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The Radiators from Space

Posted on May 18, 2019 in 70s, ALTERNATIVE, Punk

One of the first major bands on the Irish punk rock scene, the Radiators from Space fused the angry, upstart attitude of their peers with a tough, guitar-based attack and intelligent songwriting that would earn them a potent cult following both in Ireland and Great Britain. The Radiators were formed in 1976 when guitarist and singer Philip Chevron, who had been fronting a band of his own, met guitarist Pete Holidai…

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Tony Rice

Posted on May 13, 2019 in Americana, Bluegrass, COUNTRY/FOLK

Tony Rice is one of bluegrass’ most inventive flatpicking guitar players. Although he’s displayed a mastery of the genre’s traditions, Rice set the standard for more contemporary styles … and has continued to reflect his eclectic approach on solo recordings…

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Larry Williams

Posted on May 8, 2019 in 50s, Rock 'n' Roll, ROCK/POP, SOUL

A rough, rowdy rock & roll singer, Larry Williams had several hits in the late ’50s, several of which — “Bony Moronie,” “Dizzy, Miss Lizzy,” “Short Fat Fannie,” “Bad Boy,” “She Said Yeah” — became genuine rock & roll classics and were recorded by British Invasion groups; John Lennon, in particular, was a fan of Williams…

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Lee “Scratch” Perry

Posted on May 5, 2019 in 70s, Dub, REGGAE, Ska

A notoriously eccentric figure whose storied reputation and colorful personality match the sheer strangeness of much of his recorded output, Lee Perry is unquestionably one of reggae’s most innovative, influential artists. His mixing board innovations, from early sample usage to hallucinatory echo and reverb effects, set the stage for generations of musical experimentation…

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Jake Thackray

Posted on May 2, 2019 in Humour, Singer/Songwriter

In terms of a musical career, Jake Thackray was a late starter. Born in 1938, he was educated at the Roman Catholic St. Michael’s College before graduating from Durham University as an English teacher. He worked for almost four years in France, teaching English in Lille …and had his first poems published there, then returned to Leeds in 1964…

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Glen Glenn

Posted on Apr 27, 2019 in 50s, Rockabilly

While he never gained the same fame and public recognition as such fellow West Coast rockabilly pioneers as Eddie Cochran and Ricky Nelson, Glen Glenn’s talent far outweighed his luck in the music business, and his classic sides have become the stuff of legend among rockabilly fans as well as such roots rock giants as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan, all of whom have covered his tunes on-stage…

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David McWilliams

Posted on Apr 24, 2019 in 60s, Folk Rock, ROCK/POP, Singer/Songwriter

Born in Belfast, folk-rock/pop singer/songwriter David McWilliams recorded several albums in the late ’60s in a style similar to Donovan. Here, too, was a youthful but slightly ragged-looking troubadour, obviously influenced by Bob Dylan, whose songs were also dressed up with Baroque orchestration…

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The Afghan Whigs

Posted on Apr 20, 2019 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE

Evolving from a garage punk band to a literate, moody, soul-inflected post-punk quartet, the Afghan Whigs were one of the most critically acclaimed alternative bands of the early ’90s. Although the band never broke into the mainstream, it developed a dedicated cult following…

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The Phantom

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Rockabilly

Jerry Lott a.k.a. Marty Lott a.k.a. The Phantom (January 30, 1938 – September 4, 1983) was an American rockabilly singer with the frantic Dot single, “Love Me” backed with the ballad “Whisper My Love” (Dot 45-16056). Both sides were recorded in 1958 but not issued until January 1960. The record was released with the artist shown as The Phantom…

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Posted on Apr 14, 2019 in 70s, ROCK/POP

With their light, airy melodies and meticulously crafted, clean arrangements that appealed to a variety of audiences, the Carpenters stood in direct contrast to the excessive, gaudy pop/rock of the ’70s. Yet, they became one of the most popular artists of the decade, winning four Grammy Awards, and scoring 12 Top Ten hits, and three number one singles…

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