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First Bands Archive:
This is an archive of band members and artists' first documented, band. This is not a top 100, it is an informational archive. If you would like me to source an artist's first band, leave suggestions in the music forum.

If you have any corrections, please post them at the bottom of this page and the source of your information.

Band Members not present are those that were not part of any documented bands before their breakout bands/records.



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Last Updated: 2011-08-29
First Bands Archive

AC/DC
Geordie: Brian Johnson
Home: Cliff Williams
One Night Tantrum: Angus Young
The Coloured Balls: Phil Rudd
The Spectors: Bon Scott
The Velvet Underground: Malcolm Young


AEROSMITH
Flash: Joe Perry
Medallions: Joey Kramer
Sam Circus And The Merciless Tangerine: Tom Hamilton
Teapot Dome: Brad Whitford
The Strangers: Steven Tyler


ALICE COOPER
The Earwigs: Alice Cooper


THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
Friends And Neighbors: Chuck Leavell
Otis Redding Band: Johnny Lee Johanson
Pyle Band: Allen Woody
Ricochet: Warren Haynes
Second Coming: Richard Betts, Berry Oakley
The Escorts: Duane Allman, Gregg Allman


THE ANIMALS
Big Roll Band: Zoot Money
Screaming Lord Sutch's Backup Band: Danny McCulloch
Steve Marriott & The Moments: John Weider
The Cruisers Rock Combo: Vic Briggs
The Kansas city 5: John Steel
The Mike Cotton Jazzmen: Dave Rowberry
The Nashville Teens: Barry Jenkins
The Soft Machine: Andy Summers
The Wild Cats: Hilton Valentine


A PERFECT CIRCLE
Children Of The Anachronistic Dynasty: Maynard James Keenan
The Feds: James Iha


AUDIOSLAVE
Electric Sheep: Tom Morello


THE BAND
The Hawks: Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel
The Jungle Bush Beaters: Levon Helm


THE BEACH BOYS
The Pendletones: Mike Love, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Brian Wilson, Alan Jardine
The Sleepwalkers: Bruce Johnston


THE BEATLES
Rory Storm And The Hurricanes: Ringo Starr aka Richard Starkey
The Quarrymen: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney


BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS
Silver Yodeling Bill Haley: Bill Haley
The Four Aces Of Western Swing: Johnny Grande


BILLY JOEL
The Echoes: Billy Joel


BLACK SABBATH
Rare Reed: Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler
Mythology: Bill Ward, Tony Iommi
The Javelins: Ian Gillan


BOB DYLAN
The Golden Chords: Bob Dylan


BOB MARLEY
The Wailing Wailers: Bob Marley


BOB SEGER AND THE SILVER BULLET BAND
The Rationals: Bob Seger


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
The Castiles: Bruce Springsteen


THE BYRDS
The Beefeaters: Michael Clarke, Chris Hillman, Roger Mcguinn
International Submarine Band: Gram Parsons
Joe Meyers and the Sharks: Gene Clark
The Castaways: Gene Parsons
The Country Boys: Clarence White


CHICAGO
Brooklyn Heights Choir: Robert Lamm
The Executives: Walt Parazaider
The Shannon Show Band: Lee Loughnane


CHUCK BERRY
Sir John's Trio: Chuck Berry


THE CLASH
101er's: Joe Strummer, Keith Levene
London SS: Mick Jones, Paul Simonon,
London SS: Nicky "Topper" Headon, Tory Crimes aka Terry Chimes


CREAM
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated: Jack Bruce
Storyville Jazz Men: Ginger Baker
The Roosters: Eric Clapton


CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
The Blue Velvets: Doug Clifford, John Fogerty, Stu Cook


CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG
Les Baxter Balladeers: David Crosby
The 2 Teens: Graham Nash
The Au Go Go Singers: Stephen Stills
The Mynah Birds: Neil Young


THE CURE
Associates: Micheal Dempsey
Hawkwind: Andy Anderson
Siouxsie & The Banshees: Robert Smith


CURTIS MAYFIELD
The Impressions: Curtis Mayfield


DAVID BOWIE
Davy Jones And the King Bees: David Bowie


DEEP PURPLE
Georgie & The Rave Ons: Ian Paice
The Bill Ashton Combo: Jon Lord
The Javelins: Ian Gillan
The Madisons: Roger Glover
The Outlaws: Ritchie Blackmore
The Plague: Steve Morse


THE DOORS
Rick And The Ravensask: Jim Morisson, Ray Manzarek
The Psychedelic Rangers: John Densmore, Robby Krieger


