James Morrison

“I don’t wanna be misunderstood,” sings James Morrison. “I’ve got to take this chance and make it into something good.” There’s a sense of urgency the 22-year-old U.K. singer/songwriter brings to the music on his debut Interscope Records album Undiscovered that suggests he won’t remain that way for long. No less a legend than Atlantic Records producer and co-founder Jerry […]

Imogen Heap

Imogen Heap (b. December 9, 1977) is a British singer-songwriter from Essex. She grew up playing music from an early age, and had begun to write songs by the time of her eleventh birthday. Heap enjoyed a prestigious live debut – performing four songs, backed by friends Acacia, between sets by The Who and Eric Clapton at the 1996 Prince’s […]

Phil Collins

With a remarkable combination of middle-of-the-road appeal and talent and vision that has produced some of the better music of his time, composer-singer-drummer-actor Phil Collins has made an indelible impact on the entertainment industry. Truly one of the hardest working men in show business, he has written for and performed with two legendary and vastly different bands, found great success […]

Kate Bush

Born Catherine Bush, 30 July 1958, Bexleyheath, Kent, England. While still at school, the precocious Bush was discovered by Pink Floyd ‘s David Gilmour, who was so impressed by the imaginative quality of her songwriting that he financed some demo recordings. EMI Records were equally taken with the product and in an unusual act of faith decided not to record […]

James Blunt

Some ageing rockstar once said that what he feared most, in a musical sense, was the songwriting well running dry. That’s something that’s unlikely ever to worry James Blunt. He has, it can be said without exaggeration, lived a life that should provide enough material for a dozen albums, with sufficient left over for a couple of screenplays. Sure – […]

Long John Baldry

Long John Baldry’s amazing musical legacy which if properly notated would fill a few pages in any rock encyclopedia. Long John’s forty-five year career is a rich tapestry of recording, performing, great bands, discoverer of talent and actor. Long John is particularly known for his associations with former band members Rod Stewart and Elton John. Looking closely at LJB’s musical […]

The Yardbirds

We won’t attempt to write a book on the Yardbirds here; that’s already been done — three times (see the print and online bibliography at the end of this bio for further reading). We’ll simply reiterate that the Yardbirds, perhaps more than any other group, brought guitar pyrotechnics to rock & roll in the 1960s. By introducing Clapton, Beck and […]

Rod Stewart

Roderick David Stewart (born January 10, 1945 in Highgate, London) is an English born singer and songwriter of Scottish descent, most known for his uniquely raspy, gravelly, hoarse-sounding voice and personable singing style, as exemplified in his signature song “Maggie May”. In a career now entering its fifth decade, Stewart has achieved 27 top 10 hit singles worldwide. Although the […]

Eric Clapton

Eric Patrick Clapton was born on 30 March 1945 in his grandparents’ home at 1 The Green, Ripley, Surrey, England. He was the son of 16-year-old Patricia Molly Clapton (b. 7 January 1929, d. March 1999) and Edward Walter Fryer (b. 21 March 1920, d. 1985), a 24-year-old Canadian soldier stationed in England during World War II. Before Clapton was […]

The Animals

The Animals were an English rock and roll band of the 1960s that was part of the British Invasion. Known for their gritty, bluesy sound and deep-voiced frontman Eric Burdon, as exemplified by their signature song “House of the Rising Sun”, the band underwent numerous personnel changes and emerged as an exponent of psychedelic rock before dissolving at the end […]