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To learn about popular music and playing the guitar you have to study the big songs. The songs that everybody knows, the hits.

To write guitar parts, vocal melodies, chord progressions and to arrange songs you must learn from the big names.

You must dig deep and find out what they did.

Behind every single song you learn in the step by step courses, there’s an artist or band with an entire catalogue of music that you can learn from.

To find out more about them, follow the links below.


10cc

10cc-thumbWith influences such as the late Beatles and Frank Zappa, 10cc was not your average, middle of the road band.

Similarly to Supertramp, 10cc was almost prog/rock/pop with long instrumental sections and lots of different styles mixed.

Major hits include ‘Dreadlock Holiday’ and’ I’m Not In Love’.

To find out more, go to 10cc biography.


Al Green

al-green-thumbAl Green is an American gospel and soul singer who has enjoyed great popularity since the early 70s.

Among his hits, you’ll find ‘Let’s Stay Together’ and ‘Take Me To The River’. However, Al Green also sang many covers including ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’, ‘Unchained Melody’, ‘Light My Fire’ and ‘My Girl’.

Most soul singers have Al Green as one of their main heroes. Even today, past his 60th birthday, he is still a fantastic singer.

To find out more, go to Al Green biography.


Alicia Keys

alicia-keys-thumbNot many singers enter the charts instantly with their debut album. Usually, it takes not just months of preparation but also a soft release, a build and then a few more singles before the audience catch on.

When Alicia Keys released ‘Songs In Am’ in 2001, she could not have anticipated the huge success with 236.000 sales in the first week or the 12 million copies her debut album eventually sold worldwide.

Followed up by more albums as well as acting in major feature films, Alicia Keys has become a household name.

To find out more, go to Alicia Keys biography.


Ann Peebles

ann-peebles-thumbAnn Peebles is an internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter, best known for her popular Memphis soul albums of the 70s on the ‘Hi Records’ label.

Two of her better-known songs are ‘I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down’ and ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’.

Many artists are influenced by Ann including Missy Elliot and the legendary Tina Turner!

To find out more, go to Ann Peebles biography.


Ben Harper

ben-harper-thumbBen Harper is an American roots musician who has stretched his appeal around the globe by recording covers of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’ and The Verve‘s ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’.

Harper’s first album ‘Welcome To The Cruel World’ (1994) was followed by ‘Fight For Your Mind’ only a year later. It was at this point that the word of Ben Harper began to spread.

Often touring Europe and other non-American territories, he created a dedicated following the world over.

To find out more, go to Ben Harper biography.


Bessie Smith

bessie-smith-thumbBessie Smith was an American blues singer who was nicknamed The Queen Of Blues and later upgraded to Empress.

Smith is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era (the 20s and 30s) and along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists.

Over the past twenty-five years, Bessie Smith has been inducted into several Hall Of Fames including Rock And Roll, Big Band And Jazz, Blues, Grammy Lifetime Achievement and the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.

To find out more, go to Bessie Smith biography.


Bill Withers

bill-withers-thumbBill Withers is an American singer-songwriter who performed and recorded from the late 60s until the mid-80s.

After his debut in ’71, Bill Withers achieved three Grammy Awards and one NAACP Award for ‘Male Singer Of The Year’.

Some of his best-known songs include ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, ‘Use Me’, ‘Lovely Day’, ‘Lean on Me’, ‘Grandma’s Hands’ and ‘Just The Two Of Us’.

To find out more, go to Bill Withers biography.


Bob Dylan

bob-dylan-thumbWidely regarded as the most influential artist in popular culture, Bob Dylan has been covered and copied by almost everyone who ever attempted to write a song.

Some might even say that he invented modern songwriting. It is difficult to find an artist post ’60 who has not been heavily influenced by Bob Dylan, directly or indirectly.

His classics include a huge selection of songs, ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’, ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, ‘Hurricane’, ‘Mr Bojangles’, ‘Knocking On Heavens Door’, ‘All Along The Watchtower’, ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’, ‘Sara’ and ‘Make You Feel My Love’!

To find out more, go to Bob Dylan biography.


Bob Marley

bob-marley-thumbBob Marley was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist and activist.

Marley is the most widely known performer of reggae music and regarded by many as a prophet of the Rastafarian religion.

Few artists have had such widespread recognition as Bob Marley.

Between ’73, the year of his first major tour and ’81, when he sadly passed away due to cancer, Bob Marley became one of our times most recognised performers.

