Music – 1960s

Alan Dale & The Houserockers

Australian singer Alan Dale had been a big band singer before moving over to the new Rock ‘n’ Roll in 1957. His popularity rose sharply, and his only real competition was Johnny O’Keefe. Dale and JOK had in fact been close friends before either became involved in the rock scene – Alan worked for a printer(…)

Alan Price Set, The

Alan Price was born on 19 April 1941 in County Durham, England. From the age of eight he taught himself to play the piano and guitar, and began playing with local bands. His first significant band performed under a number of names – The Kansas City Five, The Kontours, The Pagans and finally, The Alan(…)

Albert King

Born in 1923, Albert King had recorded a series of influential blues records for a variety of labels dating back to 1953, before he achieved pop stardom in the late Sixties as part of the innovative Stax roster. His first album for the Stax label, Born Under A Bad Sign (1967), combined his hard, unflashy guitar playing with the sleek sound(…)

Alice Clark

When Brooklyn singer Alice Clark passed away at the age of 57 in 2004 she had no idea she was being regarded as one of soul’s great unsung talents by the 90s acid jazz fraternity. Her standing was confirmed in 2010 by Ace’s The Complete Studio Recordings 1968 – 1972, which was later reissued on sumptuous(…)

Allen Klein

Allen Klein was born in Newark on 18 December 1931 and spent several years in an orphanage after his mother’s death during his infancy. He was later raised by a grandmother and an aunt. He graduated from Upsala College and served in the US Army before joining a Manhattan accounting firm. He eventually started his(…)

Allison Durbin

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 24 May 1950, Allison Anne Durbin joined New Zealand’s popular Uncle Tom’s Friendly Road Children’s Choir (a radio and concert choir made up of kids aged between 5 and 21) at the age of five. She stayed with the choir for four years. At the age of 13, Allison sang(…)

Allisons, The

  Like The Walker Brothers (who were neither brothers nor Walkers) neither of The Allisons were actually called ‘Allison’. Brian Alford (John Allison) first met Colin Day (Bob Allison) when they both sang in the choir at Saint Dionis Church in Parsons Green, Fulham. By 1960, they had managed to obtain a residency at the Breadbasket(…)

Allusions, The

The Allusions were one of the most stylish and inventive of Sydney’s 1960s beat groups. The band issued six singles; Gypsy Woman (March 1966), The Dancer (July 1966), Looks Like Trouble (October 1966), Roundabout (February 1967), Seven Days Of Rain (July 1967) and Mr Love (January 1968), plus one excellent – and very rare –(…)

Altamont (1969)

On Saturday 6 December 1969, some 300,000 people turned up for a free Rolling Stones concert at a speedway track near San Francisco called Altamont. While Woodstock, four months earlier, had been the zenith of the hippie dream, Altamont marked its nightmarish nadir after an 18-year-old black man, Meredith Hunter, was murdered by a Hells Angel mere feet(…)

Amen Corner

Although it’s also the name of a 1954 play by James Baldwin, Amen Corner took their name from a weekly soul night at Cardiff’s Victoria Ballroom when they formed in 1966. The Welshmen quickly gained a reputation as a strong live R&B band, with the twin saxes providing a fatter, more American sound than most(…)

American Breed, The

This four-piece outfit from Chicago enjoyed a number of hits in the late 60s, including Bend Me, Shape Me, Green Light, Step, Step Out Of Your Mind and Ready, Willing and Able. Their sound was sophisticated rock with an emphasis on harmonies (every band member sang). Gary Loizzo Chuck Colbert Al Ciner Lee Graziano

Amon Duul II

This Munich-based musical commune released several albums as simply Amon Duul during the sixties before adding the suffix ‘II’ in 1969 for their first international major label release, Phallus Dei (“God’s penis”). They represent an almost Prog Rock element of the German music scene, displayed clearly on disc one of their second album album Yeti (1970) in concise rock(…)

Andrew Loog Oldham

Oldham was a publicist for The Beatles before working for agent Eric Easton, with whom he became joint manager of The Rolling Stones in April 1963. Modelling himself closely on Phil Spector, he showed a flair for publicity and projected the Stones as the group parents loved to hate. He later became sole manager of the group and is credited(…)


This English prog rock group formed in 1966. Led by John Du Cann they recorded their eponymous debut album in 1969 with backing vocals by Eddie Dyche. The group split upon Du Cann’s departure to join Atomic Rooster in 1970. John Du Cann Vocals, guitar Mick Hawksworth  Bass Jack McCulloch  Drums Ian McShane  Drums

Andwella’s Dream/Andwella

Hailing from Northern Ireland (and originally known as The Method), Andwella’s Dream signed with CBS in London for whom they recorded three albums and several singles. Their stunning debut LP Love & Poetry (1969) is now regarded as a psychedelic classic by many collectors around the world. Their name was shortened to Andwella in 1970(…)

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