The Moody Blues are a UK band that have had hit albums in the UK, US and worldwide – with an impressive 50 million albums sold and 14 platinum and gold discs. They started life as a Rhythm and Blues based sound in 1964, emanating from Erdington in Birmingham. Their name developed from a planned sponsored from a brewery and was also a nod to the Duke Ellington song: 'Mood Indigo'.

They were initially John Lodge, Michael Pinder, Denny Laine, Graeme Edge and Clint Warwick, undergoing a few line-up changes throughout the years, notably recruiting Justin Hayward as the singer. First signed to Decca Records, the band hit gold with their 2nd single, ‘’Go now’’ which remains their sole No. 1 in the UK.

Despite debut album, 'The Magnificent Moodies' sounding distinctly rhythm and blues influenced, their sound changed for their 2nd album 'Days of Future Passed' – which was more orchestral, and contained well-known track 'Nights in White Satin' which went on to become a million seller when re-released 5 years later, in 1972.


They moved on to a more psychedelic sound that helped to define the progressive rock genre, with their 1968 album 'In search of the Lost Chord'.

The band took a long break in 1974, reuniting in 1978 with the album 'Octave' which sold well, and in 1979 the band toured the US and England, by 1981 The Moody Blues had reached No.1 again in Billboard charts and Top 5 in the UK with LP 'Long Distance Voyager'.

Between 1991 and 1998, the band took an extended break from recording , instead trying to perfect live music with an orchestra. 1999 saw the return of the long-running band, with the modestly received album 'Strange times' and an appearance on The Simpsons.

Since the turn of the century, The Moody Blues have released a live concert 'Hall of Fame', the film Journey into Amazing Caves and a Christmas themed album.

Their most popular albums were re-released in 2006, and the following year the now closed Hard Rock theme park in the US announced a ride: 'Nights in White Satin – the Trip'.

Members have included Graeme Edge, David Justin Hayward, Denny Laine, John Lodge, Patrick Moraz, Michael Pinder, Ray Thomas, Clint Warwick.
Group formed in Birmingham England, 1964; founding members Denny Laine and Clint Warwick left the group and were replaced by Justin Hayward and John Lodge, 1966; formed Threshold recording label, 1969; disbanded, 1974; reunited with Patrick Moraz replacing Mike Pinder on keyboards, 1977.

The band continue to tour.


The Magnificent Moodies, Decca, 1965.
Days of Future Passed, Deram, 1967.
In Search of the Lost Chord, Deram, 1968.
On the Threshold of a Dream, Deram, 1969.
To Our Children's Children's Children, Threshold, 1969.
A Question of Balance, Threshold, 1970.
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Threshold, 1971.
Seventh Sojourn, Threshold, 1972.
Octave, Decca, 1978.
Long Distance Voyager, Threshold, 1981.
The Present, Threshold, 1983.
The Other Side of Life, Threshold/Polydor, 1986.
Sur la Mer, Polydor, 1988.
Keys of the Kingdom, Threshold/Polydor, 1991.
Strange Times, Polydor, 1999.
December, Universal Music Group, 2003.

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Often referred to as the first Punk group, The Ramones, an American rock band, was formed in Forest Hills, New York by lead singer Joey Ramone, guitarist Johnny Ramone and bassist Dee Dee Ramone.

The Ramones recorded their first album “Ramones,” a collection of fast and short songs, on a budget of just $6400. The albums had little commercial success and it was their live shows in the UK and Toronto that helped them become a popular live act on the punk scene. Their next two albums “Leave Home” and “Rocket to Russia” released in 1977 were well received by the critics but did badly commercially.


After 1978, the band’s music started to included news sounds like the acoustic guitar and even some ballads and in 1980, Phil Spector produced the Album “End of the Century” which gave them their highest charts positions both in the US and the UK. Johnny Ramone made it clear that he always favoured the bands more aggressive punk style.

After releasing several more albums, the band toured, who had toured for 22 years, playing 2,263 concerts disbanded after a farewell show with the Lollapalooza music festival in 1996.



