Artists – L to Z

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. Though State of Our Union (1986) was their major-label debut(…)

Long Tall Shorty

A London band originally known as The Indicators, Long Tall Shorty were immensely popular on the mod revival club circuit. Fronted by Keith Mono, they recorded By Your Love for Warner Brothers but the record was mysteriously withdrawn after a week (rumours suggest as few as 250 copies exist), making it prized among mod revival collectors. By Your Love was(…)

Longboatmen, The

Formed in Sweden in 1965, originally under the name Steampacket, this group combined soul music with their take on the British Invasion to produce a slice of freakbeat which remains highly sought after by collectors. One of the first Swedish rock bands to tour England, they learned of the similarly-named Rod Stewart/Brian Auger group on one(…)

Lonnie Donegan

Lonnie Donegan rose to international fame as one of the founding fathers of a new wave of music called Skiffle that swept the world during the 1950’s. He was born Anthony Donnegan of Irish/Scottish parentage in Glasgow, Scotland, on 29 April 1931, and started to take an active interest in music as a teenager, teaching himself to(…)

Lonnie Lee

In February 1957 Lonnie Lee entered an Elvis Presley impersonation contest at the Trocadero nightclub in Sydney, Australia. He won and greatly impressed the compere, Johnny O’Keefe who provided Lee with his first hit, Ain’t It So (December 1959). Lee’s biggest hit was Starlight Starbright which made #1 in Australia in February 1960. On 27 June 1960 Lee was the first person to(…)

Lonnie Mack

Lonnie Mack’s music is amongst the most direct and unadorned of the 1960s. His ballads are especially moving, and the instrumentals and his guitar solos are staggeringly fluid and self-assured. Born Lonnie McIntosh on 18 July 1941, in West Harrison, Indiana, his mother taught him a few chords on an acoustic guitar when he was(…)

Lords of the New Church

Formed in 1982, Lords Of The New Church comprised punk pioneers Stiv Bators (The Dead Boys), Brian James (The Damned), Dave Tregunna (Sham 69) and Nick Turner (The Barracudas). With more in common with Hanoi Rocks than, say, Sex Gang Children, the Lords lashed Goth imagery to their piratical pop rock. Stiv Bators was the(…)

Lords, The

Ulli Günther Vocals Leo Lietz Guitar Rainer Petry Guitar Bernd Zamulo Bass Max Donath Drums

Loretta Lynn

Thanks in no small part to the biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), the arc of Loretta Lynn’s singing career is well known. It resembles that of many country stars – she emerged from a desperately poor childhood to become wealthy and internationally famous. However, unlike many country singers, men and women alike, Lynn wrote her own material,(…)

Los Bravos

Originally known as Los Sonor, Mike Kogel (vocals), Antonio Martinez (guitar), Manolo ‘Manuel’ Fernandez (organ), Miguel Vicens Danus (bass) and Pablo ‘Gomez’ Samllehi (drums) were voted Spain’s top beat group following two Top 10 hits in their own country. Kogel had previously recorded as Michael and The Firebirds, Mike Keller, and Mike and Joe and(…)

Los Lobos

Four East Los Angeles high school buddies formed Los Lobos (Spanish for “the wolves”) in 1973, bought traditional Mexican instruments at pawn shops and learned the norteño music of their forefathers. They eventually incorporated electric instruments and in 1983, with The Blasters’ saxophonist Steve Berlin (who later joined the band), recorded an independent EP called . .(…)

Los Mockers

Los Shakers


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