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J Geils Band, The

Formed in Boston, Mass. in the late 60's from two rival local bands (The J Geils Blues Band and The Hallucinations), The J Geils Band were one of the few American white bands to play...

Jackie DeShannon

Ever since June 1956 - when she released Baby Honey and I'm Crazy Darlin' under the name of Sherry Lee on the Mar-Vel label - Jackie DeShannon (real name Sharon Myers) has been an artist to be reckoned with. This...

Jackie Lee

Jackie Lee was born Jacqueline Norah Flood on 29 May 1936 in Clontarf, Dublin (Ireland). As a child, she won a scholarship and trained as a soprano for four years. Upon finishing her studies she became...

Jackie Lynton

Born John Bertram Lynton in Shepperton, Middlesex on 27 February 1940, Jackie first began singing in the choir at Shepperton Church School. As a teenager, he was persuaded by club proprietor Dennis Cordet to enter a...

Jackie Wilson

Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr. (born in Detroit on 9 June 1934) was an African-American singer who played an important part in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul. In his teens, he was a...

Jackson 5, The/The Jacksons

Given the built-in obsolescence of pop stars, it is remarkable that the singer who made the biggest impact in 1970 should have still made world headlines almost a quarter of a century later. But Michael Jackson,...

Jackson Browne

Running On Empty (January 1977) was Jackson Browne's grand experiment: a live album of all new songs recorded on stage, in hotel rooms and on the tour bus. The title track was written when Browne was driving...

Jade

Despite garnering critical acclaim on its 1970 release, Fly On Strangewings - the only album by this Surrey folk trio - bombed and lay forgotten by all but a handful of collectors. Whatever the reason, it certainly...

Jade Warrior

Formed in 1970, this British prog rock outfit centred on the multi-instrumental talents of Tony Duhig (guitar, bass, keyboards) and Jon Field (percussion, flute, guitar, keyboards), previously members of psychedelic pop act July. Glyn Havard...

Jags, The

The Jags are a fondly remembered part of the late-70s/early 80s UK power pop explosion. The quartet was formed in 1978 by the Yorkshire-based songwriting team of Nick Watkinson and John Alder with Steve Prudence on bass and...

Jake Thackray

John Philip Thackray was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in 1938 - the son of Ernest Thackray, a policeman, and Ivy May Thackray. He was educated at the Jesuit-run St. Michael's College in Leeds and a Jesuit...

Jam, The

Paul Weller (born John William Weller) and Rick Buckler met at school in Woking, Surrey, in 1975 and played music together during their lunch hours. The pair joined up with Bruce Foxton - who had been playing...

James

Through an early interest by Morrissey, James managed to get a recording contract with Factory Records based in their hometown, Manchester. In 1990 they signed to the Fontana label and had three minor hits before reissuing...

James Brown

Born in a one-room shack in the pinewoods of Barnwell, South Carolina on 3 May 1933, James Joe Brown Jnr. was apparently stillborn and survived entry into the world only thanks to rapid mouth-to-mouth resuscitation performed by...

James Carr

James Edward Carr remains the most famous charge of Quinton Claunch and Rudolph Russell's Memphis label, Goldwax. Carr recorded a clutch of late ’60s singles for Goldwax that stand today as incontrovertible masterpieces. Foremost among them...

James Gang, The

Although formed around drummer/vocalist Jimmy Fox as a British Invasion-inspired group, The James Gang were, in reality, the product of a thriving Cleveland music scene. The  band was formed in 1966 by Fox, Tom Kriss (bass)...

James Taylor

James Taylor spent years knocking around New York as a member of an ill-fated- rock and roll group. The strain of the rock and roll scene and the re-occurrence of other unresolved problems sent him...

Jamie Redfern

Over a three year period during the early 1970s, Australian child star Jamie Redfern scored four Top 40 hit singles and sold more than $1.3 million worth of records. Born in Liverpool, England, on 9 April...

Jamiroquai

Best known for a video where a room tries to escape from him, Jay (real name Jason Cheetham) Kay is more familiar to the 30 million people who bought his albums as Jamiroquai, and to...

Jan & Dean

Jan Berry and Dean Torrence made it big in 1963 on the crest of a surf music wave created by The Beach Boys. They celebrated Californian beach and hot rod lifestyle in a series of slick records...

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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...