Members include C.J. Ramone (born Chris Ward, in 1965; joined group, 1989), bass; Joey Ramone (born Jeffrey Hyman, May 19, 1952, in Forest Hills, NY), vocals; Johnny Ramone (born John Cummings, October 8,1948, on Long Island, NY), guitar; and Ritchie Ramone (Richard Beau; joined group, 1983), drums. Former members include Dee Dee Ramone (born Douglas Colvin, September 18, 1952, in Fort Lee, VA; left group, 1989), bass; Marky Ramone (Marc Bell; joined group, 1978, left, 1983), drums; and Tommy Ramone (Tommy Erdelyi; left group, 1978), drums.
Recording and performing act, 1974—. Group formed in Forest Hills, NY; performed regularly at CBGB, New York City; signed with Sire Records, 1975; released debut album, Ramones, 1976; toured U.S. and U.K.; appeared in film Rock 'n' Roll High School, 1979; toured Europe, 1980; contributed music to film Pet Semetary, 1989; with Jerry Harrison, Debbie Harry, and Tom Tom Club, joined "The Escape From New York" world tour, 1990.
Addresses: Record company—Radioactive/MCA Records, 70 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608. Publicity—Middleberg & Rosso Public Relations, Inc., 130 East 59th St., New York, NY 10022.


Albums: (All albums are released under the label Sire, unless otherwise noted)

Ramones, 1976.
Leave Home, 1977.
Road to Ruin, 1978.
End of the Century, 1980.
Pleasant Dreams, 1981.
Subterranean Jungle, 1983.
Too Tought to Die, 1984.
Animal Boy, 1986.
Halfway to Sanity, 1987.
Brain Drain, 1989.
Mondo Bizarro, Radioactive / Chrysalis, 1992.
Acid Eaters, Radioactive / Chrysalis, 1993.
¡Adios Amigos!, Radioactive / Chrysalis, 1995.


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The Stranglers are an English rock music group with a long and successful career. The Stranglers, originally called the Guildford Stranglers, were formed on September 11th 1974 in Guildford, Surrey. The original band members included singer and guitarist Hugh Cornwell, keyboardist Dave Greenfield, bass guitarist Jean-Jacques Burnel and drummer Jet Black (Brian Duffy).

The Stranglers originally built a following in the pub rock scene during the mid 1970s but soon branched out into other music styles. They became one of the main bands associated with the beginning of the punk rock scene because of their black humour and confrontational attitude. This has been attributed partly to the fact that they supported The Ramones on their first British tour. The Stranglers are difficult to classify as part of one music genre having explored a variety of music styles including new wave, gothic rock and pop.

In 1990, one of the founding members, Hugh Cornwell, left the band to pursue a solo career. The remaining band members continued touring and maintained their live profile.

The Stranglers are the longest- surviving band that originated in the UK in the mid to late 1970s as part of the punk scene. They have continued to be successful for more than three decades. During which they have had more than 32 UK top 40 hits. Their Greatest Hits CD has sold more than a million copies and their songs have been featured in films. Golden Brown was featured in the film Snatch.


The Stranglers have recently returned to a four piece band. Band members include keyboardist Dave Greenfield, bass guitarist and singer Jean-Jacques Burnel, drummer Jet Black and singer and guitarist Baz Warne who joined The Stranglers in 2001. The Stranglers released their latest album, Suite XVI in January 2007.

