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O’Jays, The

The O'Jays formed fresh from high school in 1959 and named themselves after Eddie O'Jay, a disc-jockey on Radio WABQ in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The group was a quintet back then and they made their...

Oasis

Guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, bass player Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll originally formed as 061 (after the telephone area code for their home city of Manchester), then changed their name to The Rain. Lacking...

Ocean Colour Scene

This four-piece combo formed in suburban Solihull in the West Midlands in 1989 around singer and ex-journalist Simon Fowler, laconic guitarist Stephen Craddock, agreeable bassist Damon Minchella and strong silent-type drummer Oscar Harrison - four freshly scrubbed,...

October Country

Michael Lloyd signed his first music publishing deal at the age of 13 and signed with Epic to cut his album, October Country, when he was 18. Taking the title October Country from a book by Ray Bradbury,...

Odetta

Odetta Holmes was born in Birmingham, Alabama (USA) in 1930 and moved with her family to Los Angeles at the age of six. When her father died, she took her stepfather's last name, Felious. Hearing her...

Offspring, The

Bryan Holland and Greg Kriesel attended Pacifica High in Garden Grove, California, together, where they were both on the cross-country team. They formed their first band together (Manic Subsidal) with two other cross-country teammates one night...

Ohio Express

Though marketed as a band, it would be more accurate to say that the name "Ohio Express" served as a brand name used by Jerry Kasenetz's and Jeffrey Katz's Super K Productions to release the...

Ohio Players, The

The Ohio Players started life in the 1960s as The Ohio Untouchables and their first real claim to fame was that they were featured vocalists behind Wilson Pickett on I Found A Love, whilst he...

Oingo Boingo

Oingo Boingo originally formed in 1972 as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo - a musical troupe in the tradition of Frank Zappa, performing an eclectic repertoire ranging from Cab Calloway covers to Russian ballet...

Ol’ 55

Formed in Sydney, Australia, in 1975, OL'55 enjoyed enormous popularity with a retro-fifties style that bordered on parody. The band took its name from the Tom Waits song (as covered by The Eagles). Under the direction of astute manager...

Olivia Newton-John

Shortly after Olivia's birth (in Cambridge, England, in September 1948), her family moved from England (where her Welsh-born father was head of King's College, Cambridge) to Australia and settled in Melbourne. When she was a teenager, Olivia...

Olympics, The

The Olympics began life in 1954 as The Challengers while still at high school in Compton, California. Their debut single, Western Movies (1958), reached #8 in the USA and made the UK Top 20, and featured a comic...

One In A Million

Initially known as The Jaygars, Alan Young (vocals and rhythm guitar), Billy Scenters (bass) and brothers Jimmy and Jack McCulloch (lead guitar and drums respectively) regrouped as One In A Million when they moved down...

Only Ones, The

The Only Ones emerged in 1977 with an independent single, Lovers Of Today b/w Peter & The Pets, and a swag of Velvet Underground-like songs of heroin addiction and the futility of existence. Preferring flawed romance to fiery nihilism, street...

Opal

Opal was formed by two of the leading lights of LA's paisley underground scene - former Rain Parade guitarist David Roback and ex-Dream Syndicate bass player Kendra Smith. Their sole album, Happy Nightmare Baby (1987), veered from the...

Oppressed, The

The Oppressed was an Oi! band formed in March 1981 in Cardiff by Russell Payne (guitar), his brother Ronnie (bass), Gary Tier (drums) and Martin Brennan (vocals). After several changes, it was the line-up with Roddy Moreno (vocals),...

Orange Juice

Lovelorn, naive and vibrant, these foppish lads from the middle-class Glasgow suburb of Bearsden fashioned post-Byrds jangle and skinny white soul into their own nervy, lo-fi brand of romantic pop, paving the way for The Smiths, Belle &...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD)

In 1978, Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys - two strait-laced kids from the Wirral - hosted an evening they considered to be a self-indulgent experiment in anti-music at a club in Liverpool, England. They called the...

Original Mirrors

Original Mirrors formed in Liverpool in 1980 after the demise of vocalist Steve Allen's art rock group Deaf School. Guitarist Ian Broudie had previously played with Big in Japan. The band split up in 1981. Broudie became a...

Os Mutantes

The experimental psych rock of Os Mutantes was an anomaly in late 60s Brazil - this was, after all, a country entering a brutal military dictatorship, where even the most playful dissent was being crushed. But...

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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...