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Aretha Franklin

Daughter of Detroit's acclaimed Baptist preacher, the Reverend C L Franklin, Aretha Louise Franklin was just into her twenties when she signed to Atlantic in November...

Arlo Guthrie

The son of Woody Guthrie started singing professionally in 1966. In 1967 he made it with his song Alice's Restaurant, which was the high spot...

Arthur Alexander

Arthur Alexander - "June" to his friends - wrote and recorded Muscle Shoals' first big nationwide R&B hit, 1962's You Better Move On.  The song...

Arthur Conley

Born in Atlanta, Arthur Conley was discovered by Otis Redding in 1965 when singing with Arthur and The Corvets. Otis produced many of Conley's records...

Artwoods

The Artwoods secured a loyal fan-base in the 60s wowing the hipsters at London's Speakeasy, Klooks Kleek, The 100 Club and Eel Pie Island,...

Association, The

Formed in California in 1965, The Association enjoyed a brief reign in the international music charts during the mid-60s. They were clean-cut and had...

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,...

Atlantics, The

Rock Historian Glenn A Baker has called The Atlantics "one of the most extraordinarily talented rock groups Australia has ever produced". The band's sound encompassed...

Attack, The

This mid-60s Mod-influenced UK group (formerly known as The Soul System) were signed to Don Arden's agency, Galaxy Entertainments, in the hope of emulating...

Avengers , The

This Brisbane-based Australian combo initially plied their wares on the club and discotheque circuit, mainly performing cover versions of the Top 40 hits of...

Axiom

Formed in Melbourne in 1969, Axiom were arguably Australia's first "supergroup". Yet, in spite of a wealth of talent and promise, some notable chart...

Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, The

In 1967 the young Liverpudlian skinsman (ex-The Mojos, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and The Jeff Beck Group) surrounded himself with some hot talent for The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation,...

Bachelors, The

This Irish trio formed in Dublin in 1958 as a folk harmonica band called The Harmonichords (also known as The Harmony Chords) before singer...

Badfinger

Badfinger began life in Wales in 1964 as The Iveys. After honing their approach as a support act for groups including The Who, The Spencer Davis Group and The...

Bakerloo Blues Line, The

Managed by Jim Simpson (first manager of Black Sabbath), this hard working Birmingham trio formed in 1968 and was fronted by guitarist David 'Clem' Clempson,...

Band of Angels

Singer Christian (John) Gaydon, keyboard player Mike d'Abo, guitarist John Baker, bass player David Wilkinson and drummer James Rugge-Price were a bunch of public schoolboys (from...

Band, The

Amid media speculation, Bob Dylan's backing group, The Band, released their debut album Music From Big Pink in 1968. It was named after the house they recorded...

Barbara Mason

As an 18-year-old in 1965, Barbara Mason captured the innocent stirrings of adolescence on the self-penned Yes I'm Ready, a US #3 R&B hit which...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...