Famous 20th Century Classical Singers

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Luciano Pavarotti
(Italian Operatic Tenor Regarded as the 'King of the High Cs')
Luciano Pavarotti
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Birthdate: October 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: September 6, 2007

Luciano Pavarotti was an operatic tenor who went on to become one of the most loved and acclaimed tenors of all time. Nicknamed the King of the High Cs, Pavarotti is regarded as one of the best tenors of the 20th century. Also a well-known humanitarian, Luciano Pavarotti hosted annual charity concerts to raise money for various UN causes.

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M. S. Subbulakshmi
(Carnatic Musician)
M. S. Subbulakshmi
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Birthdate: September 16, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madurai
Died: December 11, 2004

M.S. Subbulakshmi was an Indian singer. Dubbed the Queen of Music, Subbulakshmi was the leading exponent of Carnatic music. In 1966, she became the first Indian to perform in UN General Assembly. In 1974, she became the first Indian musician to be awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award. In 1998, Subbulakshmi became the first musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna.

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Adnan Sami
(First Musician to Have Played the Santoor and Indian Classical Music on the Piano)
Adnan Sami
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Birthdate: August 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

Adnan Sami is an Indian musician, singer, pianist, and music composer. Best known for his skills as a piano player, Sami was named the world's fastest keyboard player by Keyboard magazine. He is also widely regarded as the first person to have played Indian classical music on the piano. In 2020, he was awarded India's fourth-highest civilian award, Padma Shri. 

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Noor Jehan
(Singer and Actress)
Noor Jehan
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Birthdate: September 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kasur
Died: December 23, 2000

Noor Jehan was a Pakistani actress and playback singer. In a career spanning over 60 years, she is estimated to have sung around 20,000 songs. One of the most important Pakistani singers of all time, Noor Jehan is also widely regarded as one of the most influential and greatest South Asian singers of all time.

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Bhimsen Joshi
(One of the Greatest Indian Vocalists in the Hindustani Classical Tradition)
Bhimsen Joshi
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Birthdate: February 4, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gadag, Karnataka, India
Died: February 24, 2011

Bhimsen Joshi was an Indian vocalist best known for recording devotional songs. Widely regarded as one of the greatest vocalists of all time, Bhimsen Joshi was the first Indian musician whose concerts were promoted through posters in New York City, New York. Over the course of his career, Joshi received prestigious honors, such as the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.

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Kathleen Ferrier
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Birthdate: April 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Higher Walton, United Kingdom
Died: October 8, 1953
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Sadhana Sargam
(Playback singer who got immense popularity after her song 'Saat Samundar Paar' in the film Vishwatma)
Sadhana Sargam
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Birthdate: March 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dabhol, Maharashtra, India

Sadhana Sargam is an Indian playback singer best known for recording nearly 15,000 songs in 34 Indian languages. In 2002, Sadhana Sargam became the first non-South Indian singer to receive the National Award for a song composed by a South Indian. She has also won other prestigious awards like Maharashtra State Film Awards, Lata Mangeshkar Award, and Gujarath State Film Award.

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Dolores Gray
(Actress)
Dolores Gray
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Birthdate: June 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 26, 2002
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Sibel Can
(Singer)
Sibel Can
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Birthdate: August 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
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Mohammed Abdel Wahab
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Birthdate: March 13, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: May 4, 1991
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Zeki Müren
(Legendary Turkish Singer, Songwriter, Composer, and Actor)
Zeki Müren
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Birthdate: December 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bursa, Turkey
Died: September 24, 1996

Known to fans as the Pasha of Music, Turkish singer, songwriter, and composer Zeki Müren was a legendary figure of Turkish classical music. He also acted in several films, such as the blockbuster Beklenen Şarkı. His track Manolyam was the first song to win Turkey’s prestigious Golden Record Award.

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Kumar Gandharva
(Hindustani classical singer)
Kumar Gandharva
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Birthdate: April 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sulebhavi, Belgaum District, Karnataka, India
Died: January 12, 1992

Kumar Gandharva was an Indian singer best remembered for his unique vocal style. In spite of fighting a personal battle in the late 40s, Gandharva went on to become one of the finest classical singers of his generation. In 1990, Kumar Gandharva was honored with India's second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan.

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Ahlam
(Singer)
Ahlam
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Birthdate: February 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Nexhmije Pagarusha
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Birthdate: May 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pagarushë, Kosovo
Died: February 7, 2020
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Dorival Caymmi
(Brazilian Singer and Songwriter)
Dorival Caymmi
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Birthdate: April 30, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Died: August 16, 2008

Dorival Caymmi was a Brazilian singer-songwriter. He played a major role in the birth of Brazil's bossa nova movement. He gained much fame for his ballads celebrating the fishermen and women of Bahia. In an extensive career spanning more than 70 years, he composed around 100 songs and influenced Brazil's image in the eyes of both Brazilians and foreigners. 

