The Decorators

The Decorators were an English post-punk band that released the 1980 single “Twilight View” on the Buzzcocks‘ New Hormones label, followed by the 1982–83 titles Tablets and Rebel Songs on Red Flame. Members: Michael Bevan (vocals, guitar), Johnny Gilani (guitar), Steve Sandoe (bass), Joe Sax (saxophone), Allan Boroughs (drums), Pete Saunders (keyboards) The Decorators formed […]

Red Guitars

Red Guitars were an English underground rock band that released the 1984–86 Virgin albums Slow to Fade and Tales of the Expected. They scored UK indie hits with “Good Technology,” “Marimba Jive,” and “Be With Me.” Members: Hallam Lewis (lead guitar), Matt Higgins (drums), John Rowley (rhythm guitar), Lou Howard [aka Louise Barlow] (bass), Jerry […]


Care was an English neo-psych duo from Liverpool composed of Wild Swans singer Paul Simpson and Original Mirrors guitarist Ian Broudie. Between 1983 and 1985, they recorded two albums worth of material and released three Arista maxi-singles: “Flaming Sword,” “My Boyish Days (Drink to Me),” and “Whatever Possessed You.” Members: Ian Broudie (guitar), Paul Simpson […]

The Bluebells

The Bluebells were a Scottish new wave folk-pop band that charted with the 1983–84 singles “Cath,” “Sugar Bridge (It Will Stand),” “I’m Falling,” and the twice-charted “Young at Heart.” They released one proper album, Sisters, but recorded numerous songs and demos compiled on Exile on Twee Street: Songs From Glasgow 1980-1982. Members: Robert Hodgens (guitar), […]

The Blue Aeroplanes

The Blue Aeroplanes were an English underground rock band that released the 1984 album Bop Art on the Abstract Sounds label, followed by the 1986–87 Fire Records titles Tolerance and Spitting Out Miracles, plus multiple EPs and singles compiled on Friendloverplane. Members: Gerard Langley (vocals, percussion, effects, electronics, drums), Wojtek Dmochowski (dancing, percussion), John Langley […]

Blue Orchids

Blue Orchids were an English neo-psych band spun from an early lineup of The Fall. They released three 1981–82 singles and The Greatest Hit (Money Mountain) on Rough Trade. Members: Martin Bramah (vocals, guitar), Una Baines (keyboards, 1979-85), Rick Goldstraw (guitar, bass, 1979-82, 2004-07), Steve Toyne (bass, 1979-80), Ian Rogers (drums, 1979-81), Toby Toman (drums, […]

The Room

The Room was an English post-punk band that released two 1980 self-financed singles, followed by the 1982–85 Red Flame titles  Indoor Fireworks, Clear!, In Evil Hour, and Jackpot Jack. Members: Dave Jackson (vocals), Becky Stringer (bass), Robyn Odlum (guitar, 1979-82), Clive Thomas (drums, 1980-82), Alan Wills (drums, 1982-85), Paul Cavanagh (guitar, 1982-85), Peter Baker (keyboards, […]

The Lucy Show

The Lucy Show was an English–Canadian underground rock band that released two EPs and the 1985–86 albums …Undone and Mania. The latter spawned the college radio hits “A Million Things” and “New Message.” Members: Mark Bandola (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Rob Vandeven (vocals, bass), Peter Barraclough (guitar, keyboards), Bryan Hudspeth (drums) Formation The Lucy Show evolved […]

The Wild Swans

The Wild Swans were an English neo-psych band that released the 1982 single “Revolutionary Spirit” on the post-punk Liverpool label Zoo Records. Frontman Paul Simpson teamed with local stalwart Ian Broudie in Care while guitarist Jeremy Kelly and keyboardist Gerard Quinn formed The Lotus Eaters. Simpson reformed Wild Swans for the 1988–90 Sire albums Bringing […]

