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Billy Joel

William Martin Joel was born on 9 May 1949 in the Bronx, New York. He fought as a welterweight boxer during his teenage years...

Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs

William Richard Thorpe was born in Manchester, England, and moved to Australia with his parents at the age of 11. They settled in Brisbane,...

Bizarros

If not as well known as other Ohio rockers of their late-'70s era (Devo, Chrissie Hynde, Pere Ubu, Dead Boys), Akron's Bizarros had substantial...

Black Oak Arkansas

Black Oak Arkansas (the band) put Black Oak, Arkansas (their hometown - population 272) on the map in 1973 with their number one remake...

Black Sabbath

The definitive heavy metal band, Black Sabbath, emerged from Birmingham in the British Midlands in 1967. Their debut album, Black Sabbath (1970), stormed to #8 in the UK...

Black Uhuru

Released soon after Bob Marley's death, Red seemed a tailor-made pitch for Black Uhuru as reggae's next global superstars. Here was roots consciousness with an eye on...

Blackfoot Sue

Blackfoot Sue formed in Birmingham (UK) from the ashes of a local band called Gift. Signing to the JAM label, their first single was an...

Blind Faith

Blind Faith was formed by Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker from Cream, Steve Winwood from Traffic and Ric Grech from Family. Britain's most anxiously awaited...

Blodwyn Pig

In 1968, Mick Abrahams left Jethro Tull to pursue a more bluesy direction than the innovative avenue Ian Anderson was going down. He left behind a sterling...

Blondie

It was in 1973, at New York's Boburn Tavern, that former Playboy bunny waitress Deborah Harry met Chris Stein. She was performing as one-third of The Stilettos,...

Blood, Sweat & Tears

This eight-piece group was the brainchild of Al Kooper, former Bob Dylan sideman, Brill Building songsmith and king-pin of The Blues Project, but he had...

Blue Mink

Blue Mink was formed in London in 1969 by a group of Britain's top session musicians with the sole intention of recording an album...

Blue Öyster Cult

The roots of that strange, outlaw motorcycle band, Blue Öyster Cult, can be traced back to the smoky wisps of psychedelia, when they were...

Bob Marley (& The Wailers)

Reggae's only true superstar, Robert Nesta Marley, was born in 1945 in rural St Ann, Jamaica, the son of a teenage mother and middle-aged...

Bob Seger

Bob Seger grew up in Detroit and played in a local band called Last Heard. In 1966 he recorded some solo material, and several...

Bobbie Gentry

Bobbie Gentry (real name Roberta Lee Streeter) was Mississippi born and bred. Her Portuguese parents divorced when she was still in nappies and it was...

Bobby Goldsboro

Born on 18 January 1941 in Marianna, Florida, Bobby Goldsboro studied business administration at college before playing guitar with a band that performed for...

Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack first began singing in the 1950s along with his brothers in a gospel group and later in an ensemble known as The...

Bomp!

Beginning in 1969, Greg Shaw's Who Put The Bomp was a fanzine for aficionados of such then-unfashionable future New Wave building-blocks as Surf Music,...

Boney M

Euro-disco big cheeses Boney M were the creation of Frank Farian - the German record producer who also flogged Milli Vanilli to a grateful planet. But...

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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...