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Their first single Sunshine Smile won rave reviews, including NME single of the week, and the number one spot on…
One of the city’s first rock’ n’ roll outfits, based around the energetic vocalist Johnny Martin and guitarist Don Kerr,…
When the late great John Peel died, he left a box of 142 – 7” vinyl singles, believed to be…
Bev got to release a stack of great singles in the early 60’s including “Heatwave”, and “Wait Till My Bobby…
Coventry born Billie Myers Her break came when producer Peter Harris happened to spot her dancing in a London club,…
Bob Davidson, Tony Beard, they along with Colin Kingsbear, Louie Woods, Phil Packham and Mal Jenkins formed the band that…
The group was built around Coventry’s Mr. Entertainment, Irish born Bob Brolly MBE. Calvary built up an enviable reputation on…
One of the funniest acts on the local club circuit. The Carlton’s came together in 1970, with former Pickwicks guitarist…
The band was formed in February 1963 when friends Bob Wilson (bass) and Andy Hayward, Bob Bostrum and Geoff Anthill…
Formed at school as the Electrons in the early sixties. With the addition of girl vocalist Carol Saunders they became…
They formed from the Sundowners in the late 1950’s in Birmingham, and proceeded to play a ton of live dates…
Leamington’s top beat band, known for their ’twin’ guitar sound. For seven months the band were fronted by a young…
Thus far, the areas most successful heavy rock band. Forever living under the banner of the New Wave Of British…
Formed in Nuneaton in 1960, they became the backing band for the legendary Gene Vincent for a short while. Gene…
1987 was a good year for the Sky Blues, they won the FA Cup and got their campaign song Go…
Skinhead band fronted by Craig St Leon, they rejected the usual right-wing leanings most Oi/Skin bands held (that didn’t stop…
Zany, madcap and off-the-wall, three words that just about sum up this band. Led for many years by Chris Sidwell,…
No one ever performed folk music like this before. Dando managed to create a ‘heavy prog’ vibe using just acoustic…
If you use the words ‘electronic music’ and ‘pioneer’ together, then along with Theremin and Stockhausen, Delia Derbyshire’s name would…
The Enemy shook the music scene of the noughties with their powerful music and anthemic songs. Hits include ‘Away From…
Tony Martin and His Echo Four, had been playing the local and national circuits, including a prime show at Coventry…
Electronic based duo (Martyn Bates and Pete Becker), they released a plethora of excellent albums for Cherry Red in the…
Rugby musician Andy Hayward had been rockin’ in various bands since 1963. Like Sam Spade, The Tea Set and finally…
Solo artist and lead vocalist with the Sorrows. His powerful vocal style saw him not only chart in the UK…
Of all Coventry’s musical icons Frank Ifield remains it’s the most endearing, he remains the city’s most successful artist. He…
Despite their name, this duo produced some fine melodic folk/rock. They produced one great album for RCA in 1971. It’s…
Even before the decline of The Specials, three of its members had thoughts in other places. Lynval Golding, Terry Hall…
Fronted by the tall enigmatic figure of Greg Crabb along with his brother Michael. They released the stunning single Engineering/Bella…
  If you want a band that summed up Coventry’s musical reinvention of the 80’s, then Gods Toys were it.…
Hit huge with the film Breaking glass, and was immediately christened the Queen of Punk. She hit the charts on…
Madcap inventive band, originally called The Machine (as featured on The Sent From Coventry LP with Character Change). Members have…
Steve Teers was the creative force behind the band, they favoured female vocalists and appeared on the Coventry Compilation EP…
Our own prog’ rock band, released one great album for RCA’s Neon label, at one point the band included Wez…
The line up looked like this; Graham (the Rat) Rollason Bass and vocals, John Settle lead guitar, Pete Wilson vocals,…
Although they became based in Bedworth and Nuneaton they called themselves Janet and The Three Spires because of their connections…
Part of the Larry Page stable, based at The Orchid Ballroom in Coventry. They released a string of great Decca…