The Fall

The Fall was an English post-punk band led by Manchester singer, musician, and songwriter Mark E. Smith. Between 1979 and 1988, they released eleven albums. Members: Mark E. Smith (vocals, tapes, violin, keyboards), Martin Bramah (guitar, vocals, 1976-79, 1989-90), Tony Friel (bass, 1976-77), Una Baines (keyboards, 1976-78), Steve Ormrod (drums, 1976-77), Karl Burns (drums, guitar, […]


The Wipers were an American punk band from Portland that released the 1978 maxi-single “Better Off Dead” on self-press Trap, followed by the 1980–81 releases Is This Real?, Alien Boy, and Youth of America on Park Avenue Records. Members: Greg Sage (guitar, vocals, bass), Dave Koupal (bass, 1977-81), Sam Henry (drums, 1977-81), Brad Davidson (bass, […]


The Yachts were an English new wave band from Liverpool, best known for the 1977 Stiff Records single “Suffice to Say.” They released two albums in 1979–80 on Radar Records and gained notice for their use of advanced word play (“Tantamount to Bribery”) and vintage Farfisa organ. Original vocalist John Campbell surfaced in It’s Immaterial, which […]

Crispy Ambulance

Crispy Ambulance was an English post-punk band that released the 1982 album The Plateau Phase on Factory Benelux. In 1985, an expanded six-piece lineup cut the funk EP Advantage under the name Ram Ram Kino. Members: Alan Hempsall (vocals), Robert Davenport (guitar), Keith Darbyshire (bass), Gary Madeley (drums) Crispy Ambulance formed in late 1977 in Manchester. […]

The Glitterhouse

The Glitterhouse was an American soul-psych band that released the 1968 album Color Blind on Dynovoice Records. They performed the theme song to the 1968 sci-fi comedy Barbarella. Keyboardist Mark “Moogy” Klingman surfaced in the original lineup of Todd Rundgren‘s Utopia. Members: Michael Gayle (guitar, vocals), Hank Aberle (guitar, violin, vocals), Al Lax (bass, vocals), […]

Bad Axe

Bad Axe was an American hard-rock band from Los Angeles that made a test-press album in 1976 on Earth Breeze Productions, followed by a 1977 standalone single on Progrezzive Records. Bad Axe gained cult status after a 2004 reissue on Hexamon Records. Members: Stacy Moreland (vocals), Dave Carruth (guitar), Dana Strum (bass), Steve Ward (drums) […]

The Humblebums

The Humblebums were a Scottish folk-pop combo, best known as the launching vehicle of comedian Billy Connolly and singer–songwriter Gerry Rafferty. Connolly formed the act with guitarist Tam Harvey for the 1969 Transatlantic release First Collection of Merry Melodies. Harvey cleared for Rafferty, who wrote the bulk of their second release, The New Humblebums. Connolly and […]


KGB was an English–American blues-rock supergroup that released two albums on MCA Records in 1976. Singer Ray Kennedy co-wrote “Sail On, Sailor” for The Beach Boys and recorded two solo albums. Guitarist Mike Bloomfield and keyboardist Barry Goldberg hailed from brass-rockers The Electric Flag. Drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck Bogart & Appice) and […]

The Leopards

The Leopards were an American music-hall band that released the album Kansas City Slickers on Moon Records in 1977. Ten years later, a revised lineup released Magic Still Exists on Voxx Records. Members: Dennis Pash (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion, harmonica), Kevin Sanders (vocals, guitar, 1975-87), James Bordy (guitar, vocals, 1987-present), Dennis Bouch (drums, percussion, 1987-present), […]

The Rezillos

The Rezillos were a Scottish New Wave band that released the 1978 Sire album Can’t Stand The Rezillos, surrounded by the singles “I Can’t Stand My Baby,” “(My Baby Does) Good Sculptures,” “Destination Venus,” and the UK Top 20 hit “Top of the Pops.” After their collapse, singer Fay Fife and multi-instrumentalist Eugene Reynolds formed […]

