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Tommy Sands

Tommy Adrian Sands was born in Chicago in 1937. Growing up he enjoyed music, particularly country music. In 1944 his mother (who had been...

Tommy Steele

Tommy Steele was born Thomas Hicks in Bermondsey, London on 17 December 1936. After leaving school he joined the Merchant Navy and after four years...

Ventures, The

Original lead guitarist Bob Bogle, alongside fellow masonry worker Don Wilson, founded The Ventures in Washington State in 1958, performing at local clubs and...

Vernons Girls, The

The Vernons Girls were assembled in Liverpool by the Vernons football pools company in the 1950s when Vernons - employers to 8,000 female coupon...

Vince Taylor

Vince Taylor was born Brian Maurice Holden on 14 July 1939 in Isleworth, Middlesex, England. He was raised in New Jersey (USA) but returned...

Vipers, The

The Vipers, featuring a young singer called Wally Whyton, became the first group to earn a residency at the famous 2i's coffee bar in London's Soho. Wally...

Viscounts, The

British group The Viscounts - Gordon Mills, Don Paul and Ronnie Wells - were a trio of variety entertainers in the tradition of The Mudlarks,...

Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson started her career as a dare. Her church friends dared her to audition for a local radio station's talent spot when she...

Wanderers, The

  Another doo-wop group which was quite popular on the US East Coast but otherwise obscure, The Wanderers began as The Barons in 1952. Lead singer...

Warren Smith

It's astonishing the sheer amount of talent that was beating a path to Sam Phillips' door in 1956 wanting a contract with Sun Records. Jerry...

Waylon Jennings

Following the break-up of The Crickets, Jennings played bass for Buddy Holly. During a particularly harsh winter in February 1958 while touring with Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big...

Willie Dixon

Willie Dixon, one of 14 children, was born on 1 July 1915 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. After stints as a gospel singer and boxer, he...

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma - an uproarious oil town - on 14 July 1912. His father Charley was a Democrat politico...

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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. Although London's first skiffle bar was the Gyre & Gimble in Charing...

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...