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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Angel

Angel, like Kiss and Cheap Trick, took the flamboyance of the glam rock bands of the earlier 70s and added the heavier sounds of the likes of Black Sabbath in a...

Angelic Upstarts

  The Angelic Upstarts were formed in South Shields (Tyneside) in 1978 after the initial punk explosion had hit London. Their first single The Murder of...

Angels, The

Alongside Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil and Rose Tattoo, The Angels had a profound effect on the Australian live music scene of the late 70s/early...

Ann Peebles

One of the greatest female singers of Southern soul music, Ann Peebles grew up singing gospel in her father's Baptist choir, idolising and occasionally backing...

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...

Any Trouble

Stiff Records had great commercial hopes for this Manchester quartet, led by balding, bespectacled singer/guitarist/pianist Clive Gregson, whose songs - mostly about the unhappy side...

April Wine

  Myles Goodwyn Vocals, guitar Steve Lang Bass Gary Moffet Guitar Brian Greenway Guitar, vocals Jerry Mercer Drums David Henman Guitar Ritchie Henman Drums Jim Henman Bass Jim Clench Bass

Argent

Argent was formed in 1969 by Rod Argent following the demise of The Zombies. Their 1971 single Hold Your Head Up reached #5 in the...

Ariel

Australian band Ariel was the brainchild of Mike Rudd and Bill Putt, following on from the break-up of their previous band Spectrum in April 1973. Ariel played...

Arrows

Arrows was formed in August 1973 when Alan Merrill, who was enjoying solo success in Japan, moved to England at the request of high...

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101’ers, The

Primarily known as the band Joe Strummer was in before he joined The Clash, The 101'ers were part of the last wave of British...

10cc

Vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a songwriter of pop hits during the 1960s. Amongst his many compositions are some pure classics: For Your Love (The Yardbirds), No Milk Today (Herman's...

2JJ (Double-Jay) Radio

Monday 20 January 1975 saw the birth of alternative Australian rock radio station, 2JJ - or "Doublejay" - using an old ABC radio standby  transmitter. Apart from...

999

999 formed in London in May 1977. Led by vocalist/guitarist Nick Cash (a onetime student at the Canterbury College of Art under the tutelage of Ian...

ABBA

Do you remember the wistful trill of pipe music and a soft, haunting voice asking "Can you hear the drums, Fernando?" - If you...

AC/DC

AC/DC was formed in Sydney, Australia, by ex-patriot Scotsmen Malcolm and Angus Young (brothers of George Young - one of the mainstays of 60s...

Ace

If the real secret of success in Rock & Roll lies in choosing the right name, then Ace very nearly came a cropper. When...

Adam & The Ants

Adam & The Ants started off in early 1977, one of a dozen bands trying to keep up in the wake of The Sex Pistols What...