Famous Australian Musicians

With so much music hitting our ears all year long, the entertainment stratosphere is scaling happy highs. New tunes are great. But even those yesteryear musicians made a statement by belting out unforgettable tunes and giving us memorable moments on and off stage. No wonder, music lovers still dig them for some symphonic succor. Given the brief history that the country has had, it’s remarkable how many musical pioneers the country has produced. These musicians are time-proof—no withering hands of time nor has influx of new age music been able to mute their melodies from our minds. Delving into the land down under we came up with a list of legendary Australian musicians who deserve kudos for taking music to new heights, for melding indigenous and western styles and gifting the world a heady-mix of musical genres. Let's explore the timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts related to the lives in the biographies of famous Australian Musicians who have put Australian high up on music map.

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 1 Kylie Minogue

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Regarded as a timeless icon, Kylie Minogue is one of the most popular singer-songwriters of her generation. Referred to as the Princess of Pop and Goddess of Pop, she is the best-selling female Australian musician of all time. Also known as the Mother of Reinvention, Kylie is revered for her contribution to fashion and music.

 2 Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea.
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Famous As: Rapper, Musician
Birthdate: June 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ryde Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Rapper Iggy Azalea is known for her viral and chart-topping tracks Pu$$y, Two Times, and Fancy. A high-school dropout, she had worked illegally in Miami, before she hit the jackpot with her Billboard-topping debut album, The New Classic. She was the first non-American female rapper to top the Billboard chart.

 3 Michael Hutchence

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Crows Nest, Australia
Died: November 22, 1997

Michael Hutchence, co-founder of the Australian rock band INXS, was known for his wild lifestyle, his affairs with celebrities, and his history of drug abuse. He was named to News.com’s list of the 15 greatest Australian singers of all time but unfortunately died by suicide in a Sydney hotel room.

 4 Angus Young

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Famous As: Co-founder & Lead Guitarist of the Hard Rock Band, AC/DC
Birthdate: March 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glasgow
Angus Young, AC/DC co-founder, lead guitarist, and songwriter, migrated to Australia at 13. After dropping out of school at 15, he started playing instruments. Named the Best Australian Guitarist of All Time by Australian Guitar magazine, he is known for his uniform outfits and for reviving Chuck Berry's "duck walk."
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 5 Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow

Malcolm Young was an Australian musician. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band AC/DC. He is also credited with popularizing the band and was described by many as the leader and the driving force of the band. Widely regarded as one of the best rhythm guitarists ever, Young was a leading exponent of rhythm guitar in rock music.

 6 Keith Urban

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Whangarei, New Zealand

Four-time Grammy-winner Keith Urban had already tasted success in Australia, before making his American debut with a platinum-certified solo album. He knows how to play a variety of instruments, including the sitar, guitar, piano, and mandolin. His track Somebody Like You was named Billboard’s greatest country hit of the 2000s.

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 7 Nick Cave

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Warracknabeal
Nick Cave is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. The ARIA Hall of Fame inductee is known for the intense themes of his songs, such as death. He has also written several books, including novels and anthologies of his poetry. 
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 8 Olivia Newton-John

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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge ,England

A singer, actress, businesswoman and activist, Olivia Newton-John is an DBE honouree who has donned on many hats and shined in all of them. Her five Billboard No.1 singles and two Billboard No.1 albums made her a household name. Turning her personal pain into a global mission for cancer awareness, this four-time Grammy winner is truly a symbol of resilience.

 9 Bon Scott

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Famous As: Singer & Musician
Birthdate: July 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Forfar, Scotland
Died: February 19, 1980
Bon Scott worked with bands such as The Spektors, Valentines, and Fraternity before joining the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, replacing lead singer Dave Evans in 1974. He was one of Classic Rock’s 100 Greatest Frontmen of All Time. Following his death, AC/DC released a best-selling album as a tribute.

 10 Flea (Musician)

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Michael Balzary, or Flea, is best known as the bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has also been part of the supergroup Atoms for Peace, appeared in films such as The Big Lebowski, and voiced Donnie Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys franchise. He also co-owns a music-oriented non-profit.
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 11 Calum Hood

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Famous As: Bassist & Social Media Star
Birthdate: January 24, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Calum Hood is best known as part of the Australian pop-rock group 5 Seconds of Summer, which has delivered hits such as She Looks So Perfect. He has also written songs for artists such as Makeout. He quit his plans of pursuing a soccer career to venture into music.

 12 Kevin Parker

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales

Kevin Parker is an Australian musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is credited with founding the psychedelic music project, Tame Impala. Over the years, Parker has won several prestigious awards, such as a Brit Award and ARIA Music Awards

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 13 Sia Furler

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter, voice-actress and director Sia Furler rose to fame with albums like We Are Born. Moving on, she bolstered her career with albums like 1000 Forms of Fear that debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and singles like Cheap Thrills, her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one. Furler has also co-written hit songs like Diamonds, Titanium and Wild Ones.

