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A musician is a person who plays one or many musical instrument and is also referred to as an instrumentalist. History has given us some really notable music composers and performers the likes of which include names of people like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig Van Beethoven. Just like everything else, music too evolved through the ages to churn out various genres. The most noticeable evolution took place in the last 50 years. There was the Rock ‘N Roll era, which preceded the music of the 1980’s. Music underwent yet another slight change and evolved into the music of the 1990’s which was followed by pop music, house, club, trans and many others. To say that the hall of fame is reserved only for the classical musicians would be folly because even the new age music has given us people who have become legends in their own right. We have seen guitarists like Jimmy Hendrix and Jimmy Page (of Led Zepplin), drummers like Mike Portnoy (of the band Dream Theater) and John Bonham (from Led Zeppelin) and even disk jockeys like David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, and DJ Tiesto. All of them have led very interesting live which deserves a read through. Therefore without further ado, here are the biographies of these famous men and women, along with a few details about their life stories, timelines, trivia, including information about their personal and professional lives.
A.J. Mclean A. J. McLean

A.J. Mclean, the first member of the famous vocal harmony group, Backstreet Boys, is known for his amazing voice and outstanding performances. ...

Aaron Copland Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland was one of the most appreciated American classical composers of the twentieth century. He innovatively blended popular forms of ...

Aaron Funk Aaron Funk

In the world of electronic music, one name that has, since its debut, created ripples and managed to bag raving success for most of the albums ...

Aaron Neville Aaron Neville

American soul and R&B singer and musician, Aaron Neville is a name to reckon with in the world of music. Through his sheer talent and ...

Abdullah Ibrahim Abdullah Ibrahim

Born Adolph Johannes Brand, the famous South African pianist and composer, Abdullah Ibrahim became popular as Dollar Brand. He began his ...

Adrian Willaert Adrian Willaert

Adrian Willaert was a famous Flemish composer who was known for his polyphonic Franco-Flemish style. One of the most influential composers of ...

Alan Hovhaness Alan Hovhaness

Alan Hovhaness was an Armenian-American music composer. As one of the most prolific performers of 20th century, his official catalogue comprised ...

Alanis Morissette Alanis Morisette

Alanis Morissette changed the way female singers were perceived in the world of music. She led from the front and diversified the avenues of ...

Alban Berg Alban Berg

Often termed as the classicist of modern music, Alban Berg was one of the key founders of the Second Viennese School in the early years of 20th ...

Aleksandr Borodin Aleksandr Borodin

Alexander Borodin was a well-known music composer, doctor, chemist and philanthropist. He developed an interest towards chamber music while ...

Aleksandr Scriabin Aleksandr Scriabin

Esoteric, imaginative, and idiosyncratic, Aleksandr Scriabin’s contribution to the world of music is peerless. A mystic and an eccentric, ...

Alfred Newman Alfred Newman

Alfred Newman is one of the iconic figures of the Hollywood film industry who created a stir in the film fraternity with his music. In his four ...

Ali Akbar Khan Ali Akbar Khan

Ustad Ali Akbar Khan was one of the most renowned sarod maestros. He was born into the family of musicians and was trained under the supervision ...

Amy Beach Amy Beach

Amy March Cheney Beach was a legendary music composer and pianist and was the best woman composer at the time in the United States. As a woman, ...

Amy Jade Winehouse - British Singer & Songwriter Amy Jade Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was a talented singer-songwriter who won five Grammy Awards for her album ‘Back to Black’. Her most famous album unfortunately ...

Anthony Burgess Anthony Burgess

Anthony Burgess was a well-known English writer and an accomplished musician in his own right, whose reputation rests on his exclusive, ...

Anton Bruckner Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner, one of the most brilliant and admired composers of the nineteenth century, was known for symphonies, masses and motets, which ...

Anton Webern Anton Webern

Though the entire collection of his works does not exceed more than three hours of performance time, Anton Webern stands tall among the 20th ...

Antonín Dvořák Antonín Dvořá...

Antonín Dvořák, the greatest Czech and Romantic composer of all time, is known for creating some of the most beautiful symphonies in the ...

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi Antonio Lucio Vivald...

