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Steppenwolf

Canadian-American band Steppenwolf was formed by German-born guitarist and singer John Kay (real name, Joachim Fritz Krauledat) in 1967, playing a mixture of rock...

Supercharge

Albie Donnelly  Vocals, saxophone Ozzie Yue Vocals, guitar Allen Gaskell Saxophone, guitar, vocals Alan Peters Trumpet Bob Robertson Vocals, saxophone Pete Newton Bass Tony Dunmore Vocals, bass Dave Irving Drums Iain Bradshaw Keyboards Les Karski Guitar, vocals

Steely Dan

In 1973, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker fused 50's Latin jazz, cool bop and faux LA rock, and Steely Dan (named after a steam-powered dildo in...

Steel Pulse

The original members of British reggae band Steel Pulse - David Hinds, Ronald "Stepper" McQueen, Basil Gabbidon and Selwyn Brown - all hailed from...

Steeleye Span

With the exception of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span were the most successful and enduring British folk-rock band. The parallels between the two bands are numerous: both updated traditional...

Stealers Wheel

Prior to Stealers Wheel, Gerry Rafferty had played in a Clydesdale folk duo called The Humblebums in the late 60s with superstar-comedian-to-be Billy Connolly. Billy would...

Starshooter

Starshooter was one of the most famous bands to come up with punk rock in France, releasing Pin-Up Blonde, their first single, as early as...

Stars

Adelaide (Australia) band Stars were dubbed "rock & roll cowboys" early in their careers because they wore western-style boots and hats onstage. It was...

Starjets

Originally formed in Belfast in 1976, The Starjets played a mixture of their own songs and cover versions such as The Archies' Sugar Sugar and The Beatles' Please...

Staple Singers, The

The Staple Singers were truly a family. Originally composed of Roebuck 'Pops' Staples – "our name is Staples but we dropped the final-s because...

Stackridge

Formed in Bristol in 1970 (originally as Stackridge Lemon), Stackridge gained a strong reputation as an eccentric live folk rock act with a very...

Squire

Though they never received the recognition they deserved, Squire was one of the earliest and finest mod revival bands of the late 70's. Squire were able to...

Squeeze

Formed in Deptford, London, England in 1974, Squeeze came to prominence in the late 70s riding on the new wave created by the punk movement. Original members Chris Difford...

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen grew up in an average middle class family, his mother Adele was a secretary and his father Douglas was a...

Spooky Tooth

Part of the early-'70s British hard rock scene, Spooky Tooth had a towering sound, highlighted by swelling keyboards and - in founding members Gary Wright...

Splodgenessabounds

This eight piece Chislehurst-based new wave band provided a messy mix of punk thrash, novelty songs, and covers of standards such as Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman (rendered Whiffy Woman) and...

Spirogyra

Formed in Bolton in 1967, acid-folk band Spirogyra found their wings in Canterbury in 1969 with a stable line-up of Martin Cockerham (vocals and...

Spirit

California's eclectic Spirit blended hard rock and jazz with elements of blues, country and folk to produce a series of acclaimed albums during the...

Spinners, The/Detroit Spinners

Despite scoring a transatlantic hit in 1970 with It's A Shame (co-authored by Stevie Wonder), The Spinners remained overlooked at Motown in favour of The Temptations...

Spectrum

Spectrum's #1 hit single I'll Be Gone (February 1971) was the final rock song to be played on the once-hip Melbourne radio station 3AK before it took...

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Hello People

When they first began, the thing that set Hello People apart from other bands was their whiteface makeup and use of mime onstage. Bobby 'Tuffy'...

Fixations, The

This mod revival band formed in North London in 1978. Paul Cathcart Vocals, guitar Paul Cattini Vocals, guitar Richard Sharp Bass Ken Gamby Drums

Leaf Hound

The Brooks brothers, Derek and Stuart, formed south London blues rockers Leaf Hound out of the remnants of a band called Black Cat Bones. Joined...

T.Rex

Marc Bolan (born Mark Feld) was the elfin prince of Glam. He'd tried being a mod, he'd tried being a hippie, he'd tried being...

Jamie Redfern

Over a three year period during the early 1970s, Australian child star Jamie Redfern scored four Top 40 hit singles and sold more than...

UFO

During the 1970s, UFO was one of the most popular heavy metal bands in the world, thanks in no small part to the blistering guitar work...

Rod Stewart

Born Roderick David Stewart on 10 January 1945 in Highgate, London, to Scottish parents, Rod became the leading UK rock star of the 70s. Stewart...

Pere Ubu

Pere Ubu (the name came from a cruel and crude character in the absurdist 1890s stage play, Uhu Roi, by Alfred Jarry) formed in Cleveland...