 14 Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer
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Famous As: Actor, Musician, Film editor
Birthdate: February 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne

Australian actor and singer Jesse Spencer is best known to fans as Dr. Robert Chase from House and as Billy Kennedy from Neighbours. Though born into a family of medical professionals, Spencer showed an early interest in music, excelling in the violin, and often plays at charity events these days.

 15 Keiynan Lonsdale

Keiynan Lonsdale
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Australian actor, dancer and singer-songwriter Keiynan Lonsdale is best-known for playing Wally West/Kid Flash in The CW series The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Other on-screen portrayals of Lonsdale includes Oliver Lloyd in the series Dance Academy and Uriah Pedrad in film The Divergent Series: Insurgent. He has also released the studio-album Rainbow Boy and worked as an MTV VJ.  

 16 Gotye

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bruges
Belgian-born Australian singer Gotye initially formed the indie-pop group The Basics. The three-time Grammy-winning artist has also had a successful solo career and is best known for his Billboard-topping track Somebody That I Used to Know, which made him the fifth Australian artist to top the Billboard charts.

 17 Phil Rudd

Phil Rudd
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: May 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne

 18 Orianthi

Orianthi
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Famous As: Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: January 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adelaide

Named one among the 12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists by Elle magazine, Australian musician, singer and songwriter Orianthi Penny Panagaris began playing the guitar at the age of three and moved to acoustic by six. At fifteen, she began her professional career, concurrently focusing on songwriting and released her debut independent album at the age of 20. 

 19 Flume

Flume
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian electronic musician and DJ Harley Edward Streten, is better known as Flume, a moniker he chose inspired by his favorite Bon Iver song. From being a saxophonist in his school band, Flume ended up releasing a debut album that topped the Australian and New Zealand charts.

 20 Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tash Sultana soared to fame with her phenomenally successful single Jungle, which was first posted on YouTube and went viral on social media, gaining a million views in 5 days. The non-binary Australian singer uses the pronoun “they.” She also made it to the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list.

 21 Sophie Monk

Sophie Monk
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Musician, Model
Birthdate: December 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London

Born in London, Sophie Monk moved to Australia with her family at age 2. Initially a Marilyn Monroe impersonator at a Warner Bros. entertainment center, Sophie won Popstars Australia to be part of the pop band Bardot. She later won The Celebrity Apprentice and gained phenomenal success as a reality star.

 22 Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow

 23 Vance Joy

Vance Joy.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Though equipped with a degree in law, Australian singer Vance Joy doesn’t see himself working as a lawyer ever. The singer who has released chart-topping hits such as Riptide was also a promising footballer before he plunged into music full-time, and played for the Coburg Tigers.

 24 Emma Watkins

Emma Watkins
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: September 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney

Australia’s beloved Yellow Wiggle, Emma Watkins grew up trained as a classical dancer and later became the first female member of the Australian dance group the Wiggles. She also completed a film studies course on a scholarship. Emma is an Endometriosis Australia ambassador, having suffered the ailment herself.  

 25 Daniel Johns

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Daniel Johns is an Australian singer, songwriter, and musician best known for his association with Silverchair where he was the former frontman and lyricist. Renowned for his guitaring skills, Daniel Johns was ranked 18th on Rolling Stone magazine's 25 Most Underrated Guitarists list in 2007.

 26 Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood
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Famous As: Reality TV Personalities
Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ballarat, Australia

 27 Guy Sebastian

Guy Sebastian
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: October 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Klang

Award-winning Malaysian-Australian singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian, who won the first Australian Idol, has over the years spawned several hit singles like Battle Scars and studio-albums like Just as I Am that garnered multi-platinum certification. He has collaborated with many notable American musicians, represented Australia during 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, and appeared several times as a judge on Australia's The X Factor.

 28 Darren Hayes

Darren Hayes
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: May 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brisbane

 29 Judith Durham

Judith Durham
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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Essendon

Judith Durham is an Australian musician, singer, and songwriter. In 1963, she became the lead singer of the popular folk-influenced pop quartet The Seekers, which became the first Australian pop band to achieve major sales and chart success in the United States and the United Kingdom. Her services to music earned her the title Victorian of the Year in 2015.

 30 Anthony Field

Anthony Field
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: May 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kellyville

 31 Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Courtney Barnett is an Australian musician, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for her witty lyrics and deadpan singing style, Barnett achieved international recognition after releasing her highly successful EP, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. Over the years, she has won several important awards, such as APRA Music Awards, ARIA Music Awards, and AIR Awards

 32 Brody Armstrong

Brody Armstrong
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brody Armstrong is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. She had a tumultuous childhood marred by abuse and violence. She sought solace in music and began her career as a teenager. As a young woman, she was part of many bands with which she released numerous hit albums and singles. She also has a successful career as a soloist. 