Ike & Tina Turner

Ike & Tina Turner were the R&B/soul-rock duo of American guitarist/bandleader Ike Turner and his then-wife, singer Tina Turner. They came together in the late 1950s when Ike hired Tina as a backing vocalist for his band, the Kings of Rhythm. She first sang lead on the 1960 Sue Records single “A Fool In Love,” […]

New York Dolls

The New York Dolls were an American hard-rock/glam band that released a self-titled album (produced by Todd Rundgren) on Mercury in 1973, followed by Too Much Too Soon in 1974. Fan favorites include the band originals “Personality Crisis,” “Trash,” “Puss ‘N’ Boots,” and their cover of the Gamble/Huff song “(There’s Gonna Be a) Showdown,” originally […]


Graduate was an English mod-ska band from Bath, Somerset, that released the album Acting My Age on Pye-subsidiary Precision in 1980. Guitarist Roland Orzabal and bassist Curt Smith cut two singles in Naked Eyes precursor Neon, then formed Tears for Fears. Members: Roland Orzabal (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Curt Smith (bass, synthesizers, vocals), John Baker (guitar, […]

The Dave Clark Five

The Dave Clark Five were an English beat group from Tottenham, named after drummer/businessman Dave Clark and fronted by keyboardist/singer Mike Smith. As part of the 1964–1966 British Invasion, they scored 13 Billboard Top 20 hits, including “Glad All Over,” “Bits and Pieces,” “Can’t You See That She’s Mine,” “Because,” “Over and Over,” and “Catch […]


Centipede was an English avant-garde jazz big-band led by pianist Keith Tippett for the 1971 RCA/Neon double-album Septober Energy, comprised of a title-sake improvisation split across four sides. It was produced by Robert Fripp shortly after Tippet’s involvement with the 1970 King Crimson albums In the Wake of Poseidon and Lizard. The 50+ ensemble featured […]


Slade was an English hard-rock and pop band from Wolverhampton that scored sixteen UK Top 10 hits between 1971 and 1984. They evolved from beatsters The N’ Betweens and signed with Fontana for one 1969 album as Ambrose Slade. In 1970, they met ex-Animal (and Hendrix manager) Chas Chandler, who refashioned them as skinheads under […]

Slapp Happy

Slapp Happy was a multi-national art-pop trio, formed in Hamburg, Germany, in 1972 by American singer/songwriter Peter Blegvad, English avant-garde musician Anthony Moore, and German cabaret singer Dagmar Krause. They debuted with a UK/German release on Polydor, followed in 1974 by Casablanca Moon on Virgin. In 1975, Virgin paired them with avant-rockers Henry Cow for […]

Slaughter and the Dogs

Slaughter and the Dogs were an English rock band from Wythenshawe, formed in 1975 at the forefront of punk. On July 20, 1976, they played a watershed triple-bill with the Buzzcocks and The Sex Pistols at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall, heralding the city’s musical renaissance. During 1977, Slaughter and the Dogs placed two […]


Sweet was an English hard-rock/pop band from Harefield, Greater London, that released four studio albums and 18 singles on RCA between 1971 and 1976. Under the guidance of songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, they placed eight singles on the UK Top 10, including “Little Willy,” “Block Buster!,” “Hell Raiser,” “The Ballroom Blitz,” and “Teenage […]


Frob were a German instrumental quartet that was active during the mid-1970s. Formed in 1973, the band gigged around their Rheda-Wiedenbrück homebase for several years and issued a self-titled longplayer on the Musikladen label in 1976. Members: Philippe Caillat (guitar), Peter Schmits (keyboards), Klaus-Dieter Richter (bass), Peter Meuffels (drums) A mostly high-paced affair, the album […]

