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Crooks, The

Hailing from Stoke Newington in London, The Crooks had a lengthy residency at The Pegasus in Green Lanes - and wore mainly rugby shirts...

Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman

"If you're going to be in the music business, you gotta make hit records," Mike Chapman once pithily observed. A simple philosophy, it guided Chapman...

Heavy Metal Kids, The

Former child actor Gary Holton formed The Heavy Metal Kids in 1974 with Mickey Waller (guitar), Argentinean-born Danny Peyronel (keyboards), Ronnie Thomas (bass and...

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,...

American Flyer

American Flyer comprised Craig Fuller (formerly of Pure Prairie League), Doug Yule (ex-Velvet Underground), Steve Katz (ex-Blood, Sweat & Tears) and Eric Kaz. Their eponymous debut...

Julie Felix

Julie Felix was born on 14 June 1938 in Santa Barbara, California. She arrived in the UK in the early 60s during a time...

Maria Muldaur

Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica d'Amato was born on 12 September 1943 in Greenwich Village, New York City (her name changed when she married Geoff...

Anti-Pasti

Hailing from Derbyshire, England, Anti-Pasti were part of the commercially successful but critically reviled second wave of punk. The group signed to the punk/heavy metal...

Monochrome Set, The

When Adam Ant left The B-Sides to start Adam & The Ants, The Monochrome Set formed from the remnants. They released their debut single, Alphaville, on...

Misfits, The

The Misfits were formed in New Jersey in 1977 by Jerry Only (born Gerald Caiafa) and Glenn Danzig (born Glenn Anzalone) and, like many other...

Lydia Lunch

By 1977, the New York punk scene had run out of steam. Into the vacuum charged a second generation of NYC bands - determined...

Rita Coolidge

Rita Coolidge was born in Lafayette, Tennesee, a small town outside Nashville, and began her musical career playing the organ in church. Throughout her childhood,...

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...

Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack first began singing in the 1950s along with his brothers in a gospel group and later in an ensemble known as The...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

Harold Melvin formed the Blue Notes in 1954. Recording for a variety of labels, they had minor R&B hits during the next decade. In 1971,...

Kiki Dee

Kiki Dee had been making records since the Sixties, but her career didn't really get going until Elton John signed her to his Rocket...

dB’s, The

This talented quartet from North Carolina moved to Manhattan and began gigging around the city to almost universal praise. Unfortunately, they were unable to...

Detroit Emeralds, The

The Detroit Emeralds' sixth and final album, Let's Get Together, released on Westbound in 1978, saw the group say goodbye at the top of their...

Lynsey de Paul

Lynsey De Paul was born Lynsey Monckton Rubin in Cricklewood, London, in June 1950. The petite singer and prolific songwriter brightened up many early-70s editions...

Richie Havens

Richie Havens' roots were in gospel and doo-wop, before graduating onto the coffee house circuit of the early 60s alongside singers like Bob Dylan...

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Monochrome Set, The

When Adam Ant left The B-Sides to start Adam & The Ants, The Monochrome Set formed from the remnants. They released their debut single, Alphaville, on...

Fotheringay

Formed in 1970 around Sandy Denny and future husband Trevor Lucas, Fotheringay barely lasted a year. The band set to work, rehearsing in Sandy's Fulham flat in...

Lurkers, The

The Lurkers formed in 1977 and spent the year on the fringes of the punk movement, gigging outside London at badly chosen and totally...

REO Speedwagon

When their 1980 single Keep On Loving You became REO Speedwagon's first hit, the band had already spent close to ten years trying unsuccessfully to record...

Rainbow

A few months prior to his departure from Deep Purple in 1975, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore teamed up with members of a decidedly mediocre American...

King Crimson

Formed in 1969 and led by charismatic guitarist Robert Fripp, King Crimson quickly earned an underground reputation which led to a record deal with...

Demon Fuzz

A seven-piece outfit, Demon Fuzz was launched as Britain's answer to Santana and signed to Red Bus - the company also behind Mungo Jerry. Demon Fuzz were some...

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,...