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Almost Better Than The Real Thing

From 1968 to 1979, studio-based musicians in the employ of Pickwick Records in Britain mimicked everyone from The Sex Pistols to Roxy Music. Eight albums were issued every...

Factory Records

Factory was founded in 1978 with an esoteric roster of artists which included A Certain Ratio, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, X-O-Dus, The Distractions,...

Chess Records

Brothers Leonard and Phil Chess immigrated to America in 1928 from Poland. In 1947 they bought out Aristocrat Records in Chicago, which they renamed...

Stiff Records

Memorably described by Pete Waterman as "a crepe soles and roll-ups operation" Stiff Records was set up by industry managers Jake Riviera and Dave...

Stax

Founded in an old movie theatre in Memphis (originally as Satellite Records) by Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, Stax had been carving out a...

Motown

With an $800 loan from his family and a roster of unknown young Detroit singers, former record shop owner Berry Gordy Jnr (pictured below) started...

Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records has introduced the world to some of the most influential musicians this planet has ever produced; Jazz icons such as John Coltrane,...

Embassy Records

Kids today want designer names, the genuine thing. But in the 1950's and 1960's when money was in short supply, they were happy to...

Stock, Aitken & Waterman

In the late 1980s the pop charts were awash with songs written and produced by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman. They worked...

Rough Trade

A music-obsessed Cambridge graduate, Geoff Travis hitch-hiked across America in his mid-twenties, where he picked up "literally hundreds of records by the time I got...

2 Tone

The independent 2 Tone Records label was founded by Jerry Dammers of The Specials in 1979. Dedicated to dance-floor music performed by racially mixed...

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Partridge Family, The

The Partridge Family was put together by producer Wes Farrell who had been looking for a Monkees-style group for several years without success. Like The Monkees,...

British Invasion

In the halcyon years of the 'British Invasion' of America - 1964 and 1965 - who were the two most successful acts? Well The Beatles were...

Teenage Head

Friends from an Ontario (Canada) high school formed Teenage Head in 1975 and released a self-titled album in 1979. It sold poorly, but 1980's Frantic City -...

Acid Eaters, The (1968)

A group of office workers go every Friday afternoon to the White Pyramid, a 50-foot tower of LSD. The Acid Eaters isn't great cinema by...

Idle on Parade/Idol on Parade (1959)

  Idle on Parade (also known as Idol on Parade) featured the adventures and misadventures of a rock 'n' roll idol (Anthony Newley), drafted into the wrong regiment...

Bachelor Father

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 2 (USA) 157 x 25 minute episodes Smooth John Forsythe starred as Bentley Gregg - a successful Hollywood lawyer with...

Anthony Newley

Anthony George Newley was born on 24 September 1931. He grew up around Hackney in the East End of London and began acting in...

Lesley Gore dead: ‘It’s My Party’ singer dies of cancer aged...

16 February 2015 Singer-songwriter and actress Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in the 1960s with It's My Party, has died of cancer. She was 68. Gore...