Artists – L to Z

Little Murders

English ex-pat Rob Griffiths embraced 1960s English pop culture (The Who, The Kinks, Union Jack flags draped over amplifiers) so it was perhaps unsurprising that Little Murders (the band were named after a 1971 film starring Elliot Gould and directed by Alan Arkin) became the premier Mod revival band of the late 70s/early 80s Melbourne (Australia) independent music scene.(...)

Little Pattie

During the early years of Australian Rock & Roll, the scene was almost entirely male-dominated. As the beat softened and the frantic momentum diminished during the early 1960s, the first female solo singers began to emerge. These included Noeleen Batley (dubbed 'Australia's Little Miss Sweetheart'), Judy Stone, Patsy Ann Noble, Betty McQuade, Lana Cantrell, Lee(...)

Little Richard

Little Richard made the kind of Rock 'n' Roll you think only exists in the movies. Richard pounds the piano, scats out some vocals, the weak of heart faint, the old women scold, and the only thing the sun-dress-&-white-gloves-wearing, fan-carrying bastions of middle-class Americana can think to say are words like "Well, I never", and(...)

Little River Band (LRB)

Little River Band was an Australian 'supergroup' of savvy and well-experienced musicians. Three members came from an acoustic band called Mississippi while Dutch-born Beeb Birtles had been a member of Zoot, one of Australia's most popular bands between 1969 and 1971. Lead singer Glenn Shorrock (an émigré from the English seaside town of Chatham) had been a(...)

Little Willie John

Co-penned by Otis Blackwell (an early songwriter for Elvis), Fever was the song which took Little Willie John into the pop charts in 1956. Two years later, Peggy Lee re-recorded the song to devastating effect, making it a classic. He became a long-lasting influence on James Brown, but off-stage Little Willie was a disaster. Sadly, the abusive drunk soon found himself(...)

Liverbirds, The

One of the very few Merseybeat bands with female members and possibly the first 'girl group' of all time, The Liver Birds formed in 1963. The band took their name from the fictional 'Liver Bird' which is the symbol of the town of Liverpool. Like other beat bands of that time, The Liverbirds earned more success in(...)

Liverpool Five, The

The Liverpool Five (four of them were actually from Fulham!) left the UK and went travelling throughout Europe. They somehow ended up playing at the Tokyo Olympics before moving to the US and signing a major label deal. Ron Henley Jimmy May Dave Burgess Kenny Cox Steve Laine

Living Color

Vernon Reid GuitarMuzz Skillings BassWill Calhoun Drums

LL Cool J

LL Cool J was born James Todd Smith. The rap name apparently means "Ladies Love Cool James". He was only 16 when he released his first single, I Need A Beat. A year later he had the first hit on the fledgling Def Jam label. The sound he and producer Rick Rubin found on hits such(...)

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

Formed in 1983 in the famous Tennants Bar in Glasgow, they built a reputation for studenty, jangly and thoughtful guitar-pop. Listening to the vignettes on The Commotions' debut LP it is easy to figure that Lloyd Cole fancied himself as Norman Mailer but quickly abandoned every idea he had. The evidence is all over Rattlesnakes, in(...)

Lloyd Price

A raucous rocker from New Orleans whose 1952 recording of Lawdy Miss Clawdy brought him a gold record. His next major success came when Stagger Lee stormed to #1 in 1958. Personality and I'm Gonna Get Married returned him to the Top Three later in the year, but a succession of lesser hits presaged a move to cabaret.

Loaded Dice

Loaded Dice were a hard working power pop band that were touted as being the next big thing from Western Australia. They were signed to WEA, but big things never happened. They had very good songs and were very good at making the crowd rock in their home town but when they moved to Sydney(...)

Loading Zone, The

Cosmic R&B combo The Loading Zone formed in Oakland, California, in 1967. Following the dissolution of his jazz combo, The Tom Paul Trio, Paul Fauerso recruited Marbles guitarists Pete Shapiro and Steve Dowler, followed by bassist Bob Kridle and drummer George Newcom, quickly establishing The Loading Zone's original line-up. Though rooted in R&B, the band(...)

Long John Baldry

John Baldry - born 12 January 1941 in London - was a giant on the early 60s British blues scene in more than one sense - He was six foot seven inches tall (hence the "long" moniker). In 1958 he toured the UK alongside Ramblin' Jack Elliott and sang with Alexis Korner and then led(...)

Long Ryders, The

Hailing from Los Angeles, The Long Ryders based their sound on a blend of psychedelia, country and garage rock. Sid 'Chops' Griffin's outfit mixed The Byrds' Rickenbacker jangle, the Flying Burrito Brothers' sense of melody and harmony, Gram Parsons' wayward spirit and The Clash's energy. Sid 'Chops' Griffin Vocals, guitar Stephen McCarthy Guitar, steel guitar,(...)

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