Famous British Drummers

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 1 
Phil Collins
(Drummer & Lead Singer of the Rock Band 'Genesis')

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Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiswick, Middlesex, London, United Kingdom

Phil Collins is best known for his work with the popular rock band Genesis. Having sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Phil is one of three recording artists who have sold more than 100 million records both as principal members of a band and as solo artists.

 2 
Ringo Starr
(Musician)

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Birthdate: July 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dingle, Liverpool, England

English musician, singer, and songwriter, Ringo Starr, gained international fame as the drummer for the rock band, the Beatles. Raised by a single mother, he had a difficult childhood. He sought solace in music and it became his vocation. After finding success with the Beatles, he embarked on a solo career as well.

 3 
John Bonham
(Drummer of Rock Band Led Zeppelin)

John Bonham
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Birthdate: May 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Redditch, England, UK
Died: September 25, 1980

John Bonham was an English drummer and songwriter. Considered one of the most influential and greatest rock drummers in history, Bonham was part of the world-renowned rock band Led Zeppelin. He influenced several drummers like Joey Kramer, Dave Grohl, Ian Mosley, Neil Peart, and Tommy Lee among other famous drummers. Bonham is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

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 4 
Keith Moon
(Drummer)

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Birthdate: August 23, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wembley, England
Died: September 7, 1978

Keith Moon was an English drummer whose drug addiction and self-destructive behavior overshadowed his contribution to the rock band The Who. His drumming continues to attract appreciation from critics. Several other drummers like Dave Grohl and Neil Peart have cited Moon's drumming style as an influence. In 1982, he was inducted posthumously into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame.

 5 
Mick Fleetwood
(Musician)

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Birthdate: June 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Redruth, Cornwall, England

 6 
Ginger Baker
(Former Drummer known for co-founder and occasional vocalist of the rock band Cream)

Ginger Baker
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Birthdate: August 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lewisham, South London, England
Died: October 6, 2019

 7 
Roger Taylor
(Best Known As The Drummer Of The Rock Band 'Queen')

Roger Taylor
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Birthdate: July 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: King's Lynn, Norfolk, England
Roger Taylor soared to fame as the drummer of the iconic rock band Queen. A Planet Rock poll named him the eighth-greatest classic rock drummer. Taylor also became known for his falsetto vocal range and co-wrote hits such as Innuendo and Under Pressure. He also appeared on Pop Quiz.
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 8 
Nick Mason
(Drummer)

Nick Mason
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Birthdate: January 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England

Born to a documentary film maker, drummer Nick Mason was no stranger to art and entertainment as a child. He formed his first band while studying architecture. He was the only original member of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd member to have been part of the band since its inception.

 9 
Charlie Watts
(Drummer)

Charlie Watts
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Birthdate: June 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, England
Died: August 24, 2021

English drummer, Charlie Watts, was best known as a member of the band Rolling Stones. He was associated with the group for almost 60 years. He began his career as a graphic designer for an advertising company and played with bands in his leisure time. He eventually started drumming full time with Rolling Stones.

 10 
Fatboy Slim
(Disc Jockey)

Fatboy Slim
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Birthdate: July 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bromley, Kent, England

 11 
Luke Goss
(Actor)

Luke Goss
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Birthdate: September 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

 12 
Bill Ward
(drummer)

Bill Ward
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Birthdate: May 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aston, Birmingham, England

 13 
Cozy Powell
(Drummer)

Cozy Powell
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Birthdate: December 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cirencester
Died: April 5, 1998

 14 
Kate Nash
(Singer-songwriter)

Kate Nash
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Birthdate: July 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Harrow, London, England, UK

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Marcus Mumford
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Birthdate: January 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yorba Linda, California, United States

 16 
Tony Hadley
(Singer)

Tony Hadley
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Birthdate: June 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Islington, London, England, UK

Tony Hadley is a British singer-songwriter and radio presenter. He is best known for his association with the New Romantic band Spandau Ballet where he was the lead singer. Tony Hadley is also well-known for his humanitarian efforts; he is a patron of many charitable organizations like Shooting Star Chase, The Huntington's Disease Association (HDA), and The Lowe Syndrome Trust.

