David Bowie

David Bowie (January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor with a career in music and the performing arts that spanned more than fifty years. He played in a sequence of mid-Sixties beat groups and released two self-titled albums, charting first with the 1969 opus “Space Oddity.” Between […]

Elton John

Elton John (born March 25, 1947) is an English vocalist, pianist, songwriter, and philanthropist with a career stretching back to the mid-1960s. He achieved global stardom with his self-titled second album in 1970. Since that time, he has recorded more than 30 albums and scored numerous hits that have gained evergreen status around the world. […]

Kate Bush

Kate Bush is an English singer–songwriter who released five albums between 1978 and 1985 on EMI. She rose to international prominence with her debut single “Wuthering Heights,” one of the biggest global hits of 1978. Background Kate was born Catherine Mary Bush on July 30, 1958, in Bexleyheath, Kent, into an artistic family. Her father, […]

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello is an English musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Paddington who debuted with the album My Aim Is True on Stiff/Columbia in 1977. After assembling his backing band The Attractions, he issued the popular Radar titles This Year’s Model (1978) and Armed Forces (1979), followed by seven albums on F-Beat between 1980 and […]

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson is an English singer, guitarist, and songwriter who formed the folk rock band Fairport Convention, which he co-headed on the 1968–70 albums Fairport Convention, What We Did on Our Holidays, Unhalfbricking, Liege & Lief, and Full House. Post-Fairport, he played on albums by Nick Drake, Gary Farr, Mick Softley, John Martyn, and former […]

John Miles

John Miles (April 23, 1949 — December 5, 2021) was an English vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter who shot to fame on Decca with the 1976 album Rebel and the singles “Highfly” and “Music.” It was produced by Alan Parsons, who also handled Miles’ 1979 fourth album More Miles Per Hour. Concurrently, Parsons enlisted the […]

Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood (born May 12, 1948) is an English vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter from Birmingham who emerged as the voice of the Spencer Davis Group, which he joined in 1963 at age 15. After four years, three proper albums, and assorted singles with the band — including the soul-rock evergreens “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m […]

Ann Odell

Ann Odell is an English keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, and arranger who played on albums by Shawn Phillips, Roger Glover, Murray Head, Jorge Ben, Bryan Ferry, Japan, and Pete Townshend during the 1970s and early 1980s. As a solo artist, she released the album A Little Taste on DJM in 1973. In 1975, she teamed with […]

Momus

Momus — aka Nick Currie (born Feb. 11, 1960) — is a Scottish musician, songwriter, and producer who first emerged in the band The Happy Family, which released one album on 4AD in 1982. As a solo artist, he released two shortplayers and the 1986 album Circus Maximus on Él, followed by a string of […]

Kevin Ayers

Kevin Ayers (Aug. 16, 1944 — Feb. 18, 2013) was an English singer–songwriter who co-founded Soft Machine. After their 1968 debut album, he went solo with the 1969 Harvest release Joy of a Toy. Between 1970 and 1988, he released twelve albums. Island Records documented his all-star concert with Brian Eno, John Cale, and Nico […]

David Sylvian

David Sylvian is an English musician, singer, and composer from Beckenham, Kent, best known as the frontman of art-rockers Japan, which he formed in 1974 with brother Steve Batt (Jansen). Between 1978 and 1983, they released five studio albums and a live double-LP. Upon their disbandment, Sylvian issued two singles in collaboration with YMO mastermind […]

Nigel Mazlyn Jones

Nigel Mazlyn Jones (born June 26, 1950) is an English singer/songwriter and guitarist from Dudley, West Midlands, who issued five albums on self-press Isle of Light between 1976 and 1991. As a producer, he oversaw the recording of the 1984 album Silent Dance by symphonic-folksters Solstice. Discography: Ship to Shore (1976) Sentinel & The Fools […]

Murray Head

Murray Head (born March 5, 1946) is an English singer–songwriter and actor who portrays Judas Iscariot on the 1970 rock musical album Jesus Christ Superstar by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. He released the albums Nigel Lived (CBS, 1972) and Say It Ain’t So (Island, 1975), which offered source material for Roger Daltrey (“Say […]

