Music – 1960s

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 Bopper, 21-year-old Jennings offered up his seat on a chartered light aircraft to a flu-ridden Big Bopper, volunteering to travel in the freezing tour bus in his place. As they(...)

Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders

Wayne Fontana was born Glynn Ellis in Manchester, England, on 28 October 1945. He started his musical career at school with a skiffle group called The Velfins, and later formed a Rock & Roll outfit called The Jets, with whom he worked the pubs and clubs of Greater Manchester. In 1963 the group was spotted playing in(...)

Wayne Newton

Who, The

The Detours formed in Shepherd's Bush in 1964 as a local youth club band. Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle (who originally called himself John Allison) founded the band, and having jettisoned Colin Dawson (vocals) and Doug Sandom (drums), recruited Keith Moon as a replacement for the latter. The restructured quartet was adopted by manager(...)

Wild Cherries, The

The Wild Cherries were formed in 1964 by Melbourne University students John Bastow (vocals), Rob Lovett (guitar and vocals), and Les Gilbert (bass). Local bluesman Malcolm McGee soon joined on lead guitar and vocals, and the original line-up was completed by Geoff Hales on drums (although he was replaced by Kevin Murphy almost immediately). Lovett(...)

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 settled in Chicago where he met Phil and Leonard Chess and began a long association with their seminal record label. At Chess he was A&R man, musical director, bassist, producer and(...)

Wilson Pickett

Wilson Pickett was born in the small town of Prattville, Alabama, where he lived with his mother, grandfather, and ten brothers and sisters. Home life was turbulent. His mother would hit him with anything she could find, and his grandfather beat him when he was caught with a copy of Louis Jordan's 1947 R&B hit Ain't(...)


It remains the defining assembly of rock music - an unprecedented gathering of at least 300,000 young, long-haired, raggedy clad Americans "going up the country" in New York's Catskill Mountains, searching for answers, hoping for transcendence . . . and finding, what exactly? The posters promised "3 Days of Peace & Music", and this was(...)

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma - an uproarious oil town - on 14 July 1912. His father Charley was a Democrat politico and a Ku Klux Klan supporter. His father's sour property deals impoverished them, and when Woody was seven his beloved elder sister Clara died in a fire. By then, his mother(...)

Yardbirds, The

Yardbirds, The

Q: How many famous guitarists can one band have? A: Three of the acknowledged masters of the craft, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, all served their time with The Yardbirds. This UK R&B group was formed in London in 1963 when Keith Relf and Paul Samwell-Smith joined forces with Chris Dreja , Tony 'Top' Topham (guitar) and(...)

Young Rascals, The

The Young Rascals (the 'young' prefix was dropped when the band members left their teens) initially gained a following in New Jersey around 1965, particularly the Choo Choo Club in Garfield, where they made their debut in January of that year. Next followed a three-month residency on The Barge, off Southampton, Long island - where(...)

Young Tradition, The

Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood and Heather Wood (no relation) came together in April 1965 as The Young Tradition. While the Incredible String Band and Fairport Convention were boldly adding sitars and electric guitars to take folk music in brave new hybrid directions, The Young Tradition were approaching its proud heritage from the opposite direction by rejuvenating(...)

Youngbloods, The

Native New Yorkers The Youngbloods formed under the leadership of Jesse Colin Young in 1967 and played soft rock numbers with a light jazz feel, successfully avoiding the pitfall of playing cocktail pseudo-jazz. Young got his start on the folk circuits of Boston and New York, and had already cut a couple of solo albums(...)

Yvonne Barrett

Born in 1946, Yvonne Barrett became a regular on Australian pop television show The Go! Show in the 1960's, which resulted in a successful career as a solo pop singer. During the 1970's she moved into session work and club appearances, but by the 1980's was working as a waitress in Sydney. On 3 September 1985, Yvonne(...)

Zipps, The

The Zipps formed in Holland in 1965 from the remains of popular local folk group The Beat Town Skifflers. They were soon signed by the Muziek Express label, and recorded their only single for the label (Highway Gambler) in 1966. Playing shows across the country they soon met Ben Katerberg who was able to help the(...)

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