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Sister Janet Mead

Sister Janet (of the Sisters of Mercy) has the distinction of being the first Australian recording artist to sell over one million copies of...

Chris Clark

Motown boss Berry Gordy Jnr signed Chris to his label after she walked into his office in 1963 and performed an impromptu version of the Etta...

Radio 1

Radio 1, the BBC's pop music station, began broadcasting on 31 August 1967, designed to replace the various pirate radio stations that had transmitted...

Mickey Jupp

Mickey Jupp was a pre-pub rock scene fixture throughout the 1970s as frontman with the band Legend. Jupp's solo debut LP, Juppanese (1978), was an album...

Supertramp

In 1969, a young Dutch millionaire called Stanley August Miesegaes ('Sam' to his associates) gave vocalist and keyboard player (and - at the time...

Swell Maps

Adrian Nicholas Godfrey was born on 19 July 1956. He and his younger brother Kevin began playing in a variety of bedroom bands from...

Supersister

Dutch band Supersister's heady brand of prog owed much to the Canterbury Scene. Their debut LP, Present From Nancy (1970), was freaky, percussive and epic -...

Suicide

Although they barely receive credit, Suicide is the source point for virtually every synth-pop duo that glutted the pop marketplace (especially in England) in...

Subway Sect

Although their first gig - at The 100 Club's 'Punk Fest' in September 1976 - was with The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Siouxsie and The Banshees, Subway...

Styx

Formed in 1970 by drummer John Panozzo, his bassist brother Chuck, and singer Dennis DeYoung, Styx were one of the biggest art-rock bands of...

Stylus

During the early 1970s when most Melbourne bands were copying Skyhooks shock antics or the mellow American West Coast sound,  Stylus stuck to the...

Stylistics, The

One of the sweetest soul groups hailing from Philadelphia, with an incredible run of soul smashes from 1971 to 1975, The Stylistics formed from...

Strawbs, The

One of the better British progressive bands of the early 1970s, The Strawbs differed from their more successful compatriots (The Moody Blues, King Crimson, Pink Floyd etc)...

Stranglers, The

A science teacher, a karate black belt, an ex-ice-cream seller pushing 40, and a keyboard player who thought he was Ray Manzarek - you...

Sylvester

Sylvester was born Sylvester James and was raised by his grandmother, blues singer Julia Morgan. After a short-lived gospel career, he performed with the...

Stone The Crows

Formed around Scottish singer Maggie Bell the band worked initially in clubs and air bases around the UK and Europe before arriving in London in...

Stiff Records

Memorably described by Pete Waterman as "a crepe soles and roll-ups operation" Stiff Records was set up by industry managers Jake Riviera and Dave...

Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro was born Susan Quatrocchio in Detroit on 3 June 1950 - the daughter of Detroit jazz band leader Art Quatro. Suzi's professional career...

Sutherland Bros & Quiver, The

Once upon a time, there were two Scottish brothers - lain and Gavin Sutherland - peddlers of particularly earthy soft-rock fare with two albums...

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

Steve Harley (real name - Steven Nice) had worked as a journalist for a local newspaper in Colchester before forming Cockney Rebel. Falling awkwardly between...

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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...

Horslips

With Phil Lynott and Rory Gallagher seeking their fortune in London, Horslips were the beginning and end of 1970s Irish rock. Indeed, they were...

Shaun Cassidy

If you were going to invent a teen idol for American teens in the 1970s, you'd have to come up with something like Shaun...

Roogalator

It was 1975, and the British music scene was in thrall to pub rock, the movement that would ultimately make superstars of Graham Parker, Ian Dury, Elvis Costello...

Feelies, The

The Feelies arose in 1976 from the backwater of Haledon, New Jersey (hardly a bastion of cultural activity). Despite their popularity as a live...

Elkie Brooks

Back in 1960, this lady was still named Elaine Bookbinder, a fifteen-year-old from Manchester who after leaving school replied to an ad in a...

Little Bob Story

Formed in Le Havre in 1974, France's Little Bob Story played a spectacular blend of pub rock, R&B, rock'n'roll and blues, mixing up well-chosen...

Cortinas, The

Hailing from Bristol, The Cortinas formed in 1976 and started out as one of the dozens of post-Sex Pistols 'ramalamadolequeue' bands, replete with genuine...