 1979 the(...)

Little Anthony & The Imperials

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Little Eva

Eva Narcissus Boyd was working as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin when they asked her to record a song they had written called The Loco-Motion in 1962. The song was a hit for 'Little Eva' that year and again for Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 (and later still for Kylie Minogue). Boyd took the name 'Little Eva' from(...)

Little Feat

One of the more offbeat and interesting bands to emerge in the 1970s, Little Feat left a catalogue of memorable material and provided, in Lowell George, one of the decades finest American songwriters. George's early career with punk group The Standells and a brief 1970 stint with Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention are of little importance though it was during this(...)

Little Heroes, The

The Little Heroes formed in Melbourne (Australia) in 1980 from the ashes of an outfit called Secret Police. They walked off with the 1980 National Battle of the Sounds grand final which led to a record deal with Giant Records and a debut album which was not viewed terribly fondly by either the band or(...)

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