Members include Jet Black (founding member), drums, percussion; J.J. Burnel (born Jean-Jacques Burnel), bass guitar, vocals; Hugh Cornwell (founding member; left group in 1990), guitar, vocals; John Ellis, guitar; Dave Greenfield, keyboards, vocals; Paul Roberts, vocals; Hans Warmling (left group 1975), guitar.
Formed band in London, England, 1974; toured with Patti Smith, 1976; released debut album Stranglers IV (Rattus Norvegicus), 1977; released Black and White, 1978; released The Gospel According to the Men In Black, 1981; signed with Epic Records, 1982.
Addresses: Record company—Epic Records, 550 Madison Ave., New York City, NY 10022.
Rattus Norvegicus, United Artists, 1977.
No More Heroes, United Artists, 1977.
Black and White, United Artists, 1978.
The Raven, United Artists, 1979.
The Gospel According to the Meninblack, Liberty Records, 1981.
La Folie, Liberty Records, 1981.
Feline, Epic Records, 1983.
Aural Sculpture, Epic Records, 1984.
Dreamtime, Epic Records, 1986.
10, Epic Records, 1990.
Stranglers in the Night, Psycho, 1992.
About Time, When!, 1995.
Written in Red, When!, 1997.
Coup de Grace, 1998.
Norfolk Coast, EMI, 2004.
Suite XVI, EMI, 2006.
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The Jam
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The Jam, were an English rock band from Surrey in Woking that had huge success from 1975–1982. The media often labelled The Jam a Punk- Rock trio, although Paul Weller (lead vocal and guitar), Bruce Foxton (bass) and Rick Buckler (drums) infused clear elements of Soul, R‘n’B, New wave as well as punk elements into there music. The Jam are closely associated with the mod revival of the late 1970’s that was inspired by groups like The Kinks and The Who (popular in the 60’s).

The band was formed at Sheerwater high school, which all three members attended; they began playing gigs in and around London in 1976. The next year they signed a deal with Universal music subsidiary Polydor records and released their debut album “In the City”, the album produced two successful singles “In the City” and “All Around World”, the success allowed them to embark on an extensive tour across the U.K.

In the following years, armed with their sharp tailored suits, Harrington jackets and penny loafers (common attire among mod-revivalist’s), The Jam had top 10 albums all the way up until 1982, when the band split after the number 1 selling album “The Gift”. The main reason for the split was Paul Weller’s interest in a different musical direction; he formed The Style council in 1983 and eventually went on to a solo career. Weller is often labelled one of the U.K’s great singer-songwriters. The other members of the group both went there separate ways and formed bands of the there own, with no real commercial success.

In 2007, The Jam reunited minus Paul Weller and minus his support, in 2006 having been asked for his thoughts on a reunion he said “ Me and my children would have to be destitute and starving in the gutter before I’d even consider that”. Un-phased the remaining members toured the U.K, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York in the United States. Ironically attaining more success in the U.S than when they were at their peak, proving that there is still a strong global thirst for the unique brand of British music The Jam created at the height of there success.




In the City, Polydor Records, 1977.
This Is the Modern World, Polydor Records, 1977.
All Mod Cons, Polydor Records, 1978.
Setting Sons,  Polydor Records, 1979.
Sound Affects, Polydor Records, 1980.
The Gift, Polydor Records, 1982.


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Pretties for You, Straight, 1969.


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Alice Cooper, born Vincent Damon Furnier on 4th February 1948, is an American rock singer and composer. With a career that has spanned more than 40 years, Alice Cooper’s shock rock has brought both infamy and success, with 50 million records sold worldwide and a reputation for Vaudeville-like horror stage shows.

"We brought theatrics to rock 'n' roll. We did it before Bowie, we did it before Kiss and before anybody,” Cooper has said in an interview. This shock factor even seems to extend to Alice Cooper’s personal life.  As one of the progenitors of heavy metal, and the first to introduce horror imagery to rock music, it’s something of a surprise to learn that Rolling Stone’s “World’s Most Beloved Entertainer” is a Christian golfer, actor, restaurateur and DJ.


Alice Cooper was originally the name of Furnier’s band, with Furnier singing and playing the harmonica, supported by guitarists Glen Buxton and Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith. The band was signed to Frank Zappa’s Straight Records in 1969, but commercial success took some time. Their first release, ‘Pretties For You’, floundered low in the charts, and ‘Easy Action’ didn’t do much better the year after. Having been signed to Straight for three albums, the next chance for Alice Cooper to make a successful record may well have been their last. Fortunately, success came.  Teaming up with producer Bob Ezrin, ‘Love It To Death’, as the album was called, was released in 1971 and reached #35 in the US charts after their earlier single, ‘I’m Eighteen’ had reached #21 in the Billboard Hot 100. In the summer of 1972, the single ‘School’s Out’ reached new heights, reaching top spot in the UK and a place in the top 10 of the US charts. ‘Billion Dollar Babies’, the band’s most commercially successful album, was released a year later, reaching the top spot in both the UK and US charts.; background-position: 0px -304px; " src="" />

