Music – 1970s

Al Wilson

Al Wilson was born in Meridian, Mississippi, in June 1939 and sang in a church choir and his own gospel quartet before moving to San Bernadino, California. After touring for four years with Johnny 'Legs' Harris & The Statesmen he joined a navy vocal group, and then The Jewels, who had a hit as The(...)

Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias

A lot of the humour from the Albertos' was hit and miss, though they wrote good tunes - not the words, just the music. Not incredible, but good, although even their best - the admittedly hilarious Snuff Rock EP - was flawed. Les Prior died on 31 January 1980 from leukaemia and the group called it a day(...)

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

Long before there was an Iron Maiden or a Marilyn Manson, rebellious kids around the world thrilled to the macabre antics of Alice Cooper. Simply put, this pioneering rocker wrote the book on shock-rock by combining the creepy imagery of classic horror movies with a thunderous, energetic hard rock sound. He also brought this sonic spectacle to(...)

Aliens, The

The Aliens were one of the first Australian bands of the late 70s to adopt the New Wave "uniform" of black clothes and skinny ties. Originally known as Riff Raff, The Aliens' hailed from Adelaide and played guitar-rich pop-rock with the influence on 1960's melodies. The band relocated to Melbourne in 1978, but Graham Lewis and(...)

Allison Durbin

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 24 May 1950, Allison Anne Durbin joined New Zealand's popular Uncle Tom's Friendly Road Children's Choir (a radio and concert choir made up of kids aged between 5 and 21) at the age of five. She stayed with the choir for four years. At the age of 13, Allison sang(...)

Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band were, to all intents and purposes, created by Southern soul Svengali Phil Walden (friend and manager of Otis Redding, and head of the world's greatest soul music booking agency) to capitalise on the burgeoning popularity of open-ended improvising bands like The Grateful Dead. In common with The Dead, the Allmans featured a double-drummer(...)

Alternative TV (ATV)

The success of the 70's London punk fanzine Sniffin' Glue was almost entirely due to the irreverent, pugnacious sincerity of its founder Mark Perry (pictured below right). That Perry should form a band seemed a natural progression. Ironically, his band turned out to be far less interesting than his mimeographed fanzine. Co-founder/guitarist Alex Fergusson split early on(...)

Alvin Stardust

Born Bernard Jewry in the 1940s, Alvin Stardust shot to stardom in the 1970s. He had already had four hit singles in the 1960s under the name of Shane Fenton (with The Fentones) before moving into management, looking after The Hollies and Lulu, among others. But what fun is it, watching other people get all the fame and accolades? There(...)

Amazing Rhythm Aces, The

The Amazing Rhythm Aces came together in Tennessee in 1972, with a sound mixing pop, country and blue-eyed soul. Their debut album, Stacked Deck (1975), resulted in two crossover country-rock hits, Third Rate Romance and Amazing Grace (Used to Be Her Favorite Song), the group's lone Top 10 country single. In 1976 The End Is Not in Sight (The Cowboy Tune) -(...)

America

America was formed in London by Dan Peek, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell where their folks were stationed in US military bases in the United Kingdom. It was an ironic twist for a band steeped in American country rock and named after their homeland (The name was actually inspired by the jukebox in a greasy(...)

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 album was produced by George Martin.

Amon Duul II

This Munich-based musical commune released several albums as simply Amon Duul during the sixties before adding the suffix 'II' in 1969 for their first international major label release, Phallus Dei ("God's penis"). They represent an almost Prog Rock element of the German music scene, displayed clearly on disc one of their second album album Yeti (1970) in concise rock(...)

Andwella’s Dream/Andwella

Hailing from Northern Ireland (and originally known as The Method), Andwella's Dream signed with CBS in London for whom they recorded three albums and several singles. Their stunning debut LP Love & Poetry (1969) is now regarded as a psychedelic classic by many collectors around the world. Their name was shortened to Andwella in 1970(...)

Andy and David Williams

Nephews of international singing star Andy Williams, identical twins Andy and David looked set to conquer the pop world in 1973. They were like looking at pure sunlight - all that straight, golden blonde hair. Their father Don Williams managed TV shows including The Brady Bunch, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show, and once(...)

Andy Gibb

Following the international success of his three older brothers in The Bee Gees, Andy Gibb (born 5 March 1958) appeared as a star in his own right during 1977. Gibb was born in Manchester, England and his family emigrated to Australia when he was only months old. Then in 1967, when Andy was nine, the Gibb family(...)

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