Namesort icon Founded Country
Latte E Miele 1971 Classically-inspired prog trio from Genoa. Italy
Lard Free 1970 Founded by drummer Gilbert Artman, Lard Free was similar to Richard Pinhas' Heldon; French, unconventional, experimental, but, incredulously, a rock band. Later albums would draw parallels to the cosmic side of the... France
Lake, Greg 1947 Singer and bassist for King Crimson MK 1, and then on to prog supergroup Emerson Lake & Palmer. Incredibly sappy solo albums defy description. United Kingdom
La Düsseldorf 1975 Brothers Klaus und Thomas Dinger, along with Hans Lampe founded La Düsseldorf following the dissolution of Neu!. There records were highly successful in their native Germany, reputedly selling over a million copies. Germany
Kristina, Sonja 1949 Sonja Kristina got her start singing in the musical Hair before joining Curved Air. She was also married to Stewart Copeland of the Police. United Kingdom
Kravetz, Jean-Jacques 1947 Keyboard player for Frumpy, Atlantis, Randy Pie and more. France
Kraftwerk 1970 From early free-form improvisation to the perfection of electro-pop, Kraftwerk reign as one of the most musically influential groups from the 70s. However, the Ralf & Florian and Autobahn era should appeal to most... Germany
Kraan 1970 Happiest band from Germany. When will the "jam band" audience find them? Germany
Kornelyans 1971 Kornelyans, aka Korni Gruppa, a singles band from Yugoslavia, was led by its namesake, Kornell Kovach (Kornelije Kovač). In 1974 they recorded and released an excellent album of prog rock for the Italian Ricordi label. Yugoslavia
Koobas 1962 Originally called The Kubas, the band had its same roots in Liverpool. They spent time in Germany, and toured with The Beatles in the UK. Despite high profile appearances (The Who, Jimi Hendrix), their singles never... United Kingdom
Kluster 1969 As Kluster, Conrad Schnitzler and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, were pioneers of sound from a slightly older generation, using traditional instruments in the most untraditional ways to craft their art. They founded the Zodiac... Germany
Kingdom Come 1971 Arthur Brown's post-Crazy World band. Third album made early use of drum machines. United Kingdom
King Crimson 1968 From their debut album and striking cover art, constantly shuffling lineup, groundbreaking music, never-say-die reformations, no band epitomizes the "British prog" ethos better than King Crimson. United Kingdom
Kin Ping Meh 1969 Hailing from Mannheim, heavy progressives Kin Ping Meh first few albums were produced by Achim Reichel for his Zebra Records. Germany
Khan 1971 Steve Hillage's first group following his completion of studies at Canterbury. Second incarnation with Dave Stewart never recorded (he guested on their only record). United Kingdom
Kayak 1972 Netherlands
Kansas 1972 Kansas' legacy is undoubtedly as America's greatest progressive rock band, and their oeuvre would become the blueprint for a new breed of prog-metal bands that emerged in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. United States
Kaipa 1973 Named after a Swedish stone age chieftain, Kaipa were founded by keyboardist Hans Lundsun and bassit Tomas Eriksson in 1973. Guitarist Roine Stolt, though only a teenager at the time, was an original member. Sweden
July 1968 Notable for members Tom Newman (producer), and John Field and Tony Duhig, both later in Jade Warrior. United Kingdom
Jon & Vangelis 1979 Along with a US Top 50, the single "I Hear You Now" rose to the UK Top 10, propelling Jon & Vangelis' first album to a UK No 4. The duo - balancing successful solo careers simultaneously - would continue their... United Kingdom
Jobson, Eddie 1955 Violinist and journeyman, Eddie Jobson has one of the longer resumes in prog rock. United Kingdom
Jethro Tull 1967 Led by Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull was the first group from the progressive era to score resounding chart success. Originally their music was based in rhythm and blues, but punctuated with Anderson's flute playing and... United Kingdom
Jarre, Jean Michel 1948 French synthesist, popular France
Jane 1970 One of Germany's most idiosyncratic rock bands, the slow burn rock of Jane remained a constant through most of their career. Germany
