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Zombies, The 1961 One of England's earliest and most creative bands, they found their biggest success posthumously. United Kingdom
Zappa, Frank 1940 The one, the only. United States
Zao 1972 Offshoot from Magma, Francois Cahen and Yochk'o Seffer offer world-class (albeit more traditional) jazz rock. France
Zamla Mammaz Manna 1977 Samla Mammas Manna reformed in 1977 to release a few albums. Sweden
You 1978 Second-wave electronic group found by Ulrich Weber, Udo Hanten and Albun Meskes found patronage with Harald Grosskopf and Peter Baumann before going on to create a series of electronic rock albums in the 80s. Germany
Yes 1968 Nothing defines the good off Prog other than Yes. United Kingdom
Yamash'ta, Stomu 1947 Classically-trained percussionist from Japan, Stomu Yamash'ta's career jumps between the avant-garde, traditional Japanese music, progressive jazz-rock and later in his career, soundtrack and new-age type music. For the... Japan
Wyatt, Robert 1945 Both biped and wheelchair-bound, the one and only. United Kingdom
Wonderland 1968 Frank Dostal and Achim Reichel's post-Rattles band scored a series of singles in the late 60s, and produced one strange album as Wonderland Band. Germany
Wolf, Darryl Way's 1973 Ex-Curved Air violinist's group project United Kingdom
Wolbrandt, Peter 1949 Guitarist and singer from Kraan Germany
Winwood, Steve 1948 From Spencer Davis, to Traffic, to Blind Faith, back to Traffic, Go, and then on to a very successful solo carrer, few musicians have the resume of multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood. A genuine legend of the... United Kingdom
Windchase 1977 Post-Sebastian Hardie band Australia
Wilde Flowers, The 1964 The genesis of the Canterbury scene lay within the ranks of The Wilde Flowers; Ayers, Sinclairs, Hoppers, Coughlan, Hastings, and Wyatt all start here. United Kingdom
Wigwam 1968 Finland's world-class progressive rock band featured Englishman Jim Pembroke. Wigwam eventually signed to Virgin Records. Finland
Who, The 1964 From their beginnings as a r&b-influenced singles band with a Mod image, The Who quickly rose to the very top of England's rock elite by sheer virtue of their live performances. Along the way they penned many... United Kingdom
White, Alan 1949 Alan White's career led him from John Lennon to Jon Anderson, with dozens of sessions in between. United Kingdom
White Noise 1968 Largely the project of American David Vorhaus, White Noise represents some of the first releases of electronic music aimed at a commercial audience. He was joined by members of the BBC's legendary Radiophonic Workshop... United Kingdom
Wetton, John 1949 As a bassist and vocalist, John Wetton's career took many progressive turns throughout the 70s, highlighting his hard-working journeyman spirit, winding up with the big success of Asia in the early 80s. United Kingdom
Weidorje 1977 Ex-Magma, Bernard Paganotti and Patrick Gauthier's zeuhl France
Way, Darryl 1948 Violinist and composer for Curved Air United Kingdom
Wavemaker 1976 Second of Brian Hodgon's electronic music projects. United Kingdom
Walsh, Steve 1951 The voice of Kansas. United States
Wallenstein 1971 Jürgen Dollase's self-proclaimed "symphonic rock orchestra". Released four interesting albums that feature the drumming of Harald Grosskopf. Later albums had great covers but are of little interest to the progressive... Germany
Wakeman, Rick 1949 The silver-caped keyboardist and sometimes-comedian United Kingdom
Wagner, Adrian 1952 Great-great grandson of "the" Richard Wagner, Adrian Wagner was a collaborator with Robert Calvert, as well as a Charisma recording artist and inventor of the "Wasp" keyboard. United Kingdom
von Zamla 1981 Yet another morph of Samla Mammas Manna, this one led by Lars Hollmer and guitarist Eino Haapala. Sweden
