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Sparks

Record Collector described these kooky Californian anglophile brothers as "the musical version of Marmite", and indeed, no group seems to split the audience in quite...

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

Southside Johnny Lyons (the moniker derives from the South Side of Chicago, from whence cometh lots of blues, Johnny's inspiration and love) began singing...

Soft Boys, The

The Soft Boys was formed in Cambridge (England) during 1976 by vocalist/guitarist Robyn Hitchcock and fused pop hooks with British folk rock and snotty punk...

Sly & The Family Stone

Sly And The Family Stone formed in 1966 with Sly's sister Rose on keyboards and vocals, brother Freddie on guitar, cousin Larry Graham on...

Slits, The

Ariane Foster was still only 14 in 1976 when she formed The Slits. Living with her German mother Nora, who ran a kind of rock...

Slik

Slik formed in the mid-70s from the ashes of a Glasgow (Scotland) heavy metal group called Salvation which contained Jim McGinlay and his brother...

Stiff Little Fingers

While many of the punks with whom they shared a stage opted for a brand of anger that was - at best - cosmetic, Ulster's...

Slaughter & The Dogs

Slaughter and the Dogs emerged from the Manchester punk scene in 1977, led by Wayne Barrett (vocals) and Mick Rossi (guitar). With Brian Grantham on drums...

Sky

After punk rock hit in the mid-70's, most veteran rockers took note of the 'back to basics' style and cut down on extended suites that took...

Skrewdriver

Skrewdriver were formed in Blackpool in 1976 by Ian Stuart Donaldson after he saw The Sex Pistols in Manchester. The band later changed into a skinhead band and...

Skids, The

The Skids formed in Dunfermline, Scotland, in 1977. By the time of third album, The Absolute Game (1980), things had soured. Richard Jobson had become something of...

Siouxsie & The Banshees

Siouxsie Sioux (real name Susan Janet Ballion) grew up in Chislehurst, Kent. When punk rock hit the UK she was part of the now-legendary 'Bromley Contingent'...

Sindelfingen

Named after a German town, Sindelfingen were a British prog rock band who played only a handful of gigs and released a solitary privately-pressed...

Sinceros, The

Starting out as a trio called The Strutters, singer/songwriter Mark Kjeldsen along with rhythm section Bobby Irwin and Ron François re-branded themselves as The...

Frank Sinatra

The Voice. The Sultan of Swoon. The Chairman of the Board. Old Blue Eyes. The Greatest Singer of the Popular Song. The provider, according to...

Silver Studs/The Studs

Lance Reynolds formed Australian Rock 'n' Roll revival act Silver Studs in Brisbane during 1975. The trio's act included singing, dancing and comedy. They signed...

Shuggie Otis

The fourth and final album by Otis - Inspiration Information - was ignored when originally released in 1974, but rightly lauded as a lost classic when reissued...

Showaddywaddy

Since releasing their first self-titled LP on Bell in 1974, this rock 'n' roll revival octet from Leicester has spent 209 weeks in the...

Shoes

Shoes (from Zion, Illinois) recorded and pressed their first album, One In Versailles (Un Dans Versaille), in 1974. The title referred to the fact that guitarist...

Shocking Blue

Dutch-born vocalist Mariska Veres died of cancer on 2 December 2006. She was 59.                

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Police, The

Originally known as Strontium 90, The Police was formed by American drummer Stewart Copeland in January 1977. Copeland (who had previously been in Curved Air) remembered Sting,...

Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records has introduced the world to some of the most influential musicians this planet has ever produced; Jazz icons such as John Coltrane,...

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...

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...

Gary Glitter

Paul Gadd was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, on 8 May 1944. He changed his name to Paul Raven and recorded several singles during the 1960's...

Eagles, The

After humble beginnings as Linda Ronstadt's backing band, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon decided to stay together as a band and call themselves...

Bontemps Roulez

Bontemps Roulez were based in the Pub Rock heartland of the Hope & Anchor, where they gigged and recorded between January and May 1975. They...

CBGBs

The New York club that propelled American rock into the 1970s by launching unsigned and untried bands such as Television, Talking Heads and The Ramones, was started by...