Jade Warrior 1968 One of the most original of the British progressives, Jade Warrior were one of the first bands to incorporate "world" elements into their unique sound. United Kingdom
Jackson Heights 1970 Lee Jackson's post-Nice, pre-Refugee band. United Kingdom
Jack Lancaster And Robin Lumley 1976 A precursor to Brand X United Kingdom
Isotope 1972 Gary Boyle's jazz-rock fusion band. United Kingdom
Island 1977 British-influenced prog rock band from Switzerland released one fantastic album, produced by Claudio Fabi. Switzerland
Invisible Opera Company Of Tibet (Tropical Version Brazil) 1993 Brazilian version, led by guitarist Fabio Golfetti, with Renato Mello on keyboards and Claudio Souza on drums. See Violeta De Outno Brasil
Inner City Unit 1979 "Punkadelic acid rockers"? Musically defying all description, Inner City Unit remains one of the most unique offshots to the Hawkwind family tree. Founded by Hawkwind's Nik Turner, ICU combined the talents of Dead Fred... United Kingdom
Incredible String Band, The 1966 Fronted by Mike Heron and Robin Williamson, The Incredible String Band were one of the earliest folk bands to incorporate psychedelic music into their sound. Massively influential, the band were a major live attraction. United Kingdom
Illusion 1976 Mark I Renaissance reformed in the mid-70s for a couple of albums. United Kingdom
Ikarus 1971 Hamburg band led by Jochen Petersen released one album of superb progressive rock. Germany
Ibliss 1971 Former Organisation member Basil Hammoudi and one-time Kraftwerk drummer Andreas Hohmann formed this group, who under the tutelage of Conny Plank, released one album before calling it quits. Germany
Ibis 1974 Another off-shoot of the New Trolls. Italy
Hudson Ford 1973 Former Strawbs members had a string of hits in the mid 70s, before emigrating to Canada. United Kingdom
Howe, Steve 1947 Steve Howe, guitarist for Tomorrow, Bodast, Yes, Asia and GTR. Guitar Player magazine vote him "Best Guitarist" for five years in a row in the late 70s. United Kingdom
Holdsworth, Allan 1946 One of the progressive era's most recognizable guitarists, Allan Holdsworth has had a journeyman's career in the music world. During the 70s, he played for Igginbottom, Sunship, Nucleus, Tempest, Gong, The New Tony... United Kingdom
Hoenig, Michael 1952 Michael Hoenig was a founding member of Agitation Free. He also filled in for Peter Baumann in Tangerine Dream in 1975. Germany
Hoelderlin 1970 One of the most under-rated groups of the progressive era, Hoelderlin's albums rival the best from the United Kingdom. The core of Hoelderlin's albums were released on CD by EMI in 2007. Germany
Hodgson, Roger 1950 Co-founder and author of most of Supertramp's hits, Roger Hodgson left the band in 1983 for a sporadic solo career. United Kingdom
Hillage, Steve 1951 A mainstay in the progressive scene, Steve Hillage's earliest work goes back to the Middle Earth club in the late 60s with Arzachel, playing alongside bands like Pink Floyd and Tomorrow. After a break to attend... United Kingdom
High Tide 1969 From the onset, High Tide garnered attention; the band had a publishing deal with Apple Corps and was managed by Doug Smith's Clearmountain Productions. Their two albums on Liberty/United Artists are undisputed classic... United Kingdom
Here & Now 1974 Cutting their teeth in Ladbroke Grove and on the UK's free festival circuit, Here & Now gained notoriety for their collaboration with Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth of Gong. United Kingdom
Hensley, Ken 1945 Keyboardist, guitarist, and songwriter of Uriah Heep. United Kingdom
Henry Cow 1968 United Kingdom
Heldon 1973 Premiere french underground band, founded by Richard Pinhas France
Heckstall-Smith, Dick 1934 One of England's early jazz-rock luminaries, Dick Heckstall-Smith work included Blues Incorporated, Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Colosseum. Phew! United Kingdom
Hawkwind 1969 Combining a driving rhythm, early electronics and sci-fi imagery, Hawkwind lay claim to being the ultimate space rock band. Coming from the underground scene in London's Ladbroke Grove, their success during the 70s -... United Kingdom