To find out more, go to Bob Marley biography.


Carpenters

carpenters-thumbBrother and sister, Karen and Richard Carpenter started out in music early on.

Richard was on piano and Karen was eventually on vocals although her road to becoming a singer was a long and complicated one.

At first, Karen started out playing the Glockenspiel which she hated. She eventually turned to drums and thought she found her calling, practising rudiments and press rolls for hours on end. Karen was set on becoming a professional drummer.

To find out more, go to Carpenters biography.


Christina Aguilera

christina-aguilera-thumbChristina Aguilera is an American pop singer, songwriter and record producer.

Aguilera started her career in The Mickey Mouse Club, an American TV show, alongside Britney and Justin Timberlake.

These days she sells out stadiums worldwide and has inspired thousands of young singers. Hits include ‘Beautiful’, ‘Genie In A Bottle’ and ‘What A Girl Wants’.

To find out more, go to Christina Aguilera biography.


Christopher Cross

christopher-cross-thumbChristopher Cross’ golden era was between ’79 and ’85 when he released his debut album and ‘Arthur’s Theme’ which garnered him five Grammy Awards in one night!

The same year he also received an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award.

Cross’ career started to decline when he released his third album, Every Turn Of The World, in 1985 which didn’t make the top 40.

To find out more, go to Christopher Cross biography.


Clarence Williams

clarence-williams-thumbClarence Williams was an American jazz pianist, composer, promoter, vocalist, theatrical producer and publisher.

In Clarence Williams’ early career, he worked at the local Vaudeville Theatre in New Orleans where he honed his skills as a pianist, arranger and writer.

Touring and recording with some of the most legendary blues artists of his time, Clarence Williams spent time with W.C Hardy, Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong.

To find out more, go to Clarence Williams biography.


Coldplay

coldplay-thumbStarting off in ’96, Coldplay had three intense years of band members coming and going. They eventually formed a democracy where all band members had an equal share of all revenue, including publishing.

Following this, Coldplay released ‘Parachutes’ in ’00 and took British alternative rock in a new direction.

Surrounded by other British bands like Travis, Keane and Radiohead, as well as being heavily influenced by U2 and R.E.M, Coldplay was set for stadium greatness!

To find out more, go to Coldplay biography.


Cream

cream-thumbCream was a 60s British super group that Eric Clapton joined after John Mayhall and The Bluesbreakers.

Cream’s sound could be described as a hybrid of blues, pop and psychedelic rock. Their hits include ‘Crossroads’, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, ‘Strange Brew’ and ‘White Room’.

Cream was a phenomenon that giants like Jimi Hendrix looked up to during their active time, as well as inspiring thousands of bands since.

To find out more, go to Cream biography.


Damien Rice

damien-rice-thumbOriginally Rice was a member of Juniper but on the evening of recording their first full album Rice changed his mind and left the band.

Rice moved to Italy to start afresh writing songs and busking his way around Europe.

Back in Ireland, Rice got in touch with David Arnold and together they recorded the album ‘O’ in ’02. This launched Damien Rice to the world and had the hit ‘Cannonball’ on it.

To find out more, go to Damien Rice biography.


Daniel Merriweather

daniel-merriweather-thumbAustralian Daniel Merriweather first started working with Mark Ronson in ’03, appearing on his ‘Here Comes The Fuzz’.

After a few more collaborations with Ronson, they finally made a solo album for Merriweather that was released in ’09.

Influences such as Stevie Wonder and Jeff Buckley are clear without it feeling like a rip-off.

To find out more, go to Daniel Merriweather biography.


David Bowie

david-bowie-thumbDavid Bowie was an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer.

Bowie’s most well-known albums include ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Hunky Dory’, ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ and ‘Heroes’.

His biggest hits include ‘(Is There) Life On Mars?’, ‘Starman’, ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘China Girl’ and ‘Heroes’.

To find out more, go to David Bowie biography.


David Gilmour

david-gilmour-thumbDavid Gilmour is an English musician, best known as the lead guitarist, primary singer and one of the main songwriters in the band Pink Floyd.

Known for his melodic ability and fantastic tone, David Gilmour has always been up there with the great British guitar players such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Peter Green, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, Brian May and Mark Knopfler.

To find out more, go to David Gilmour biography.


David Gray

david-gray-thumbDavid Gray is an English singer-songwriter. After many years of struggling with unsuccessful releases on different labels, David ended up recorded the album ‘White Ladder’ in his bedroom.

