Music – 1960s

13th Floor Elevators

13th Floor Elevators

Featuring the yelping vocals and visionary - occasionally demented - lyrics of Roky Erickson, The 13th Floor Elevators were one of the original acid-rock bands. Formed in Texas in the mid-60s, The Elevators started as a garage rock outfit, scoring their one and only modest national hit with You're Gonna Miss Me (1966). Originally recorded in 1965(...)

1910 Fruitgum Company

The 1910 Fruitgum Company began life as Jeckell and The Hydes in New Jersey in 1965. They signed to Buddah Records in 1967 and released five LPs under their own name (plus a number of singles) as well as appearing on the LP The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus, which was promoted as a "bubblegum superjam". Their first(...)

2i’s Coffee Bar

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 two brothers called Irani (hence the name "two I's") but on 22 April 1956 it was re-opened by two ex-wrestlers, Ray Hunter and Paul Lincoln, who had wrestled under the name(...)

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Accent, The

Yorkshire group The Accent were originally known as The Blue Blood Group before moving to London in 1966. They secured a residency at Billy Walker's Upper-Cut Club and in 1967 recorded a single for Decca, the Mike Vernon-produced Red Sky At Night, a psychedelic classic with a freakbeat arrangement. John Hebron Vocals, guitar Rick Birkett Guitar(...)

Acker Bilk

Jazzman Acker Bilk (real name Bernard Stanley Bilk ) came to fame during the trad jazz boom of the early 60's. The clarinettist scored a run of ten top 40 hits, including Stranger On The Shore, which became an enduring classic over 40 years ago. Bilk was on National Service in Egypt as an 18-year-old when he learned(...)

Action, The

Formed in Kentish Town in 1963, the front man of The Action was singer Reg King, a natural lunatic in the Keith Moon mould. He and the band had originally come together as The Boys, to back singer Sandra Barry. The Action sought out the best of American soul music and played their discoveries to hip audiences(...)

Adam Faith

Adam Faith was born Terence Nelhams in Acton, London in June 1940, and left school wanting to enter the film world. The desire led him to Rank Screen Services where he started at the very bottom as a messenger boy (he would eventually progress to Assistant Film Editor). When the Skiffle craze hit England in the 1950s,(...)

Adam, Mike & Tim

Adam Sachs, Mike Sedgwick and Tim Saunders were encouraged by a friend to send a demo to Decca records who liked what they heard enough to offer the band the chance to record three singles. Their first release was 1964’s Little Baby, backed by You’re The Reason Why (one of the first songs written by future(...)

Adderley Smith Blues Band, The

Alongside Brisbane's Bay City Union and Sydney's The Foreday Riders, Melbourne's Adderley Smith Blues Band is recognised as one of the first authentic blues bands Australia ever produced. Blues enthusiasts Kerryn Tolhurst and Mark Dindas formed the band, taking their inspiration from the Chicago blues masters like Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf. The line-up shifted constantly. Broderick(...)

Aesop’s Fables

Aesop’s Fables

Aesop's Fables formed in Sydney, Australia, in 1969. A polished harmony-pop band producing everything from jazz standards through to R&B, psychedelia, hard rock and bubblegum, Aesop's Fables never became a major force on the national scene, but some of their members went on to bigger and better things. The band were runners-up in the Hoadley's Battle(...)

Affair, The (The Gino Affair)

Sydney band The Affair were originally known as The Gino Affair, led by 16-year-old singer/child actor, Gino Cunnico. The name change came at the start of 1967 and Cunnico left mid-year to join The Executives. His place was taken in the band initially by Derek Fitton (ex-Derek's Accent), and then Kerrie Biddell. The Affair were(...)

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 1940s when he started his career as a romantic Italian baritone, his breakthrough hit came with Here In My Heart (1952). The song had been originally intended for Lanza but the older man(...)

Al Stewart

Al Stewart began his songwriting career during his school days in Bournemouth. He was writing skiffle songs when he was 13 but also writing poems instead of doing prep. He played in a number of beat groups (including a spell backing Tony Blackburn before he became a disc jockey) and moved to London in February(...)

Al Wilson

Al Wilson was born in Meridian, Mississippi, in June 1939 and sang in a church choir and his own gospel quartet before moving to San Bernadino, California. After touring for four years with Johnny 'Legs' Harris & The Statesmen he joined a navy vocal group, and then The Jewels, who had a hit as The(...)

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