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Yachts

This little known British band produced some killer power pop during the early 80s and should have been huuuuuge stars - but sadly they weren't and...

Yardbirds, The

Q: How many famous guitarists can one band have? A: Three of the acknowledged masters of the craft, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, all served their...

Yazoo

When Essex girl Alison 'Alf' Moyet put an advertisement in the music papers, she was looking for a "rootsy blues band". What she got was...

Yazz (& The Plastic Population)

Ex-model Yasmin Evans recorded a high-energy cover of the Otis Clay soul track The Only Way Is Up in 1988. It became the year's biggest-selling...

Yello

Wacky Swiss synth-pop pioneers Dieter Meier and Boris Blank were contemporaries of Kraftwerk and had early acclaim for albums Solid Pleasure and Claro Que Si. They quickly...

Yellow Submarine (1968)

The Beatles come to the rescue when the evil Blue Meanies try to drive all the music and fun from Pepperland in the third...

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...

Yoko Ono

Born in Japan on 13 February 1933, Yoko Ono finished her education in the USA and became a well-known figure during the 1960s in...

Yothu Yindi

This multiracial Australian band (the name is an Australian aboriginal phrase for 'Mother Child') blended native and white sounds and sentiments. Yothu Yindi were founded...

You Am I

Centered around the prolific songwriting skills of singer/guitarist Tim Rogers, You Am I is one of the most successful and internationally admired Australian bands...

Young Homebuyers

Young Homebuyers hailed from Adelaide, Australia, and pivoted around the songwriting team of Nigel Lawrence and Greg Williams, who met at high school. In their...

Young Marble Giants

Formed in 1978, the band took its name from a book on Greek sculpture and their cues from Kraftwerk and The Velvet Underground. An elusive simplicity became the...

Young Modern

Adelaide band Young Modern was one of Australia's pioneering power pop/new wave bands of the late 1970s. Vocalist John Dowler formed the band (taking their...

Young Rascals, The

The Young Rascals (the 'young' prefix was dropped when the band members left their teens) initially gained a following in New Jersey around 1965,...

Young Tradition, The

Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood and Heather Wood (no relation) came together in April 1965 as The Young Tradition. While the Incredible String Band and Fairport Convention...

Youngbloods, The

Native New Yorkers The Youngbloods formed under the leadership of Jesse Colin Young in 1967 and played soft rock numbers with a light jazz...

Your Hit Parade

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 5 9 (USA) Your Hit Parade had an eight-year run on NBC and then another year on CBS. Opening with the...

Yvonne Barrett

Born in 1946, Yvonne Barrett became a regular on Australian pop television show The Go! Show in the 1960's, which resulted in a successful career as...

Zenda Jacks

Billed as "The Goddess of Rock", Zenda Jacks (whose real name was Sue McCloskey) was Magnet Records' Glam answer to Suzi Quatro. Her first single, Rub...

Zipps, The

The Zipps formed in Holland in 1965 from the remains of popular local folk group The Beat Town Skifflers. They were soon signed by the Muziek...

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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...