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Nancy Sinatra

Born on 8 June 1940 in Jersey City, New York, Nancy Sinatra was the oldest of three children born to Frank and Nancy Sinatra. While she was still a child the family moved to Southern California where she...

Napalm Death

The music of Birmingham agitators Napalm Death typically crashes upon the listener like a drum kit hurled through a closed bay window, their lyrics vomited forth with the force of a hurricane. As laconic as they...

Napoleon XIV

Jerry Samuels to his friends, this recording engineer and occasional songwriter worked a small miracle of bad taste with just a drum and tambourine in a bare 90 minutes of studio time. They’re Coming To Take...

Nashville Teens, The

From the stockbroker town of Weybridge in Surrey came The Nashville Teens, brainchildren of Arthur Sharp and Ramon Phillips, lead singers of two rival groups of the parish who amalgamated in 1962. Of the two, Phillips...

Nat King Cole

Learning to play the piano at an early age, Nathaniel Adams Coles secured a residency at Chicago's Panama Club with his brother Eddie while still in his teens. They recorded their first single as The Nat...

Nazareth

Formed in Dunfermline in 1968 - and still going 40+ years later - Nazareth peaked in 1975 with their sixth album, Hair Of The Dog, which sold two million copies and inspired future Guns N' Roses singer Axl...

Nazz, The

Guitarist Todd Rundgren formed The Nazz with bassist Carson Van Osten in 1967 after they had quit blues purists Woody's Truck Stop. Recruiting drummer Thom Mooney and vocalist/keyboardist Stewkey (nee Robert Antoni), Rundgren and Van Osten named...

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin

British feedback machine Ned's Atomic Dustbin - the name was taken from The Goon Show - formed in the West Midlands in 1988 and after dubious Goth beginnings they toured for over a year as...

Neil Christian & The Crusaders

Neil Christian (born Christopher Tidmarsh on 14 February 1940) grew up in Shoreditch, East London. Infatuated by Rock & Roll, but with no desire to perform. By 1960 he was working as the driver for Red...

Neil Diamond

Neil Leslie Diamond was born on 24 January 1941, in Brooklyn, New York. For his sixteenth birthday, he was given a guitar and began composing music for fun. His interest and ability grew and, while studying...

Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 13 March 1939 and won a scholarship to the Juilliard Music School (the school depicted in the movie Fame) to study as a classical pianist. He teamed up...

Neil Young

Since co-founding Buffalo Springfield in 1966 (and then splitting after two albums), Neil Young rarely stopped moving. Born in Toronto in November 1945, Neil Perceval Young worked in Canada as a folk singer before teaming up with Steve Stills...

Nena

Entering the Billboard Top 40 on 21 January 1984, 99 Luftballons - a single by Teutonic new wave group Nena sung entirely in their own language - put German popular music on the map. Peaking at #2 made it...

Neneh Cherry

She was born Neneh Mariann Karlsson in 1964 in Stockholm, Sweden, the daughter of West African percussionist Ahmadu Jah and Swedish artist, Moki. Raised by her mother and her jazz trumpeter stepfather (Don Cherry) in both...

Neon Philharmonic, The

After the inspired fantasy of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the general perception was that any vaguely connected series of songs with a backbeat could be billed as a rock opera - or, as Neon...

Nero And The Gladiators

Nero (Mike O'Neill) had previously played keyboards as a member of The Cabin Boys, the backing group of Tommy Steele's less famous brother, Colin Hicks. He and bassist Rod 'Boots' Slade formed The Gladiators originally with Laurie...

Nerves, The

Singer/songwriter Jack Lee formed The Nerves with fellow San Francisco street musicians Peter Case and Paul Collins. He had moved to LA but the Sunset Strip was now a shadow of its former self, and...

Neu!

Formed in 1971 in Dusseldorf, this archetypal Kraütrock band was actually a duo comprising guitar wiz Michael Rother and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Klaus Dinger, both previously with Kraftwerk. Dinger's mechanical, cut time drumming and Rother's two-note bass runs adorned with cleverly...

New Christs

When the New Christs first formed in 1980 they only performed in a studio, releasing the searing acid-punk single Face A New God (1981). The original lineup comprised ex-Radio Birdman frontman Rob Younger on vocals (billed as 'Rowdy Yates'), future...

New Dream

New Dream was Australia's foremost bubblegum pop band of the early 70s, following in the tradition of The Archies, Ohio Express and The 1910 Fruitgum Company. The band formed as The Dream in 1967 when singers Alex Kadell and Jenny Johnson joined...

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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...