The single ‘Babylon’ and his head shaking singing style made him world famous.

Since the release of ‘White Ladder’ and the success that followed it, David Gray has toured the world and released several albums.

To find out more, go to David Gray biography.


Deep Blue Something

deep-blue-something-thumbDeep Blue Something is an American rock band best known for their hit single ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ which has been played in almost every pub in the world.

Initially named Leper Messiah, the band changed their name when they discovered that Metallica fans turned up to their gigs (Metallica have a song called Leper Messiah).

To find out more, go to Deep Blue Something biography.


Don McLean

don-mclean-thumbDon McLean is an American singer-songwriter most famous for his ’71 songs ‘American Pie’ and ‘Vincent’.

McLean’s career as a recording artist started only two years prior to ‘American Pie’.

With the album, ‘Tapestry’, he entered the folk scene where he made friends with Pete Seeger and joined the circuit.

When McLean’s indie label Media Arts got sold to United Artists, he got an unexpected chance to make his second album for a major label.

To find out more, go to Don McLean biography.


Doris Day

doris-day-thumbHaving achieved success as a big band singer, film actress, recording artist, and radio and television performer, Doris Day became one of America’s best-loved entertainers of the 50s.

On the silver screen, Doris Day has acted against Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Jack Lemon, Cary Grant and Clark Gable. Among her most famed vocal performances are ‘Dream A Little Dream Of Me’, ‘Que Sera, Sera’ and ‘Over The Rainbow’.

To find out more, go to Doris Day biography.


Eric Clapton

eric-clapton-thumbAs well as being in bands like Derek & The Dominos, The Yardbirds and Cream, Clapton has successfully played sessions for more stars than any other guitar player ever lived.

His guitar has brought him to studios and stages with legends such as Bob Dylan, The Beatles, B.B King, SRV, Freddie King and Sheryl Crow. Sheryl Crow even wrote ‘My Favorite Mistake’ about Clapton.

Clapton’s long career has earned him not one, not two but three inductions into the ‘Rock and Roll’ Hall Of Fame (as a solo artist with Yardbirds and Cream).

To find out more, go to Eric Clapton biography.


Eva Cassidy

eva-cassidy-thumbEva Cassidy was an American vocalist who didn’t reach fame until five years after she passed away.

An amateur recording of Eva playing ‘Over The Rainbow’ in her local pub was played on Top of the Pops 2, a TV show in the UK.

The producer, Mark Hagen, was having doubts about playing it on air due to the video’s poor quality and amateur style of recording but took the risk by airing it on December 13th ’00.

To find out more, go to Eva Cassidy biography.


Feist

feist-thumbAs a daughter of an abstract expressionist university lecturer, Feist’s artistic path was clearly laid out with interests in dance, paint, film and music.

All of these elements came together in the video for ‘1234’.

In ’09, Feist decided to take a short break before recording the next album.

To find out more, go to Feist biography.


Frank Sinatra

frank-sinatra-thumbFrank Sinatra was an iconic American jazz-oriented popular singer and Academy award winning actor.

He made many tunes famous such as ‘My Way’, ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, ‘Angel Eyes’, ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ and ‘New York, New York’.

Frank’s legacy might best be summed up by Stephen Holden who wrote for the 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide: “Frank Sinatra’s voice is pop music history. Like Presley and Dylan – Sinatra will last indefinitely. He virtually invented modern pop song phrasing.”

To find out more, go to Frank Sinatra biography.


Gary Jules

gary-jules-thumbGary Jules is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his cover of ‘Mad World’ by Tears For Fears.

It became the UK Christmas number one single in ’03.

Following the worldwide success, Gary Jules kept selling his own CDs on CD Baby as well as the song being released through the label.

To find out more, go to Gary Jules biography.


Green Day

green-day-thumbGreen Day’s third album ‘Dookie’, ’94 took the band to super stardom.

With fifteen million copies sold, they were not only everybody’s favourite punk trio, they had also started a new American punk trend. Bands like Rancid and Offspring became part of a new musical movement.

After a few more albums and years of touring, Green Day released ‘American Idiot’ in ’04. This album has firmly put Green Day on the map of super famous bands.

To find out more, go to Green Day biography.


Harold Arlen

harold-arlen-thumbHarold Arlen wrote over four hundred songs and is highly regarded in the ‘Great American Songbook’.

