What seems like an easy-peasy question is actually not because finding out what we really think can sometimes be influenced by our own geographic loyalties. So to make sure this does not hamper our decisions, if we could add as many examples coming from a specific country, region, county or city. The more specific examples we provide, the more our choice will prove to be the birthplace of more vital bands than any other. Ideally, if we can narrow to an actual city, that would be the best possible scenario.
But if we get a coach-load of calls for North Yorkshire because our Bill was born and bred there, then we must also be prepared to also champion groups like Unit 4+2, for example, if we want to convincingly make our point. In other words, if anyone wishes to nominate N Yorks, they had better have more examples than Bill!
But where it gets sticky is when bands move themselves from their hometown to somewhere like London or Los Angeles. Then it takes more effort to defend them as being from either of those two cities as their formative years an naturally have more influence in their making than somewhere the industry just happens to be based. But you get the general idea.
I will nominate Birmingham and it’s environs. Here are just a few from that area: The Move, Roy Wood/Wizzard, The Idle Race/Jeff Lynne/ELO, The Lilac Time, Stephen Duffy, The Spencer Davis Group/Traffic/Stevie Winwood, Steel Pulse, UB40, The Beat, Joan Armatrading, and Duran Duran. Oh, and probably Black Sabbath.