In 1975, Furnier broke away from the rest of the band and used the pseudonym Alice Cooper to start his solo career. The concept album ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ was his first solo release, reaching the top 10 in the US charts, and it was accompanied by a TV special, ‘The Nightmare’, which represents the first music video album ever made. However, Furnier’s alcoholism began to take its toll, and he booked himself into a sanitarium in 1977. In 1983, Furnier was hospitalized for his alcohol abuse, and he took a year-long career break. Between then and Furnier’s most recent release, 2008’s ‘Along Came A Spider’, Alice Cooper has enjoyed consistently good commercial successes and high acclaim for his musical innovation and often groundbreaking cross-media work, not to mention being commonly credited with the inspiration for more than one generation’s musical talents. 


Born Vincent Damián Fumier, December 25, 1945 (one source says February 4, 1948), in Detroit, MI; son of a protestant minister; married, two children.

Began career during high school as member of the Earwigs; group relocated to Los Angeles, 1968, and changed name to the Spiders, then the Nazz, then Alice Cooper; released first two records on Frank Zappa's Straight Records label; signed to Warner Bros., 1971; launched solo career and released first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare, 1975; moved to MCA records; moved to Epic Records, and released Trash, 1989. Appeared in films Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1978, Sextette, 1979, Roadie, 1980, Monster Dog, 1982, Decline of Western Civilization Part II, 1988, Wayne's World, 1992, and Nightmare on Elm Street Part VI, 1992.


Addresses: Home—Scottsdale, AZ. Record company—Epic Records, 51 West 52nd St., New York, NY 10019.

The release of Cooper's first solo album, 1975's Welcome To My Nightmare, was accompanied by a successful prime-time television special. The album contained an unlikely hit, the ballad "Only Women Bleed." Other cuts demonstrated Cooper's still-sharp penchant for theatrics, including the sinister "Black Widow"—which in concert featured human-sized spiders crawling across a giant web suspended across the stage—and the surreal "Escape," where in live performance Cooper was chased by a ten-foot-tall one-eyed monster.

In keeping with the punk/new-wave era of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Cooper in 1980 released Flush the Fashion. Flush is best remembered for the single "Clones (We Are All)"; its liberal use of the Moog synthesizer and monotone vocal style were both indicative of the popular "cold wave" style of the day. David Fricke of Rolling Stone reported that Flush the Fashion "wisely scrapped the flatulent vaudeville trappings and tragicomic pretensions of [Cooper's] late seventies work and reassumed the punk mantle he wore when the original Alice band was cutting a [Civil War Union] General Sherman-like swath."

Trash, Cooper's first release for Epic Records, started a tradition of extensive collaboration with other prominent artists. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith accompanied Cooper on "Hell Is Living Without You," a ballad co-written by Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora, and "Poison," the smash single from the album, the video of which was broadcast regularly on MTV, featured the backing vocals of Bon Jovi. 1991 's Hey Stoopid! boasted a stellar studio lineup that included metal elder statesman Ozzy Osbourne, who sang, and Slash from Guns and Roses, who played guitar on the title track. Guitar aces Joe Satriani and Steve Vai lent dueling guitars to "Feed My Frankenstein," and Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars contributed licks to "Die For You." Hard Force magazine called Hey Stoopid! "the best since Welcome to My Nightmare, a vicious guitar record."

Promotion for Hey Stoopid! was characteristically spectacular. Cooper took to the streets, turning up in various public places to perform songs from the album and generally wreak havoc. Dubbing the September, 1991, tour the "Nightmare on Your Street," he performed at 8:45 in the morning in the parking lot of Los Angeles radio station KLOS, causing a standstill in rush-hour traffic. In New York City, Cooper tempted fate by playing in Times Square on Friday the 13th. Confused onlookers in Detroit were treated to a concert on the roof of the local Sound Warehouse record store, and in Towson, Maryland, Cooper held forth on the steps of the country courthouse.

