Famous British Rock Musicians

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Ringo Starr
(The Drummer of the Rock Band 'The Beatles')

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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.

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Keith Richards
(Musician)

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Birthdate: December 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dartford, Kent, England, United Kingdom

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.

 3 
Sting
(Musician & Singer)

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Birthdate: October 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wallsend, England

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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Billy Idol
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Birthdate: November 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stanmore, Middlesex, England, UK
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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Brian Jones
(English Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer and Founder of the Rock Band 'The Rolling Stones')

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Birthdate: February 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Died: July 3, 1969

Brian Jones was an English musician credited with founding the world-renowned rock band, The Rolling Stones. He was also considered the original leader of the band before his fellow band members, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, took over the musical direction of the band. Jones became the first member of the infamous 27 Club, when he died at age 27.

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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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Damon Albarn
(Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Composer, Songwriter)

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Birthdate: March 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Whitechapel

Grammy-winning English singer Damon Albarn has previously been part of two major bands, Blur and Gorillaz, as their lead vocalist and primary songwriter. He has also performed as part of the supergroup The Good, the Bad & the Queen. His solo album Everyday Robots was nominated for a Mercury Award.

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 8 
Ronnie Wood
(Best Known as a Member of the Rock Band 'Rolling Stones')

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Birthdate: June 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hillingdon, England, United Kingdom

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.

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Charlie Watts
(Drummer)

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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.

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Steve Winwood
(Musician)

Steve Winwood
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Birthdate: May 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Handsworth, Birmingham, England
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.

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Mick Fleetwood
(Musician)

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

 12 
John Paul Jones
(Musician)

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Birthdate: January 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sidcup, Kent, England

 13 
Kirsty MacColl
(Singer-songwriter and producer who produced the song "Fairytale of New York" with The Pogues and who released pop hits like "They Don't Know.")

Kirsty MacColl
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Birthdate: October 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croydon, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Died: December 18, 2000

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Donovan
(Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Autobiographer, Writer, Poet, Record producer, Film score composer)

Donovan
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Birthdate: May 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Donovan is a Scottish guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for developing and popularizing a distinctive and eclectic style that blended many genres, such as folk, jazz, pop, calypso, and psychedelic rock. Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

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Richard Wright (Musician)
(One of the Founders of the Progressive Rock Band ‘Pink Floyd’)

Richard Wright (Musician)
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Birthdate: July 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hatch End, Middlesex, England
Died: September 15, 2008

Richard Wright was an English musician. He is credited with co-founding the popular band ,Pink Floyd, for which he also served as a vocalist and keyboardist. Wright contributed immensely to the success of Pink Floyd and his distinctive keyboard playing was a key component of the music produced by the band.

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PJ Harvey
(Singer-songwriter, Composer, Artist, Singer, Guitarist)

PJ Harvey
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Birthdate: October 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bridport

Tinged with themes of female sexuality, the lyrics of PJ Harvey have redefined the place women occupy in rock music. While she was initially part of a musical trio named after herself, she later charted her own path as a solo musician. She is only artist to have earned the Mercury Prize twice.

 17 
Eric Burdon
(Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Musician)

Eric Burdon
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Birthdate: May 11, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne

 18 
Nick Drake
(Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer)

Nick Drake
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Birthdate: June 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
Died: November 25, 1974

Nick Drake was a British singer-songwriter best remembered for his acoustic guitar-based music. Although he failed to achieve popularity during his lifetime, Drake's music has achieved recognition in recent times. He suffered from depression throughout his life and died at the age of 26 from an overdose of a prescribed antidepressant called amitriptyline.

 19 
Gerry Rafferty
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Songwriter)

Gerry Rafferty
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Birthdate: April 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paisley
Died: January 4, 2011

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Mick Taylor
(Musician)

Mick Taylor
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Birthdate: January 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, England

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.

 21 
Johnny Marr
(Guitarist, Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Record producer)

Johnny Marr
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Birthdate: October 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manchester, England

 22 
Siouxsie Sioux
(Singer, Musician, Exotica, Songwriter)

Siouxsie Sioux
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Birthdate: May 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Southwark

 23 
Gary Glitter
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Autobiographer)

Gary Glitter
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Birthdate: May 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Banbury

 24 
Rick Wakeman
(Composer, Musician, Keyboardist, Songwriter, Pianist, Film score composer, Radio personality)

Rick Wakeman
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Birthdate: May 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Perivale

One of the most popular rock keyboardists of the progressive rock genre, Rick Wakeman soared to fame as part of the band Yes and later had an equally successful solo career. He had ditched his initial dream of becoming a pianist to start his career as a session musician.

