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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 Forces, whose leg was injured in a booby trap while on...

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 to form a new group called The Penguins - one of...

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 1943 and 1950. She appeared in the film Easy Rider (1969) and was the...

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 of her generation - including Cilla, Lulu, Dusty - to write her own material. She wrote...

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 would know what Dada was, they changed it to The Bonzo...

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 Records. Comprising (at any one time) B Bumble (real name R C...

Voyager

Voyager formed in Newbury (Berkshire) - originally as The Paul French Connection -  and charted in 1979 with their debut single Halfway Hotel which reached #35 in the UK (#15 in Australia) and became the title...

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 version of The Vapors in 1978 (after years of strumming an...

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 a series of new wave bands in Cleveland, Ohio. The line-up of the band...

Ace

If the real secret of success in Rock & Roll lies in choosing the right name, then Ace very nearly came a cropper. When rhythm guitarist Alan 'Bam' King (a former member of legendary mod...

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 new wave movement in order to give it a gently satirical...

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