Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant was an English art-rock band that released eleven studio albums between 1970 and 1980. Their original lineup featured multi-instrumentalist brothers Phil, Derek, and Ray Shulman, plus guitarist Gary Green and composer–keyboardist Kerry Minnear. Derek, Phil, and Kerry traded lead vocals. In 1972, John Weathers joined as their permanent drummer. After the fourth album, […]

Heaven

Heaven was an English brass-rock band that played the 1969 and 1970 Isle of Wight festivals. In 1971, they made the double-album Brass Rock 1, released on CBS in a lavish six-fold sleeve. It features the talents of trombonist David Horler (Michael Gibbs, Garuda, Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass, Kenny Wheeler Big Band) and […]

Aubrey Small

Aubrey Small was an English pop-rock band that released a self-titled album on Polydor in 1971. Members: Peter Pinckney (lead guitar, vocals), Rod Taylor (keyboards, vocals), Alan Christmas (guitar, vocals), David Yearley (bass, vocals), Graham Hunt (drums, guitar, vocals, 1969-72), Barry Shute (drums, 1972-73) Background Aubrey Small formed in Portsmouth in late 1969 when guitarist […]

Iguana

Iguana was an English brass-rock/funk band from Southampton that released a self-titled album on Polydor in 1972. They later became the backing band for singer Jess Roden. Members: Ronnie Taylor (alto saxophone, tambourine), Bruce Roberts (guitar, vocals), John Cartwright (bass, drums), Chris Gower (trombone, tambourine), Pete Hunt (drums, congas), Don Shinn (keyboards, 1971-72), Steve Webb […]

Mike Batt

Mike Batt (Feb. 6, 1949) is an English composer and arranger from Southampton who conducted a string of instrumental/interpretive recordings with his namesake orchestra for DJM Silverline between 1970 and 1972. In 1973, he masterminded the first of six releases by the costumed studio act The Wombles, a musical vehicle for the namesake children’s television […]

IQ

IQ are an English symphonic-rock band that released the 1983 album Tales From the Lush Attic on The Major Record Company, followed by 1985’s The Wake on Sahara Records. After their 1986 single “Intelligence Quotient,” IQ released the 1987–89 Mercury albums Nomzamo and Are You Sitting Comfortably? Their 1993 comeback album Ever sparked a thirty-year […]

Howard Jones

Howard Jones (born Feb. 23, 1955) is an English keyboardist, singer, and songwriter who released four albums on WEA between 1984 and 1989, charting first with “New Song” and “What Is Love?” He achieved transatlantic success with his 1985 release Dream Into Action, which spawned the hits “Things Can Only Get Better,” “Like to Get […]

Charge

Charge were an English space-rock trio from Botley, Hampshire, that released a self-titled album in 1973 on SRT Records. Members: Dave Ellis (guitar, vocals), Ian Mclaughlin (bass, vocals), Pete Gibbons (drums) Charge evolved from Baby Bertha, a psychedelic hard rock band formed in 1971 by members of a south coast act called Relative. By January 1972, […]

Roger Hodgson

Roger Hodgson (born March 21, 1950) is an English musician, vocalist, and songwriter from Portsmouth, Hampshire, who cut a single apiece with the 1969 one-offs People Like Us and Argosy, the latter featuring a then-unknown Elton John. That same year, Hodgson began a 14-year, seven-album stint with Supertramp, in which he split most of the […]

Simon Dupree & The Big Sound

Simon Dupree & The Big Sound were an English R&B–beat group from Portsmouth that released nine 1966–69 singles and the 1967 album Without Reservations on Parlophone. They scored a UK Top 10 hit with their third single, the psych-tinged “Kites” with guest vocals by actress Jacqui Chan. In 1968, they disguised themselves as The Moles […]

The Troggs

The Troggs were an English rock band, best known for the 1966 British Invasion hit “Wild Thing” from their debut album From Nowhere. On Page One, they made the 1967–68 albums Trogglodynamite, Cellophane, and Mixed Bag. Outside the US, they scored further hits with “I Can’t Control Myself,” “Any Way That You Want Me,” “Love […]