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, known by the nick name, ‘Il Prete Rosso’ (The Red Priest), was a renowned priest, Baroque composer and a talented ...

Arcangelo Corelli Arcangelo Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli was an Italian violinist and composer of Baroque style of western music. His admirable musical compositions made him a ...

Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin

Aretha Louise Franklin is known as ‘The Queen of Soul’, the first woman ever to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was born ...

Arnold Schoenberg Arnold Schoenberg

"I believe what I do and do only what I believe; and woe to anybody who lays hands on my faith. Such a man I regard as an enemy and no quarter ...

Arthur Sullivan Arthur Sullivan

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan was an English composer of Irish-Italian ancestry. His operatic collaboration with 14 operas made him popular across ...

Avril Ramona Lavigne Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne came to limelight at a very young age and was signed by Arista records when she turned 16. Her grungy pop-rock sound appealed to ...

Axl Rose Axl Rose

Love him or hate him; Axl Rose is an illustrious but controversial figure in the world of rock. There have always been two extremes for this ...

Barry White Barry White

Perhaps no other artist in the music industry enjoyed the huge cross-sectional popularity and following as did Barry White. The winner of two ...

Beck Beck

Three-time Grammy Award winning musician, Beck Hansen is no ordinary instrumentalist, for he is responsible for creating the unique style of ...

Bedrich Smetana Bedrich Smetana

Titled as “father of Czech music,” Bedøich Smetana was a famous Czech composer who pioneered the development of a musical style in Czech. ...

Bela Bartok Bela Bartok

Bela Viktor Janos Bartok was a famous Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered to be one of the most influential composers of the 20th ...

Ben Folds Ben Folds

Ben Folds is a musician famous for forming the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five which gave hits like ‘Brick’ and ‘Battle of Who Could ...

Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten was an English composer, conductor and pianist whose name has gone down in history as one of the best musicians of the past ...

Benny Goodman Benny Goodman

Benjamin David “Benny” Goodman, better known as “Benny Goodman”, was a leading jazz clarinet player and an outstanding bandleader of the ...

Bill Evans Bill Evans

William John Evans was an American Jazz pianist, composer and a pioneer of multi-track jazz recordings. Classically trained on flute, violin and ...

Bill Monroe Bill Monroe

William Smith Monroe, famous as Bill Monroe, was an American musician who created a sub-genre of Country music known as the ‘Bluegrass ...

Bill Withers Bill Withers

Bill Withers is one of the most renowned names in the Rhythm & Blues music genre. In his active career of two decades, he came up with some ...

Billy Idol Billy Idol

Billy Idol is a punk rock musician who rose to fame as a member of the band Generation X. Born as William Michael Albert Broad, he adopted the ...

William Martin Billy Joel Billy Joel

William Martin Billy Joel is a famous American pianist, singer, song-writer and composer. He began his music career with ‘Echoes’, which ...

Ustad Bismillah Khan Bismillah Khan

Ustad Bismillah Khan was a great Shehnai player from India. His name was and will forever be associated with shehnai, the musical instrument ...

Bjork Bjork

Bjork Guomundsdottie is a famous Icelander singer of the alternative music. She is also known for writing her own songs and producing her ...

Black Francis Black Francis

Black Francis is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. Born Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV, his interest in music began at a ...

Bob Dylan Bob Dylan

One of the major figures of the folk and pop music movement in the United States, Bob Dylan is not just a musician or song-writer—he is an ...

Bob Seger Bob Seger

Robert Clark “Bob” Seger is a rock and roll musician best known for his album ‘Night Moves’. Initially a Detroit based singer and ...

Bon Scott Bon Scott

Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott was an Australian musician of Scottish origins who rose to fame as the leading singer and songwriter of the ...

Bono Bono

Paul David Hewson, nicknamed Bono, is one of the most eminent singers and musicians of Irish origin and is best known as the lead vocalist of ...

Brad Douglas Paisley Brad Douglas Paisley

Think country music, think cowboy-hat Brad Paisley. His name is synonymous with this genre of music that it is difficult to separate these two ...

Brian Eno Brian Eno

Brian Eno is one of the talented and acclaimed musicians who is world renowned as the principal innovator of ambient music. It was he who ...