 33 John Farnham

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dagenham, Essex, England

British-Australian singer John Farnham was once a teen idol and is now regarded as one of the greatest artists from his country and known for chartbusting tracks such as You're the Voice. His album Whispering Jack was the first to sell more than a million copies in Australia alone.

 34 Indiana Evans

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney

Indiana Evans is an Australian actress, songwriter, and singer. She is best known for playing Matilda Hunter in a TV soap opera titled Home and Away, for which she won the Dolly Teen Choice Award under the Queen of Teen category. Evans is also known for contributing immensely to the 2011 soundtrack for series three of H2O: Just Add Water.

 35 Xavier Samuel

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Famous As: Television actor, Actor, Film actor, Musician
Birthdate: December 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamilton

 36 Lachlan Gillespie

Lachlan Gillespie
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Famous As: actor
Birthdate: October 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brisbane

 37 Tim Minchin

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: October 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Northampton, England, United Kingdom

Tim Minchin is an Australian musician, comedian, writer, actor, and songwriter. He is best known for combining music and comedy in his shows, which have been received well by the audience. Tim Minchin is also known for writing lyrics and composing the critically acclaimed show, Matilda the Musical, which won several awards including Tony Award and an Olivier Award.

 38 Colin Hay

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kilwinning

Colin Hay is an Australian-American musician, actor, singer, and songwriter. Known for his work with popular bands like Men at Work, Hay's music has been immortalized by actor-director Zach Braff, who has used his music in many of his own works. In 2020, Hay was honored at the APRA Awards with the Distinguished Services Award for his contribution to music.

 39 Jessica Origliasso

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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albany Creek

Australian singer-songwriter Jessica Origliasso is one-half of the Australian pop-duo The Veronicas that she formed with her identical twin sister, Lisa Origliasso. They rose to fame with platinum-certified studio-albums like The Secret Life of... and Hook Me Up, and singles like You Ruin Me. They have also acted in the television series Cybergirl and co-designed a fashion line for Target.    

 40 Helen Reddy

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Australia-born singer-songwriter Helen Maxine Reddy moved to the USA when she won a ticket to New York City, eventually remaining there, struggling to establish herself until she got her first hit, I Don’t Know How to Love Him. However, her best remembered song was I Am Woman, which went on to become a feminist anthem, making her an international star.

 41 Mark Brandon Read

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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: November 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died: October 9, 2013

A convicted criminal and author, Mark Brandon Read began his criminal career by robbing drug dealers at a very early age, eventually graduating to kidnapping and torturing of other criminals for money, as well as armed robbery. Being incarcerated for long periods, he later turned to writing, publishing fifteen books between 1991 and 2011

 42 Tammin Sursok

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Film actor
Birthdate: August 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johannesburg

Tammin Sursok is an actress and singer whose portrayal of Dani Sutherland earned her the Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent in 2001. Sursok is also known for her singing skills; her debut studio album Whatever Will Be peaked at number 13 on the ARIA Charts. Apart from acting and singing, Sursok has also been campaigning against bullying.

 43 Jason Donovan

Jason Donovan
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: June 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne

 44 Peter Garrett

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Famous As: Member of the Australian House of Representatives
Birthdate: April 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wahroonga, Australia

Peter Garrett is an Australian musician, activist, environmentalist, and former politician. Renowned for his eccentric dance style and signature bald head, Garrett is best known for his association with the popular rock band Midnight Oil where he performs as the lead singer. A football fan, Peter Garrett supports the Essendon Bombers of the AFL.

 45 James Reid

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St Leonards

Filipino-Australian actor-singer James Reid had been a talented gymnast and swimmer in childhood. He is best known for pairing up with Nadine Lustre in projects such as Diary Ng Panget and On the Wings of Love. Though he and Nadine dated later, they broke hearts with their split in 2020.

 46 Alice Englert

Alice Englert
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 47 Tal Wilkenfeld

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Tal Wilkenfeld is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She developed an early interest in music and graduated from Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music. She is the bandleader of her own bands and has also performed in collaboration with artists including Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, Prince, and Mick Jagger. She is a regular practitioner of meditation. 

 48 Tommy Emmanuel

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Famous As: Guitarist, Songwriter, Jazz musician, Percussionist, Jazz guitarist
Birthdate: May 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Muswellbrook

Tommy Emmanuel is an Australian guitarist. He started early, becoming a professional musician at the age of six! He initially played with his family band. After the death of his father, he became a part of country music star Buddy Williams’ band. As a young man, he played for many bands and also pursued a solo career. 

 49 Ben Lee

Ben Lee
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney

 50 Murray Cook

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cowra
Australian musician, writer and producer Murray Cook was one of the founding members of the children's band, the Wiggles. His famous works include The Wiggles: Racing to the Rainbow, Ant-Man and The Wiggles: Sailing Around the World. Cook was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 along with three original members of the Wiggles.