THE EAGLES
The Continentals: Don Felder
Shiloh: Don Henley
The James Gang: Joe Walsh
The New Breed: Timothy Schmit


EDDIE COCHRAN
The Cochran Brothers: Eddie Cochran


ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
Balls: Richard Tandy
Carl Wayne & the Vikings: Bev Bevan
Dragon: Rick Price
Gerry Levene and the Avengers: Roy Wood
The Idle Race: Jeff Lynne
Wizzard: Bill Hunt, Hugh McDowell


ELTON JOHN
Bluesology: Elton John


ELVIS COSTELLO
Flip City: Elvis Costello


ELVIS PRESLEY
Blue Moon Boys: Elvis Presley


EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER
The Gods: Greg Lake


EXTREME
Rock Group Extreme: Gary Cherone


FLEETWOOD MAC
Fritz: Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: Mick Fleetwood, John McVie
Stan Webb's Chicken Shack: Christine McVie


FOO FIGHTERS
Freak Baby: Dave Grohl


FRANK ZAPPA
Soul Giants: Frank Zappa


GENESIS
Canterbury Glass: Steve Hackett
Flaming Youth: Phil Collins
Frank Zappa Band: Chester Thompson
Stiltskin: Ray Wilson
Sweetbottom: Daryl Stuermer
The Anon: Ant Phillips
Warm Dust: Paul Carrack


THE GRATEFUL DEAD
Diga: Mickey Hart
Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions: Jerry Garcia
The Tubes: Vince Welnick
The Warlocks: Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir


GUNS 'N' ROSES
Hollywood Rose: Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin
Road Crew: Slash aka Saul Hudson, Steven Adler
The Fastbacks: Duff Mckagan


HOLE
Tinker: Melissa Auf De Maur


IRON MAIDEN
Smiler: Steve Harris
Stone Free: Dave Murray
Styx: Bruce Dickinson
Trust: Nicko Mcbrain
White Spirit: Janick Gers


JACKSON BROWNE
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Jackson Browne


JAMES BROWN
The Flames: James Brown


JANIS JOPLIN
The Waller Creek Boys: Janis Joplin


JEFF BECK GROUP
The Deltones: Jeff Beck


JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
Danny Apollinar: Joey Covington
Les Overstreet: Bob Harvey
Ohio Allstate Orchestra: David Freiberg
Quicksilver Messenger Service: Skip Spence
Roy Buchanan And The Heartbeats: Spencer Dryden
The Chocolate Music Bar: Papa John Creach
The Gateway Singers: Marty Balin
The Great Society: Grace Slick
The Sentinels: John Barbata
The Triumphs: Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Three Guys And A Girl: Signe Anderson


JOHNNY CASH
Johnny Cash And The Tennesse Two: Johny Cash


JUDAS PRIEST
Eric Burdon's Band: Les Binks
Judas Priest I: Alan Atkins
The Sid Phillips Band: Simon Phillips


KING CRIMSON
Giles, Giles And Fripp: Peter Sinfield
The League Of Gentlemen: Gordon Haskell, Robert Fripp
The Palmer-James Group: John Wetton
The Warriors: Ian Wallace


THE KINKS
The Ravens: Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Peter Quaife, Mick Avory
The Cents: Ian Gibbons


LED ZEPPELIN
Band Of Joy: John Bonham, Robert Plant
Neil Christian And The Crusaders: Jimmy Page
The Deltas: John Paul Jones


LEONARD COHEN
Judy Collin's band: Leonard Cohen


LINKIN PARK
Grey Daze:Chester Bennington
Xero: Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson
Tasty Snax: Pheonix Farrel


LITTLE RICHARD
Tempo Toppers: Little Richard


LOVIN' SPOONFUL
The Mugwumps: John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky


LYNARD SKYNARD
My Back Yard: Allen Collins, Gary Rossington
My Back Yard: Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson
The Ravens: Steve Gaines
Us: Ronnie Van Zant


THE MAMA'S AND THE PAPA'S
The Mugwumps: Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot


MARVIN GAYE
The Moonglows: Marvin Gaye


METALLICA
Exodus: Kirk Hamett
Flotsam & Jetsam: Jason Newsted
Obsession: James Hetfield
Suicidal Tendecies: Robert Trujillo
Trauma: Cliff Burton


THE MOODY BLUES
El Riot and the Rebels: John Lodge
The Silhouettes: Graeme Edge
The Woodpeckers: Justin Hayward


NEIL DIAMOND
Neil and Jack: Neil Diamond


NIRVANA
Freak Baby: Dave Grohl
Sweet 75: Krist Novoselic


OTIS REDDING
The Pinetoppers: Otis Redding


PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC
The Pacesetters: Bootsy Collins