 17 
James McCartney
(Musician)

James McCartney
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Birthdate: December 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 18 
Ian Paice
(Drummer)

Ian Paice
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Birthdate: June 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nottingham

 19 
Zak Starkey
(Drummer)

Zak Starkey
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Birthdate: September 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

 20 
Jason Bonham
(Drummer, Actor)

Jason Bonham
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Birthdate: July 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dudley

 21 
Goldie
(Actor, Record producer, Club DJ, Musician, Composer)

Goldie
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Birthdate: September 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Walsall

 22 
Alex Clare
(Singer)

Alex Clare
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Birthdate: September 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Southwark, London, England

 23 
Simon Collins
(Drummer, Pianist)

Simon Collins
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Birthdate: September 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

 24 
Bill Bruford
(Drummer)

Bill Bruford
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Birthdate: May 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sevenoaks, England

 25 
Chris Lowe
(Musician)

Chris Lowe
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Birthdate: October 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

 26 
Mitch Mitchell
(Drummer, Actor, Film actor)

Mitch Mitchell
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Birthdate: July 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ealing
Died: November 12, 2008

 27 
Jamie xx
(Musician)

Jamie xx
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Birthdate: October 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London

 28 
Carl Palmer
(Drummer)

Carl Palmer
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Birthdate: March 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Handsworth, Birmingham, England

 29 
Eddy Grant
(Musician)

Eddy Grant
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Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plaisance, British Guiana [now Guyana]

 30 
Chris Slade
(Drummer)

Chris Slade
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Birthdate: October 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pontypridd

 31 
Will Champion
(Drummer, Singer)

Will Champion
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Birthdate: July 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton

 32 
Russ Abbot
(Musician)

Russ Abbot
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Birthdate: September 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chester, Cheshire, England, UK

 33 
Nicko McBrain
(Drummer)

Nicko McBrain
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Birthdate: June 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London Borough of Hackney

 34 
Aynsley Dunbar
(Drummer, Composer)

Aynsley Dunbar
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Birthdate: January 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Liverpool

 35 
Kenney Jones
(Drummer, Polo player)

Kenney Jones
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Birthdate: September 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stepney

 36 
Bev Bevan
(Musician)

Bev Bevan
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Birthdate: November 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Birmingham, England, UK

 37 
Jamie Hince
(Musician)

Jamie Hince
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Birthdate: December 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buckinghamshire, England

 38 
Harry Judd
(Drummer)

Harry Judd
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Birthdate: December 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chelmsford

 39 
Jim Capaldi
(Drummer)

Jim Capaldi
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Birthdate: August 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Evesham, Worcestershire, England
Died: January 28, 2005

 40 
Topper Headon
(Drummer)

Topper Headon
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Birthdate: May 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London Borough of Bromley

 41 
Stephen Morris
(Musician)

Stephen Morris
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Birthdate: October 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Macclesfield, Cheshire, England

 42 
David Holland
(Drummer)

David Holland
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Birthdate: April 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Northampton, England
Died: January 16, 2018

 43 
Philip Selway
(Musician)

Philip Selway
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Birthdate: May 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Abingdon, England

 44 
Jimmy Nicol
(Former drummer best known for replacing Ringo Starr in the Beatles for eight concerts of The Beatles' 1964 world tour during the height of Beatlemania)

Jimmy Nicol
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Birthdate: August 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

 45 
Tom Jenkinson
(Musician)

Tom Jenkinson
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Birthdate: January 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chelmsford, United Kingdom

 46 
Ray Cooper
(Musician)

Ray Cooper
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Birthdate: August 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Watford, Hertfordshire, England, UK

 47 
Clive Burr
(Drummer)

Clive Burr
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Birthdate: March 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London Borough of Newham
Died: March 12, 2013

 48 
Nigel Olsson
(Singer)

Nigel Olsson
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Birthdate: February 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wallasey

 49 
Ted Dwane
(Musician)

Ted Dwane
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Birthdate: August 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

 50 
Kevin Godley
(Singer, Drummer, Songwriter)

Kevin Godley
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Birthdate: October 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prestwich