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The Flamingos - 100% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Doo Wop Easy Listening Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This R&B vocal group, formed in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1951, was renowned for producing the tightest and most gorgeous harmonies of the rock ‘n’ roll era. For much of their history they consisted of Zeke Carey (24 January 1933, Bluefield, Virginia, USA), Jake Carey (b. 9 September 1926, Pulaski, Virginia, USA), Paul Wilson (b. 6 January 1935, Chicago, Illin Read more

The Champs - 90% match to Santo & Johnny

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 - 89% match to Santo & Johnny

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

The Fireballs - 78% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in the autumn of 1957 in Raton, New Mexico, USA, the Fireballs originally comprised George Tomsco (24 April 1940, Raton, New Mexico, USA; guitar, vocals), Chuck Tharp (b. 3 February 1941, d. 17 March 2006, Clovis, New Mexico, USA; lead vocals), Danny Trammell (b. 14 July 1940; rhythm guitar), Stan Lark (b. 27 July 1940; bass, vocals) and Eric Budd (b. 23 October 1938; Read more

Duane Eddy - 75% match to Santo & Johnny

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

Johnny & The Hurricanes - 75% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Ritchie Valens - 74% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Steve Valenzuela, 13 May 1941, Pacoima, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 3 February 1959, Iowa, USA. Valens was the first major Hispanic-American rock star, the artist who popularized the classic 50s hit ‘La Bamba’. He grew up in the city of Pacoima, California, and was raised in poverty. His parents separated when he was a child and Valens lived with his f Read more

The Chantays - 71% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This US-based group was comprised of the Californian Santa Ana High School students Bob Spickard (lead guitar), Brian Carman (guitar, saxophone), Bob Marshall (piano), Warren Waters (bass) and Bob Welsh (drums). They formed the Chantays in 1962, and secured immortality with ‘Pipeline’ the following year. Initially released as the b-side to a vocal track, this atmosphe Read more

The Tornados - 71% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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The Ventures - 69% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Classical Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This pivotal instrumental group was formed in Tacoma, Washington, USA, in 1958 when work mates Don Wilson (10 February 1937, USA; rhythm guitar) and Bob Bogle (b. 16 January 1937, USA; lead guitar) discovered a mutual interest in music. They began performing together as the Impacts, using a pick-up rhythm section, before Nokie Edwards (b. Nole Edwards, 9 May 1935, Lahoma, Ok Read more

The Challengers - 67% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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The Fleetwoods - 67% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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One of America’s most popular doo-wop groups in the late 50s comprised Gary Troxell (28 November 1939, Centralia, Washington, DC, USA), Gretchen Christopher (b. 29 February 1940, Olympia, Washington, DC, USA) and Barbara Ellis (b. 20 February 1940, Olympia, Washington, USA). They met while seniors at high school in the girls’ home town. Originally a female duo, the Read more

Sandy Nelson - 65% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Easy Listening Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sander L. Nelson, 1 December 1938, Santa Monica, California, USA. Drummer Nelson began his career as a member of the Kip Tyler Band. Appearances in live rock ‘n’ roll shows led to his becoming an in-demand session musician, where he joined an ad hoc group of young aspirants including Bruce Johnston and Phil Spector. Nelson played on ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him Read more

Jack Nitzsche - 62% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 2000s
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Bernard Alfred Nitzsche, 22 April 1937, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 25 August 2000, Hollywood, California, USA. Nitzsche was raised on a farm near Newaygo, Michigan, but moved to Los Angeles in 1955 to pursue a career as a jazz saxophonist. His long career in pop music began in the late 50s when he joined a cabal of young, Los Angeles-based, aspiring entrepreneurs including L Read more

Dick Dale - 61% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Richard Monsour, 4 May 1937, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. (Note: Dale himself has been quoted in interviews as saying he was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and that his family emigrated to Quincy, Massachusetts, when he was a child. Now, however Dale denies that story and claims to have been born in Boston.) Dale is usually credited as the inventor of the instrumental surf music st Read more


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