Famous British Rock Musicians

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 1 Ringo Starr

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

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.

 2 Sting

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

Sting is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. Credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Police, Sting played an important role in the band's success from 1977 to 1984 during which he served as the band's bassist, lead singer, and principal songwriter. Also known for his work as an activist, Sting has shown interest in political and social issues.

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 3 Keith Richards

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

Keith Richards is a musician and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular rock bands ever, The Rolling Stones. Also a guitarist, he was ranked fourth on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 best guitarists list in 2011. Richards' look and characterization inspired the character of Captain Teague who appears in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

 4 Cat Stevens

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

British singer, Cat Stevens, has released more than 15 studio albums and has churned out many hit songs. He converted to Islam in 1977 and adopted the name Yusuf Islam. He was slammed for reportedly backing the death fatwa on author Salman Rushdie. He has also been accused of allegedly having ties with terrorist organisations, a charge he has vehemently denied.

 5 Roger Taylor

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
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.

 6 Lily Allen

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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 7 Billy Idol

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Birthdate: November 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Billy Idol is a British musician. He is credited with forming the popular punk rock band Generation X, which reached the peak of its success in the 1970s. In 2020, he appeared in Billy Never Idles, a public service campaign aimed at educating people about the harmful effects of unnecessary idling of automobile engines in New York City, New York.
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 8 Damon Albarn

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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 9 Ronnie Wood

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Famous As: Musician & Songwriter
Birthdate: June 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

Ronnie Wood is a musician and songwriter. Over the years, Wood has been an important member of popular rock bands like the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck Group, and Faces. He is one of the few musicians to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A cancer survivor, Wood serves as an inspiration to those fighting cancer.

 10 Steve Winwood

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Two-time Grammy-winning artist Steve Winwood experiments with a variety of genres, including rock, blues, and jazz. He has been part of groups such as Traffic and Blind Faith, and has delivered Billboard-topping hits such as Roll with It. He is one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

 11 Pete Townshend

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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: May 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

Pete Townshend is an English guitarist, composer, and singer. He is credited with co-founding and leading one of the most influential and important rock bands of the 20th century, The Who. Also an influential guitarist, Pete Townshend was ranked 10th in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest guitarists of all time list published in 2011.

 12 Gary Glitter

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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Autobiographer
Birthdate: May 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 13 Phil Collins

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

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.

 14 Mick Fleetwood

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 15 John Lydon

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Television presenter, Film actor, Lyricist, Actor, Singer
Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 16 Kirsty MacColl

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: October 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: December 18, 2000

 17 Charlie Watts

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: June 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

English drummer, Charlie Watts, is best known as a member of the band Rolling Stones. He has been 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.

 18 George Martin

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Famous As: Record Producer, Musician, Composer
Birthdate: January 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: March 8, 2016

George Martin was an English composer, conductor, arranger, record producer, and audio engineer. Due to his involvement on each of the Beatles' albums, Martin was often referred to as the Fifth Beatle. In 1996, George Martin was made a Knight Bachelor for his contribution to the music industry. Apart from being a musician, Martin also contributed to several charitable causes.

 19 Richard Wright

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: September 15, 2008

 20 PJ Harvey

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Artist, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: October 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 21 Donovan

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Autobiographer, Writer, Poet, Record producer, Film score composer
Birthdate: May 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 22 Eric Burdon

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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: May 11, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 23 Pete Doherty

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

Pete Doherty is an English musician, artist, actor, writer, and songwriter. He is credited with forming the popular rock band, The Libertines, for which he also serves as the co-frontman. Pete Doherty has been struggling with drug addiction for many years now. He has also been arrested on several occasions for offences arising from drug use.

 24 Gerry Rafferty

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: January 4, 2011

 25 Johnny Marr

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Famous As: Guitarist, Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: October 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 26 Dhani Harrison

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist, Model
Birthdate: August 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 27 Mick Taylor

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

Mick Taylor soared to fame as the guitarist of iconic rock band The Rolling Stones. He has also been part of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Named to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, he was also declared one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

 28 beabadoobee

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 3, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Filipino, British

 29 Rick Wakeman

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Famous As: Composer, Musician, Keyboardist, Songwriter, Pianist, Film score composer, Radio personality
Birthdate: May 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 30 Siouxsie Sioux

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Exotica, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 31 Tony Kanal

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, American

 32 Passenger

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Famous As: musician, singer-songwriter, singer
Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 33 Mike Oldfield

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Famous As: Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 34 Shirley Manson

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Musician, Model, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, American

 35 Greg Lake

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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: December 7, 2016

 36 Robert Fripp

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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Motivational speaker, Record producer
Birthdate: May 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 37 Imogen Heap

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Record producer
Birthdate: December 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 38 Ian Anderson

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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Guitarist, Flautist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 39 Jonny Greenwood

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Famous As: Guitarist, Banjoist, Composer, Ondist, Multi-instrumentalist, Actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 40 Jarvis Cocker

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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: September 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 41 Richard Ashcroft

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 42 James McCartney

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 43 Leo Sayer

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Famous As: Artist, Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: May 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 44 KT Tunstall

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: June 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 45 Jon Anderson

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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: October 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 46 Paolo Nutini

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: January 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 47 Peter Hook

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Famous As: singer
Birthdate: February 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Peter Hook is best known as the bassist and co-founder of the rock bands Joy Division and New Order. Hook uses a signature heavy chorus effect. He now performs as the lead vocalist and bassist for Peter Hook and the Light. He has also authored a bestselling autobiographical trilogy.

 48 Malcolm McLaren

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Famous As: Singer, Screenwriter, Songwriter, Talent agent, Record producer, Talent manager
Birthdate: January 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: April 8, 2010

 49 Martin Gore

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Composer, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: July 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 50 Nigel John Taylor

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Birthdate: June 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British