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Peter & Gordon

Peter Asher (brother of English actress Jane Asher) and Gordon Waller met in 1959 when they were pupils at London's famous Westminster School. As a singing...

Dave Clark Five, The

Originally a backing group for north London singer Stan Saxon, the Five originally comprised Dave Clark on drums and vocals, backed by various musicians,...

Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann (born Manfred Lubowitz in South Africa in 1940) formed a group in Britain in 1963 called The Manne-Hugg Blues Brothers. Shortening their name...

Animals, The

Alan Price started out as a northern British bluesman, playing with a combo of Hilton Valentine, Bryan 'Chas' Chandler and John Steel on the...

Beatles, The

So it goes like this . . . 15-year-old Paul McCartney hears a Skiffle group called The Quarrymen play on Saturday 6 July 1957. Along with a police dog...

Herman’s Hermits

Herman's Hermits were one of the most interesting of the original wave of British Invasion groups. Unlike The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Hermits didn't threaten authority figures with...

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Valéry Giscard d’Estaing

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was born in Germany during the French occupation of the Rhineland. An early graduate of Michel Debré's post-war Ecole Nationale d'Administration, Giscard...

60 Minutes

1 9 6 8 - Current (USA) 1 9 7 9 - Current (Australia) In 1967 Don Hewitt conceived of his new programme, 60 Minutes, as a strategy for...

Edge Of The Wedge

1 9 8 6 (Australia) ABC TV's short-lived Edge of the Wedge was a controversial rock and youth affairs programme that screened three times weekly at 6pm from...

CB Radio

Citizens Band Radio had been around for years, but few people knew about them. 23 channels of two-way communication, frequented by curious techno-geeks, lost...

McLean Stevenson Show, The

1 9 7 6 - 1 9 7 7 (USA) 13 x 30 minute episodes In this eponymous and short-lived NBC sitcom, McLean Stevenson (previously Henry Blake...

She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

Spike Lee's directorial debut hasn't lost any of its vitality over the years and remains his most genuinely entertaining work, refreshingly free of much...

Mike Oldfield

Mike Oldfield was only 17 when he conceived Tubular Bells - a near-indescribable one-track monolith of ambient sound and neo-classical ambition. Recording it at 19, he then...

Citizen James

1 9 6 0 - 1 9 6 2 (UK) 32 x 25 minute episodes This BBC comedy series was a superb vehicle for Sid James -...