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Readers Recommend has a vibrant community of participants, music lovers all. And while most hail from merry olde England, there are participants from North America and Japan.  Check out the wonderful Google Map created by Cauliflower to see where everyone is from.

Below are short biographical notes on some of the RR bloggers. If you want similar notes on yourself added, simply email me with the details. All information is optional so leave out or add anything you like.


  • Location: Castle Cary, Somerset, UK
  • Real Name: Neville
  • Age: 40
  • Marital status: Married with two stepchildren
  • Occupation: Professor of Ancient History
  • Joined RR Community: March 9th 2007, Songs about Musical Genres.
  • Favorite Artists: obscure European jazz (Tomasz Stanko, Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Ganelin Trio, Zentralquartett); Miles Davis' 1960s quintet, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Charles Mingus; Ultravox, Kraftwerk, Neu!; Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Free; Mogwai; Spice Girls, Abba, Captain & Tenille, Bangles, Susannah Hoffs.
  • Our Song (my wife's and mine special song): Not entirely sure we can agree on anything like that; possibly either kd lang's Constant Craving or The Rembrandts' I'll Be There For You.
  • First A-list: Hawkwind, Spiral Galaxy 28948
  • Favourite RR contribution: the deployment of Claude Levi-Strauss' structuralist theory of mythology to justify the  nomination of Roxy Music's Avalon. And it worked.


  • Location: Yorkshire UK
  • Real name: Ali
  • Age: Old enough to know better, young enough to reconsider
  • Children: Yes
  • Occupation: Administrator (but open to more interesting offers)
  • Joined RR community: Haven't a scoobies. 2006?
  • Favourite music: Folk, blues, rock but open to most things (not good with rap & hip hop)
  • Only A Lister: Roy Harper, Forbidden Fruit
  • Favourite RR contribution: Earworms and quizzes


  •  Location: Bristol, England
  • Real Name: Carole
  • Age: Past 50 physically but about 29 in my head.
  • Marital status: A long time relationship with my girlfriend
  • Occupation: I lead a team of mainframe database technical experts for a large IT services company
  •  Joined RR Community: I lurked for ages but I think I first posted on Celestial bodies in October 2007
  • Favourite Artists: The Grateful Dead, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, John Martyn, The Clash, My Bloody Valentine, The Cocteau Twins, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young either collectively, alone or in combinations, Jimi Hendrix,  Aretha Franklin, Genesis in the Peter Gabriel years, The Who, Carole King, David Bowie and many, many more.
  • Least Favourite Music: It has to be rap, I just don’t like it at all, followed by gabba techno
  • Proudest RR moment: Getting Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” A-listed.
  • RR goals: I want to get King Crimson A-listed and I am a proud member of the GTDITL tendency (Get The Dead In The List)
  • Our Song (my partner's and mine special song): a tricky one, she is a bit of a rocker and a metal head, but we both like Edith Piaf, so it is probably “Je ne regrette rien”, because we don’t (regret things, I mean).
  • Musical guilty pleasure: AOR power ballads, stuff like Boston’s “More than a feeling” and Diane Warren songs (she is the queen of the power ballad)


  • Location: Manchester, UK
  • Real Name: Chris
  • Age: 57
  • Marital status: Complicated (divorced, re-partnered, separating)
  • Occupation: Retired?
  • Joined RR Community: Late 2007
  • Favourite Artists: Grateful Dead, Pavement/Stephen Malkmus, Talking Heads, PJ Harvey, Throwing Muses, Velvet Underground/John Cale, Ry Cooder, Richard Thompson, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Fatima Mansions, Gomez, Beck, Little Feat and a few others.
  • Least Favourite Music: X-factor-style power ballads, dull rap, showtunes
  • First A-list: VU's The Gift, Songs With A Twist, April 2008
  • Proudest RR contribution: Founded GTDITL (Get The Dead In The List), which had its first success in June, 2008; re-naming this great resource The Marconium.


