Music – 1970s

Barclay James Harvest

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 band to wallow in their own heritage. Pompous enough to be labelled the "poor man's Moody Blues" but sufficiently self-aware to call one of their songs just that, the young BJH released(...)

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 of hit singles including Do You Wanna Dance?  (1973),  School Love (1974), and the smash hit Dancing (On A Saturday Night) (1973), which he co-wrote with Lynsey De Paul. His final Top 40 hit(...)

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 School of Music. By the late 1960s, he put his musical skills to work as a musical director for CBS. He also carved out a solid side career composing advertising jingles(...)

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 his touring rhythm section for many years. Through his involvement with the group he learned about producing and arranging the hard way, watching and helping. His first real chance came when(...)

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 marry a Roller, cried over Alan's retirement, screamed at a baseball boot that once belonged to Woody or cherished a piece of Les' old fag packet, this one's for you .(...)

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 few have actually heard their work. A number of their tracks - such as Ships In The Night and Sister Seagull - were played on UK rock radio in the 70s, and the group were(...)

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 and Dennis Wilson joined forces with their cousin Mike Love, and David Marks, in the summer of 1961, releasing the first single, Surfin'. A minor hit, it was overshadowed the following(...)

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 Greece, Vietnam and Europe before returning to his native New York. He studied at the prestigious Julliard Music School and eventually moved to San Francisco where he hooked up with songwriter(...)

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 a series of drummers. Their combination of sharp pop songs and boyish good looks quickly led to an almost Beatlemania-like frenzy at their gigs within Tasmania, where they released one single, Do(...)

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, Carmine Appice, and the bass player, Tim Bogert, were dissatisfied with their band at the time. These hopes were dashed, however, when Beck was involved in a serious car crash that put(...)

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 all time. Maurice, Barry and Robin Gibb have sold more than 100 million records. The trio were so incredible in the 1960s in a psychedelic pop way and yet transitioned so(...)

Bees Make Honey

Barry Richardson was playing bass in one of the part-time jazz combos which regularly appeared at the Tally Ho pub in Kentish Town (London) when he first saw Eggs Over Easy. A veteran of the Irish country showband circuit - now with a very good 'straight' job in marketing - Richardson realised he could put together(...)

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 on the modest income Mr Midler made painting houses and doing civilian work for the US Navy. Ruth, meanwhile, escaped their threadbare circumstances through a consuming interest in Hollywood films and(...)

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 Chicago where she cut religious songs for small labels before being discovered by Calvin Carter of Vee-Jay Records in 1963. That same year her second single for Vee-Jay, You're No Good,(...)

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 13 she had recorded her debut single and was soon helping sculpt what became the Miami Soul Sound - a sassy coming-together of soul, calypso, and reggae. The feisty Clean Up Woman was(...)

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