Salty Dog

Salty Dog were a Zambian rock quartet of the mid-1970s. The band issued two singles and a 1976 self-titled album on the local Zambezi label. Members: Norman Muntemba (vocals, bass, tambourine), Alex Mwilwa (drums), Hassan Hassan (drums), Jackie Mumba (guitar, vocals) Of the album’s ten cuts, the bi-chordal/cymbal-rattling “Have You Got It,” the tom/snare-wrestled “Fast,” […]


Saluki were a Norwegian maximalist rock quintet of the mid-1970s. Members: Freddy Dahl (vocals, guitar), Peter Berg Nilsen (vocals, saxophone), Kjell Rønningen (keyboards), Sverre Beyer (bass), Bjørn Jenssen (drums) Frontman Dahl had the most active background, first as a member of Junipher Green on their classic double-platter Friendship (1971), followed by time with the George […]


Chalibaude were a French folk quartet of the mid-1970s. The band comprised half of the eight-piece Francis Guillon et Son Orchestre on the 1975 one-off Spécial Danse 8. Members: Christian Bonneault (Guitars, Bass, Crumhorn, Banjo, Vocals), Georges Felletin (Violin, Organ), Jean Chevalier (Drums, Percussion, Flute), Michel Lefort (Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Dulcimer, Flute, Vocals) Drummer/percussionist Jean […]


 Asgard were a French folk combo that released two albums in the late-1970s. The band coalesced mid-decade around the trio of Bernard Darsch, Patrick Grandpierron, and William Lawday.   Members: Patrick Grandpierron (Vocals, Flute [Irlandaise], Dulcimer, Psaltery), William Lawday, Bernard Darsh, Daniel Mantovani (Guitar), Dominique Urruty (Bass, Steel Guitar, Vocals), Dominique Labarre (Keyboards, Vocals), Umberto […]


Sourdeline are a French folk ensemble that was primarily active as a recording unit during the late 1970s. Formed in 1974, the band recorded two albums for the folk label Discovale. Members: Catherine Burban (vocals, psaltery, dulcimer, spinet), Jean-Pierre Danielsen (vocals, guitar, dulcimer, flute, crumhorn), Jean-Pierre Dalongeville (vocals, guitar, mandocello, mandolin, sitar, crumhorn, 1974-79), Jacky […]

Combo 8

Combo 8 were a Swedish instrumental sextet of the mid-1970s. Comprised of highly trained newcomers, the band issued Vibrationer on the local Levande Improviserad Musik label in 1976. Members: Björn Hallberg (guitar), Janne Wiklund (saxophone), Lennart Johansson (trumpet), Torbjörn Johansson (drums), Tore Hultgren (trumpet), Ulf Mårtensson (bass) Musically, the album spans the outer-reaches of metric […]

Missing Link

Missing Link were a German jazz-rock sextet from Munich that released the album Nevergreen! on United Artists in 1972. Members: Markus Sing (guitar), Günther Latuschik (saxophone), Gabriel Dominik Mueller (vocals), Dieter Miekautsch (keyboards), Dave Schratzenstaller (bass), Holger Brandt (drums) The comic, colorful cover art of the band’s sole release animates the virtuosic energy of the […]

Ramon Morris

Ramon Morris is an American jazz-funk saxophonist who was briefly active during the early 1970s. Debuting in a latter-day incarnation of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Morris quickly spread his talents over 1972–73 releases by Reuben Wilson, Curtis Fuller, Shirley Scott, and Woody Shaw — credits that afforded him a one-off deal with Groove […]

Travis Biggs

Travis Biggs is an American composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist whose services were widely employed on the jazz-funk and soul circuits throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. Under his own name, he released two albums during the late 1970s. Spreading his talents over sides by John Kasandra and Bohannon, among others, Biggs adopted the little-used nickname […]

Hubert Eaves

Hubert Eaves is an American keyboardist, composer, and producer who played on numerous jazz-funk and soul recordings during the 1970s and ’80s. As a bandleader, he released the coveted Esoteric Funk LP in 1977. A home-taught musician, the St. Paul prodigy emerged as sideman to Gary Bartz as part of the saxist’s NTU Troop on […]