  • Location: Queensbury, West Yorkshire
  • Real Name: Rich
  • Age: As 2014 ends, a cry is heard. Cryptic clue: "Cry negative at Hawaiian TV Police Dept" (2,2,4,1)
  • Marital status: "Two Daughters And A Beautiful Wife"
  • Occupations*: In the day job, scrabbling round dark satanic mills, keeping everyone safe. In the other job, hobnobbing with the sporting elite, keeping everyone clean!  Love 'em both equally. *  Yes, plural. Doesn't everyone without a Tory Party connection need two jobs these days?
  • Joined RR Community: 'Listy' Songs (2006) - a few months after gordonimmel started nagging me to join in. 
  • First A-lister: Talk Talk - April 5th (RRSA Dates).
  • Musical likes: Heavy/Classic rock, Americana and neo-classical minimalism mostly, but everything from punk to reggae to even Bob Dylan gets a look-in.   
  • Musical dis-likes: As a generalization, traditional Classical, hip-hop, rap, what passes for RnB these days, and most forms of jazz. But even there, there are Diamonds And Pearls amongst the swine.
  • Proudest RR moment: (i) The first Drive-By Truckers A-listing (Maddy, subbing for Dorian, picked My Sweet Annette for 'Infidelity' Songs. (ii) frogprincess using a suggestion of mine as the soundtrack to her holiday-memory DVD.
  • Lowest RR moment: Jon Dennis' tenure, and being unable to stop myself from rocking the boat about it. Should've walked away earlier. Sorry folks!
  • RR goals: Getting a Bon Scott era AC/DC song A-listed. Getting ANYTHING by Dakota Suite into The Marconium.
  • "Our" Songs: Black's Wonderful Life, The Cult's Resurrection Joe. 
  • Card-carrying RR fan of under-represented bands: UFO, Dakota Suite, 2 Tribes, Brad/Satchel, Goldmund, Gun, Willard Grant Conspiracy, The Family Stand.


  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Real Name: debby(m)
  • Age: has now overtaken my shoe size
  • Marital status: no spouse, 2 kids in the house
  • Occupation: Mother, CD-book-DVD salesperson, sometime translator & contributor to travel guides, procrastinator extraordinaire
  • Joined RR Community: Trains - January 2008
  • Musical likes: Folk, folk rock, rock. Also jazz, soul and, surprisingly, countertenor
  • Musical dislikes: Cembalo, the soprano voice, anything involving German pop 'deity' Dieter Bohlen


  • Location: Koto Ward, Tokyo, Japan
  • Real Name: Hoshino Sakura - 星野 桜 (Hoshino is family name and given
    name is Sakura
  • Age: 24
  • Occupation: Sales and Promotion Girl
  • Joined RR Community: February 2011
  • Favourite Artists: Love Psychedelico, The Brilliant Green, YUI ,
    Stereopony Kawashima Ai and almost any J-Pop and K-Pop
  • Least Favourite Music: My least favourite music is western opera singing.
    Somehow I can not get into it
  • Our Song: This is actually my younger sister and mine song - This Is
    運命(unmei) / This is destiny by Melon Kinenbi; we used to dance to
    it at home when we were younger teenagers and loved it; the lyrics
    are quite funny.
  • First A-list: Last Flight by Akiakane for the topic of Futility!
  • Favourite RR contribution: nominating Korean boy band Dong Bang Shin Ki.
  • RR ambition: To have a Japanese or Korean pop song on the A List! (the
    more cheesy the better!)


  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Real Name: Andrew
  • Age: 50
  • Marital Status: married with two children and a grandson
  • Our song: Drowning Man by U2 (a long story I have told on RR and
    will no doubt tell again).
  • Profession: Teacher
  • Joined RR Community: September 2009
  • Musical likes: Flamenco and a lot more besides
  • Musical dislikes: None
  • Proudest RR moments: getting Enrique Morente and his daughter, Estrella, A listed.


