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La De Da’s, The

From their beginnings as a tough garage R&B band to their final years as an exciting hard rock/boogie outfit, New Zealand's La De Da's did it all. Over the course of ten years, they recorded five...

La’s, The

The La's emerged in Liverpool in 1987, playing vibrant unashamedly nostalgic working-class pop with council estate swagger and a sensibility honed in the northern beat boom. They got a lot of people excited very quickly...

Lambrettas, The

In the spring of 1979, the Mod revival was gathering momentum. In Brighton, Quadrophenia was being filmed, and in the East End of London, the Bridge House had been holding regular Mods Monday nights which culminated in a Mods Mayday '79 event...

Larry Parnes

1929 - 1989 Laurence Maurice Parnes was born on 3 September 1929 to a Jewish family in Willesden, London. After leaving school he began work in a clothing store, and by the age of 18 ran...

Larry Williams

Larry Williams, though born in New Orleans in 1935, recorded in Los Angeles for Art Rupe's Specialty label - the home of Little Richard. Williams formed his first group at the age of 16, and when the...

Last Resort, The

The Last Resort formed in 1980 after Roi Pearce had seen a band called The Rivals rehearsing. He met up with a guitarist called Charlie Duggan and Graham Saxby was recruited on vocals. At a...

Laughing Clowns

As co-founder of The Saints, Ed Kuepper was the musical backbone of the group that was playing punk music in Brisbane, Australia, in 1975. Moving to London, The Saints were unsuccessful - while the punks...

Laura Nyro

Laura was born Laura Nigro in the Bronx, New York, on 18 October 1947, and was only 19 when she recorded her first album, More Than A New Discovery in 1966 for the Verve label. It...

Laurel Aitken

Having relocated from Jamaica to Brixton at the start of the 1960s, it was pretty much right-time-right-place for Cuban-born ska legend, Laurel Aitken, as ska began filtering into London clubs and dancehalls. His album After Midnight brought together earlier singles...

Laurie London

English singer Laurie London was born in London in 1944. At the age of 13, he recorded a version of the spiritual He's Got the Whole World In His Hands for Parlophone. It was picked up...

LaVern Baker

Chicago-native LaVern Baker (born Delores Williams on 11 November 1929) was a well-built and undeniably sexy black girl who learnt to sing in church before gravitating into nightclubs, where it's rumoured she instructed Johnnie Ray in the...

Leaf Hound

The Brooks brothers, Derek and Stuart, formed south London blues rockers Leaf Hound out of the remnants of a band called Black Cat Bones. Joined by vocalist/lyricist Peter French and his guitarist cousin Mick Halls (from...

Led Zeppelin

It's been over four decades and the lyrics still don't make much sense - what is a "bustle in your hedgerow" anyway? - but there's probably never been a song with such chart-topping impact. All...

Lee Curtis & The All Stars

Peter Flannery became Lee Curtis by reversing the name of the American singer Curtis Lee. He was managed by his brother Joe, and there was a clever but cruel Liverpool saying "Flannery will get you nowhere",...

Lee Dorsey

Born in New Orleans on 4 December 1926, Lee Dorsey moved with his family to Oregon when he was 10. After serving four years in the Navy (he was wounded by a Japanese Zero which strafed...

Left Banke, The

Michael Brown, the keyboard player and songwriter whose brief tenure with The Left Banke produced the band's classic hits Walk Away Renee (the product of an infatuation with the girlfriend of bassist Tom Finn) and Pretty...

Leiber and Stoller

Jerry (born Jerome) Leiber and Mike Stoller have written some of the most spirited and enduring rock and roll songs: Hound Dog (originally recorded by Big Mama Thornton in 1953 and covered by Elvis Presley three years later), Love Potion...

Leif Garrett

A film star at the age of 12, a pop star a year later, über-Californian Leif Garrett burned briefly but brightly during the 70s, his biggest hit being 1979's I Was Made For Dancin', which topped the...

Lemonheads, The

The Lemonheads originally formed as a hardcore punk band with high school buddies Evan Dando and Ben Deily in mid-80s Massachusetts. By the time they signed their major label contract in 1990 the revolving line-up...

Len Bright Combo, The

'Wreckless' Eric Goulden scored a huge hit in 1977 with Whole Wide World which, if anything, simply compounded his insecurity, which in turn led to increased drinking, which in turn compounded his insecurity etc etc etc ....

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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...