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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. Drummer John Marter...

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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Superball

Wham-O's Super Ball was the brainchild of chemist Norman Stingley. By combining certain super-secret compounds under extreme pressure and temperature, Stingley developed a material...

Birthstone Jewellery

While the real things were precious gems and very expensive, it became a fad to create fake gems under the label of birthstones. Usually...

Sheena Easton

Sheena Shirley Orr was born in 1959 in Bellshill, Scotland, and began performing while studying speech and drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of...

Transformers

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 8 7  (USA/Japan) "Robots in disguise!" During the great Cybertronian War, the Autobots (giant robots with super strength and...

Jim Keays of Oz rock legends Masters Apprentices has died

13 June 2014 Jim Keays, who helped kick off garage rock in Australia and then helped transform the Masters Apprentices into one of the best...

Tom Waits

He's been covered by Rod Stewart and Johnny Cash. Bob Dylan called him one of his "secret heroes". Tom Waits has always blurred the line between musician and...

Paul Young

Following the sad demise of The Q Tips in September 1982, vocalist Paul Young signed a solo record deal with CBC/Columbia and released Iron Out The Rough...

Across The Bridge (1957)

Rod Steiger is Carl Schaffner, a crooked German-born businessman on the run from Scotland Yard and the FBI after embezzling £3 million in company...
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