  • Location: Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
  • Real Name: Marco
  • Age: 66
  • Marital status: Married with two adult children
  • Occupation: Retired. Formerly a television news feed coordinator and news editor
  • Joined RR Community: Jan. 11, 2008 - blog topic was Songs about Guilt and Regret
  • Favorite Artists: (in no particular order) Crash Test Dummies, Doug and the Slugs, Maria Muldaur, Rankin Family, Garolou, Shania Twain, Traveling Wilburys, Manhattan Transfer, Bette Midler, Van Morrison, Chris de Burgh, 10CC, Tomita, Animals, Manfred Mann, Dave Clark Five, Beatles, Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Platters, Les Paul & Mary Ford and songs from musicals like Les Miserables, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors and Chicago. I also like some jazz - Dave Brubeck Quartet comes to mind, and some classical, especially the romanticists like Rachmaninoff and Tschaikovsky but I also like Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.
  • Best RR Musical Discoveries: The Beautiful South, Within Temptation, Paul Kelly
  • Musical Dislikes: Not a big fan of rap with some exceptions. Don't care for heavy metal or punk rock.
  • Our Song (my wife's and mine special song): The Rose by Bette Midler
  • First A Listing: Albedo 0.39 by Vangelis for the topic of Science


  • Location: London
  • Real Name: Georgina
  • Age: Mid-60s
  • Marital status: Divorced
  • Occupation: Retired but looking for part-time job
  • Joined RR Community: May 2007 "Songs about other musicians"
  • Musical likes: Americana, industrial noise, folk, psychedelia, bass drone, grime, post-punk, lots of others
  • Musical dis-likes: Modern R'n;B, bhangra (you can blame my neighbours for this)

Ravi Raman

  • Location: Madras (or Chennai for the pedants), India
  • Real name: Ravi Raman
  • Age: 55
  • Marital status: Single. Again.
  • Occupation: Writer. 
  • Music I like: Pretty much anything though I confess to a partiality to Blues and a special weakness to women strutting their stuff on stage like Koko Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi. All time favourite band  is The Allman Brothers Band with their Live at Filmore East being the one I've played the most in my life.
  • First time on the RR  A List: Koko Taylor's I'm a woman on Deep Voices.
  • Best thing about RR: the way nobody trashes another person's taste. 


  • Name: Mitch Mitchell (no one gets my real first name!)
  • Age: 62
  • Residing: Mainly now in March, Cambridgeshire, but also Sarf London.
  • Occupation: Musician, Rock and Roll Historian, Bouncer at Mothercare.
  • Favourite Artists: Gene Vincent, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Joe Turner, The Everly Brothers, Lavern Baker, Sam Cooke, Solomon Burke, Arthur Alexander, Connie Francis, Wanda Jackson, kd lang, Brenda Lee, Jimmy Reed, Ronnie Hawkins, Dion, Chuck Jackson, Garnett Mimms, The Coasters, Jerry Lee Lewis and many doo-wop bands.
  • Totally dislike: Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Queen, what now passes for R & B, Celine Dion
  • Best Career Moment: Appearing at the Albert Hall supporting Bill Haley & Duane Eddy with members of the Beatles and Rolling Stones in the audience (May 1968)
  • Status: Widowed with one son.
  • Proudest moment on RR: Dorian described me as "our resident rock & roll expert".