Mick Softley

Mick Softley (Sept. 26, 1939 — Sept. 1, 2017) was an English singer/songwriter from Woodford, Essex, who released the album Songs for Swingin’ Survivors on Columbia in 1965, followed by three albums between 1970 and 1972 on CBS and a further pair of titles during the late 1970s on self-press Doll Records. He was born […]

Michael de Albuquerque

Michael de Albuquerque (born June 24, 1947) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter who cut two singles on United Artists in 1969/70, followed by a jazz-rock album for Pegasus with saxist/vibist Frank Ricotti in 1971. From 1972 to 1974, Albuquerque served as the bassist for the Electric Light Orchestra, playing on the albums ELO […]

Marc Almond

Marc Almond is an English vocalist, songwriter, and arranger from Southport, Merseyside, who rose to fame as one-half of the synthpop duo Soft Cell, which released three albums between 1981 and 1984. Concurrently, he released two 1982–83 albums with the goth–cabaret side-project Marc and the Mambas. As a solo artist, he released nine full-length studio […]

Lindsay Cooper

Lindsay Cooper (March 3, 1951 — Sept. 18, 2013) was an English bassoonist, oboist, and composer who replaced Geoff Leigh as the chief woodwind player in Henry Cow, serving with the band on four studio albums between 1974 and 1978. In the two decades that followed, she released numerous soundtrack recordings and rock operas with […]

Brian Protheroe

Brian Protheroe is an English singer, keyboardist, and songwriter associated with the mid-seventies cabaret glam scene. He released the 1974–76 Chrysalis albums Pinball, Pick-Up, I/You, and the soundtrack to the fifties rock musical Leave Him to Heaven. Early Life, Activities Protheroe was born on June 16, 1944, in Salisbury, Wiltshire, to an English mother and […]

Paul Korda

Paul Korda (1948 – March 11, 2020) was an English singer, songwriter, and producer who issued a string of ’60s-era singles, including the 1969 ecological number “Seagull,” also recorded by Love Sculpture. In 1970, he co-fronted the brass-rock big band Dada for one album on Atco. His first solo album, Passing Stranger, appeared in 1971 […]

Jon Lord

Jon Lord (1941–2012) was an English organist and composer, best known as a mainstay of hard-rockers Deep Purple. An early proponent of orchestral rock, he composed the band’s three-movement Gemini Suite, recorded in 1970 with the Orchestra of the Light Music Society. Lord first emerged in The Artwoods, an R&B/beat group with drummer Keef Hartley […]

Jimmy Campbell

Jimmy Campbell (1944–2007) was an English singer-songwriter from Liverpool who started in the 1960s beat group The Kirkbys, which morphed into psych-pop legends The 23rd Turnoff. As a solo artist, he released the albums Son of Anastasia (Fontana, 1969), Half Baked (Vertigo, 1970), and Jimmy Campbell’s Album (Philips, 1972). His partnership with bassist Bill Kinsley […]

Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson (born Oct. 25, 1944) is an English singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Accrington, Lancashire, who rose to fame as the frontman of Yes, appearing on all but one of the band’s 17 proper studio albums between 1969 and 2001. During a break in the band’s activities in 1976, he self-recorded his debut solo […]

John Foxx

John Foxx is an English keyboardist, songwriter, and producer who first emerged as the frontman of Ultravox, a pioneering electro-rock band that released three 1977–78 albums on Island Records. In 1980, Foxx debuted as a solo artist with Metamatic, a collection of minimal wave and ambient-vocal cuts on his own Virgin-imprint Metal Beat. Foxx embraced […]

Jess Roden

Jess Roden (born Dec. 28, 1947) is an English soul-rock singer from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, who served as the vocalist in the Alan Bown Set circa 1967/68, followed by a two-album stint with Bronco during the early 1970s. After cutting an album with transatlantic hard-rockers the Butts Band, Roden released four albums and a live disc […]

Jane Kennaway

Jane Kennaway is an English New Wave vocalist and songwriter who released four shortplayers between 1979 and 1983, starting with a four-song EP on Dinsong, followed by two singles on Deram circa 1980/81, including one with her band Strange Behaviour. Thirty years later, her complete recordings from this era were released by archivists LTM on […]

Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce (1943— 2014) was a Scottish-born bassist, vocalist, and composer who played in a series of popular English bands during the 1960s, followed by a successful solo career over the following half-century. He first emerged in 1965 with a two-album stint in the Graham Bond Organization, followed with brief time in Manfred Mann and […]

Colin Scot

Colin Scot (1941–1999) was an English–Canadian singer–songwriter who released a self-titled album in 1971 on United Artists, recorded with members of Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, and Van Der Graaf Generator. On Warner Bros., he released the 1973/74 albums Just Another Clown and Out of the Blue. Scot was born Colin Thistlewaite on March 17, 1941, […]

Peter Hammill

Peter Hammill (born Nov. 5, 1948) is an English singer–songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose musical career dates back to the late 1960s. He first rose to prominence as the frontman of Van der Graaf Generator, which he co-founded at Manchester University in 1967. Over the next eleven years, he recorded eight studio albums with the band. […]

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 […]

David Essex

David Essex (born July 23, 1947) is an English vocalist, songwriter, and actor who first recorded a string of pop singles during the mid-to-late 1960s. In 1973, he commenced a working partnership with producer/composer Jeff Wayne that yielded a string of lavishly orchestrated rock albums, including the singer’s melodramatic opus Out on the Street (1976) […]

Fred Frith

Fred Frith (Feb. 17, 1949) is an English avant-rock/improv guitarist and composer from Heathfield who gained international cult renown as a member of Henry Cow, recording five studio albums with the band between 1973 and 1978. Over the following three-year period, he issued of trio of albums with Cow-spinoff The Art Bears. As a solo […]

Robert Calvert

Robert Calvert (1945–1988) was a poet, singer, and songwriter, best known for his stints in the English space-rock band Hawkwind. He first joined as their performance poet on the 1972/73 releases “Silver Machine,” Doremi Fasol Latido, and Space Ritual. As a solo artist, he issued the 1974/75 UA albums Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters and […]

Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson is an English multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, producer, and photographer who rose to prominence as the guitarist–singer of Be-Bop Deluxe, which released five albums between 1974 and 1978 on EMI. He then formed the new wave band Red Noise for the 1979 album Sound-on-Sound. Since 1980, he’s issued vocal and instrumental titles on various […]

Steve Hillage

Steve Hillage is an English guitarist, composer, and producer from London who first recorded under the pseudonym Simon Sasparella in psych-rockers Arzachel, the starting vehicle of keyboardist Dave Stewart (Egg, Hatfield & the North). The two re-teamed in Khan (with bassist Nicholas Greenwood) for the 1972 Deram release Space Shanty. In 1973, Hillage backed Kevin […]

Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett is an English classical/rock guitarist with a career in music that dates back to 1970. He rose to prominence as a member of Genesis between 1971 and 1977, during which time he played on six of the band’s studio albums: Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound, The Lamb Lies Down on […]

Robin Trower

Robin Trower (born March 9, 1945) is an English rock/blues guitarist with a musical career that dates back to the early 1960s. He first rose to prominence as a member of Procol Harum, with whom he played from 1967 to 1971. He made his solo debut with the 1973 release Twice Removed from Yesterday and […]

Colin Blunstone

Colin Blunstone is an English singer who fronted The Zombies, which charted with the British Invasion classics “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No,” and “Time of the Season.” As a solo artist, Colin released the 1971–74 Epic albums One Year, Ennismore, and Journey and scored hits with “She Loves the Way They Love Her,” “I […]

Clifford T. Ward

Clifford T. Ward (Feb. 10, 1944 — Dec. 18, 2001) was an English singer/songwriter from Stourport, Worcestershire, who released seven albums on Dandelion, Charisma, and Philips between 1972 and 1977, followed by two albums apiece during the subsequent two decades. Discography: Singer • Songwriter (1972) Home Thoughts (1973) Mantle Pieces (1973) Escalator (1975) No More […]

Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard (born Oct. 14, 1940) is an English pop vocalist with a career that has spanned more than 60 years, starting in the late 1950s amid the U.K.’s initial wave of home-grown rock performers. Between 1958 and 1963, he enjoyed teen-idol fame and a series of hits with his backing band The Shadows. In […]