Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman — aka Richard Christopher Wakeman (born May 18, 1949) — is an English keyboardist and composer from London, best known as the on-off keyboardist of rock legends Yes. He initially did session work before joining folk-rockers the Strawbs in 1970, appearing on their second album Dragonfly and the live release Just a Collection […]

Mick Karn

Mick Karn — aka Andonis Michaelides (July 24, 1958 — Jan. 4, 2011) — was an English-Cypriot multi-instrumentalist and composer who rose to prominence as the bassist in the New Wave/art-pop band Japan, which released five studio albums between 1978 and 1981. Just as the band announced its breakup, Karn debuted as a solo artist […]

Hugh Hopper

Hugh Hopper (April 29, 1945 — June 7, 2009) was an English bassist from Whitstable, Kent, that gained global renown with jazz-rockers Soft Machine, premiering his signature fuzz-bass sound on 1969’s Volume Two and appearing on the band’s subsequent four albums. In 1973, he released the experimental solo album 1984 on CBS and also appeared […]

Strawbs

The Strawbs were an English folk-rock band from London that released eight studio albums and a live disc on A&M between 1969 and 1975, followed by a pair of albums on Oyster/Polydor in 1976/77 and a final release on Arista in 1978. The band was founded in 1967 by guitarist/vocalist Dave Cousins and initially featured […]

John Miles

John Miles (born April 23, 1949) is an English vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter from Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, who cut nine singles between 1970 and 1974, mostly on Orange Records Ltd. Between 1976 and 1978, Miles released the albums Rebel and Zaragon on Decca, both produced by Alan Parsons, who enlisted the singer for […]

Skip Bifferty

Skip Bifferty were an English pop-psych band from Newcastle that released four singles and a self-titled album on RCA Victor in 1967. Further recordings preceded a name-change to Heavy Jelly for the lengthy a-side “I Keep Singing That Same Old Song” on Island in 1969. Members: Graham Bell (vocals), Micky Gallagher (keyboards), Colin Gibson (bass), […]

Wah!

Wah! was the revolving band-moniker of Liverpudlian guitarist/vocalist Pete Wylie. The name first appeared as Wah! Heat on a pair of singles issued by small-press Inevitable Music in 1980. In 1981, the band dropped “Heat” from its name and issued a standalone single and the album Nah=Poo – The Art of Bluff on WEA-subsidiary Eternal, […]