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Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury
05 September 1946
Singer-songwriter
Elton JohnElton John
25 March 1947
Singer

George MichaelGeorge Michael
25 June 1963
Singer

John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940
Co-founder of 'The Beatles'

David BowieDavid Bowie
08 January 1947
Singer

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942
Singer-songwriter
Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972
Actor

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison
25 February 1943
Musician

Chris MartinChris Martin
02 March 1977
 
Rod StewartRod Stewart
10 January 1945
Singer-songwriter

Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945
 
Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin
22 May 1950
Lyricist & Singer

Mick JaggerMick Jagger
26 July 1943
Singer

Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940
Musician

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951
Drummer

Edward HeathEdward Heath
09 July 1916
Former British Prime Minister
Brian MayBrian May
19 July 1947
 

Liam PayneLiam Payne
29 August 1993
Singer, Songwriter

Rita OraRita Ora
26 November 1990
Singer

Mel BMel B
29 May 1975
Singer
Shane MacGowanShane MacGowan
25 December 1957
British-Irish musician

Cat StevensCat Stevens
21 July 1948
Singer-songwriter
Van MorrisonVan Morrison
31 August 1945
Singer

Keith RichardsKeith Richards
18 December 1943
 

Syd BarrettSyd Barrett
06 January 1946
Singer-songwriter
John DeaconJohn Deacon
19 August 1951
Musician

Billy IdolBilly Idol
30 November 1955
 
Mark RonsonMark Ronson
04 September 1975
Musician

Jimmy PageJimmy Page
09 January 1944
Musician

Sid ViciousSid Vicious
10 May 1957
Musician
John BonhamJohn Bonham
31 May 1948
Drummer of Rock Band Led Zeppelin

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Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian
Elvis CostelloElvis Costello
25 August 1954
 

Gavin RossdaleGavin Rossdale
30 October 1965
 

Brian JonesBrian Jones
28 February 1942
Founder of the Rolling Stones

Jimmy SavileJimmy Savile
31 October 1926
DJ, Television & Radio Personality
Ronnie WoodRonnie Wood
01 June 1947
Musician & Songwriter
Bon ScottBon Scott
09 July 1946
 

Joe CockerJoe Cocker
20 May 1944
Singer & Musician

Keith MoonKeith Moon
23 August 1946
Drummer

Julian LennonJulian Lennon
08 April 1963
 
Joe StrummerJoe Strummer
21 August 1952
Singer, Guitarist

Brian EnoBrian Eno
15 May 1948
 

Pete TownshendPete Townshend
19 May 1945
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer

Jeff LynneJeff Lynne
30 December 1947
Singer-songwriter, Record producer

Brian JohnsonBrian Johnson
05 October 1947
Singer, Musician
Steve WinwoodSteve Winwood
12 May 1948
Musician

Thom YorkeThom Yorke
07 October 1968
Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Keith FlintKeith Flint
17 September 1969
Vocalist

Phil LynottPhil Lynott
20 August 1949
Singer

Marianne FaithfullMarianne Faithfull
29 December 1946
Singer
Bruce DickinsonBruce Dickinson
07 August 1958
 

Bill WymanBill Wyman
24 October 1936
Musician and Singer
Keren WoodwardKeren Woodward
02 April 1961
Singer

Pete BestPete Best
24 November 1941
 

Charlie WattsCharlie Watts
02 June 1941
Drummer

Abigail HopkinsAbigail Hopkins
20 August 1968
Singer-songwriter

Billy OceanBilly Ocean
21 January 1950
Recording Artist
Mick TaylorMick Taylor
17 January 1949
Musician

Joss StoneJoss Stone
11 April 1987
Soul Singer-songwriter

George MartinGeorge Martin
03 January 1926
Record Producer, Musician, Composer

Paul WellerPaul Weller
25 May 1958
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Roland OrzabalRoland Orzabal
22 August 1962
Musician, Singer

Anoushka ShankarAnoushka Shankar
09 June 1981
Composer
Peter HookPeter Hook
13 February 1956
singer

Steve ClarkSteve Clark
23 April 1960
Musician

Adam ClaytonAdam Clayton
13 March 1960
Bassist of the rock band U2
Benjamin BrittenBenjamin Britten
22 November 1913
Composer, conductor and pianist

Quincy Jones IIIQuincy Jones III
23 December 1968
Music Producer
Nick RhodesNick Rhodes
08 June 1962
Musician

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess
25 February 1917
 

Alan PriceAlan Price
19 April 1942
Musician
Nick HornbyNick Hornby
17 April 1957
Author & Editor

Tom FletcherTom Fletcher
17 July 1985
Musician
Pete HamPete Ham
27 April 1947
Singer

Adrian SmithAdrian Smith
27 February 1957
Guitarist

Nicky HopkinsNicky Hopkins
24 February 1944
Pianist & Organist

Conor MaynardConor Maynard
21 November 1992
Singer-songwriter
Vanessa-MaeVanessa-Mae
27 October 1978
Violinist
Michael BlakeyMichael Blakey
08 December 1958
Record Producer

SealSeal
19 February 1963
Singer-songwriter

William ByrdWilliam Byrd
1543 AD
Music composer

Chris BlackwellChris Blackwell
22 June 1937
Businessman
StingSting
02 October 1951
Musician

Sam Smith Sam Smith
19 May 1992
Singer-songwriter

William WaltonWilliam Walton
29 March 1902
Composer

DJ FreshDJ Fresh
11 April 1977
DJ, Musician, Record Producer

Peter WarlockPeter Warlock
30 October 1894
Composer
Roger TaylorRoger Taylor
26 July 1949
Musician

Michael TippettMichael Tippett
02 January 1905
Composer
Robert SmithRobert Smith
21 April 1959
Singer, Guitarist, Lyricist

SlashSlash
23 July 1965
Musician
Leigh-Anne PinnockLeigh-Anne Pinnock
04 October 1991
Singer
Richard ThompsonRichard Thompson
03 April 1949
Musician, Singer-Songwriter