Arlen’s 1938 song ‘Over The Rainbow’ was voted the twentieth century’s #1 song by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Other Harold Arlen super hits include ‘It’s Only A Paper Moon’, ‘Stormy Weather’, ‘Get Happy’ and ‘Come Rain Or Come Shine’.

No other composer has had more songs represented in the ‘Great American Songbook’ than Harold Arlen.

To find out more, go to Harold Arlen biography.


Jason Mraz

jason-mraz-thumbIn 2002, Mraz signed to Elektra Records and released his first album entitled ‘Waiting For My Rocket To Come’.

The debut had the single ‘The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)’ on it which peaked at #15 on the Billboard chart.

Jason Mraz’s next album, ‘Mr A-Z’ was released in 2005 and Mraz promoted it by touring as a support act to Alanis Morrisette, Tracy Chapman and James Blunt the world over.

Produced by Steve Lillywhite, ‘Mr A-Z’ peaked at #5 in the Billboard chart. It contained crowd favourites such as ‘Geek In Pink’, ‘Life Is Wonderful’ and ‘Wordplay’.

To find out more, go to Jason Mraz biography.


Judy Garland

judy-graland-thumbJudy Garland shot to worldwide fame when she sang ‘Over The Rainbow’ in the 1939 Blockbuster ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at only sixteen years old. Amazingly, she had made an astonishing twelve films prior to ‘The Wizard Of Oz’.

All in all Judy Garland made forty-one films throughout her career, starting in 1929 with ‘The Big Revue’ and ending in 1967, being fired from the production of ‘Valley Of The Dolls’.

In 1999, the American Film Institute placed her at #8 of greatest female stars in the history of American cinema.

To find out more, go to Judy Garland biography.


Madeleine Peyroux

madeleine-peuyroux-thumbMadeleine Peyroux is an American jazz singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

Often compared to Billie Holiday for her vocal similarities, Peyroux’s second solo album only had one original tune on it, ‘Don’t Wait Too Long’.

Released in 2004, the album ‘Careless Love’ sounds as if it was written eighty years ago.

To find out more, go to Madeleine Peyroux biography.


Mama Cass

mama-cass-thumbMama Cass spent most of her time and had the most success with the band The Mamas & The Papas. They were a hugely successful vocal group between 1965 and 1968.

During this short period of time, The Mamas And The Papas became world famous by getting eleven top 40 singles from five albums. In total, they sold over forty million copies worldwide.

Their most famous hits include ‘Monday, Monday’, ‘California Dreamin’’, ‘My Girl’ and ‘Dream A Little Dream Of Me’.

To find out more, go to Mama Cass biography.


Matt Dennis

matt-dennis-thumbBeing exposed to music from an early age with his parents both being professional musicians (mum played the violin, dad was a singer), Matt Dennis took to the piano, singing and arranging like a fish to water!

Performing with his family from an early age in the Vaudeville tradition, Matt got to know American showbiz before he even learned to read or write.

Among Matt Dennis’ most famous songs you can find ‘Everything Happens To Me’, ‘Will You Still Be Mine’ and ‘Angel Eyes’.

To find out more, go to Matt Dennis biography.


Norah Jones

norah-jones-thumbAs the daughter of The Beatles’ musical mentor Ravi Shankar, Norah’s destiny might seem written in the stars when, at the age of twenty-three, she released her incredibly successful album ‘Come Away With Me’ on the legendary label Blue Note.

Norah’s debut was produced by Arif Mardin who, with his vast experience, managed to capture the rich voice and intimate sound of Norah’s music.

In 2005, the album received diamond status as it reached ten million sales.

To find out more, go to Norah Jones biography.


Oasis

oasis-thumbOasis are an English rock band led by two brothers, guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher and lead vocalist Liam Gallagher.

Their biggest tunes include ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ and ‘Wonderwall’.

With eight #1 singles, fifteen NME awards, nine Q awards, four MTV Europe awards and five Brit awards, The Guinness Book Of Hit Singles And Albums declared Oasis the Most Successful Act of the Last Decade in the UK.

To find out more, go to Oasis biography.


Ocean Colour Scene

ocean-colour-scene-thumbOcean Colour Scene (OCS) are an English rock band from Birmingham.

The band stemmed from the same 90s British indie/rock/pop era as Blur, Oasis, Radiohead and The Verve.

Ocean Colour Scene had the most success with their 1996 album ‘Moseley Shoals’. The album contained the band’s three biggest hits in ”The Riverboat Song’, ‘The Day We Caught The Train’ and ‘You’ve Got It Bad’.

