David Ruffin

David Ruffin, who Marvin Gaye characterised as "one of the true artists of Motown", was among the most conspicuously gifted singers in all of...

David Whitfield

This British crooner was one of the biggest home-produced names in the early and mid-1950s, The singer (who hailed from Hull) had hits including Mama, Cara Mia,...

Dawn

Manhattan-born and Hell's Kitchen-raised, Tony Orlando started out singing in a New York street Doo-Wop group called The Five Gents, before moving on to singing...

dB’s, The

This talented quartet from North Carolina moved to Manhattan and began gigging around the city to almost universal praise. Unfortunately, they were unable to...

DD Smash

Led by the highly respected singer/songwriter Dave Dobbyn, DD Smash was one of the most popular New Zealand bands of their era. Formed in 1981,...

Deacon Blue

Scottish band Deacon Blue were named after the track Deacon Blues from Steely Dan's 1977 album, Aja. Frontman Ricky Ross (a youth worker by profession) had been submitting demo...

Dead Boys, The

The Dead Boys began life in 1975 as a Cleveland (USA) band called Frankenstein. When the band members relocated to New York City in July...

Dead Can Dance

Both of Anglo-Irish descent, Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry met in Melbourne, Australia in 1980 (the duo worked in a Lebanese restaurant together in...

Dead End Kids, The

Hailing from Kilmarnock in Scotland, the Dead End Kids formed in 1974 as a covers band (originally known as Vehicle) playing Status Quo, Creedence...

Dead Kennedys

Formed in San Francisco in early 1978, the Dead Kennedys became American public enemy number one right from the start. A creation of Jello...

Deaf School

Deaf School, formed at Liverpool Art College in 1974, were a chaotic bunch of art-school weirdos - their initial ad hoc line-up numbered up...

Dean Martin

Dean Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio in 1917.  By the age of 15, he had dropped out of high school...

Dear Enemy

Melbourne (Australia) band Dear Enemy suffered the fate of having one successful single (Computer One) and being unable to capitalise on the success, despite...

Debbie Gibson

Long before Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera gave teen pop a raunchy makeover, 17-year-old Debbie Gibson was the undisputed queen of the mall-rats. Thanks to...

Deckchairs Overboard

Sydney band Deckchairs Overboard formed in 1982 with Ken Campbell on vocals, John Clifforth on guitar and keyboards, Cathy McQuade on bass and Paul Hester...

Dee Dee Sharp

After a stint as a backing vocalist for the Cameo-Parkway labels, Dee Dee Sharp added extra oomph as an uncredited vocalist on Chubby Checker's...

Dee Jay & The Runaways

Dee Jay and the Runaways came from Milford, Iowa, and enjoyed a national US hit with the novelty rocker Peter Rabbit in 1966. The group was formed in 1964 by...

Deep Feeling

Formed in Birmingham in 1966, Deep Feeling were the band with which a then-unknown Jimi Hendrix sat in when he first arrived in London. Their...

Deep Purple

In 1967, former drummer of The Searchers, Chris Curtis, asked the boss of Alice Edwards Gowns (a rag trade company) to manage a new...

Def Leppard

Def Leppard formed in Sheffield, England in 1977 as Atomic Mass with original members Rick Savage, Pete Willis and Tony Kenning. Frontman Joe Elliot came...

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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...