When the Two Tone of the Specials faded, up popped King and their multitoned Doc Marten boots. King hit the…
Formed in the early 60’s, they released the R’n’B influenced single ‘Little Bit O’soul’, but it failed to chart. They…
With Mouldy Old Dough, Lieutenant Pigeon had created a perfect novelty song but with the addition of Rob’s Mother in…
Known for their ‘mad’ on stage antics, they played six months in Germany, and even recorded a single Hunny Bunny.…
The Matadors played so much in Coventry that most people thought they were from the town, indeed they once won…
Kenilworth’s big rock n roll band of the early 60’s. Lynn Curtis fronted the band for a time as did…
The New City Sounds, who came to fame as two times winners of the hit TV show Opportunity Knocks! Coming…
The Orchids comprised of three 15 year old school girls (Georgina Oliver, Pamela Jarman and Valerie Jones), managed by Larry…
Panjabi MC AKA Rajinder Singh Rai, DJ, MC and Bhangra Desi musician was responsible for the “Mundian To Bach Ke…
By 1965 the Sabres had trans- formed into The Peeps and were signed to Philips Records by influ- ential bandleader…
The Albrigton brothers Arthur (Modie) and his brother Roye Both are now located in Germany, but their roots are firmly…
Along with Two Tone, Pete is Coventry’s top music icon. You name it he’s done it, from Djing at the…
Began life as The Tony Martin and His Echo Four, before donning top hats and frock-coats under the management of…
Half of the Reluctant Stereotypes went off to be King the other half became the Pink Umbrellas. Paul Sampson and…
Originally called the Liberators, Reg Calvert took over as manager and they became the multi-coloured Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours, They signed…
The Primitives released a stream of infectious pop anthems like “Thru The Flowers”, “Out of Reach” and of course the…
When Coventry Beat band The Peeps knew it was the time for change they reinvented themselves as a progressive band…
Coventry’s very own ‘Soul Man’, who was a prime mover in the creation of The Specials and the Selecter. His…
Yet another local 80’s band that looked set for big things. Began as a jazz-rock set up then adopted the…
Included the Lomas brothers (Roger & Nigel) and Pip Witcher and Mick East- bury. Never really set out to be…
Although Rob is very much a musician, it’s for crafting superb guitars he is now best known for. With a…
The Sabres consisted of “Q” Martin Cure (vocals), Steve Jones (guitar), Graham Amos (bass) Paul Wilkinson (drums) and former Zodiacs…
R ‘n’ B band that came out of the Phantom 5, Sam Spade’s real name was Ray Barrett. They were…
The Selecter did it their way, compare them with the Specials at your own peril. Neol Davies’s insightful and danceable…
17 year old Rob Woodward, won a recording deal as a prize at Coventry’s Orchid Ballroom. Within weeks, he had…
The first Coventry band to attain a top 20 hit, with the brooding Take A Heart in 1965. The band…
The seven piece ska band that really put Coventry on the musical map. More than just a band a whole…
Cov’s number one punk band, famous for including Special-to-be Terry Hall in it’s line-up, though his replacement Gus Chambers would…
Began life as a club band, until Pete Waterman took them on and turned them into Coventry’s answer to the…
Two 13-year-old Cardinal Wisemen schoolgirls who were overheard by their teacher singing a song in the playground that turned out…
Andy Hayward, Bob Bostrum and Geoff Anthill formed the Tea Set from the remnants of Sam Spade and the Gravediggers…
Cov’s funk soul brothers, represented blue eyed soul not dissimilar to the Dexys Midnight Runners brand. The changing line-up included…
A trio consisting of Simon O’Grady (vocals & bass) Peter Burke (drums) and John O’Sullivan (vocals & guitar). Had a…
A huge favourite on the scene in the 80’s, one of the most inventive and original. Included Kevin Harrison, Lynda…
Actually began operation in the 1950’s, and in doing so became one of the first rock n roll combo’s in…
 After a year of playing together in The Ramblers, Roy and Graham Harrity formed the duo the Vendor Twins in…
A true professional and a real gentleman. Vince began as a member of the Raindrops. Finding fame as a solo…
One of the, if not the hardest working bands in the area. They have been together for nearly 50 amazing…