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Sacred Cowboys, The

Comprised of former members of some of the most notorious punk and new wave bands in Melbourne (Australia), The Sacred Cowboys began as a recreational outfit playing covers by the likes of The Stranglers and...

Sad Cafe

The band called it a day in 1990, but briefly reformed in 1998. Vocalist Paul Young went on to further success with Mike & The Mechanics. He died of a heart attack on 15 July 2000. Paul Young Vocals Ian Wilson Guitar Ashley...

Sade

Sade (pronounced Sharday) was born in Nigeria in 1959 as Helen Folasade Adu, the daughter of a Nigerian father and a British mother. When her parents divorced, Sade moved to Britain with her mother. She moved...

Sailor

This Anglo-Norwegian band was the brainchild of Georg Kajanus, the son of a Russian prince and a Finnish sculptress who had also been a folk-rocker (in Eclection). The quartet devised an ingenious palette featuring tack pianos, accordions,...

Saint Etienne

Horsham's Bob Stanley and Croydon's Pete Wiggs formed Saint Etienne in 1990. They sang of sweet dreams from the suburbs, blending the sounds of disco, Motown and girl group blues with spacious club rhythms to create a music so timeless that...

Saints, The

Australians Ed Kuepper (guitar), Chris Bailey (vocals & bass) and Ivor Hay (keyboards) formed a high school band called Kid Galahad and The Eternals in 1973 in Brisbane, Australia, with Kuepper already writing songs that...

Sam & Dave

Samuel Moore and David Prater were both from the South, had both spent time as gospel singers, and joined forces as a vocal duo in 1961 after meeting at an amateur show in Miami. Signed by Atlantic...

Sam Apple Pie

Sam Apple Pie hailed from Walthamstow (East London) in the late 60's and played all the day's underground clubs and 'happenings', and even appeared at the very first Glastonbury Festival, in 1970. Fronted by vocalist/harpist Sam...

Sam Brown

Samantha Brown was born on 7 October 1964, in Stratford, east London, England. She is the daughter of musician Joe Brown and session singer Vicki Brown. At the age of 12, she sang backing vocals on...

Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke was born one of eight children in Chicago on 22 January 1931, into a strong church-going family. His father was a local minister. His early musical influences (like many of his contemporaries) was gospel...

Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs

Texan quintet Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs had a regional hit in 1965 with a track called Haunted House. It caught the ear of Stan Kesler, who had been a Sun Records house musician and...

Samantha Fox

Samantha Karen Fox was born on 15 April 1966 in Mile End, London, to parents Patrick and Carole. She had two childhood dreams: to become a policewoman or a singer. In 1983, Sam was voted 'Face...

Sammy Davis Jr

Sammy Davis Jr was born in Harlem in 1925 to Elvera Sanchez, a Puerto Rican dancer, and Sammy Davis Snr, a black vaudeville entertainer. Elvera's mother was a light-skinned, Manhattan-born Cuban whose miedo al negro (fear of blacks)...

Samson

Focusing on the talents of guitarist and occasional vocalist Paul Samson (who sadly passed away from cancer on 9 August 2002) Samson were at the forefront of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). In fact, their...

Sandie Shaw

Born Sandra Goodrich on 26 February 1947, Sandie Shaw came from Dagenham in Essex, England. Following an education at the Robert Clack Technical School, she began working as an IBM machine operator at the local...

Sandra Barry

Sandra Alfred showed a talent for entertaining at an early age and by the age of ten, she was enrolled in the Aida Foster stage school. During the 1950s she appeared on the British radio...

Sandy Denny

Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny, was born on 6 January 1947 in Worple Road, Wimbledon. She would forever be known as Sandy. Her mother and father, Neil and Edna, were loving if traditional, parents who expected their...

Santana

Born in 1947, Carlos Santana grew up mostly poor in a small Mexican town, Autlán de Navarro. His father, Jose, led a mariachi band and inspired him to learn violin (which he detested) and guitar...

Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan was already one of jazz's most beloved divas when she opened a week-long run at the Chicago nightspot Mister Kelly's in the summer of 1957. While Ella Fitzgerald swung harder and Billie Holiday got deeper into a lyric,...

Savage Garden

Savage Garden emerged onto the Australian music scene in 1996 after Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones met via an advertisement in a local newspaper and played together for two years in a Brisbane band called...

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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...