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Vipers, The

The Vipers, featuring a young singer called Wally Whyton, became the first group to earn a residency at the famous 2i's coffee bar in London's Soho. Wally...

4 Non Blondes

Debut album Bigger, Better, Faster, More! showed off introspective folk, electric rock, hard-driving funk and saloon blues. Linda Perry Vocals, guitar Roger Rocha Guitar Christa Hillhouse Bass Dawn Richardson Drums

Irma Thomas

Born in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Irma Thomas had been married twice and had four children by the age of nineteen. Bandleader, Tommy Ridgley discovered her when...

Lonnie Mack

Lonnie Mack's music is amongst the most direct and unadorned of the 1960s. His ballads are especially moving, and the instrumentals and his guitar...

Accent, The

Yorkshire group The Accent were originally known as The Blue Blood Group before moving to London in 1966. They secured a residency at Billy Walker's...

Lieutenant Pigeon

Stavely Makepeace was formed by three school boys in Coventry. They released a number of unsuccessful singles and decided a side-line novelty band may help their careers. They plumped...

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow was born on 11 February 1962 and raised in the city of Kennett, Missouri, the third of four children. Her father, Wendell Crow...

Real Thing, The

Liverpool's The Real Thing were the most successful black British group of the Seventies. But although they prided themselves on writing their own material,...

Kenny Lynch

Born and bred in Stepney, East London, Kenny was one of thirteen children. He began singing with his sister, Gladys, who was a jazz singer...

Wild Cherries, The

The Wild Cherries were formed in 1964 by Melbourne University students John Bastow (vocals), Rob Lovett (guitar and vocals), and Les Gilbert (bass). Local bluesman...

Fairies, The

The group were formed in Colchester in Essex in 1963 as Dane Stephens and The Deep Beats, later evolving into The Fairies. They signed to...

Fynnius Fogg

This Midlands group had the unlikely gimmick of roller-skating through their gigs - hence the title of their debut single (on the Dawn label)...

Hapshash and The Coloured Coat

Hapshash and The Coloured Coat was the name adopted by graphic artists Michael English and Nigel Weymouth. English had gone to art school with Pete...

Girls At Our Best!

In 1979, local Leeds (Yorkshire) punk heroes James "Jez" Alan (guitar) and Gerald "Terry" Swift (bass) recruited art student Judy Evans (vocals) and formed...

New Wave

New Wave is often remembered more for skinny ties and silly haircuts than for musical merits. The Police, Elvis Costello, The Cars and Blondie all lent some respect to the...

Riot Squad, The

London group The Riot Squad were initially managed and produced by Larry Page, and later (for their reunion) by Joe Meek. Members included Graham Bonney (vocals),...

Crooks, The

Hailing from Stoke Newington in London, The Crooks had a lengthy residency at The Pegasus in Green Lanes - and wore mainly rugby shirts...

Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman

"If you're going to be in the music business, you gotta make hit records," Mike Chapman once pithily observed. A simple philosophy, it guided Chapman...

Renaissance

When Keith Relf and Jim McCarty left The Yardbirds in 1968, they added Keith's sister Jane, bassist Louis Cennamo and ace pianist John Hawken...

Music Machine, The

The Music Machine rode the songwriting genius of Sean Bonniwell, who was ahead of his time in protest songs like Eagle Never Hunts The Fly and Mother...

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Doll By Doll

Even by the standards of London punk in the mid-70s, Doll By Doll were a uniquely abrasive band - feared, loathed and, by a few, fiercely...

Stargazers, The

Fronted by Marie Benson, The Stargazers were the most popular British vocal group of the Fifties and became the first British act to achieve...

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...

Connie Francis

Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero was born in 1938 in Newark, New Jersey to Italian parents and began her career in music as a child...

Herman’s Hermits

Herman's Hermits were one of the most interesting of the original wave of British Invasion groups. Unlike The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Hermits didn't threaten authority figures with...

Mike Batt

Mike Batt was born in Southampton on 6 February 1949. As a teenager he played piano and organ in several school bands and sang...

Yes

Art-rock group Yes formed in 1968 with Jon Anderson on vocals, Peter Banks on guitar, Tony Kaye on organ, Chris Squire on bass and...

Let’s Active

Mitch Easter Vocals, guitarFaye HunterBassSara Romweber DrumsAngie Carlson Keyboards, guitar, vocals Eric Marshall Drums Jon Heames Bass