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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. McleanA. 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 CoplandAaron Copland
Aaron Copland was one of the most appreciated American classical composers of the twentieth century. He innovatively blended popular forms of ...
Aaron FunkAaron 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 NevilleAaron 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 ...
Adrian WillaertAdrian 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 HovhanessAlan Hovhaness
Alan Hovhaness was an Armenian-American music composer. As one of the most prolific performers of 20th century, his official catalogue comprised ...
Alanis MorissetteAlanis 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 BorodinAleksandr Borodin
Alexander Borodin was a well-known music composer, doctor, chemist and philanthropist. He developed an interest towards chamber music while ...
Aleksandr ScriabinAleksandr Scriabin
Esoteric, imaginative, and idiosyncratic, Aleksandr Scriabin’s contribution to the world of music is peerless. A mystic and an eccentric, ...
Alfred NewmanAlfred 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 KhanAli 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 BeachAmy 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 & SongwriterAmy 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 BurgessAnthony 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 WebernAnton 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 DvořákAntonín Dvořák...
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 VivaldiAntonio 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 CorelliArcangelo 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 in a ...
Arnold SchoenbergArnold 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 SullivanArthur 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 LavigneAvril 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 RoseAxl 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 WhiteBarry 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 ...
BeckBeck
Three-time Grammy Award winning musician, Beck Hansen is no ordinary instrumentalist, for he is responsible for creating the unique style of ...
Bedrich SmetanaBedrich Smetana
Titled as “father of Czech music,” Bedøich Smetana was a famous Czech composer who pioneered the development of a musical style in Czech. His ...
Bela BartokBela 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 FoldsBen 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 Care ...
Benjamin BrittenBenjamin 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 GoodmanBenny Goodman
Benjamin David “Benny” Goodman, better known as “Benny Goodman”, was a leading jazz clarinet player and an outstanding bandleader of the Swing ...
Bill EvansBill 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 MonroeBill Monroe
William Smith Monroe, famous as Bill Monroe, was an American musician who created a sub-genre of Country music known as the ‘Bluegrass music’ ...
Bill WithersBill 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 IdolBilly 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 JoelBilly Joel
William Martin Billy Joel is a famous American pianist, singer, song-writer and composer. He began his music career with ‘Echoes’, which later ...
Ustad Bismillah KhanBismillah 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 Guomundsdottie Bjork
Bjork Guomundsdottie is a famous Icelander singer of the alternative music. She is also known for writing her own songs and producing her ...
Bob DylanBob 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 SegerBob Seger
Robert Clark “Bob” Seger is a rock and roll musician best known for his album ‘Night Moves’. Initially a Detroit based singer and songwriter, he ...
Bon ScottBon Scott
Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott was an Australian musician of Scottish origins who rose to fame as the leading singer and songwriter of the hugely ...
BonoBono
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 PaisleyBrad 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 EnoBrian 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 MayBrian May
Brian May is an English musician, songwriter, astrophysicist and famous guitarist of ‘Queen’. With his iconic haircut that defies the image of a ...
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 DickinsonBruce Dickinson
Nicknamed, ‘The Air Raid Siren’, for his trademark soaring high-pitched voice, Bruce Dickinson is the heavy metal legend, who never tried too ...
Buddy BoldenBuddy Bolden
Charles Joseph “Buddy” Bolden, the renowned cornetist, was among the finest jazz musicians the world has ever had. Credited as the ‘Father of ...
Buddy GuyBuddy 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 MyrieBuju 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 AdderleyCannonball 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 OrffCarl Orff
Carl Orff was a distinguished German composer of the 20th-century, best known for his cantata — “Carmina Burana”. Although much of his standing ...
Carlos ChavezCarlos Chavez
Carlos Antonio de Padua Chavez y Ramirez alias Carlos Chavez was a Mexican composer, conductor, music theorist, educator and journalist. He had ...
Carlos SantanaCarlos 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 SimonCarly 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 CuiCesar 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 FranckCesar Franck
Cesar-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-Hubert Franck was a leading composer, pianist, organist and an inspiring music teacher who lived in Paris and ...
Chantal KreviazukChantal 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 IvesCharles 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 MingusCharles 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 DanielsCharlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels, born as Charles Edward Daniels, is an American musician known for his characteristically southern rock, country and bluegrass ...
Charlie parkerCharlie Parker
A short life of thirty-four years, amazing talent, groundbreaking works, yet relatively unknown among the music lovers — this is the sad but the ...
Cher - Also Known As Cherilyn SarkisianCherilyn Sarkisian
Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winning singer and actress, Cher, is referred to as the ‘Goddess of Pop’. A high school dropout, ...
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 the ...
Chris MartinChris 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 GluckChristoph 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 SingerChristopher Maurice ...
Christopher “Chris” Brown is a talented R&B entertainer who gave the music world hits like ‘Run It!’, ‘Kiss Kiss’ and ‘Forever’. The versatile ...
Clara Wieck SchumannClara Wieck Schumann
Clara Josephine Wieck Schumann was an immensely talented German musician, one of the leading pianists of the Romantic era. Though often ...
Claude DebussyClaude 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 SermisyClaudin 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 MonteverdiClaudio Monteverdi
Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi was an awe-inspiring Italian composer, singer and gambist. He was a revolutionary composer who pioneered the ...
Cliff BurtonCliff 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 PorterCole 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 Lady’, ...
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 ByrneDavid 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 GuettaDavid 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 BuxtehudeDieterich 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 ShostakovichDmitry 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’ EllingtonDuke 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 VareseEdgard 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 GriegEdvard 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 ElgarEdward 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 HalenEdward 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 MacDowellEdward 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 GuerreElisabeth-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 CarterElliott 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 SmithElliott 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 CostelloElvis 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 RossumEmmy 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 ...
Eric Patrick ClaptonEric Clapton
Eric Clapton is a British singer, song writer besides being a guitarist. He is well known for the scores like ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ and ...
Eric IdleEric Idle
Eric Idle is a popular English entertainer who has impressed the audience with the versatility of his talent as a comedian, actor, author, ...
Erik SatieErik Satie
Erik Satie — an eccentric, an esteemed music composer and a performing pianist of extremely anti-establishment nature is hailed as a genius in ...