To find out more, go to Ocean Colour Scene biography.


Paolo Nutini

paolo-nutini-thumbPaolo Nutini is a singer-songwriter from Paisley, Scotland.

His father’s side of the family hail from Italy but he has spent most of his time in Scotland where he met Paolo’s mum in Glasgow.

Born in 1987, Paolo Nutini’s career started when an artist was late to perform in his school, Paolo was asked by the music teacher to go up and sing a song.

The reaction from the crowd and Paolo’s naturally stunning voice caught the attention of his, soon to be manager who happened to be in the crowd!

To find out more, go to Paolo Nutini biography.


Paul Simon

paul-simon-thumbPaul Simon is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, both as half of the folk-singing duo ‘Simon and Garfunkel’ and also as a solo artist.

In 2006, Time magazine called him one of the one hundred people who shape our world.

Paul Simon’s hits are many including ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘Scarborough Fair‘, ‘You Can Call Me Al’, ‘The Boxer’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Mrs Robinson’ and ‘Graceland’.

To find out more, go to Paul Simon biography.


Peggy Lee

peggy-lee-thumbPeggy Lee was an American jazz and traditional pop singer, songwriter and actress.

Her most famous performances include ‘Black Coffee’, ‘Big Spender’, ‘Why Don’t You Do Right?’ and ‘Fever’.

On the silver screen, Peggy Lee acted in many musicals including the voice for ‘Darling’, the Cocker Spaniel in ‘Lady And The Tramp’.

To find out more, go to Peggy Lee biography.


Pink Floyd

pink-floyd-thumbPink Floyd are an English rock band that sold an estimated seventy-five million albums in the United States alone.

With their laid back blues-influenced psychedelic rock, they have had hits like ‘Another Brick In The Wall’, ‘Comfortably Numb’, ‘Money’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’.

Having gone through several member changes, Pink Floyd have always remained epic sounding.

To find out more, go to Pink Floyd biography.


Plain White T’s

plain-white-ts-thumbPlain White T’s are an American rock band who had great success with their song ‘Hey There Delilah’, charting at #1 in many countries in 2007.

Using a very persistent marketing technique, ‘Hey There Delilah’ was pushed for over two years before it was finally #1.

In the end, ‘Hey There Delilah’ ended up carrying the promotion of two albums on its shoulders.

To find out more, go to Plain White T’s biography.


Robbie Williams

robbie-williams-thumbRobbie Williams is a fifteen time BRIT award winning English pop singer.

Williams’ career started as a member of the pop band Take That in 1990.

When Robbie left Take That in 1995 to pursue a solo career, he had sold twenty-five five million records with the group.

As a solo artist, he first released hits like ‘Angels’ and ‘Let Me Entertain You’, only to move on to big band singing on his hugely popular ‘Swing When You’re Winning’ album.

To find out more, go to Robbie Williams biography.


Sam Cooke

sam-cooke-thumbSam Cooke has been called ‘The King Of Soul’. His legacy is extensive and his impact on soul music is undeniable.

His career was short as he died at the age of thirty-three. He was shot at the Hacienda Hotel. The hotel manager, Bertha Franklin, told the police that she shot him in self-defence.

Between 1957 and 1963, Sam Cooke managed twenty-nine top 40 hits including ‘You Send Me’, ‘Chain Gang’, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’, ‘Wonderful World’ and ‘Bring It On Home To Me’.

To find out more, go to Sam Cooke biography.


Simon & Garfunkel

simon-garfunkel-thumbThe duo of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were a hugely successful American folk duo.

Paul Simon‘s songwriting mastery can be compared to the likes of Bob Dylan and Lennon/McCartney.

Their hits include ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘The Boxer’, ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and ‘American Tune’.

To find out more, go to Simon & Garfunkel biography.


Sixpence None The Richer

sixpence-none-the-richer-thumbSixpence None The Richer are a Christian rock band mainly known for their hit single ‘Kiss Me’ along with covers of Crowded House’s ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ and The La’s ‘There She Goes’.

The band have had both breakups and reunions since the 98′s success of ‘Kiss Me’.

To find out more, go to Sixpence None The Richer biography.


Skunk Anansie

skunk-anansie-thumbSkunk Anansie are an English rock band who managed to launch themselves on an international level alongside American metal bands such as Soundgarden and RATM.

In a climate when most British bands were indie, Skunk was rock.

Spy Tunes met up with Ace (guitarist and founder of Skunk Anansie) who gladly demonstrated how to play some of his classic tunes using the electric guitar.