Brian May Brian May

Brian May is an English musician, songwriter, astrophysicist and famous guitarist of ‘Queen’. With his iconic haircut that defies the image ...

Brian McKnight Brian McKnight

Being a singer and songwriter was an inevitable career choice for Brian McKnight as music ran in the blood of this talented and skilful artist. ...

Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson

Nicknamed, ‘The Air Raid Siren’, for his trademark soaring high-pitched voice, Bruce Dickinson is the heavy metal legend, who never tried ...

Buddy Bolden Buddy Bolden

Charles Joseph “Buddy” Bolden, the renowned cornetist, was among the finest jazz musicians the world has ever had. Credited as the ‘Father ...

Buddy Guy Buddy Guy

Ask a blues fan as to what propelled him to pick up the electric guitar and almost everyone would have the same answer – Buddy Guy. The most ...

Buju Banton - Mark Anthony Myrie Buju Banton

Buju Banton who is currently serving a ten year sentence is one of the greatest dancehall, ragga, and reggae musicians of the 20th century. His ...

Cannonball Adderley Cannonball Adderley

Cannonball Adderley was a reputed jazz alto saxophonist of the 1950s and 1960s who created a rage amongst the audience with his ground-breaking ...

Carl Orff Carl Orff

Carl Orff was a distinguished German composer of the 20th-century, best known for his cantata — “Carmina Burana”. Although much of his ...

Carlos Chavez Carlos Chavez

Carlos Antonio de Padua Chavez y Ramirez alias Carlos Chavez was a Mexican composer, conductor, music theorist, educator and journalist. He had ...

Carlos Santana Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana’s name has become synonymous with some of the most important genres of music today - jazz, Latin, salsa, blues and rock. From a ...

Carly Simon Carly Simon

Carly Simon is an American singer who rose to fame in the 1970’s with back-to-back hit records. She has written many of her own songs and has ...

Cesar Cui Cesar Cui

Cesar Cui was a Russian composer and a music critic who was of French and Lithuanian descent. In the 19th century, he was a member of ‘The ...

Cesar Franck Cesar Franck

Cesar-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-Hubert Franck was a leading composer, pianist, organist and an inspiring music teacher who lived in Paris and ...

Chantal Kreviazuk Chantal Kreviazuk

Chantal Kreviazuk is a Canadian singer-songwriter of adult contemporary music genre who is also a trained classical pianist. Her music potential ...

Charles Gounod Charles Gounod

Charles Gounod was one of the most brilliant French composers of the 19th century, in the same league as Jules Massenet and Jacques Meyerbeer. ...

Charles Ives Charles Ives

Charles Ives is dubbed as one of America’s greatest composers. He was amongst the most prominent American artists of his time. An optimistic, ...

Charles Mingus Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus was one of the most important figures of 20th century American music. He was an eminent jazz musician and his music was ...

Charlie Daniels Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels, born as Charles Edward Daniels, is an American musician known for his characteristically southern rock, country and bluegrass ...

Charlie parker Charlie Parker

A short life of thirty-four years, amazing talent, groundbreaking works, yet relatively unknown among the music lovers — this is the sad but ...

Cher - Also Known As Cherilyn Sarkisian Cherilyn Sarkisian

Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winning singer and actress, Cher, is referred to as the ‘Goddess of Pop’. A high school ...

Chris Cornell Chris Cornell

Born Christopher John Boyle, Chris Cornell is a rock musician who has been the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the ‘Soundgarden’ and ...

Chris Martin Chris Martin

Christopher Anthony Martin, better known to his fans as Chris Martin is a co-founder and talented member of the alternative rock band Coldplay, ...

Christina Milian Christina Milian

Not many can claim to have the best of both acting and singing and Chitina Milian is definitely one amongst them. An American actress and ...

Christoph Willibald Gluck Christoph Willibald ...

A prolific opera composer of the classical period, Christoph Gluck was credited for bringing in concrete reforms to the opera's dramaturgical ...

Christopher Maurice Chris Brown - American Singer Christopher Maurice ...

Christopher “Chris” Brown is a talented R&B entertainer who gave the music world hits like ‘Run It!’, ‘Kiss Kiss’ and ‘Forever’. ...