Violeta De Outono 1984 Brazil's Psychedelic sons Brasil
Vian, Patrick 1942 Former member of Red Noise, Patrick Vian released an eponymous album of electronic music in 1976. France
Venegoni & Co. 1977 Led former Arti e Mestieri guitarist and composer Gigi Venegoni, Venegoni & Co. were another premier fusion band signed to the Cramps label. Italy
Vangelis 1943 Greek multi-instrumentalist Vangelis Papathanassiou was a child prodigy, eventually studying music in Athens. He spent his early career with in the beat band Formix, later forming Aphrodite's Child in 1968. By early 70s... Greece
Van Leer, Thijs 1948 Flautist, keyboardist and vocalist of Focus, his solo albums were for the most part recordings of classical music. Netherlands
Van Der Graaf Generator 1968 Led by the indefatigable Peter Hammill, perhaps the most original and significant group of the era; even "without the capes". Hammill is a complicated character, and so then is Van Der Graaf Generator: one moment placid... United Kingdom
Utopia 1973 In its first incarnation, Todd Rundgren's take on progressive rock United States
Uriel (Arzachel) 1968 Precursor to Egg, Uriel also included Steve Hillage on guitar. The band changed their name to Arzachel for their only album. United Kingdom
Uriah Heep 1969 Masters of heavy organ rock, Uriah Heep United Kingdom
Uno 1974 Elio D'Anna and Danilo Rustici's post-Osanna band, recorded one eponymous album before forming Nova. Italy
Unifaun 2003 Named after the portmanteau in Genesis' "Dancing in the Moonlight Knight, Unifaun began as "musical time travelling" between multi-instrumentalist Nad Sylvan and keyboardist Bonamici (Christian Thordin) to "write the... Sweden
U.K. 1976 From the remains of King Crimson, a latter-day supergroup. Bill Bruford and Allan Holdsworth left after one album, while Eddie Jobson and John Wetton stick together for another. From there, however, it was on to Asia. United Kingdom
Twink 1944 John Charles Alder, better known as Twink, played in a host of classic British psychedelia bands, including In-Crowd/Tomorrow, The Pretty Things/Electric Banana, Pink Fairies, and ever so short lived Stars, with Syd... United Kingdom
Turner, Nik 1940 Flute and sax player for Hawkwind, Nik Turner led the Inner City Unit in the early 80s, Los Angeles-based Sphynx in the early to mid 90s, and Space Ritual in the 00s, and various side projects too numerous to list. United Kingdom
Triumvirat 1969 The German ELP? Germany
Trip, The 1966 Originally called Maiocchi and the Trip, The Trip were an Anglo-Italian band based out of Italy. Early member included Ritchie Blackmore (later of Deep Purple fame). After their first album, later albums featured more... Italy
Transatlantic 2001 The Prog supergroup of the modern era, combining the talents of Mike Portnoy (Dream Theatre), Roine Stolt (Flower Kings), Neil Morse (Spock's Beard) and Pete Trewavas (Marillion). United States
Traffic 1967 Steve Winwood was already well known as the voice behind Spencer Davis Group before he started Traffic. The band always kept its R&B roots as it moved from the psychedelic pop of the first two studio albums into... United Kingdom
Trace 1974 Rick Van Der Linden's ex-Ekseption group. Netherlands
Top, Jannick 1947 Bassist supreme France
Tony Williams Lifetime, The New 1975 Tony Williams reformed his Lifetime in the mid-70s with a new lineup featuring Allan Holdsworth on guitar, Alan Pasqua on keyboards and Tony Newton on bass. Marlon Graves replaced Holdsworth for the second album. United States
Tony Williams Lifetime, The 1969 Tony Williams, John McLaughlin and Larry Young. The birth of fusion. United States
Tomorrow 1966 In the beginning there was psychedelia - inspired by the liberation of drug culture, supported by the new "Underground" and musically, and bringing novel invention to music. Tomorrow were one of London's darlings during... United Kingdom