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Johnny & The Hurricanes - 100% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Duane Eddy - 87% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 April 1938, Corning, New York, USA. The legendary simple ‘twangy’ guitar sound of Duane Eddy has made him one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most famous instrumental artists. The sound was created after hearing Bill Justis’ famous ‘Raunchy’ (the song that George Harrison first learned to play). Together with producer Lee Hazlewood, Eddy co-wro Read more

Bill Justis - 77% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s
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14 October 1927, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, d. 15 July 1982, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Justis was a saxophonist, arranger and producer who created ‘Raunchy’, one of the classic rock ‘n’ roll instrumentals (and, coincidentally, the first song that George Harrison learned to play). He grew up in Memphis playing jazz and dance band music before joining Sam P Read more

The Champs - 68% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Best known for the classic 1958 rock ‘n’ roll near-instrumental ‘Tequila’, a US number 1 song, the Champs were formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in December 1957. The five musicians initially comprising the group were Dave Burgess (rhythm guitar), Danny Flores (Daniel Flores, 11 July 1929, Santa Paula, California, USA, d. 19 September 2006, Huntingt Read more

The Surfaris - 58% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Glendora, California, in 1962, the Surfaris - Jim Fuller (lead guitar), Jim Pash (1949, USA, d. 29 April 2005, Yucca Valley, USA; guitar), Bob Berryhill (guitar), Pat Connolly (bass) and Ron Wilson (d. 1989; drums) - achieved international success the following year with ‘Wipe Out’. This frantic yet simplistic instrumental, originally envisaged as a throw Read more

Floyd Cramer - 51% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 October 1933, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, d. 31 December 1997, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The style and sound of Cramer’s piano-playing was possibly one of the biggest influences on post-50s country music. His delicate rock ‘n’ roll sound was achieved by accentuating the discord in rolling from the main note to a sharp or flat, known as ‘slip note’ Read more

John Leyton - 51% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Dudley Leyton, 17 February 1939, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England. Originally a small-time actor in the television series Biggles, Leyton’s good looks won him a recording contract with Top Rank Records. Backed by the strong management of Robert Stigwood and talented producer Joe Meek, he recorded ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’, but lost out to the chart-topping R Read more

B. Bumble & The Stingers - 47% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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The Marketts - 45% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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This Hollywood, California-based instrumental group rose to prominence during the surfing craze of the early 60s. Ben Benay (guitar), Mike Henderson (saxophone), Ray Pohlman (bass), Gene Pello (drums) and Richard Hobriaco, then Tom Hensey (keyboards), enjoyed two minor US hits with ‘Surfer’s Stomp’ and Balboa Blue’ (both 1962), before scoring a million-selle Read more

Helen Shapiro - 43% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 September 1946, Bethnal Green, London, England. Shapiro drew considerable attention when, as a 14-year-old schoolgirl, she scored a UK Top 3 hit with ‘Don’t Treat Me Like A Child’. A deep intonation belied her youth, and by the end of 1961 the singer had scored two chart-topping singles with ‘You Don’t Know’ and ‘Walkin’ Back To Hap Read more

The Shadows - 39% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Blues Easy Listening Instrumental Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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The Tornados - 39% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Freddy Cannon - 37% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Freddy Picariello, 4 December 1940, Lynn, Massachusetts, USA. A frantic and enthusiastic vocalist, known as the ‘last rock ‘n’ roll star’, Cannon was the link between wild rock ‘n’ roll and the softer Philadelphia-based sounds that succeeded it. The son of a dance-band leader, he fronted Freddy Karmon And The Hurricanes and played guitar on sess Read more

Dave "Baby" Cortez - 36% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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David Cortez Clowney, 13 August 1938, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Cortez played piano in church as a boy and progressed from there to Hammond organ, performing on the chitlins’ circuit through the Midwest and California in the late 50s. From 1955-57 he performed with vocal group the Pearls and in 1956-57 also worked with the Valentines and the Jesters. In 1956 he made his f Read more

Santo & Johnny - 35% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Easy Listening Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Santo Farina (24 October 1937, Brooklyn, New York, USA; steel guitar) and Johnny Farina (b. 30 October 1941, Brooklyn, New York, USA; rhythm guitar, steel guitar). Santo and Johnny’s father, a serviceman, had found the steel guitar on C&W records very soothing when he was overseas. He encouraged his children to learn the instrument and was impressed when they wrote Read more


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