  • Location: London, South of the river.
  • Real Name: Well...It isn't "Danny"
  • Age:  42
  • Occupation: Actor/ Writer
  • Joined RR Community: I forget exactly when I joined, but my mate RockingMitch persuaded me to have a go.Glad I did. It's great fun. Recently got my first A lister and 2 B's in the same week, for songs about Uncertainty.
  • Favourite Artists: My all time favourite is Jackie Wilson, but also Little Willie John; Percy Mayfield; Clyde McPhatter; Elvis Presley; Dinah Washington; Sarah Vaughan; Louis Jordan; Marvin Gaye; Sam Cooke. Generally into good, 50's R&B, Rock & Roll, early Soul and early to mid 60's Pop. Also good Reggae by the likes of Matumbi, The Mighty Diamonds and Bob Marley. I'm a big fan of swing Jazz by the likes of Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman or even earlier stuff like Fletcher  Henderson. I'm a keen guitarist myself, so I enjoy the likes of Django Reinhardt and Barney Kessell. Early and Capitol era Frank Sinatra is also a big favourite, as well as Mel Torme; Sammy Davis Jr; Barbra Streisand; Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole Trio. Grew up listening to my dad's collection of 50's and 60's Country records, so I enjoy Don Gibson; George Jones; Willie Nelson; certain Jim Reeves etc.
  • Least Favourite Music: I love all forms of popular music from the 30's onwards, but I can't abide Hip Hop, Techno or Heavy Metal.
  • Proudest RR Moment: Any time I have been able to introduce someone to 
    a record that they have enjoyed.
  • RR Goals: To keep on introducing folks to, and discovering new (to me) 
    artists and recordings.


  • Location: Morden, Surrey
  • Real Name: Stephen/Steve
  • Age: 53
  • Marital status: Single
  • Occupation: Librarian (but for how long?)
  • Joined RR Community: Some time in early 2006 I think. 
  • Musical likes: Bit of punk, bit of reggae, bit of folk, bit of old jazz/swing stuff innit. 
  • Musical dis-likes: I don't like a lot of rap. There are exceptions.
  • Proudest RR moment: That'll be songs about clothes and fashion - successful nomination of Tori Amos "The Power of Orange Knickers".
  • First A-List: Robert Wyatt's Soup Song for "songs about food".
  • Favourite Artists: Joan Armatrading, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, Nico, Mary Coughlan (I could go on)


  • Location: Redbridge, Essex
  • Real Name: anag. [5,6]
  • Age: 52
  • Marital status: Married, DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)
  • Occupation: Rock’n’Roll Reference Librarian. There, I’ve said it.
  • Joined RR Community: lurked for a while; didn’t contribute 'til I had broadband. First contribution: RRSA Homosexuality, June 29th, 2007.
  • Favorite Artists: I always thought I’d grow out of my dependence on skinny young people playing electric guitars semi-competently, but it hasn’t happened yet… Byrds, Beatles, Velvets, Who, Move, Jam, Clash, Wire, XTC, Beat, Smiths, Hornets Attack Victor Mature… iconoclasts: Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Cale, Eno, Wyatt, Cope, Rundgren, Kate Bush, Richard Thompson, Bevis Frond, White Stripes, Banhart, anybody who can sing in Welsh… folkies: M.Carthy, E.Carthy, S.Collins, many more. 60s psychedelia, 70s reggae, classic soul, Paisley Underground, power pop, Americana, African music. Despite appearances I do listen to a lot of contemporary stuff, but on current form it’ll be another 10-20 years before I start to retain it.
  • Favourite artists introduced to by RR: Angelique Kidjo, Beausoleil, Drive-By Truckers, Okkervil River,
  • Proudest RR moments: First A-listing after 4 weeks with a very obscure song indeed, and two A-listers the following week! That’s how Dorian got ‘em hooked… oh, and Amy Rigby owes me big time.
  • Least favourite RR moment: KingCroat.
  • Our Song (my wife's and mine special song): birdsong. [Mrs Sidecar & I have no musical tastes in common at all…]


  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Real Name: Loretta Blumfeld
  • Joined RR Community: Sometime in 2007
  • Favorite Artists: Oh, all of them.
  • Favorite RR Topic so far: Great middle eights


  • Location: Welsh borders
  • Real name: Suzanne
  • Age:  60-something
  • Marital status: Married, 3 adult children, 1 grandson
  • Occupation: retired
  • Joined RR: sometime in  October 2005
  • Favourite Artists: Leonard Cohen, Kinks, Blondie, Pogues, Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, many more, wide variety of stuff including Dave Brubeck, songs by Cole Porter, etc etc.  Am also one of the several Tom Lehrer fans on RR
  • Dislikes: Most rap and hip-hop, and Frank Sinatra, even though admit he's quite good!
  • Proudest moment: Probably getting Leonard Cohen's Anthem onto the A-list, having recommended it quite strongly.  (Perhaps should make clear I am not that Suzanne)


