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Acker Bilk

Jazzman Acker Bilk (real name Bernard Stanley Bilk ) came to fame during the trad jazz boom of the early 60's. The clarinettist scored a run of ten top 40 hits, including Stranger On The Shore, which became an enduring classic over 40 years ago. Bilk was on National Service in Egypt as an 18-year-old when he learned(...)

Action Pact

West London's Action Pact were fronted by exuberant vocalist Alison 'George Cheex' Roberts and took their musical cues from the likes of The Ramones, The Saints, X-Ray Spex and Penetration. They also wrote about what they saw going on around them, socially and politically. The anti-fascist rant of Losers is still depressingly relevant in the 21st(...)

Action, The

Formed in Kentish Town in 1963, the front man of The Action was singer Reg King, a natural lunatic in the Keith Moon mould. He and the band had originally come together as The Boys, to back singer Sandra Barry. The Action sought out the best of American soul music and played their discoveries to hip audiences(...)

Adam & The Ants

Adam & The Ants started off in early 1977, one of a dozen bands trying to keep up in the wake of The Sex Pistols What turned them into a top-of-the-bill band was the bondage routines - the sadomasochist set pieces between Adam (real name Stuart Goddard) and the band's manager Jordan, a punk ex-crony of Malcolm(...)

Adam Faith

Adam Faith was born Terence Nelhams in Acton, London in June 1940, and left school wanting to enter the film world. The desire led him to Rank Screen Services where he started at the very bottom as a messenger boy (he would eventually progress to Assistant Film Editor). When the Skiffle craze hit England in the 1950s,(...)

Adam, Mike & Tim

Adam Sachs, Mike Sedgwick and Tim Saunders were encouraged by a friend to send a demo to Decca records who liked what they heard enough to offer the band the chance to record three singles. Their first release was 1964’s Little Baby, backed by You’re The Reason Why (one of the first songs written by future(...)

Adderley Smith Blues Band, The

Alongside Brisbane's Bay City Union and Sydney's The Foreday Riders, Melbourne's Adderley Smith Blues Band is recognised as one of the first authentic blues bands Australia ever produced. Blues enthusiasts Kerryn Tolhurst and Mark Dindas formed the band, taking their inspiration from the Chicago blues masters like Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf. The line-up shifted constantly. Broderick(...)

Adicts, The

The Adicts were a British punk quartet founded in Ipswich, Suffolk, in the late '70s by lead singer Monkey (Keith Warren), guitarist Pete Davison, bassist Mel Ellis, and drummer Kid Dee (Michael Davison). The group affected the look of the 'droogs' in the film A Clockwork Orange (1971). Largely independent recordmakers, they nevertheless made the British charts(...)

Adventures, The

Formed in 1984, The Adventures were a melodic six-piece group from Belfast. Founder member Terry Sharpe had previously been the lead vocalist and guitarist in the excellent punk/power pop band Starjets. They released their debut single, Another Silent Day (1984), on Chrysalis, and their self-titled debut album in 1985 (the album would be re-titled Theodore and Friends for the US(...)

Adverts, The

With their raw, enthusiastic immaturity, The Adverts were a bright but short-lived light of the punk era, and their bass player Gaye Advert (pictured) was one of the first female musicians of punk rock and became something of a pin-up in 1977. The band were formed in 1976 by Tim "TV" Smith and Gaye Advert(...)

Aerosmith

Aerosmith was one of the most popular hard rock bands of the 1970s, setting the style and sound of American hard rock for the next two decades with their raunchy, bluesy swagger. The Boston-based quintet found the middle ground between the menace of The Rolling Stones and the campy flamboyance of The New York Dolls, developing a lean,(...)

Aesop’s Fables

Aesop’s Fables

Aesop's Fables formed in Sydney, Australia, in 1969. A polished harmony-pop band producing everything from jazz standards through to R&B, psychedelia, hard rock and bubblegum, Aesop's Fables never became a major force on the national scene, but some of their members went on to bigger and better things. The band were runners-up in the Hoadley's Battle(...)

Affair, The (The Gino Affair)

Sydney band The Affair were originally known as The Gino Affair, led by 16-year-old singer/child actor, Gino Cunnico. The name change came at the start of 1967 and Cunnico left mid-year to join The Executives. His place was taken in the band initially by Derek Fitton (ex-Derek's Accent), and then Kerrie Biddell. The Affair were(...)

Affections, The

The story of Australian power pop band The Affections began in Sydney in the mid 70's when school friends Rob Smith, Rob Risio and George Ellis discovered each other's passion for 60's pop and bubblegum and decided to form a band of their own. While still on the lookout for a drummer, the trio jammed and listened(...)

Age Of Chance

Age Of Chance were most notable for their cover of Prince's Kiss, but there was a plank-like quality to their version that served as an adequate summary of their approach. Titles like Shut Up and Listen! and Be Fast Be Clean Be Cheap were typical of a band high on spittle but with little real musical muscle. In 1987 they sounded(...)

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