Further promotion for Hey Stoopid! came in the form of a cameo role in director Penelope Spheeris's block-buster Wayne's World. In the film, Cooper performed the song "Feed My Frankenstein" and offered the star-struck protagonists an impromptu backstage lesson on the history of Milwaukee worthy of the best high school geography teacher. Commenting in Rolling Stone on the head-banging community-access television hosts portrayed in the film, Cooper said, "I like Wayne and Garth, I meet people like them all the time, they are my audience."

And because—or in spite—of his over-the-top image, Cooper's fans seem to be able to relate to Alice as well. Cooper has endured because he consistently plays the type of villain or monster that audiences can't help but cheer. By innovating a diabolic, yet charismatic, character back in the seventies, he has become a legendary figure in rock music. Melody Maker commented aptly on the universal appeal of Cooper's persona, allowing, "There has to be an Alice Cooper just like there has to be a Father Christmas.


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Glam rock legends Kiss were formed in NYC in 1973 by school teacher/bass player Gene Simmons and guitarist/singer Paul Stanley. Recruiting drummer Peter Criss and axeman Ace Frehley through newspaper and magazine ads, Simmons and Stanley set out to do nothing less than conquer the known rock world.

Their self-titled debut album came out in early 1974 on Casablanca Records, followed later that year by ‘Hotter Than Hell’. Both albums were packed with hard rock tracks that would later become Kiss classics, including ‘Strutter’, and ‘Cold Gin'. Their first real commercial success, though, came with 1975's ‘Dressed To Kill’, which featured the timeless anthem "Rock And Roll All Nite".

1976's ‘Destroyer’ cemented the band's hard-won image as the greatest rock n' roll band in America. Kiss' next two albums, ‘Rock And Roll Over’ and ‘Love Gun’, also went platinum. In 1978, they issued ‘Kiss Alive II’, followed by solo records from each of the members. 1979's ‘Dynasty’ produced a couple of popular numbers, but a slight disco edge to the music and an obvious, strained relationship between the members saw their original fan base beginning to erode.

In 1980, original drummer Peter Criss left the group; Anton Fig filled in for the recording of ‘Kiss Unmasked’ later on that year. Official replacement Eric Carr joined the band in time to perform on their 1980 world tour. 1981's Music From The Elder received disappointing sales, and guitarist Ace Frehley was the next to leave. Vinnie Vincent took up axe duties for 1982's ‘Creatures Of The Night’.

By 1983, Kiss had dropped the make-up and revamped their sound for a new decade, resulting in the platinum-selling ‘Lick It Up’, their first for Mercury Records. Music videos and more touring followed, with Vincent replaced by first Mark St. John and then Bruce Kulick in 1984.

In 1991, drummer Eric Carr passed away from cancer at age 41. He was replaced by Eric Singer, who played on 1992's Revenge, an album that later went gold. ‘Kiss Alive! III’ was issued in 1993, but failed to achieve the success of the first two. 1996 saw the first official reunion of all four original members since 1980.


In 1998, the reformed original Kiss released ‘Psycho Circus’ and once again wore make-up and outlandish costumes and undertook a highly successful tour. They continued through 2001, at which time Peter Criss again quit- reportedly due to financial issues. Frehley left in 2002, amid rumours of acrimony. In 2003, Polygram released 'Symphony: Kiss Alive IV'.

Kiss continue to tour.

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The Police was a three-piece British pop band who came into prominence in the wake of the punk rock phenomenon. The trio formed in 1977, consisting of Sting (bass and lead vocals), Stewart Copeland (drummer) and Henri Padovani (guitarist). This line-up issued the band’s first single, "Fall Out" in May 1977. Following this Andy Summers joined the band, who now toured as a four piece. Summers told Padovani that he wanted to experiment with 'new sounds, so Padovani quit the band (He probably regrets his hastiness.)

For The Police, their first album, "Outlandos d'Amour" was difficult working on a small budget, with no manager or record deal. Copeland's older brother, Miles, heard "Roxanne" and immediately got them a record deal with A&M Records. The single was re-released in 1979, and it was then that The Police achieved widespread fame in England. In October 1979, the group released their second album "Regatta de Blanc", giving way to reggae-influenced hit "Walking on the Moon".


