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Big Mama Thornton

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, on 11 December 1926, Willie Mae Thornton supported herself from age 14, when her mother died. When Sam Green's Hot Harlem...

Big Three, The

In 1962 the most popular group on Merseyside with other musicians was possibly not The Beatles but The Big Three, and yet they couldn't transform their...

Billie Davis

Billie Davis was born Carol Hedges on 22 December 1945, in Woking, Surrey. She had several hits in the 1960s and is best remembered...

Billy Fury

Billy Fury (real name Ronald Wycherley) became arguably the best rocker that Britain produced in the early 60s. He wrote his own songs and benefited...

Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas

Billy Kramer (real name, William Howard Ashton) was an apprentice fitter for British Rail - He was also the lead singer for a Liverpool...

Billy Preston

William Everett Preston was born in Texas in 1946 but raised in Los Angeles, where his prodigious talents blossomed early. At the age of 10...

Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs

William Richard Thorpe was born in Manchester, England, and moved to Australia with his parents at the age of 11. They settled in Brisbane,...

Birds, The

Formed in 1963 and originally called The Thunderbirds, West Drayton's The Birds had shortened their name to avoid confusion with Chris Farlowe's backing band. Talk...

Bitter Lemons, The

Self-taught student group The Bitter Lemons (originally known as The Orgasms) formed in Canberra, Australia, in March 1965 to play at ANU (Australian National...

Blind Faith

Blind Faith was formed by Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker from Cream, Steve Winwood from Traffic and Ric Grech from Family. Britain's most anxiously awaited...

Blood, Sweat & Tears

This eight-piece group was the brainchild of Al Kooper, former Bob Dylan sideman, Brill Building songsmith and king-pin of The Blues Project, but he had...

Blossom Toes

Blossom Toes were a quintessentially English psychedelic pop band active between 1967 and 1969. The band's debut album, We Are Ever So Clean, was presented...

Blossoms, The

When The Blossoms first formed in 1963 it was as a vocal backing group for other artists recording for Phil Spector. The first stars...

Blue Cheer

Blue Cheer emerged in 1967 under the cover of the San Francisco psychedelic scene, but there was nothing remotely lyrical about the three-piece from...

Blues Incorporated

Blues Incorporated was formed in 1962 by Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner with the amazing line-up of Charlie Watts on drums, Jack Bruce on...

Blues Magoos, The

The roots of The Blues Magoos were laid when Ralph Scala and Ronnie Gilbert met as members of the golf team at DeWitt Clinton...

Blues Project, The

Formed in 1965, The Blues Project were in the vanguard of the Sixties blues revival. Playing a rootsy amalgam of blues, jazz, folk and...

Bluesology

Elton Dean passed away on 7 February 2006 from heart and liver related health problems. Elton Dean Saxophone Reg Dwight Vocals, piano Long John Baldry Vocals Stuart Brown Guitar, vocals Rex Bishop Bass Caleb Quaye Guitar Pete...

Bo Street Runners, The

September 1964 saw the launch of the short-lived Ready Steady Win!, a sister show to Ready Steady Go! aimed at finding the next Beatles in what...

Bob & Earl

Bob & Earl had a massive hit with the often-covered Harlem Shuffle (reportedly George Harrison's favourite song of all time). Earl Nelson died in Los Angeles...

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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...