Clara Wieck Schumann Clara Wieck Schumann

Clara Josephine Wieck Schumann was an immensely talented German musician, one of the leading pianists of the Romantic era. Though often ...

Claude Debussy Claude Debussy

Claude-Achille Debussy was a remarkable French composer and one of the most leading figures associated with the domain of impressionist music ...

Claudin De Sermisy Claudin De Sermisy

Claudin de Sermisy was a leading French composer of the Renaissance. In the early 16th century, apart from Clément Janequin, Sermisy was one of ...

Claudio Monteverdi Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi was an awe-inspiring Italian composer, singer and gambist. He was a revolutionary composer who pioneered the ...

Cliff Burton Cliff Burton

Clifford Lee Burton was the talented bass guitarist of the American heavy metal band ‘Metallica’ whose tragic death was a great loss to the ...

Cole Porter Cole Porter

Cole Porter was a prominent American composer and songwriter of his time. Some of his best-known works include, ‘Kiss Me’, ‘DuBarry Was a ...

Coolio Coolio

Coming from a broken home, Coolio fought poverty and drug addiction to become one of the most successful rappers of the 1990s. His first two ...

Dave Grohl Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist and song-writer. He started playing guitar at a very young age, and is ...

David Byrne David Byrne

David Byrne is a highly popular musician who has been rocking the music world with his experimental music and rhythms since the 1970s. The ...

Pierre David Guetta David Guetta

Pierre David Guetta, better known as just David Guetta, is a world famous music producer and a house music DJ who has shared the limelight with ...

David Scott Mustaine David Mustaine

Dave Mustaine is considered to be one of the most influential heavy metal guitarists of all time. This fantastic guitarist is known for his ...

Composer Dieterich Buxtehude Dieterich Buxtehude

Dieterich Buxtehude was a prominent composer and organist of the Baroque period. Although his early years remain a mystery, he went on to make a ...

Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie

John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was a perfect blend of innovation and inspiration. He was one of those rare artists that history could ever ...

Dmitry Shostakovich Dmitry Shostakovich

Dmitry Shostakovich, the renowned Russian composer, is best known for his long body of works, which includes several operas, 15 symphonies, ...

Domenico Scarlatti Domenico Scarlatti

Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti was an illustrious Italian composer whose prodigious work defined all lines of early classical music despite his ...

Edward. K. ‘Duke’ Ellington Duke Ellington

Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington was regarded as one of the greatest jazz composers and a prolific performer of his time. Most of his musical ...

Edgard Varese Edgard Varese

Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varese alias Edgar Varese was a French music composer, who spent a larger part of his life in USA. He is known for ...

Edmond Dédé Edmond Dédé...

Edmond Dédé was a black French creole American composer, born in New Orleans in 1827, to a French couple from West Indies. His father was a ...

Edvard Grieg Edvard Grieg

Known for his concertos and piano miniatures, Edvard Grieg contributed immensely to the world of music in Norway. His works became popular all ...

Edward Elgar Edward Elgar

Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, was a famous English composer, who was revered for his incredible musical talents. Many of his ...

Edward Lodewijk Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk Van ...

Eddie Van Halen, one of the most original and influential guitarists to have rocked the American music scenario, is the lead guitarist and ...

Edward MacDowell Edward MacDowell

Edward Alexander MacDowell was the first American composer to attain international fame, wowing both critics and audiences. Like other composers ...

Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet De La Guerre Elisabeth-Claude Jac...

One of the most renowned women composers of her period, Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre stamped a respectable place for herself in history. ...

Elliott Carter Elliott Carter

Elliott Carter is recognized as one of the most important and popular American composers of the classical music tradition all around the globe. ...

Elliott Smith Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith, born as Steven Paul Smith, was a talented musician and singer who rose to fame with his song ‘Miss Misery’ featured in the ...

Elvis Costello Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello, born as Declan Patrick MacManus, is an English pop singer and songwriter. He is considered as one of the New wave musicians. He ...

Emmy Rossum Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum is one of the established actresses of Hollywood, who with her power-packed performance and striking good looks have won the hearts ...

Enrique Granados Enrique Granados

Pantaléon Enrique Costanzo Granados y Campiña was an eminent neo-romantic Spanish composer. As a brilliant composer and pianist of classical ...