In March of 1980, The Police decided to embark on their first World Tour, and soon became a world famous act. Pressured by their record company for a new record, The Police quickly released their third album, "Zenyatta Mondatta" in 1980. The album gave the group a U.K. No. 1 with "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da", (what?), which charted successfully across the world. As Sting would later put it, this was the last album they worked on 'as a band.'

Their fourth album, "Ghost in the Machine", released in 1981, featured a thicker sound and vocal textures, holding the hit singles, "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" and "Spirits In The Material World".

They released their last, and classic, album, "Synchronicity", in 1983. Notable songs from that album include "Every Breath You Take" and "Wrapped Around Your Finger". Shortly after, each band member gradually began his own solo career. A short-lived attempt to reunite in 1986 produced a re-recording of their song "Don't Stand So Close to Me". On 10th March 2003, The Police were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Police have reformed recently however after touring and earning shed loads of money say they will not tour again.


Members include Stewart Copeland (born July 16, 1952, in Alexandria, VA), drums; Sting (born Gordon Matthew Sumner, October 2, 1951, in Newcas tle-upon-Tyne, England), vocals; Andy Summers (born Andrew Somers, December 31, 1942, in Bournemouth, England), guitar.
Band formed in 1977 in London, England; released single "Fall Out" on Illegal Records, 1977; signed record contract with A&M Records and released Outlandos D'Amour, 1978; released Regatta de Blanc, 1979; first rock band to play Bombay, India, 1980; released Zenyat ta Mondatta, 1980; Ghost in the Machine stays at No. 2 on U.S. charts for six weeks, 1982; Synchronicity and "Every Breath You Take" reach No. 1 on the charts in U.S. and U.K., 1983; disbanded in 1986.
Awards: Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Rock Performance, 1981 ; two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rock Instrumental Performance, 1982; BRIT Award for Best British Rock Group, 1982; three Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance, and Best Rock Performance, 1984; American Video Award for Best Group Video, 1984; BRIT Award for Outstanding Con tribution to British Music, 1985.
Addresses: Record company—A&M Records, 1416 North LaBrea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Outlandos d'Amour, A&M, 1978.
Reggatta de Blanc, A&M, 1979.
Zenyattà Mondatta, A&M, 1980.
Ghost in the Machine, A&M, 1981.
Synchronicity, A&M, 1983.


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Uriah Heep's by-the-books progressive heavy metal made the British band one of the most popular hard rock groups of the early '70s. Formed by vocalist David Byron and guitarist Mick Box in the late '60s, the group went through an astonishing number of members over the next two decades -- nearly 30 different musicians passed through the band over the years.


Byron and Box were members of the mid-'60s rock band called the Stalkers; once that band broke up, the duo formed another group called Spice. Spice would eventually turn into Uriah Heep in the late '60s, once Ken Hensley (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and bassist Paul Newton joined the pair. Former Spice drummer Alex Napier was the band's drummer for a brief time; he was quickly replaced by Nigel Olsson.


Uriah Heep released their debut album Very 'eavy...Very 'umble (called Uriah Heep in the U.S.) in 1970. After its release, Keith Baker became the group's drummer; he recorded Salisbury, the group's second album, before deciding he couldn't keep up with the band's extensive touring and was replaced by Ian Clarke. Salisbury, featuring a 16-minute title track recorded with a 26-piece orchestra, showcased the band's more progressive tendencies. Later that year, Ian Clarke was replaced by Lee Kerslake and Mark Clarke replaced Newton; Mark Clarke quickly left the band and Gary Thain became the group's bassist. This lineup of Uriah Heep was its most stable and popular; beginning with 1972's Demons and Wizards, they released five albums between 1972 and 1975.

After 1975, the band's popularity began to slip. Byron left the band in 1977 and was replaced by John Lawton, yet the group's fortunes kept declining right into the early '80s. However, Uriah Heep soldiered on, continuing to release albums into the '90s and 2000s. The album roster included Different World (1994), Sea of Light (1995), Sonic Origami (1998), and Spellbinder (1999). 


