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Wayne Fontana - 100% match to The Happenings

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Glyn Ellis, 28 October 1945, Manchester, England. After changing his name in honour of Elvis Presley’s drummer D.J. Fontana, Wayne was signed to the appropriately named Fontana Records by A&R head Jack Baverstock. Wayne’s backing group, the Mindbenders from the horror film of the same name, were as accomplished as their leader and provided a gritty accompanimen Read more

Shelley Fabares

Shelley Fabares - 96% match to The Happenings

Genres: Pop / Rock Television Musicals & The Arts Drama Comedy Kids & Family Vocals Holiday & Seasonal Mystery / Thriller Sports & Recreation
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Michelle Fabares, 19 January 1944, Santa Monica, California, USA. Fabares, whose music career was highlighted by the 1962 US number 1 song ‘Johnny Angel’, was the niece of actress Nanette Fabray. Turning to acting herself, Fabares debuted as Trudy in the television series Annie Oakley. She subsequently landed roles in such 50s movies as Never Say Goodbye, Rock, Pre Read more

The Merseybeats - 76% match to The Happenings

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Originally called the Mavericks, this Liverpool, England-based quartet comprised Tony Crane (17 April 1945, Liverpool, England; vocals/lead guitar), Billy Kinsley (b. 28 May 1946, Liverpool, England; vocals/bass), David Ellis (rhythm guitar) and Frank Sloan (drums). In 1962, long before the Beatles put Liverpool on the musical map, they renamed themselves the Merseybeats. Ea Read more

The Bachelors - 57% match to The Happenings

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Formed in Dublin, Eire, in 1958, the Bachelors were originally known as both the Harmony Chords and Harmonichords and featured brothers Conleth Cluskey (18 March 1941), Declan Cluskey (b. 12 December 1942) and John Stokes (b. Sean James Stokes, 13 August 1940). The Dublin-born trio initially worked as a mainstream folk act, all three playing harmonicas. In 1961, they were di Read more

The New Vaudeville Band - 53% match to The Happenings

Genres: Pop / Rock Jazz
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This parodic ensemble initially comprised studio musicians gathered to record a Geoff Stephens (1 October 1934, London, England) composition, ‘Winchester Cathedral’, a tale of lost love in deepest Hampshire, England, sung in the style of a Bertie Wooster character complete with megaphone vocals. Stephens could not sing and therefore his place was taken by songwrite Read more

Mark Dinning - 48% match to The Happenings

Genres: Pop / Rock
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17 August 1933, Grant County, Oklahoma, USA, d. 22 March 1986. Mark Dinning was the younger brother of Lou, Ginger and Jean, the well-known 40s vocal trio the Dinning Sisters. He learnt to play the electric guitar when he was aged 17, and in 1957 auditioned for publisher Wesley Rose in Nashville, who helped him get a recording contract with MGM Records. Two years later his s Read more

Craig Douglas - 47% match to The Happenings

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Terence Perkins, 12 August 1941, Newport, Isle Of Wight, England. After moving to London in the mid-50s, Douglas came under the wing of agent Bunny Lewis, appeared on the television show 6.5 Special, and won a record contract with Decca Records before moving to Dick Rowe’s label, Top Rank. Covering American hits was the classic route to chart success, and in 1959 Dougl Read more

Mel Carter - 46% match to The Happenings

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
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22 April 1943, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Although an African-American who began his career in an R&B milieu, Carter possessed a warm and smooth tenor that lent itself best to middle-of-the-road pop music. His mid-60s hits were essentially in that style, and although they possessed enough rock ‘n’ roll edge to make the Top 40 radio play, there was not quite enough Read more

Randy & The Rainbows - 46% match to The Happenings

Genres: Pop / Rock Doo Wop
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This rock ‘n’ roll vocal group came from Queens, New York, USA. The members were brothers Dominick (lead) and Frank Safuto (baritone), brothers Mike (first tenor) and Sal Zero (second tenor), and Ken Arcipowski (bass). Randy and the Rainbows came out of the thriving New York Italian-American vocal group scene and were one of the last to get a national hit before self- Read more

P.J. Proby - 40% match to The Happenings

Genres: Pop / Rock
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James Marcus Smith, 6 November 1938, Houston, Texas, USA. This iconoclastic singer spent his early career in Hollywood, recording demos for song publishing houses. Several low-key singles ensued, credited to Jett Powers and a number of bit parts as an actor ensued, before the Proby appellation surfaced on ‘So Do I’ (1963). ‘Powers’ had already demonstrate Read more

Sue Thompson - 40% match to The Happenings

Genres: Pop / Rock Country & Bluegrass
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The Critters - 40% match to The Happenings

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This US group was founded in 1964 by guitarists Jim Ryan and Don Ciconne. Kenny Gorka (bass), Chris Darway (organ) and Jack Decker (drums) then completed the line-up, which was initially based in Plainfield, New Jersey, USA. ‘Children And Flowers’, a Jackie DeShannon song, was their first release on Kapp Records, but it was a follow-up single, ‘Younger Girl’ Read more

Mark Wynter - 39% match to The Happenings

Genres: Pop / Rock Easy Listening
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Terence Lewis, 29 January 1943, Woking, Surrey, England. Wynter was one of several UK heart-throbs in the early 60s who took their cue from the USA. Once the extrovert champion of many a school sports day, he was serving in a general store by day, and sang with the Hank Fryer Band in Peckham Co-op Hall, London in the evening, when his well-scrubbed, good looks betrayed star Read more

Jewel Akens - 38% match to The Happenings

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Doo Wop
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12 September 1940, Houston, Texas, USA. Akens sang in a church choir as a child and moved to Los Angeles in the late 50s. There he worked closely with Eddie Daniels as Eddie And the Four Tunes, before making his recording debut with him as Jewel And Eddie for the local Silver label. Akens went on to make records in the early 60s with the Four Dots and the Astro Jets before h Read more

The Dovells - 38% match to The Happenings

Genres: Pop / Rock Dance Doo Wop
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Originally called the Brooktones, this Philadelphia-based R&B vocal group comprised Len Barry (Leonard Borisoff, 6 December 1942, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), Jerry Summers (b. Jerry Gross), Mike Dennis (b. Michael Freda) and Danny Brooks (b. Jim Meeley). Signed to Parkway Records, the group had a US number 2 hit in 1961 with ‘Bristol Stomp’, succeeded the Read more

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