Famous Bands from Coventry

Famous Bands from Coventry

Coventry has produced some amazing bands over the last forty years! Not least bands like The Specials and The Enemy, both multi-platinum selling bands both rising to international fame from their roots in Coventry. Here at Guitar Lessons Coventry, we love to inspire our guitar students with stories of musicians that have made! To inspire you too we have compiled a short list of some of Coventry's most successful bands. Enjoy!

The Specials, hailing from Coventry and emerging in 1977 had a dramatic impact on the sound of UK music in the early 80s with several number ones. Their first self-titled album, released in 1979 reached number four in the UK album charts with their single Too Much Too Young being a UK number one hit, revolutionising the 2 Tone and scar scene. While their second album, More Specials, made less of an impact - reaching only 5 in the UK album charts they remained one of the best-known bands during the 80s. The band's political views often shone through their songs, most evident in Free Nelson Mandela, a single from their third studio album - In The Studio - released in 1984 which became a song with anti-Apartheid activists. Although the Specials have gone through a few breakups over the years in 2008 they reformed and tour the UK to great responses from audiences nationwide - no doubt we will be seeing more of the band over the next few years.

The Enemy, formed in 2006 had a rapid rise to fame which culminated in their debut album, We'll Live and Die in These Towns going straight to number one in the UK album charts. Originating from Coventry the three members, drummer Liam Watts, bass player Andy Hopkins and guitarist Tom Clarke managed to support the likes of Oasis, Kasabian and Stereophonics on their UK tours during late 2006 and 2007 gaining them a large fanbase. With their first album going platinum the band sold out Coventry's Ricoh Arena for two nights in April 2008 before embarking on a UK tour supporting Oasis for a second time. Their second album, Music for the People released in 2009 reached number 2 in the UK album chart, going gold in the process confirming The Enemy as one of the main indie bands in the UK. Streets in the Sky, the band's third album released in 2012 reached number 4 in the UK charts with the band again hitting the road to play in front of thousands of fans nationwide. They will be back in Coventry soon no doubt.

Frank Ifield, born in Coventry in 1937 remains one of Coventry's most successful recording artists, despite no one in Coventry really knowing who he is nowadays! Ifield managed to record four number 1 hit singles between 1962 and 1963 alone - with I Remember You becoming only the seventh single ever to sell over 1 million records! He was also the only artist in before 1970, apart from a certain Elvis Presley, to secure three UK number ones in succession. Although Ifield faded pretty fast from fame by the mid-60s he remains one of Coventry's best selling artists, with Ifield at one time being tipped to be the next Elvis.

Photography: Christian Bertrand

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