Brownsville Station

Guitarists Mike Lutz and Cubby Koda formed Brownsville Station in 1969. Drummer Henry Weck came onboard in 1971, and when bassist Tony Driggins departed...

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen grew up in an average middle-class family, his mother Adele was a secretary and his father Douglas was a bus...

Bryan Adams

Born in Ontario on 5 November 1959, Canadian Bryan Adams started in club groups around Vancouver, British Columbia, at the age of 16. Within a...

Bryan Ferry

A Geordie miner's son turned art-school aesthete, Bryan Ferry's ecstatic glam rock performances on early Roxy Music stand-outs Virginia Plain and Do The Strand mellowed through his mid-70s solo hits before...

Bubble Puppy

Making their debut opening for The Who in San Antonio in 1966, Texans Bubble Puppy jammed with Townshend and co prior to the show...

Buckinghams, The

Chicago group The Buckinghams named themselves after Buckingham Palace (although it's also the name of a Chicago fountain which is a famous landmark in...

Bucks Fizz

Bucks Fizz was formed in January 1981 by songwriters Nichola Martin and Andy Hill specifically to perform their song Making Your Mind Up in the Eurovision Song...

Buddy Holly (& The Crickets)

Born Charles Hardin Holley on 7 September 1936, Buddy (as he was nicknamed from an early age by his family) first performed and broadcast...

Budgie

Hailing from Cardiff in 1967 and taking their cue from Led Zeppelin and Cream, Budgie originally performed as 'Hills Contemporary Grass' and 'Six Ton...

Buffalo

Sydney band Buffalo was one of Australia's pioneering heavy rock outfits, and by virtue of the band's appearance on the Vertigo label (they were...

Buffalo Springfield

A gypsy childhood took Stephen Stills from Dallas, Texas, through many southern cities and also Central America. At the University of Florida, Steve discovered he...

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Born around 1941 on the Piapot Cree reservation in Saskatchewan, Canada, (the Cree are one of the largest groups of native Americans in North...

Buggles, The

Video Killed the Radio Star achieved pop immortality by being the first song ever played on MTV. The Buggles was ostensibly bass-playing production titan Trevor Horn,...

Bureau, The

Schism and sackings in the Dexys Midnight Runners camp in 1980 led to the formation of The Bureau and their brilliant debut single, Only For Sheep. The keyboard...

Burning Spear

Winston Rodney was born in St Ann's Parish, Jamaica, where civil rights leader Marcus Garvey was born in 1887, some 58 years previously. The...

Business, The

The Business hailed from Lewisham in South London and along with Sham 69, Cockney Rejects, and Angelic Upstarts became one of the prime movers in the post-Pistols...

Buster

Teenagers Peter Leay (guitar/vocals), Kevin Roberts (bass) and Les Brians (drums) met at comprehensive school in Wallasey, Liverpool, and formed a band called The New Attraction...

Butterfield Blues Band, The

Singer and harmonica player Paul Butterfield headed up his Chicago-based Blues Band, accompanied by ace guitarist Mike Bloomfield. They recorded their first album for...

Butthole Surfers

Given they spent the last few decades plumbing new depths of musical blandness embracing the corporate dollar, it's hard to imagine drug-crazed Texans Butthole...

Buzzcocks

Buzzcocks was formed in Manchester in 1975 by guitarist/singer Pete Shelley (real name Peter McNeish) and singer Howard Devoto (real name Howard Trafford). They shared...

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!!!! Beat, The

1 9 6 6 (USA) 26 x 30 minute episodes Hosted by the Nashville-based WLAC disc jockey Bill 'Hoss' Allen, The !!!! Beat featured a house band...

“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...