Webster Lewis

Webster Lewis (Sept. 1, 1943 — Nov. 20, 2002) was an American keyboardist and producer who released five albums between 1972 and 1981. Sporting a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, the Baltimore-raised pianist/organist hit the scene in 1972 with spots on the Bill Evans/George Russell Living Time LP and on a […]

Retta Young

Retta Young is an American soul singer who was active between the late-1960s and late-1970s. Following a string of shortplayers with The Superbs and The Devotions, she issued a trio of singles and one album under her own name during the mid-1970s. Signed to Sylvia Robinson‘s All Platinum label in 1975, Young hit pay-dirt with […]

Rhythm Machine

Rhythm Machine were an American soul-funk septet from Indianapolis that released a self-titled album on Lulu Records in 1976. Members: James Boone (bass, vocals), Maurice Puckett (guitar, vocals), Robert Dycus (drums, vocals), Donald Harris (tenor/soprano saxophone, vocals), Maride Williams (alto/soprano saxophone, vocals), Hopie Monroe Bronson III (piano, strings, vocals), Dennis McNeil (congas, bongos) Honing their […]

White Summer

White Summer were a Chicago-area rock trio that was active during the mid-1970s. Members: Jimmy Watkins (lead vocals, guitar, drums, percussion), Rick Lowe (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals), David Wheeler (bass, backing vocals) In 1976, the band self-released a homonymous longplayer. Recorded on a shoestring at Uncle Dirty’s Sound Machine Studio in Kalamazoo, Mich., […]

Rickie Boger

Rickie Boger is an American soul singer and songwriter who was active in the mid-1970s. Signed to Muse Records and equipped with the label’s formidable jazz/blues session players, she released the album Slow Down, Baby in 1976. With bass-emphasized fourth notes over a modest Gmaj–Amin progression, “Do You Like My Song?” finds Boger humble yet […]


Wavemaker was an English electronic duo that released the 1975–77 Polydor albums Where Are We Captain?… and New Atlantis. Members: Brian Hodgson, John Lewis Background Formed by BBC Radiophonic Workshop-vet/White Noise-cofounder Hodgson with Electrophon Studio cohort Lewis, the duo released two albums on Polydor with help from percussionist Jon Keliehor and kettledrummer Anthony McVey. Where […]

The Human League

The Human League are an English synthpop band best known for the 1981 global No. 1 hit “Don’t You Want Me.” They emerged on the Sheffield post-punk scene with the 1978 DIY release “Being Boiled” / “Circus of Death,” a pioneering electro-pop single. The original lineup of singer Philip Oakey, slide-projectionist Adrian Wright, and keyboardists […]

Norma Jenkins

Norma Jenkins is an American soul singer who was active between the mid-1960s and mid-1970s. She first appeared as the frontwoman for Norma Jenkins and the Dolls on the single “The Airplane Song,” released in 1966 on Detroit’s Maltese label. Several more singles followed on various labels over the next seven years. Contracted to Buddah […]

Main Street

Main Street were an American soul-funk band that issued a self-titled album on Koala in 1976. The band concurrently recorded with the John Wagner Coalition, named after the producer and engineer of both projects. Members: Janis Russell (vocals), Ralph Gonzales (drums), Rick Davies (trombone), Robert Seely (trumpet), Steve Miller (guitar), Jose Jimenez (congas), Mike Weatherly […]

New York Mary

New York Mary was an instrumental jazz-rock trio that was active in the Northeast U.S. during the mid-1970s, releasing two albums on Arista’s Freedom imprint in 1976. Members: Bruce Johnstone (baritone/alto/soprano sax), Rick Petrone (bass), Joe Corsello (drums, percussion) Saxophonist Bruce Johnstone and bassist Rick Petrone played in Maynard Ferguson’s backing band during the earlier […]

