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Carly Simon

Carly Simon is the daughter of Richard L Simon, the co-founder of one of the largest American publishing companies, Simon & Schuster. Born and raised in New York City, Simon enjoyed all the privileges of being...

Carole Bayer Sager

The daughter of Elias Bayer, a New York thread manufacturer, Carole had a middle-class Jewish upbringing in Manhattan. While she was still in her teens she joined Don Kirschner's Screen Gems and a stable of writers...

Carole King

Carole Klein was born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1958, during her student days, she met lyricist Gerry Goffin, whom she later married. The duo (pictured below) made a name for themselves during the Brill Building era of...

Carpenters, The

Clean-cut siblings Richard and Karen Carpenter hit upon a wholesome boy-and-girl-next-door image to counter the wave of heavy rock of the late 60s. Karen's pin-sharp contralto voice was the ideal instrument for the duo's run of...

Carpettes, The

The Carpettes formed in County Durham, England, in April 1977. They replied to an advertisement in Sounds which had been placed by Small Wonder Records and sent a five-track demo which secured them a deal with the...

Cars, The

The Cars were the most successful American New Wave band in the late 70s/early 80s. With their sleek, mechanical pop-rock, the band racked up a string of platinum albums and Top 40 singles. While they were more...

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine (Carter USM)

Formed in South London, Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine began in 1987. Guitarist Fruitbat (born Les Carter) and singer Jim Bob (born James Morrison), then the only two band members, turned up for a charity...

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 that sort of impact, it's hardly surprising that the group's follow-ups didn't...

Cass And The Cassanovas

Merchant seaman Brain Casser returned to Liverpool and formed Cass & the Cassanovas as a trio in May 1959, with singer and guitarist Adrian Barber, and drummer Brian Hudson. Hudson left after a few months and...

Cast

Cast was formed in Liverpool in 1992 by John Power after he left The La's. Emerging from the Britpop movement of the mid-1990s, Cast signed to Polydor Records and their debut album All Change (1995) became...

Casuals, The

Lincolnshire band The Casuals formed in 1961. They were the outright winners of Opportunity Knocks for three consecutive weeks in 1965 and were immediately signed to Fontana. A single appeared in November 1965 (If You Walk Out)...

Cat Stevens

Cat Stevens was born Steven Georgiou, the son of a Greek restaurateur, in London on 21 July 1947. He originally achieved fame as a clean-cut teen idol with his debut single I Love My Dog which hit...

Catatonia

Welsh band Catatonia mastered the art of the perfect hook on their third album (Equally Cursed and Blessed) with the addictive She's a Millionaire. Rolling Stone described bodacious singer Cerys Matthews as sounding like "the drunk unwanted daughter...

Catholic Girls

Originally called Double Cross, the Catholic Girls hailed from New Jersey and became the first all-female new wave group to be signed to a major label, recording a self-titled LP for MCA in 1982. Donning traditional tartan school...

Celibate Rifles

The Celibate Rifles, perhaps more than any other Australian band, took Radio Birdman's hammered chords and The Saints' blurred-riff overdrive at face value, creating a faster/louder sound tailored to their own needs. The Rifles formed on Sydney's surfie...

Chad & Jeremy

Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde were friends and classmates at the prestigious Central School for Speech and Drama in London. They originally came together musically as part of a short-lived band called The Jerks before...

Chain

Australian blues group Chain performed with more than fifteen different line-ups during the sixteen year period spanning 1967 to 1983. Tasmanian guitarist Phil Manning (ex-Bay City Union) joined the first incarnation of the band in 1968. With...

Chairmen Of The Board

The effervescent vocals of General Norman Johnson did much to secure Chairmen Of The Board a major hit with Give Me Just A Little More Time in 1970. The Virginian first tasted success with The Showmen in 1961,...

Chaka Khan

Raised in Chicago and re-named by her local chapter of the Black Panthers (her real name is Yvette Marie Stevens) Chaka Khan brought both erotic maturity and a churchy ecstasy to disco vocals, cementing the idea of...

Chambers Brothers, The

Like their West Coast contemporaries Sly and the Family Stone, The Chambers Brothers shattered racial and musical divides to forge an incendiary fusion of funk, gospel, blues, and psychedelia which reached its apex with the...

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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 secular and signing to New York's Apollo label in 1952. But Hank...

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 group gigged extensively and recorded independently before signing with Elektra and...

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 pub rock bands of the mid-'70s. The group never released any recordings...

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 Hermits), Look Through Any Window (The Hollies) - chart pop at its most...

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 bands. Formed in Texas in the mid-60s, The Elevators started as a...

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 five LPs under their own name (plus a number of singles)...

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' 1981 #1 hit What About Me? ) and was writing songs for...