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Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler

America was split by controversy in 1966 over a single that entered the US chart by this former member of the US Army Special...

Penguins, The

Curtis Williams was a member of vocal group The Hollywood Flames formed in Watts, Los Angeles in 1949. However, in late 1953 he decided...

Toni Basil

Toni Basil was born Antonia Christina Basilotta but her date of birth is a matter for some speculation - estimates seem to veer between...

Twinkle

Privately educated Lynn Annette Ripley was given the nickname 'Twinkle' by her father before she was even out of nappies. Lynn was the only female singer...

Bonzo Dog (Doo-Dah) Band, The

London art college types influenced by the Commedia Del Arte, 1920s jazz and vaudeville, the Bonzo's were originally called The Bonzo Dog Dada Band. Figuring nobody...

B. Bumble & The Stingers

This short-lived act was one of several US acts formed by pop svengali Kim Fowley as an outlet for his production and songwriting talents at Rendezvous...

Voyager

Voyager formed in Newbury (Berkshire) - originally as The Paul French Connection -  and charted in 1979 with Halfway Hotel. Voyager disbanded in 1981, with the...

Vapors, The

Led by vocalist/guitarist Dave Fenton, The Vapors were a short-lived new wave guitar group that is best remembered for the pop single Turning Japanese. Fenton formed the first...

Waitresses, The

Formed in 1978, The Waitresses existed for the purpose of performing the witty, often female-oriented songs of guitarist Chris Butler, who had previously led...

Ace

If the real secret of success in Rock & Roll lies in choosing the right name, then Ace very nearly came a cropper. When...

Plastic Bertrand

Plastic Bertrand was the alias of new wave prankster Roger Allen François Jouret, a native of Belgium who appropriated the sound and style of the...

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Strange Behaviour (1981)

Released in some markets as Dead Kids, this offbeat slasher/mystery flick is set in the fictional small town of Galesburg, Illinois (although it was filmed...

Mummy’s Shroud, The (1967)

An expedition heads for Egypt to exhume the mummy of a pharaoh for a museum, but they are unprepared for the intervention of the...

Bedazzled (1967)

The legend of Faust provided the inspiration for this charming fantasy about Stanley Moon (Dudley Moore), a short-order cook in a Wimpy Bar who...

Cotton Comes To Harlem (1970)

Soon after the Reverend Deke O'Malley (Calvin Lockhart) has persuaded a Harlem crowd to part with $87,000 for a "Back to Africa" campaign, armed...

Big Top Pee-Wee (1988)

The Pee-Wee Herman in this sequel to 1985's Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985) is very much an adult. He has a great girlfriend - a school teacher...

My Living Doll

1 9 6 4 - 1 9 6 5 (USA) 26 x 30 minute episodes This CBS sitcom featured USAF Base Psychiatrist Dr Robert "Bob" McDonald (Bob...

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...

Ray Charles

Ray Charles started out smooth - A substandard Nat King Cole - but after signing to Atlantic, his gospel background kicked in and he effectively invented soul. As...