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Barbara McNair

Brenda Holloway had one genuine rival in the Motown glamour stakes. The delectable Barbara McNair from Racine, Wisconsin, even went into the annals as...

Barbara Randolph

Having got the thumbs down from Diana Ross when she auditioned for a place with the post-Florence Ballard Supremes, one-time lead singer of The...

Barclay James Harvest

From softly focused pastoral passages at the end of the 60s to more muscular rock-outs two decades later, Barclay James Harvest were never a...

Barron Knights, The

The Barron Knights formed in 1959 in Leighton Buzzard, and their first brush with fame came in 1963 when they appeared as a support...

Bay City Union

Bay City Union formed in Brisbane in March 1966 and were one of Australia's first traditional Chicago blues bands. They released one single for Festival...

Beach Boys, The

Spent the last 55 years with a lost tribe in the Amazon? In that case, here's a band you should know about... Brothers Brian, Carl...

Beatlemania

By 1963 the newspapers were calling it "Beatlemania" - and there was no doubt that Britain was in love with The Beatles. Screaming fans clogged the...

Beatles, The

So it goes like this . . . 15-year-old Paul McCartney hears a Skiffle group called The Quarrymen play on Saturday 6 July 1957. Along with a police dog...

Beatstalkers, The

Formed in Glasgow in 1962, The Beatstalkers were sometimes referred to as "the Scottish Beatles" in their early days. Their live repertoire mixed R&B-flavoured...

Beau Brummels, The

Formed in San Francisco in 1964 and most famous for their haunting mid-60s faux British Invasion-cum-folk rock, The Beau Brummels were also among the...

Bedrocks, The

Trevor Wisdom  Organ, vocals William Hixon  Guitar Owen Wisdom  Bass Leroy Mills  Trumpet Paul Douglas  Saxophone Reg Challenger  Drums

Bee Gees, The

The Bee Gees - the name is an acronym of "The Brothers Gibb" - are indisputably one of the most popular recording acts of...

Ben E. King

Ben E King was born Benjamin Earl Nelson in Henderson, North Carolina, in September 1938. After moving to New York in 1949 he was reputedly...

Berry Gordy Jr

Berry Gordy's family, like thousands of others, had moved from the southern states of the USA to Detroit, whose automobile industry in the years...

Beryl Marsden

Merseybeat was a male-dominated sound. Cilla Black and Beryl Marsden were the best-known female performers, but rather than form backing bands of their own,...

Betty Everett

Born in Greenwood, Mississippi, in 1939, Betty Everett was playing piano and singing in church by the age of nine. In 1957, she moved to...

Bettye Lavette

Bettye LaVette was born Betty Haskins in Muskegon, Michigan on 29 January 1946. Raised in Detroit, she was signed by a local record producer called Johnnie...

Bev Harrell

Alongside Lynne Randell, petite blonde Bev Harrell was one of the most popular female solo singers on the mid-60s Australian pop scene. Hailing from Adelaide,...

Big Brother & The Holding Company

The one-time house band at San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom, Big Brother & The Holding Company was an early Bay Area sensation, but their raw,...

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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...