PEARL JAM
Bad Radio: Eddie Vedder
Mother Love Bone: Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard
Warrior/Shadow: Mike Mccready
Nirvana: Jason Everman
Skin Yard: Matt Cameron


PINK FLOYD
Jokers Wild: David Gilmour
TDB: Rick Wright
The Abdabs: Nicholas Mason, Roger Waters, Roger Keith (Syd) Barrett


PYGMY LOVE CIRCUS
Green Jello: Danny Carey


THE POLICE
Curved Air: Stewart Copeland
Strontium 90: Andy Summers


QUEEN
1984: Brian May, Roger Taylor
Opposition: John Deacon
The Hectics: Freddie Mercury


RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
Electric Sheep: Tom Morello
Hard Stance: Zack De La Rocha


RAINBOW
The Outlaws: Ritchie Blackmore


THE RAMONES
Dead Boys: Joey Ramone
The Voidoid's: Marky Ramone


RAY CHARLES
The Maxim Trio: Ray Charles


RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS
Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem: Anthony Keidis, Flea,


RICK JAMES
The Mynah Birds: Rick James


THE ROLLING STONES
Little Boy Blue And The Blue Boys: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
The Cliftons: Bill Wyman
The Juniors: Mick Taylor


ROY ORBISON
The Wink Westerners: Roy Orbison


RUSH
J.R. Flood: Neil Peart


SAM COOKE
The Soul Stirrers: Sam Cooke


SANTANA
Santana Blues Band: Carlos Santana


SEX PISTOLS
Rich Kids: Glen Matlock
Siouxsie & The Banshees: Sid Vicious


SIMON AND GARFUNKEL
Tom And Jerry: Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel


SMASHING PUMPKINS
Filter: Matt Walker
The Feds: James Iha
The Marked: Billy Corgan
Tinker: Melissa Auf De Maur


SOUNDGARDEN
600 School: Ben Shepherd
Nirvana: Jason Everman
Zippy And His Vast Army Of Pinheads: Kim Thayil
Skin Yard: Matt Cameron


STEELY DAN
Jay and the Americans: Donald Fagen, Walter Becker
Ultimate: Jeff "Skunk" Baxter


STEVE MILLER BAND
The Marksman Combo: Steve Miller


THE STEVE MORSE BAND
The Plague: Steve Morse


STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
Blackbird: Stevie Ray Vaughan


STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
Mighty Joe Young: Robert DeLeo, Scott Weiland


THE SUPREMES
The Primette's: Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard


TEMPLE OF THE DOG
Skin Yard: Matt Cameron
Mother Love Bone: Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard
Warrior/Shadow: Mike Mccready


THE TEMPTATIONS
The Distants: Eldridge Bryant, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams
The Primes: Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams


TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS
Campbell And Tench: Ron Blair
Mudcrutch: Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell
Mudcrutch: Tom Petty
Styrofoam Soul: Stan Lynch


TOOL
Children Of The Anachronistic Dynasty: Maynard James Keenan
Electric Sheep: Adam Jones
Green Jello: Danny Carey
Peach: Justin Chancellor


TRAFFIC
The Jaguars: Dave Mason
The Spencer Davis Group: Steve Winwood


U2
The Village: The Edge


VAN HALEN
Poverty's Children: Michael Anthony
Mammoth: Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen
Red Ball Jets: David Lee Roth
Rock Group Extreme: Gary Cherone
The Montrose Band: Sammy Hagar


VAN MORRISON
Them: Van Morrison


VELVET REVOLVER
Mighty Joe Young: Scott Weiland
Road Crew: Slash aka Saul Hudson
The Fastbacks: Duff Mckagan


THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
Dream Syndicate: John Cale
Grass Menagerie: Doug Yule
The Primitives: Lou Reed


VERUCA SALT
Filter: Matt Walker


THE WHO
The Beachcombers: Keith Moon
The Confederates: John Entwistle, Pete Townshend
The Detours: Roger Daltrey


WILSON PICKETT
The Falcons: Wilson Pickett


THE YARDBIRDS
The Roosters: Eric Clapton
Neil Christian And The Crusaders: Jimmy Page
The Deltones: Jeff Beck


YES
Atlantic Blues: Rick Wakeman
The Danny Rogers Orchestra: Tony Kaye
The Downbeats: Alan White
The League 0f Gentlemen: Trevor Rabin
The Syndicats: Peter Banks, Chris Squire, Steve Howe
The Warriors: Jon Anderson


ZWAN
The Marked: Billy Corgan






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