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Shirley Manson
(Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Musician, Model, Songwriter)

Shirley Manson
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Birthdate: August 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edinburgh

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John Lydon
(Singer-Songwriter)

John Lydon
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Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Holloway, London, England

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Greg Lake
(Former Singer-songwriter who gained prominence as a founding member of the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP))

Greg Lake
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Birthdate: November 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Poole, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Died: December 7, 2016

 28 
Mike Oldfield
(Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter)

Mike Oldfield
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Birthdate: May 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reading

Best known for his hit album-length conceptual piece Tubular Bells, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Mike Oldfield experimented with a whole range of musical genres, such as progressive rock, folk, and new-age rock. His music was also featured in the cult horror film of the 1970s The Exorcist.

 29 
Passenger
(musician, singer-songwriter, singer)

Passenger
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Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brighton and Hove

 30 
Robert Fripp
(Guitarist, Composer, Motivational speaker, Record producer)

Robert Fripp
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Birthdate: May 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wimborne Minster

 31 
Pete Doherty
(Musician)

Pete Doherty
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Birthdate: March 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hexham

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.

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Ian Anderson
(Composer, Singer, Guitarist, Flautist, Songwriter)

Ian Anderson
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Birthdate: August 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dunfermline

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Jonny Greenwood
(Guitarist, Banjoist, Composer, Ondist, Multi-instrumentalist, Actor, Songwriter)

Jonny Greenwood
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Birthdate: November 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oxford

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Dhani Harrison
(Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist, Model)

Dhani Harrison
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Birthdate: August 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Windsor

 35 
Jarvis Cocker
(Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Singer)

Jarvis Cocker
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Birthdate: September 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sheffield

 36 
John Cale
(Singer-songwriter, Record producer, Actor, Lyricist, Musician, Autobiographer, Model, Film actor, Television actor, Music arranger, Experimental musician, Pianist, Film score composer)

John Cale
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Birthdate: March 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Garnant

Experimental musician John Cale is best known as the co-founder of the rock band The Velvet Underground. The son of a coal miner father, he later developed a love for music that earned him a scholarship to the University of London. Prescribed opiates for his bronchial issues, he later struggled with addiction.

 37 
Tony Kanal
(Musician)

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Birthdate: August 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, England

Nigel John Taylor
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Birthdate: June 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Solihull

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Jon Anderson
(Singer, Composer)

Jon Anderson
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Birthdate: October 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Accrington

 40 
James McCartney
(Musician)

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

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Chris de Burgh
(Singer-songwriter)

Chris de Burgh
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Birthdate: October 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Venado Tuerto, Argentina

 42 
Chris Squire
(Bassist, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Film score composer)

Chris Squire
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Birthdate: March 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London
Died: June 28, 2015

 43 
Billy Bragg
(Singer-Songwriter)

Billy Bragg
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Birthdate: December 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barking, Essex, England

 44 
Peter Hook
(singer)

Peter Hook
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Birthdate: February 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salford, Greater Manchester
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.

 45 
Imogen Heap
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Record producer)

Imogen Heap
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Birthdate: December 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Romford, London, England

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Shaun Ryder
(Lead Vocalist of the Bands 'Happy Mondays' and 'Black Grape')

Shaun Ryder
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Birthdate: August 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Little Hulton, Lancashire, England

English singer Shaun Ryder, best known for his association with Happy Mondays and Black Grape, once confessed to learning the alphabet at age 26. While he suffered from ADHD and alopecia, he was also a heroin addict for over two decades and eventually overcame his addiction through cycling.

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beabadoobee
(Singer)

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Birthdate: June 3, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iloilo City, Philippines

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Liam Howlett
(Record producer, co-founder and leader of the British electronic band The Prodigy)

Liam Howlett
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Birthdate: August 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Braintree, England, United Kingdom

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Malcolm McLaren
(Singer, Screenwriter, Songwriter, Talent agent, Record producer, Talent manager)

Malcolm McLaren
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Birthdate: January 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stoke Newington
Died: April 8, 2010

 50 
Martin Gore
(Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Composer, Singer, Guitarist)

Martin Gore
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Birthdate: July 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London