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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Roger Taylor
(Best Known As The Drummer Of The Rock Band 'Queen')
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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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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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 4 
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.

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Brian Jones
(English Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer and Founder of the Rock Band 'The Rolling Stones')
Brian Jones
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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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Lily Allen
(English Singer-Songwriter and Actress)
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Birthdate: May 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
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Billy Idol
(British-American Singer Who was the Lead Singer of the English Punk Rock Band 'Generation X')
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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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Damon Albarn
(Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Composer, Songwriter)
Damon Albarn
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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.

 9 
Ronnie Wood
(Best Known as a Member of the Rock Band 'Rolling Stones')
Ronnie Wood
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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.

 10 
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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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.

 12 
Mick Fleetwood
(Musician)
Mick Fleetwood
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Birthdate: June 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Redruth, Cornwall, England
 13 
John Paul Jones
(Musician)
John Paul Jones
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Birthdate: January 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sidcup, Kent, England
 14 
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
 15 
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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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 
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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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
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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
 20 
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.

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Mick Taylor
(Musician)
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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.

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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 
Johnny Marr
(Guitarist, Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Record producer)
Johnny Marr
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Birthdate: October 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manchester, England
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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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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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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.

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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
 30 
Passenger
(English Singer-Songwriter and Musician Best Known for His Chart-Topping Song ‘Let Her Go’)
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Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brighton and Hove
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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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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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Robert Fripp
(Guitarist, Composer, Motivational speaker, Record producer)
Robert Fripp
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Birthdate: May 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wimborne Minster
 34 
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
(English Musician, Singer-Songwriter, and Composer)
Dhani Harrison
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Birthdate: August 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Windsor
 36 
Jarvis Cocker
(Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Singer)
Jarvis Cocker
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Birthdate: September 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sheffield
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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
Nigel John Taylor
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Birthdate: June 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Solihull
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Tony Kanal
(Musician)
Tony Kanal
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Birthdate: August 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, England
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James McCartney
(English Musician and the Son of The Beatles Legend Paul McCartney)
James McCartney
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Birthdate: December 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, UK
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Jon Anderson
(Singer, Composer)
Jon Anderson
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Birthdate: October 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Accrington
 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
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Martin Gore
(Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Composer, Singer, Guitarist)
Martin Gore
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Birthdate: July 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London
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beabadoobee
(Singer)
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Birthdate: June 3, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iloilo City, Philippines
 45 
Chris de Burgh
(Irish Art Rock and Pop Singer Known for His Hit 'The Lady in Red')
Chris de Burgh
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Birthdate: October 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Venado Tuerto, Argentina

Chris de Burgh is an Irish singer-songwriter who soared to fame with his chartbusting singles Don't Pay the Ferryman and The Lady in Red. Surprisingly, he has been more popular in countries such as Norway and Brazil than in the UK. He is also the father of Miss World 2003 Rosanna Davison.

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Billy Bragg
(Singer-Songwriter)
Billy Bragg
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Birthdate: December 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barking, Essex, England
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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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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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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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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.