Professor of Saxophone for the Royal Marines, Simon Bates is known and respected for his stylistic versatility and instrumental prowess. He is in great demand on the London session scene and has appeared live and recorded with a wide variety of bands and musicians including Elvis Costello, Jamie Cullum, Shane MacGowan, Bette Midler, Lulu, Rick Wakeman, D:Ream, Chaka Khan, Emma Bunton, Seal, The Zappatistas and Peter Erskine.
Formed in 1975, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. Later based in Los Angeles, Pockets were proteges of Earth, Wind & Fire. The group consisted of: Albert McKinney (keyboards / vocals) Gary Grainger (bass / vocals) Larry Jacobs (vocals / percussion) Charles Williams (trumpet / vocals / percussion) Irving Madison (sax / vocals / percussion) Kevin Barnes (trombone / vocals / percussion) Jacob Sheffer (guitar / percussion) and George Gray (drums / vocals / percussion) Pockets were originally signed to Maurice White's label ARC (via CBS).
The Vines are an Australian alternative rock band originally formed as Rishikesh in 1994 in Sydney. They play a musical hybrid of 1960s garage rock and 1990s alternative music. Until 2011, their line-up consisted of vocalist and lead guitarist Craig Nicholls, rhythm guitarist Ryan Griffiths, bass guitarist Brad Heald, and drummer Hamish Rosser. In December of 2011, Channel presenter Jane Gazzo confirmed via Twitter that Griffiths and Rosser had been "sacked" from the band.
The Cruel Sea is a multi-ARIA Award winning 90s Australian rock/blues outfit. Originally an instrumental band focused on surf sounds, the addition of vocalist Tex Perkins (also a member of The Beasts Of Bourbon and a solo artist) proved an inspired decision. Combining the charismatic Perkins with the highly talented musicians created an unstoppable force through much of the 90s. Members of the band continue to perform, though with the exception of Perkins, most activity is fairly low key.
The Delegators are an original rocksteady/soul/early reggae band from London, England.
Gloria Gaynor (born Gloria Fowles September 7, 1949) is an American singer, best-known for the disco era hits "I Will Survive" (Hot 100 #1, 1979), "Never Can Say Goodbye" (Hot 100 #9, 1974), "Let Me Know (I Have A Right)" (Hot 100 #42, 1980) and "I Am What I Am" (Hot 100 #82, 1983). She was born in Newark, New Jersey. Early career
Gaynor was a singer with the Soul Satisfiers, a jazz/pop band, in the 1960s. Her first solo single was "She'll Be Sorry/Let Me Go Baby" (1965).
Brenda Holloway (born June 21, 1946 in Atascadero, California) is an African-American singer and songwriter best known for her period as a recording artist for the Motown label during the 1960s.Her best known hits from her Motown days were the soul ballad "Every Little Bit Hurts" (which reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964. The title of the song was similar to the '60's television public service announcement about highway littering--Every Litter Bit Hurts.
The band can more or less be considered as the project of former The Butlers, and later Raw Soul, member Frankie Beverly; being songwriter, record producer, arranger, singer, keyboardist and guitarist. Frankie Beverly’s smooth, distinct voice is instantly recognized, and Maze’s laid-back, bass driven musical arrangements differ a lot from other soul acts. Their signature sound is especially vivid on the classic "Live in New Orleans."