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Angels, The

The Angels formed in 1961 when sisters Barbara (Bibs) and Phyllis (Jiggs) Allbut joined with lead singer Linda Jansen and recorded their first hit...

Blossoms, The

When The Blossoms first formed in 1963 it was as a vocal backing group for other artists recording for Phil Spector. The first stars...

Breakaways, The

Vikki Haseman Vocals  Margot Quantrell Vocals  Betty Prescott Vocals  Jean Ryder Vocals

Chiffons, The

Doo-lang doo-lang!  Four black teenagers from the Bronx, New York, took He's So Fine to #1 early in 1963. Their sound was a haunting mixture of mid-50s vocalising...

Chordettes, The

The Chordettes, label-mates of The Everly Brothers, were one of the most successful of the many US Girl Groups of the 1950s, scoring seven US Top 40...

Cookies, The

Like their New Jersey pals The Shirelles, The Cookies (from Coney Island) piqued The Beatles' interest. When the Fab Four covered their 1962 single Chains, it assured these...

Crystals, The

Five black schoolgirls from Brooklyn, New York were chosen by Phil Spector to launch the Philles label he had formed with Lester Sills in late 1961. Spector...

Dixie Cups, The

The Dixie Cups were three girls from New Orleans - sisters Rosa Lee and Barbara Ann Hawkins, and their cousin, Joan Marie Johnson. The girls...

Flirtations, The

Girl group The Gypsies migrated from the USA to England in 1967, changed their name to The Flirtations and got most things right: a...

Honeys, The

This surf music girl-group trio included Brian Wilson's wife-to-be Marilyn, her sister Diane Rovell, and their cousin Ginger Blake. None of their three 1963 released...

Leiber and Stoller

Jerry (born Jerome) Leiber and Mike Stoller have written some of the most spirited and enduring rock and roll songs: Hound Dog (originally recorded by Big...

Marvelettes, The

Hailing from the low-income Detroit suburb of Inkster, the 17-year-old girls who came together as The Marvelettes (originally The Casinyets - a corruption of...

Phil Spector

There are only a handful of people from the 1960s who can truly be said to have had a major and lasting effect on...

Reparata & The Delrons

Italian-American girl-group The Delrons formed in 1963 at St Brendon's High School in Brooklyn, New York. Their first single, Your Big Mistake (1964), was a flop, so...

Ronettes, The

Girl groups came to the forefront of popular music in the early 60s, and none more so than The Ronettes, a trio of New...

Shangri-Las, The

Two pairs of New York sisters, The Shangri-Las formed in 1964 and created a series of brilliantly theatrical singles masterminded by madcap producer George...

Shirelles, The

Had Shirley Owens and Beverly Lee not become bored while babysitting, the first Girl Group may never have existed. Forming as high school classmates in Passaic, New...

Supremes, The

In 1961 three teenage girls, Florence Ballard, Diane Ross (not until later would she be known as Diana) and Mary Wilson, began a journey...

Toys, The

The Toys are a great example of one facet of the 60s music scene - the quick rise to fame and the equally rapid...

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X Files, The

1 9 9 3 - 2 0 0 2 (USA) 201 x 45 minute episodes "The truth is out there . . ." The X Files made its debut...

Strange Paradise

1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 0 (Canada) While the rank-and-file schoolkid of the early 70s was hooked on that cool vampire Barnabas in Dark...

Nazareth

Formed in Dunfermline in 1968 - and still going 40+ years later - Nazareth peaked in 1975 with their sixth album, Hair Of The Dog,...

Paris Riots (1968)

The events in Paris of May 1968 - Les événements - are part of the collective memory of French society. The trouble had begun when police forcibly...

7-Up

The Un-Cola. "You like it, it likes you" - It's lemonade alright? It's just lemonade (and nothing to do with Michael Apted).              

Rory Gallagher

Born in Ireland in 1948, Gallagher was a self-taught prodigy who acquired his initial love of the blues from the recordings of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. At...

Six-Five Special

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 5 8 (UK) The BBC were determined to fill the 6pm - 7pm timeslot on Saturdays with a show...

Tom Tom Club

Tom Tom Club began life as a side project for Talking Heads members Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth to keep themselves busy while David Byrne gallivanted...