To find out more, go to Skunk Anansie biography.


Spanky Wilson

spanky-wilson-thumbSpanky Wilson is an American vocalist best known for her version of ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, by Cream.

Born in Philadelphia, she has been performing since the late 60′s. Wilson has shared the stage alongside many soul and jazz legends, including Marvin Gaye, Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy McGriff and Jimmy Smith.

Spanky Wilson is a great example of how a singer can change a song’s arrangement and make it her own.

To find out more, go to Spanky Wilson biography.


Stevie Wonder

stevie-wonder-thumbStevie Wonder is the legend whom most practising musicians come across, that has a life-changing impact on them.

Stevie’s natural groove and ability to so purely express music are untouched. His vocal phrasing is second to none.

Stevie Wonder’s super hits include ‘Sir Duke’, ‘I Wish’, ‘Master Blaster’, ‘Lately’, ‘Superstition’ and ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’.

To find out more, go to Stevie Wonder biography.


Sting

sting-thumbSting is an English musician who, prior to his solo career, had a band called The Police, with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers.

Formed by drummer Stewart Copeland in 1977, The Police reached worldwide success after releasing their first single ‘Roxanne’ only a year after they formed the band.

By fusing punk, reggae and jazz, The Police were one of the first acts in the UK to pioneer a style that was to become known as ‘New Wave’.

To find out more, go to Sting biography.


Tears For Fears

tears-for-fears-thumbTears for Fears are an English pop band that have sold more than twenty-two million albums.

With hits like ‘Mad World’, ‘Seeds Of Love’ and ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, Tears For Fears were one of the biggest bands around in the 80s.

To find out more, go to Tears For Fears biography.


The Beatles

the-beatles-thumbThe Beatles are the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in the history of popular music.

Estimated by EMI, The Beatles have over one billion discs and tapes worldwide.

The Beatles were the leaders of the so-called British Invasion, with their catchy ‘rock n roll’ infused pop they took America by storm, creating hysteria everywhere they went.

To find out more, go to The Beatles biography.


The Fratellis

the-fratellis-thumbBeing one of the few bands named after their manager, The Fratellis shot to fame during late 2006, and mainly 2007 when they had three successful singles from their debut album ‘Costello Music’.

Since their debut, The Fratellis have continued to gather new fans around the UK with their blues influenced pop songs, touring and visiting the many festivals that the nation offers.

Along with bands like The Zutons, The Fratellis can be seen as leading the way for a new era in British music. More raw and less Stadium!

To find out more, go to The Fratellis biography.


The Kinks

the-kinks-thumbThe Kinks were an English pop/rock group formed in 1963.

Categorised as a British invasion band, along with the other members of the so-called Big Four (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who), The Kinks changed popular music forever.

Among their hits you can find ‘Lola’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and ‘You Really Got Me’ which, fourteen years later, would be covered by Van Halen, using a much louder amp.

To find out more, go to The Kinks biography.


The Rolling Stones

the-rolling-stones-thumbThe Rolling Stones are an English band whose blues, rhythm and blues, and rock & roll-infused music became popular during the British invasion in the early 1960s.

Incredibly, the band has stuck together ever since and they still tour and record together.

Although they were around at the same time as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Cream and The Kinks;The Rolling Stones have outlived of these other bands, living up to the English rock and roll lifestyle.

To find out more, go to The Rolling Stones biography.


The Verve

the-verve-thumbThe Verve are a British rock band formed in 1989, in Wigan. Among their bigger hits you can find ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ and ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’.

Since their first debut album, ‘A Storm In Heaven’, critics have always favoured The Verve as one of the main 90s British rock acts.

After the huge success with ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ and ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’, the band broke up in 1999. Ashcroft pursued a solo career until the 2007 reunion, which had its first tour sell out in twenty minutes.

To find out more, go to The Verve biography.


Tracy Chapman

tracy-chapman-thumbTracy Chapman is an American singer – songwriter. She is best known for her singles ‘Fast Car’, ‘Talking About A Revolution’ and ‘Baby Can I Hold You’ from her self-entitled titled debut album ‘Tracy Chapman’.

Coming from the coffee shop scene in Massachusetts, Tracy not only sold multi-platinum and won three Grammy awards for her debut. She also changed music history and paved the way for other acts with more indie sounds and political lyrics.

Following Tracy Chapman, popular acts were now more honest.

To find out more, go to Tracy Chapman biography.


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