Founding members include David Byron (born January 29, 1947, in Epping, England; died February 28, 1985), vocals; Mick Box (born June 8, 1947, in London, England), guitar, vocals; Ken Hensley (born August 24, 1945, in London, England), guitar, keyboards, vocals;
Paul Newton (born 1946, in Andover, England), bass; Gary Thain (born May 15, 1948, in Wellington, New Zealand; died March 19, 1976), bass.
Addresses: Fan Club—Official Uriah Heep Appreciation Society, P.O. Box 268, Telford, Shropshire, England TF26XA.
Very 'eavy Very 'umble, Bronze 1970.
Salisbury, Bronze 1971.
Look at Yourself, Bronze 1971.
Demons and Wizards, Bronze 1972.
The Magician's Birthday, Bronze 1972.
Uriah Heep Live, Bronze 1973.
Sweet Freedom, Bronze 1973.
Wonderworld, Bronze 1974.
Return to Fantasy, Bronze 1975.
The Best of Uriah Heep, Bronze 1975.
High and Mighty, Bronze 1976.
Firefly, Bronze 1977.
Innocent Victim, Bronze 1977.
Fallen Angel, Bronze 1978.
Conquest, Bronze 1980.
Abominog, Bronze 1982.
Head First, Bronze 1983.
Equator, Bronze 1985.
Live in Europe 1979, Raw Power 1987.
Live in Moscow, Bronze 1988.
Raging Silence, Legacy 1989.
Still 'eavy, Still Proud, Legacy 1990.
Different World, Legacy 1991.
Rarities from the Bronze Age, Sequel 1992.
Sea of Light, Castle 1995.
Spellbinder, Castle 1996.
Sonic Origami, Eagle Records, 1998.
Wake the Sleeper, Sanctuary Records/Universal Music, 2008.
Celebration, Sanctuary Records/Universal Music, 2009.



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Small Faces were an influential British mod/psychedelic band of the 1960s, led by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane with Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan (who replaced original organist Jimmy Winston). The Small Faces were all genuine East End mods and they ranked second to The Who as Britain’s premier Mod band. They were signed to Decca records initially and enjoyed major success across Europe between 1965 and 1967 with classic singles like “All Or Nothing” and “Sha-La-La-La-Lee” before moving to a new label.

By late 1967, the band had felt constricted financially & creatively by manager Don Arden (father of Sharon Osbourne), and were lured by Rolling Stones’ publicist Andrew Loog Oldham into signing with his new Immediate label. They soon recorded more expansive psychedelic sounding material including hit pop tunes like “Lazy Sunday” which was included with their UK number one classic concept album Ogdens Nut Gone Flake and “Itchycoo Park” which was their only stateside charting single.


The demise of the Small Faces arrived on New Years Eve 1968, when Steve Marriott walked off stage at The Alexandra Palace in London. Marriott felt that despite the success of the group, he was still not being taken seriously as a musician. He went on to achieve major status in the U.S.A with Peter Frampton in Humble Pie. The others continued as the Faces, opting to drop the “Small” after one LP as new recruits Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood towered above their new band mates. Drummer Kenney Jones later joined The Who after the death of their drummer Keith Moon. As years went on, Marriott kept recording various lineups as Humble Pie but became somewhat of a caricature and casualty of rock excess. Tragically, Steve Marriott died in a house fire in 1991 and Ronnie Lane followed him in 1997 after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Keyboardist Ian McLagan has continued to tour and record with his own band as well as with artists like Billy Bragg, The New Barbarians ( a group composed of Ian, Ron Wood, Keith Richards, Stanley Clarke, and Billy Cobham), and The Rolling Stones. According to announcements at the shows on the New Barbarians tour, the proceeds of the live gigs were going to pay Ronnie Lane’s medical expenses associated with Ronnie’s struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.


The Small Faces remain one of British rock’s most important legacy acts, with their membership having links to so many other acts. Amongst the many bands they influenced were The Jam, Ramones, and Oasis.


Small Faces, UK Decca Records, 1966.
From the Beginning, UK Decca Records, 1967.
Small Faces, Immediate Records, 1967.
Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake, Immediate Records, 1968.
Immediate Records, Immediate Records, 1969.
Playmates, 1977.
78 in the Shade, 1978.
The Masters, UK Eagle, 1997.
The BBC Sessions, Strange Fruit, 1999.
Itchycoo Park, 1999.

