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Barclay James Harvest

From softly focused pastoral passages at the end of the 60s to more muscular rock-outs two decades later, Barclay James Harvest were never a...

Barry Blue

Barry Blue was born Barry Ian Green in December 1950 in London. He signed to Bell Records in the early 70s and had a number...

Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow devoted himself to music at an early age, learning to play the accordion at age seven and later studying at the Juilliard...

Barry White

Barry White was born in Galveston, Texas, in 1944. He joined a group called The Up fronts in 1961- the basis of which remained...

Bay City Rollers, The

Love them or loathe them, The Bay City Rollers were the teenage phenomenon of the 1970s. To all those of you who wanted to...

Be-Bop Deluxe

Formed in Yorkshire in 1972, Be-Bop Deluxe are one of British rock's classic marginal bands. Everyone seems to have heard of them and yet...

Beach Boys, The

Spent the last 55 years with a lost tribe in the Amazon? In that case, here's a band you should know about... Brothers Brian, Carl...

Beat, The (USA)

The Beat was founded by Paul Collins, the step-son of a civilian father attached to the US military, who spent his pre-teens living in...

Beathoven

Formed in Tasmania (Australia) in 1975, Beathoven was based around the amazingly talented trio of Charlie Touber, Greg Cracknell and David Minchin, supplemented by...

Beck, Bogert & Appice

Plans for guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck to form a power trio with the ex-Vanilla Fudge rhythm section were first mooted in 1969. Both the drummer,...

Bee Gees, The

The Bee Gees - the name is an acronym of "The Brothers Gibb" - are indisputably one of the most popular recording acts of...

Bees Make Honey

Irish émigré Barry Richardson was playing bass in one of the part-time jazz combos which regularly appeared at the Tally Ho pub in Kentish...

Bette Midler

Bette Midler grew up in Hawaii, where her parents Fred and Ruth had moved in the early 1940s from Paterson, New Jersey. The family subsisted...

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...

Betty Wright

Miami queen of soul Betty Wright served her apprenticeship in the church with family gospel group The Echoes of Joy. By the time she was...

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,...

Big In Japan

Few other groups in the post-punk era can claim to have launched so many successful careers as Big In Japan – The KLF, Frankie Goes...

Big Star

Named after a Memphis supermarket, Big Star were so far ahead of the game that even though co-founder Chris Bell died in 1978, it...

Bilbo Baggins

Formed in Edinburgh in 1972 , Bilbo Baggins may have suffered through their connection to The Bay City Rollers (Tam Paton was the manager for...

Bill Martin and Phil Coulter

When the moody Forever and Ever topped the UK charts for Slik on Valentine's Day 1976 it completed a remarkable ten years at the top for...

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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...