  • Location: Watford, England
  • Real Name: Dave
  • Age: In my late 30s - well I am if you can argue that 51 is your late 30s...
  • Marital status: Married with two daughters who are older than they used to be
  • Joined RR Community: January 2008
  • Favorite Artists: Prefab Sprout, Jonathan Richman, The Decemberists, Belle & Sebastian, Ben Folds, The Go-Betweens, Sufjan Stevens, Death Cab For Cutie, 10,000 Maniacs, The High Llamas, Elbow, Shack, The Blue Nile, Everything But The Girl, Microdisney, Azure Ray, James Taylor, The Cardigans, The Wedding Present, REM, Steely Dan, Martin Stephenson, Elvis Costello, Eels, Teenage Fanclub, Gene, McCarthy, Crowded House, Badly Drawn Boy, Danny WIlson, Babybird, Squeeze, Midlake, Cocteau Twins, The Dentists, Flaming Lips, XTC, Orange Juice, Caravan, Grandaddy, Frazier Chorus, Arctic Monkeys, Richard Hawley, Camera Obscura, The Smiths
  • Proudest RR moment: Nominating the only two Prefab Sprout tracks ever to make it on to the A-List. Although I have to confess that one of them was ToffeeGirl's idea.
  • RR goal: Getting another song on an A-List - sometime.  Who knows? It might happen.
  • Our Song (my wife's and mine special song): Without You - Nillson.  I know ...


  • Location: Echt, Netherlands
  • Real Name: Ton
  • Age: 50, but don't feel like it.... 
  • Marital status: Single
  • Occupation: Mainframe software developer (contractor), currently working at the largest private bank in Holland 
  •  Joined RR Community: mid-2006
  • Favourite Artists: Triifids, Wilco, Richard Thompson, Neu!, Einstürzende Neubauten, REM, the Congos, Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, Steve Wynn, Thievery Corporation, lots of dub reggae, Americana  etc. etc.
  • Least Favourite Music: Not that much into jazz....


  • Location: Milton Keynes, UK
  • Real name: Jocelyn
  • Age: 63
  • Marital status: Divorced, three grownup children, three grandsons
  • Occupation: Free Girl Now, aka retired and having lots of fun
  • Joined RR community: Nov 9 2007 – end of Illness, start of Smiling and Laughter
  • Favourite artists: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Richard Thompson, Bruce Springsteen, the Gourds, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, Gillian Welch, Diana Jones, Mary Gauthier, the Who, Bob Dylan, the Band, Sandy Denny, June Tabor, Shirley Collins, Show Of Hands, Neil Young, Oysterband, Maggie Holland, REM
  • Son’s band: The In And Outlaws


  • Location: North Hampshire, UK.
  • Real Name: Amanda.
  • Age: Not 40 yet...
  • Marital Status: Married with two small children.
  • Occupation: Mother; Technical Author, "resting".
  • Joined RR Community: Sometime in 2005 or 2006. Definitely posted in SciFi and Space. Went away and came back again.
  • Artist that I always try to nominate: All About Eve.
  • First A-Lister: Paul Weller's 'Wildwood' in Trees, Grass and Flowers. Somewhat underwhelming as I'd been trying /really/ hard to get AAE in that week (as you can tell from the moniker I was using...).
  • The One That Got Away: The Sea! I'm pretty sure that I suggested the topic (at least in part as a way of getting AAE's big hit in a list...) and then I wasn't around when it came up. Fortunately, Babryn stepped in with 'Martha's Harbour'.
  • AKA: In the early days (before permanent login names), I blogged simply as 'Amanda' or, at least once, as 'Amanda the All About Eve fan'.

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