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Aliens, The

The Aliens were one of the first Australian bands of the late 70s to adopt the New Wave "uniform" of black clothes and skinny ties. Originally...

Alison Moyet

Having spent much of the 1990s in legal wrangles with her then record company Sony, Alison's fortunes were subsequently buoyed by, of all things,...

All About Eve

This London quartet featured the rather lovely - and often multi-tracked - voice of Coventry-born music journalist Julianne Regan (an early bassist in Gene Loves...

Allen Klein

Allen Klein was born in Newark on 18 December 1931 and spent several years in an orphanage after his mother's death during his infancy....

Allison Durbin

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 24 May 1950, Allison Anne Durbin joined New Zealand's popular Uncle Tom's Friendly Road Children's Choir (a radio...

Allisons, The

  Like The Walker Brothers (who were neither brothers nor Walkers) neither of The Allisons were actually called ‘Allison’. Brian Alford (John Allison) first met Colin...

Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band were, to all intents and purposes, created by Southern soul Svengali Phil Walden (friend and manager of Otis Redding, and head...

Allniters, The

During the late 70s/early 80s a small pub in downtown Sydney, called the Sussex Hotel, was the birthplace of the Australian mod revival. When...

Allusions, The

The Allusions were one of the most stylish and inventive of Sydney's 1960s beat groups. The band issued six singles; Gypsy Woman (March 1966), The...

Alma Cogan

Born in London, Cogan's chart career ran from 1954 to 1961 as she sang innumerable hits on the cusp of the rock era. Dubbed "The...

Altamont (1969)

On Saturday 6 December 1969, some 300,000 people turned up for a free Rolling Stones concert at a speedway track near San Francisco called Altamont. While Woodstock, four...

Altered Images

Formed in 1979, this Glasgow band centred around 17 year old Clare Grogan who appeared in the film Gregory's Girl (1981) directed by Bill Forsyth. In 1980 Altered...

Alternative TV (ATV)

The success of the 70's London punk fanzine Sniffin' Glue was almost entirely due to the irreverent, pugnacious sincerity of its founder Mark Perry (pictured below...

Alvin Stardust

Born Bernard Jewry in the 1940s, Alvin Stardust shot to stardom in the 1970s. He had already had four hit singles in the 1960s...

Amazing Rhythm Aces, The

The Amazing Rhythm Aces came together in Tennessee in 1972, with a sound mixing pop, country and blue-eyed soul. Their debut album, Stacked Deck (1975), resulted in...

Amazulu

Amazulu had an early break in 1984 when they scored one of the musical slots on anarchic TV comedy show The Young Ones to perform their single Moonlight...

Amen Corner

Although it's also the name of a 1954 play by James Baldwin, Amen Corner took their name from a weekly soul night at Cardiff's...

America

America was formed in London by Dan Peek, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell where their folks were stationed in US military bases in the...

American Breed, The

This four-piece outfit from Chicago enjoyed a number of hits in the late 60s, including Bend Me, Shape Me, Green Light, Step, Step Out Of Your Mind and Ready,...

American Flyer

American Flyer comprised Craig Fuller (formerly of Pure Prairie League), Doug Yule (ex-Velvet Underground), Steve Katz (ex-Blood, Sweat & Tears) and Eric Kaz. Their eponymous debut...

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“5” Royales, The

The "5" Royales began life in the 1940s as a gospel group called The Royal Sons Quintet but rechristened themselves The Royals after going...

10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs (named after the low-budget horror movie Two Thousand Maniacs) was formed in Jamestown, NY, in 1981 by singer Natalie Merchant and guitarist John Lombardo. The...

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...

13th Floor Elevators

Featuring the yelping vocals and visionary - occasionally demented - lyrics of Roky Erickson, The 13th Floor Elevators were one of the original acid-rock...

1910 Fruitgum Company

The 1910 Fruitgum Company began life as Jeckell and The Hydes in New Jersey in 1965. They signed to Buddah Records in 1967 and released...

1927

1927 formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1987. Guitarist and keyboardist Garry Frost had left Moving Pictures after their second album, Matinée (Frost had co-written Moving Pictures'...

2 Tone

The independent 2 Tone Records label was founded by Jerry Dammers of The Specials in 1979. Dedicated to dance-floor music performed by racially mixed...