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Chameleons, The

This melodic, multi-layered guitar-pop quartet formed in Manchester in 1981, and originally comprised Mark "Birdy" Burgess (vocals & bass), Reg Smithies (guitar), Dave Fielding (guitar), and Brian Schofield (drums). Schofield was later replaced by John...

Champs, The

The Champs evolved from a group of Texan session musicians hired by Gene Autry for his fledgeling Challenge Records label in Hollywood. Tequila was their first and greatest record. It evolved from a studio jam at Challenge...

Chan Romero

Robert Lee "Chan" Romero was born on 7 July 1941 in Billings, Montana (USA). His father was of Spanish and Apache descent while his mother was a mix of Mexican, Cherokee and Irish. Both had...

Chantays, The

The Chantays - from Orange County, California - were launched upon the world by Dot Records after label boss Randy Wood heard their debut single Pipeline (1962) and bought it for the label. The song reached #4...

Chantelles, The

Led by Riss Chantelle (formerly known as Iris Lana), British girl group The Chantelles cut some high-quality material in the mid-1960s, made numerous TV appearances and even starred in the film, Dateline Diamonds (1965). The trio formed in 1965 and...

Chantels, The

Five New York school friends led by 15-year-old Arlene Smith made the Top 20 in 1958 with Maybe, produced by disc jockey Alan Freed for George Goldner's Rama group of labels. Their first release, He's Gone,...

Chants, The

All the Merseybeat performers who made the charts were white, but Liverpool was (and still is) a cosmopolitan city and there were several black performers. The main showman was Derry Wilkie, who often worked with white musicians while...

Chaotic Dischord

A bunch of complete punk loonies from Bristol who started out as Vice Squad's road crew plus some mates. The line-up eventually settled down as Ampex, E.Stix, Ransid and Pox (really), and their music - such as...

Charlatans, The

The Charlatans were the city slickers in residency at The Red Dog Saloon in Nevada in the summer of 1965. They mixed jug-band folk and rock 'n' roll, partied, took copious amounts of drugs and, inevitably,...

Charlatans, The (UK)

The Charlatans came into existence after Jon Baker and Martin Blunt (ex-Makin' Time) were crushed between Morrissey and Marr's monitors at a Smiths gig in the 80s. They discovered Tim Burgess rolling around a stage topless as the...

Charlie Feathers

Rockabilly pioneer Charlie Feathers was born Charles Arthur Feathers in June 1932 in the hill country near Holly Springs, around 50 miles southeast of Memphis, and experienced his two major musical influences by the age of...

Charlie Rich

After being discharged from the air force in the mid-fifties, Charlie Rich’s wife, Margaret Ann took some of his tapes to Sam Phillips' legendary Sun Records, and convinced producer Bill Justis give him work as...

Charlie Sexton

Texan Charlie Sexton was a child prodigy - he got his first guitar at the age of four and played lead guitar in Joe Ely's band before he was old enough to buy a drink...

Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick formed in Rockford, Illinois, USA in 1972. Main songwriter Rick Nielsen and Tom Petersson had originally performed as The Grim Reapers, then Fuse and Sick Man Of Europe before settling on the CT...

Cheek/Punkz

Although based on a seemingly foolproof formula, it was probably the ultra-commercial pop image that contributed to Cheek's eventual demise. The mainstays of the Aussie band (Lee Emmett, Felix Maslin and Bud Mangion) first joined forces...

Cheetah

The English-born, Melbourne-bred Hammond sisters, Chrissie (the brunette) and Lyndsay (the blonde), were the archetypal 1970s sex bombs with big hair. They had tremendous, booming rock voices and were in constant demand as session vocalists. Between...

Chelsea

A punk outfit formed in London in 1977 by vocalist Gene October. Original members Billy Idol and Tony James swiftly departed to form Generation X, but October continued to front Chelsea through myriad line-up changes. Chelsea were...

Chemical Brothers, The

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons first met at Manchester University, bonding over a shared love of old-school Hip Hop and My Bloody Valentine. The duo originally played as The Dust Brothers, until legal action from The...

Cher

All Cherilyn Sarkisian wanted as a child was to be famous. Her mother, Georgia Holt - a sometime model and actress - encouraged her daughter's ambition. Cher left home when she was sixteen and moved in...

Cherokees, The

The Cherokees formed in 1962 in Leeds, and like many British bands at the time, they made several trips to Hamburg to play in clubs like the Star Club. Following a debut single (You've Done It...

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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...