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The Animals Black and White
The Animals promo
The Animals Fish-eye
The Animals album

The Animals formed in 1963 after Eric Burdon joined the existing group of Alan Price Combo. The group performed R’n’B covers around Newcastle in the early Sixties. The group were brought to London by Ronan O’Rahilly but were soon being managed by Mickey Most.

The Animals had a series of successful hits starting with Bob Dylan’s Baby Let me Take you Home” however, their most iconic track “The House of the Rising Sun” which was a cover of a song relating to a brothel, even now is the subject of acrimony as Alan Price managed to obtain all the royalties for this track, apparently excluding the other members of the band. Once the group had found fame and toured America, Alan Price left being unable to cope with the pressure and went on to form The Alan Price Set and tour with Georgie Fame. After a number of successful hit singles the band broke up in 1966. Chas Chandler went on to discover and manage Jimi Hendrix and Slade; while Eric Burdon went on to form The New Animals. There have been a couple of attempts to reform the band during the Seventies and Eighties but with little success.

Eric Burdon continues to gig and record around the globe.


Members include Alan Price (born April 19, 1941, Fairfield, Durham, England), organ, piano; Eric Burdon (born May 11, 1941, Walker, Northumberland, England), vocals; Chas Chandler (born Byran Chandler, December 18, 1938, Heaton, Northumberland, England; died July 17, 1996, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England), bass; John Steel (born February 4, 1941, Gateshead, Northumberland, England), drums; Hilton Valentine (born May 21, 1943, North Shields, Northumberland, England), guitar.

Other members include: Vic Briggs (born February 14, 1945, Twickenham, Surrey, England), guitar; Barry Jenkins (born December 22, 1944, Leicester, England), drums; Danny McCullough (born July 18, 1945, London, England), bass; Tom Parker, organ, piano; Dave Rowberry (born December 27, 1943, Newcastle, England), organ, piano; John Weider (born April 21, 1947, London, England), guitar.

Band formed as the Alan Price Combo, 1962; changed name to the Animals, 1962; released self-titled debut album, 1964; Price left the band, 1965; Steel left the band, 1966; the Animals disbanded, 1966; Eric Burdon & the Animals formed and released Animalization, 1966; band relocated to California, 1967; Burdon dissolved band, 1968; reunited for Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted, 1976; reunited for Ark and Rip It ToShreds: The Animals Greatest Hits Live, 1983-84.

Like several of their contemporaries, the members of the Animals didn't see very much of the money they earned from their success. When they broke up, Steel sold his publishing rights for 4,000 pounds, and was the only member to leave the band with any money. "We all carme out of the Animals relatively sane, because, although we were manipulated, we were never sheltered and protected like the Beatles," Burdon told Bob Hart in Rolling Stone.

Drummer Jenkins and singer Burdon decided to form a new version of the Animals within a few months. They quickly recruited bassist Danny McCullough and organist Tom Parker. In October of 1966, they released Animalization on MGM Records. The following year, they all moved to California and added guitarist Vic Briggs. But before their next album was recorded, Parker left the group.


The Animals, MGM Records, 1964.

The Animals on Tour, MGM Records, 1965.

Animal Tracks, MGM Records, 1965.

The Best of the Animals, MGM Records, 1966.

Animalisms, MGM Records, 1966.

Animalization, MGM Records, 1966.

Help Me Girl, MGM Records, 1967.

The Best of Eric Burdon & the Animals, Vol. 2, MGM Records, 1967.

Winds of Change, MGM Records, 1967.

The Twain Shall Meet, MGM Records, 1968.

Every One of Us, MGM Records, 1968.

Love Is, MGM Records, 1969.

The Greatest Hits of Eric Burdon & the Animals, MGM Records, 1969.

Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted, Barn Records, 1976.

Ark, I.R.S. Records, 1983.

Rip It To Shreds: The Animals Greatest Hits Live, I.R.S. Records, 1984.

The Best of Eric Burdon & the Animals (1966-1968), Polydor Records, 1986.

Source: Sonya Shelton 

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