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Rock, Pretty Baby (1956)

Released almost concurrently with Rock Around The Clock (1956), this teen vehicle was considered a much more respectable and sympathetic portrayal of teen life than the...

Barbara McNair

Brenda Holloway had one genuine rival in the Motown glamour stakes. The delectable Barbara McNair from Racine, Wisconsin, even went into the annals as...

Marv Johnson

When Berry Gordy first started his Motor Town touring spectaculars (the precursors of the celebrated Motown revues) Marv Johnson was a headliner on an...

“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...

Clayton Squares, The

Of all the Liverpool bands desperate to escape the long shadow of The Beatles in the 60s, The Clayton Squares (named after a city...

Cascades, The

Rhythm Of The Rain provided The Cascades with a worldwide hit in 1962, and became the ninth most-played song on radio in the 20th century. With...

Powder

San Mateo anglophiles Rich and Tom Martin pursued a different musical path to many after the Beatles epiphany they shared with millions of other...

Don’t Look Back (1965)

In April 1965, when Bob Dylan arrived for a two-week tour of Britain, director D.A. Pennebaker followed his entourage around, filming him in concert,...

Born To Boogie (1973)

Born To Boogie was, first and last, a celebration of the phenomenon of Marc Bolan. There was no plot, no message, no subliminal undertone;...

Monterey Pop (1971)

Monterey Pop was an excellent example of the definitive rock documentary movie in that it was able to stand back and film a concert and...

Freddy Cannon

Freddy Cannon was born Frederick Anthony Picariello in Boston (USA) on 4 December 1940. Signed by producers/songwriters Frank Slay and Bob Crewe to Swan Records...

Cortinas, The

Hailing from Bristol, The Cortinas formed in 1976 and started out as one of the dozens of post-Sex Pistols 'ramalamadolequeue' bands, replete with genuine...

Spizz

Midlander Kenneth Spiers, aka Spizz, is to many people largely identified by the one song, Where's Captain Kirk? (1980). But few artists can have gone to as...

Elgins, The

The Elgins were a quartet - three males (two of whom had originally signed to Motown as part of The Downbeats) and female lead...

Metros, The

Big on the Northern Soul scene but little-known outside of it, The Metros from Detroit honed their exquisite harmonies in their school's bathroom and...

Flesh For Lulu

Formed in Brixton, London, in 1982, Flesh For Lulu brought a warmer rock sound to Goth. No doomy vocals or icy guitar sound -...

Discharge

The Discharge album Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing (1982) contained the fiercest music ever heard when it was first released. Formed in 1977, their brutal assault...

Subhumans

Formed in 1980, Wiltshire anarcho-punk legends Subhumans raged against the Orwellian nightmare of Thatcher's Britain on classic albums like The Day The Country Died (1983) and From The...

Bad Brains

Widely regarded as pioneers of the whole US hardcore movement, the four Rastafarians from Washington DC known as Bad Brains may well have been...

Stone Poneys, The

The Stone Poneys are now remembered only as Linda Ronstadt's first group. But although she quickly overshadowed her colleagues and assumed top billing, when their...

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Cold Chisel

Cold Chisel came to Australia's attention with a bang in April 1978 with the release of the Khe Sanh single, which was instantly banned. Censors took...

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Fall, The

1989. Manchester was in the ascendant, Indie bands were being collected like trinkets by major labels, and The Fall (formed by ex-dock clerk Mark...

Heart

First known as The Army (as far back as 1963) and then White Heart, the Seattle band fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson...

George Martin

George Martin was working as a producer for EMI Records' Parlophone label when, in 1962, he heard the demo tapes of a group called The...

Wang Chung

The London-based new wave group Wang Chung had a handful of hits in the mid 80s, achieving their greatest popularity in America. Originally called Huang...

Elmore James

Despite his brief career - spanning little more than a decade before his early death in 1963 - bluesman Elmore James affected rock and...

Julie Felix

Julie Felix was born on 14 June 1938 in Santa Barbara, California. She arrived in the UK in the early 60s during a time...