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Waylon Jennings

Following the break-up of The Crickets, Jennings played bass for Buddy Holly. During a particularly harsh winter in February 1958 while touring with Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, 21-year-old Jennings offered up his seat on a chartered light...

Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders

Wayne Fontana was born Glynn Ellis in Manchester, England, on 28 October 1945. He started his musical career at school with a skiffle group called The Velfins, and later formed a Rock & Roll outfit called The...

Who, The

The Detours formed in Shepherd's Bush in 1964 as a local youth club band. Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle (who originally called himself John Allison) founded the band, and having jettisoned Colin Dawson (vocals)...

Wild Cherries, The

The Wild Cherries were formed in 1964 by Melbourne University students John Bastow (vocals), Rob Lovett (guitar and vocals), and Les Gilbert (bass). Local bluesman Malcolm McGee soon joined on lead guitar and vocals, and the...

Willie Dixon

Willie Dixon, one of 14 children, was born on 1 July 1915 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. After stints as a gospel singer and boxer, he settled in Chicago where he met Phil and Leonard Chess and...

Wilson Pickett

Wilson Pickett was born in the small town of Prattville, Alabama, where he lived with his mother, grandfather, and ten brothers and sisters. Home life was turbulent. His mother would hit him with anything she could...

Woodstock

It remains the defining assembly of rock music - an unprecedented gathering of at least 300,000 young, long-haired, raggedy clad Americans "going up the country" in New York's Catskill Mountains, searching for answers, hoping for...

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma - an uproarious oil town - on 14 July 1912. His father Charley was a Democrat politico and a Ku Klux Klan supporter. His father's sour property deals impoverished...

Yardbirds, The

Q: How many famous guitarists can one band have? A: Three of the acknowledged masters of the craft, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, all served their time with The Yardbirds. This UK R&B group was formed in London...

Young Rascals, The

The Young Rascals (the 'young' prefix was dropped when the band members left their teens) initially gained a following in New Jersey around 1965, particularly the Choo Choo Club in Garfield, where they made their...

Young Tradition, The

Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood and Heather Wood (no relation) came together in April 1965 as The Young Tradition. While the Incredible String Band and Fairport Convention were boldly adding sitars and electric guitars to take folk music...

Youngbloods, The

Native New Yorkers The Youngbloods formed under the leadership of Jesse Colin Young in 1967 and played soft rock numbers with a light jazz feel, successfully avoiding the pitfall of playing cocktail pseudo-jazz. Young got his...

Yvonne Barrett

Born in 1946, Yvonne Barrett became a regular on Australian pop television show The Go! Show in the 1960s, which resulted in a successful career as a solo pop singer. In December 1965, Barrett performed for...

Zipps, The

The Zipps formed in Holland in 1965 from the remains of popular local folk group The Beat Town Skifflers. They were soon signed by the Muziek Express label and recorded their only single for the label (Highway...

Zombies, The

The Zombies were the only British group of the 60s who could have seriously given The Beatles a real run for their money. Although comparatively unrecognised, their body of work is every bit as innovative, complex and appealing...

Zoot

When Australian band Zoot moved from their hometown of Adelaide (where they had played as Times Unlimited and Down The Line) to Melbourne in 1968, their management gave them a bubblegum image, centred on the slogan "Think...

Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band

The most fondly remembered London club act of the 1960s was, perhaps, Zoot Money's Big Roll Band whose Big Time Operator was their only Top 30 entry. George Bruno Money acquired his stage name at his Dorset secondary...

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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...