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Victor Rathnayake
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Birthdate: February 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kadugannawa, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Marzieh
(Singer)
Marzieh
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Birthdate: March 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: October 13, 2010
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Georg Ots
(Singer)
Georg Ots
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Birthdate: March 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: September 5, 1975
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Abdul Rahim Sarban
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Birthdate: 1930 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: April 2, 1993
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Gangubai Hangal
(Indian Classical Singer)
Gangubai Hangal
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Birthdate: March 5, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hangal, Karnataka, India
Died: July 21, 2009

Gangubai Hangal was an Indian singer best remembered for her powerful and deep voice. Since Hangal's mother's family was regarded as people belonging to low social status, Gangubai Hangal had to fight against this prejudice to become one of the most revered female Hindustani classical singers of her generation. In 1996, she was honored with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship.

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Nawal El Kuwaitia
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Birthdate: November 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Muazzez Ersoy
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Birthdate: August 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uzunköprü, Edirne, Turkey
Mohammad Hussain Sarahang
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Birthdate: 1924 AD
Birthplace: Kharabat, Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: 1983 AD
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Âşık Veysel
(Turkish Folk Singer and Bard)
Âşık Veysel
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Birthdate: October 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Şarkışla, Turkey
Died: March 21, 1973

Turkish Alevi ashik, or bard, Âşık Veysel is one of the greatest figures of Turkish folk literature. Blinded as a child because of smallpox, he learned music by playing a saz his father gave him. He later traveled on foot and taught music in various villages.

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Gulden Karabocek
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Birthdate: November 4, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey
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Olavi Virta
(Singer)
Olavi Virta
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Birthdate: February 27, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sysmä, Finland
Died: July 14, 1972
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Hamlet Gonashvili
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Birthdate: June 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Anaga, Kakheti, Georgia
Died: July 25, 1985
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Ruth Fernández
(Contralto)
Ruth Fernández
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Birthdate: May 23, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Died: January 9, 2012
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Anne Queffélec
(French classical pianist)
Anne Queffélec
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Birthdate: January 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Zeynab Khanlarova
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Birthdate: December 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
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Shobha Gurtu
(Singer)
Shobha Gurtu
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Birthdate: February 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belgaum, Karnataka, India
Died: September 27, 2004

Shobha Gurtu was an Indian singer best known for her fame achieved by sticking to light Hindustani classical style, although she had indistinguishable control over pure classical style. Dubbed the Thumri Queen, Shobha Gurtu went on to win prestigious awards like Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Bhushan, and Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar.

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Tanja Carovska
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Birthdate: March 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Resen, North Macedonia
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Evelyn Lear
(American Operatic Soprano)
Evelyn Lear
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Birthdate: January 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 1, 2012

Evelyn Lear was an American operatic soprano who appeared in over 40 operatic roles during her career. Best remembered for her musical versatility, Lear performed for every major opera company in the USA. In 1966, Evelyn Lear received a Grammy Award under the Best Opera Recording category for her performance of Berg's Wozzeck.

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Ross Barbour
(Singer)
Ross Barbour
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Birthdate: December 31, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Columbus, Indiana, United States
Died: August 20, 2011
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Farid Zoland
(Songwriter, Composer)
Farid Zoland
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Birthdate: September 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kabul , Afghanistan
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Khaled El Sheikh
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Birthdate: September 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bahrain
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Ramón Vinay
(Operatic Tenor)
Ramón Vinay
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Birthdate: August 31, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chillán, Chile
Died: January 4, 1996
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Emma Nevada
(One of the Best Coloratura Sopranos of Her Generation)
Emma Nevada
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Birthdate: February 7, 1859
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: California, United States
Died: June 20, 1940

Emma Nevada was an American operatic soprano who is regarded as one of the best coloratura sopranos of her generation. She is best remembered for her performances in operas by Donizetti and Bellini. At the peak of her career, Nevada performed in leading concert halls and opera houses throughout Europe. Among her most popular roles is Amina in La sonnambula.

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Awalmir
(Afghan Singer and Composer)
Awalmir
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Birthdate: May 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Peshawar
Died: April 24, 1982

Afghan Pashtun musician, singer, and composer Awalmir specialized in ghazals and performed for the first time at age 18. He later sang on Afghan radio and was also bestowed with the honorific title of Ustad. His best-known songs include Da Zamong Zeba Watan, or Our Beautiful Homeland.

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Miriam Gauci
(Singer)
Miriam Gauci
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Birthdate: April 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Malta
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Aminuddin Dagar
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Birthdate: October 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Indore, India
Died: December 28, 2000

Aminuddin Dagar was an Indian singer best remembered as the brother of Senior Dagar Brothers with whom he would often engage in noteworthy jugalbandis, a performance that features a duet of two instrumentalists or vocalists. Over the course of his career, Aminuddin Dagar received many prestigious awards, such as Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Padma Bhushan.

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Lianne Morgan
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Birthdate: November 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cardiff, England