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801  

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Formed by Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera (b. Philip Targett-Adams, 31 January 1951, London, England) in 1976, 801 also featured Manzanera’s former colleague Brian Eno in addition to Lloyd Watson ...
Abba

Abba  

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The acronym Abba, coined in 1973, represented the coming together of four leading figures in Swedish pop. Agnetha Fältskog (b. 5 April 1950, Jönköping, Sweden) had achieved pop success in ...
Abbey Road (Beatles album)

Abbey Road (Beatles album)  

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The product of their last recording session, Abbey Road transcends the internecine strife gripping its participants. Individuality triumphs on side one, as each group member pursues specific ...
Across the Universe

Across the Universe  

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(Columbia 2007). Thirty-three songs written by the Beatles and some startling visual imagery helped viewers get through the routine hippie love story in this awkward, beautiful movie musical. The ...
Action

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Formed in Kentish Town, London, in 1965, this respected group comprised Reg King (vocals), Alan ‘Bam’ King (b. 18 September 1946, Kentish Town, London, England; guitar), Pete Watson (guitar), Mike ...
Adrian Belew

Adrian Belew  

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B. 23 December 1949, Kentucky, USA. Guitarist Adrian Belew has enjoyed a rich and varied career, with a number of left-field stars having used his skills. His chameleon-like style, which ...
Aerial

Aerial  

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This quirky Canadian AOR/pomp band comprised Gary O’Connor (guitar/vocals), songwriter Brian Miessner (bass), Laurie Currie (drums) and Malcolm Buchanan (keyboards) at the time of their first album ...
Al Di Meola

Al Di Meola  

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B. Al Laurence Dimeola, 22 July 1954, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. After learning the drums at a very early age, Di Meola was inspired by the Beatles to take ...
Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper  

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B. Vincent Damon Furnier, 4 February 1948, Detroit, Michigan, USA. The Alice Cooper Band became widely known as the ‘masters of shock rock’ during the early 70s, enjoying notable commercial ...
Allen Klein

Allen Klein  

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B. 1932, Newark, New Jersey, USA. A name synonymous with ‘notorious’, Allen Klein has a reputation as one of the most litigious, and thus feared, entrepreneurs in the music business. ...
Alun Owen

Alun Owen  

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(1925–94),Welsh‐Liverpudlian playwright, actor, and television scriptwriter, born in Menai Bridge, North Wales, and educated at Oulton High School, Liverpool. During the war he worked as a Bevin Boy ...
Alvin Stardust

Alvin Stardust  

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B. Bernard William Jewry, 27 September 1942, London, England. Jewry first enjoyed pop fame during the early 60s under the name Shane Fenton. When the arrival of the Beatles and ...
Ambrosia

Ambrosia  

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From Los Angeles, California, USA, Ambrosia was formed in 1970 by David Pack (b. 15 July 1952, Huntington Park, California, USA; vocals/guitar), Joe Puerta (b. 2 July 1951; vocals/bass), Burleigh ...
Amen Corner

Amen Corner  

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Formed in Cardiff, Wales, in 1966, this R&B-styled septet comprised Andy Fairweather-Low (b. Andrew Fairweather-Low, 2 August 1948, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales; vocals), Blue Weaver (b. Derek John ...
America

America  

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Formed in the late 60s by the offspring of American service personnel stationed in the UK, America comprised Dewey Bunnell (b. 19 January 1951, Harrogate, Yorkshire, England), Dan Peek (b. ...
American Graffiti

American Graffiti  

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Released in 1973, written by George Lucas and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, American Graffiti was a haunting, affectionate paean to small-town America during the early 60s. The sense of ...
Andrew Loog Oldham

Andrew Loog Oldham  

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B. 29 January 1944, Paddington, London, England. His father, an American airman, had already been killed when the young Loog was born. A one-time office junior with designer Mary Quant ...
Andy Mackay

Andy Mackay  

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B. 23 July 1946, Lostwithiel, Cornwall, England. Originally a classical musician, Mackay switched to rock, and while at Reading University, played saxophone in R&B band, the Nova Express. After ...
Angélique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo  

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1960–Beninese singer and bandleader.With music that blends African and Western influences, Angélique Kidjo has become a crossover star, winning worldwide popularity, as well as a role model for women ...
Animals

Animals  

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This leading UK R&B band was formed in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, in 1963, when vocalist Eric Burdon (b. 11 May 1941, Walker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, England), joined local R&B band ...

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