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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...

2i’s Coffee Bar

The 2i's Coffee Bar was an integral part of British pop music history. Situated at 59 Old Compton Street, Soho (London) it was originally owned by...

Al Martino

Jasper Cini was born in 1927 and became a friend and disciple of Mario Lanza. Changing his name to Al Martino in the late...

Alan Freed

The Disc Jockey widely believed to have first coined the phrase "rock 'n' roll" began life as a jazz trombonist with a band called...

Alma Cogan

Born in London, Cogan's chart career ran from 1954 to 1961 as she sang innumerable hits on the cusp of the rock era. Dubbed "The...

Ames Brothers, The

The Ames Brothers were a singing quartet from Massachusetts (USA) who became famous in the 1950s for their traditional pop music hits. The Ames Brothers...

Andy Williams

Howard Andrew Williams was born in Iowa and started singing professionally with his three older brothers - Bob, Don and Dick - as the...

Anne Shelton

Anne Shelton, the singer with the wholesome girl-next-door appeal, came to be known as the "Forces' Favourite" on wartime radio. She provided an instant hit...

Anthony Newley

Anthony George Newley was born on 24 September 1931. He grew up around Hackney in the East End of London and began acting in...

Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup

Arthur Crudup was born in 1905 in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Forest, a town 40 miles west. He worked mainly as a...

Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records has introduced the world to some of the most influential musicians this planet has ever produced; Jazz icons such as John Coltrane,...

BB King

He says he can't sing and keep rhythm on the guitar at the same time, but the unquestionable king of the blues - in...

Big Bopper, The

The "Big Bopper" was born Jiles Perry Richardson on 24 October 1930, in Sabine Pass, Texas. Following military service in the Army, he worked as...

Big Joe Turner

Joe Turner was born in Kansas City on 18 May 1911, and by the late 1920's he was a singing bartender in a town...

Big Mama Thornton

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, on 11 December 1926, Willie Mae Thornton supported herself from age 14, when her mother died. When Sam Green's Hot Harlem...

Bill Haley & His Comets

Bill Haley, who had been singing and playing guitar with a country & western combo since 1940 - when he was 15 years old...

Billie Holiday

Born Eleanora Fagan in 1915 and abandoned by her parents as a baby, former teenage prostitute Billy Holiday's troubled upbringing in 1920's Maryland remains...

Billy Lee Riley

Billy Riley grew up in Pocahontas, Arkansas, and moved to Memphis in 1955 with the idea of making country records. He ended up as "the...

Bo Diddley

Otha Ellas Bates was born on 30 December 1928 in McComb, Mississippi, and at the age of five, moved with his family to the south-side...

Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin was born Walden Robert Cassotto on 14 May 1936, in the Bronx area of New York, and was raised by his mother...

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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...

2i’s Coffee Bar

The 2i's Coffee Bar was an integral part of British pop music history. Situated at 59 Old Compton Street, Soho (London) it was originally owned by...

Al Martino

Jasper Cini was born in 1927 and became a friend and disciple of Mario Lanza. Changing his name to Al Martino in the late...

Alan Freed

The Disc Jockey widely believed to have first coined the phrase "rock 'n' roll" began life as a jazz trombonist with a band called...

Alma Cogan

Born in London, Cogan's chart career ran from 1954 to 1961 as she sang innumerable hits on the cusp of the rock era. Dubbed "The...