Weapons of Peace

Weapons of Peace were an American soul/funk quintet active during the mid 1970s. The band released a lone, self-titled album on Playboy Records in 1976. Members: Finis Henderson (lead vocal, percussion), Andrew Hardy (guitar, backing vocals), David Johnson (bass, backing vocals), Lonnell Dantzler (keyboards), Bill Leathers (drums) Across the album’s eight songs, Weapons of Peace […]

Patrick Gammon

Patrick Gammon (Jan. 15, 1956 — Oct. 28, 1996) was an American R&B singer, born in Seattle but based for most of his career in Munich, Germany. In 1978, he released the album Rawness on the German Gammarock label (issued on French Mercury as Effervescence.) His 1979 release, Don’t Touch Me , was issued stateside […]

Mary Wells

Mary Wells (May 13, 1943 — July 26, 1992) was an American soul singer who was part of the original Motown roster along with The Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas, the Four Tops, and The Temptations. She scored one of the biggest hits of 1964 with “My Guy,” written by Smokey Robinson of The Miracles. […]

Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge (Nov. 25, 1940 — April 14, 2015) was an American soul singer who released 10 albums on Atlantic between 1966 and 1971, delivering a romantic evergreen with the gospelly “When a Man Loves a Woman,” one of the biggest hits of the 1960s. His other hits include “Warm and Tender Love,” “It Tears […]

Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman (March 9, 1930 — June 11, 2015) was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer. He was a chief proponent of avant-garde free jazz, as heralded on his popular 1959 Atlantic release The Shape of Jazz to Come. On this and the 1960/61 albums Change of the Century and This Is Our […]

Cannonball Adderley

Cannonball Adderley (Sept. 15, 1928 — Aug. 8, 1975) was an American jazz saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and producer. He was the older brother of cornetist/trumpeter Nat Adderley and the uncle of keyboardist Nat Adderley Jr. He was born Julian Edwin Adderley on September 15, 1928, in Tampla, Fla. Discography: Julian Cannonball Adderley (1955 • Julian […]

Rainbow Ffolly

Rainbow Ffolly were an English popsike quartet that was briefly active during the late 1960s. The band demoed an embryonic concept LP that they had hoped to rerecord in a lavish studio setting. EMI, however, found the demos fit for release. Members: Johnathon Dunsterville (vocals, guitar), Richard K. Dunsterville (vocals, guitar), Roger Newell (bass), Stewart […]


Quatermass was an English hard-rock trio that released a self-titled album on Harvest in 1970. They were an offshoot of ’60s pop-psych band Episode Six, which splintered when vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover departed to join Deep Purple. Along with ELP, Van der Graaf Generator, and the initial lineup of Atomic Rooster, Quatermass […]


Gringo was an English pop-rock band that released a self-titled album on MCA in 1971. Guitarist/keyboardist Henry Marsh subsequently became a mainstay of Sailor. Bassist/vocalist John G. Perry did stints in Spreadeagle, Caravan, Curved Air, Quantum Jump, and Aviator. He also issued a solo album, Sunset Wading, on Decca in 1976. Prior to the formation […]

Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk (Oct. 10, 1917 – Feb. 17. 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. He was born Thelonious Sphere Monk on October 17, 1917, in Rocky Mount, NC. Discography: Thelonious (1953 • Thelonious Monk Trio) Thelonious Monk Quintet (1954 • Thelonious Monk Quintet) Thelonious Monk Quintet Blows for LP (1954 • Thelonious Monk […]

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

Art Blakey (Oct. 11, 1919 — Oct. 16, 1990) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader from Pittsburgh. For 35 years, he led the Jazz Messengers, a revolving door band with some of the leading names in post-bop. In assorted iterations, the Messengers recorded for Blue Note during the 1950s and assorted other labels (RCA, […]

Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins (born Sept. 7, 1930) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. Background He was born Theodore Walter Rollins on September 7, 1930, in New York City, the youngest of three children borne to migrants from the US Virgin Islands. He grew up in Harlem and Sugar Hill and first played saxophone at age seven. […]

