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Violeta De Outono

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Brazil's Psychedelic sons

Founded: 1984

Location: São Paulo, Brasil

Website: Violeta de Outono and Invisible Opera Company of Brazil

von Zamla

Yet another morph of Samla Mammas Manna, this one led by Lars Hollmer and guitarist Eino Haapala.

Founded: 1981

Location: Uppsala, Sweden

Wakeman, Rick

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The silver-caped keyboardist and sometimes-comedian

Founded: 1949

Location: Perivale, Middlesex, England

Website: RWCC > Rick Wakeman's Communications Centre

Wallenstein

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 listener.

Founded: 1971

Location: Moenchengladbach, Germany

Website: Harald Grosskopf | Wallenstein

Walsh, Steve

The voice of Kansas.

Founded: 1951

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Website: Steve Walsh

White Noise

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 for their initial release on Island Records.

Founded: 1968

Location: London, England

Website: Myspace page for White Noise

Who, The

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 anthems that would reign in the classic rock cannon. But of interest to the progressive fan are two concept albums penned (like everything else) by guitarist Pete Townsend: 1969's Tommy and 1973's Quadrophenia. The former, very overshadowed by the bloated film version, remains a gem of the psychedelic era, while the later is in a category all by itself.

Founded: 1964

Location: London, England

Website: The Who's Official Website

Wigwam

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Finland's world-class progressive rock band featured Englishman Jim Pembroke. Wigwam eventually signed to Virgin Records.

Founded: 1968

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Website: Wigwam - Nuclear Netclub

Winwood, Steve

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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 progressive era.

Founded: 1948

Location: Handsworth, Birmingham, England

Website: Home : Steve Winwood

Wright, Rick

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Keyboard player and legend for Pink Floyd. Formed Zee in the early 80s with vocalist Dave Harris from the new wave group Fashion.

Founded: 1943

Location: Hatch End, Middlesex, England

Website: The Richard Wright Archives | Richard Wright, Pink Floyd, Rick WrightThe Richard Wright Archives