Lee Morgan

Lee Morgan (July 10, 1938 — Feb. 19, 1972) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was born Edward Lee Morgan on July 10, 1938, in Philadelphia, the youngest of four children. As a child, he first took up vibraphone, then trumpet and alto saxophone. For his thirteenth birthday, his sister gave him a trumpet. His […]

Horace Silver

Horace Silver (Sept. 2, 1928 — June 18, 2014) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader. He was born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silver on September 2, 1928, in Norwalk, Conn. Horace Silver Quintet discography: New Faces – New Sounds (1953 • Horace Silver Trio) Horace Silver Trio, Vol. 2 / Art Blakey With […]

Eric Dolphy

Eric Dolphy (June 20, 1928 – June 29, 1964) was an American jazz saxophonist, flautist, and clarinetist from Los Angeles. – Discography: Outward Bound (1960 • Eric Dolphy Quintet) At the Five Spot, Vol. 1 (1961) Newport Rebels (1961 • Charles Mingus / Max Roach / Eric Dolphy / Roy Eldridge / Jo Jones) Out […]

Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus (April 22, 1922 – Jan. 5, 1979) was an American jazz double-bassist, composer, and bandleader from Nogales, Ariz. – Discography: Strings and Keys (1953 • Charles Mingus & Spaulding Givens) The Moods of Mingus (1954) Jazz Collaborations Vol. 1 (1955 • Charles Mingus & Thad Jones) Jazzical Moods, Vol. 1 (1955 • Charles […]

Quantum Jump

Quantum Jump was an English supergroup that fused jazz-funk and space-rock on their 1976–77 albums Quantum Jump and Barracuda, both released by the Electric Record Company. Singer–producer Rupert Hine fronted the band, which featured Peddlers drummer Trevor Morais, Caravan bassist John G. Perry, and Kevin Ayers guitarist Mark Warner. In 1979, their re-released single “The […]

Wiggy Bits

Wiggy Bits were an American rock quintet active during the mid-1970s. Comprised of alumni from psych-rockers The Illusion and ex-Blues Magoos/Barnaby Bye vocalist Peppy Castro, Wiggy Bits released a self-titled album on Polydor in 1976. Members: Peppy Castro [aka Emil Thielheim] (vocals), Richie Cerniglia (guitar), Mike Ricciardella (drums), Dennis Santiago (bass) Mike Maniscalco (keyboards) Harnessing […]


Wargaren were a Dutch trad-folk quartet active during the mid-1970s. The band released their lone album, Met Stille Trom, on the local Universe Productions label in 1976. Members: Rob Smaling (guitar, vocals), Rina de Heus (vocals, autoharp), Kees van der Poel (guitar, vocals), Jurek Willig (guitar, vocals) A balanced clarity of interplay is exhibited on […]

Gang of Four

Gang of Four are an English post-punk band from Leeds that debuted with the 1978 single “Damaged Goods” on small-press Fast Product, followed by Entertainment! on EMI/Warner Bros. Their style — a mix of funky rhythms, dischorded riffs, taut vocals, and provocative lyrics — streamlined over their 1981/82 albums Solid Gold and Songs of the […]

Otis Redding

Otis Redding (Sept. 9, 1941 — Dec. 10, 1967) was an American soul singer who issued a string of singles on Stax-subsidiary Volt between 1962 and 1965, including “These Arms of Mine” and the original “Respect” (later made famous by Aretha Franklin). Over the ensuing two-year period, he recorded multiple albums for the label, charting […]

Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke (March 21, 1940 – Oct. 10, 2010) was an American soul singer who issued a string of singles on Apollo during the late 1950s, culminating with a 1962 self-titled album. Signed to Atlantic, he issued dozens of singles and four albums during the 1960s, scoring hits with “Just Out of Reach (of My […]