Britain has a rich and varied musical history ranging from Church music to folk music to instrumentation. Classical music, one of the earliest forms of music in British history, was dominated by likes of composers such as Arthur Sullivan, Gustav Holst, Edward Elgar, Hubert Parry, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten in the early 20th century. The nation is also known for its legacy in folk music which was revived in the mid-20th century, keeping folk music an important sub-culture within society. British music has been influenced by the musical traditions of other European countries as well as by the distinct traditions brought by immigrants from countries like Jamaica and India. In the contemporary era, many forms of popular music, including folk music, jazz, rapping/hip hop, pop and rock music, have flourished in Britain. In fact the nation produced the band, The Beatles, with members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr who took the musical world by storm and went on to become the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and George Ezra are popular in the contemporary era. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous British musicians.
Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury
05 September 1946
Singer-songwriter
Elton JohnElton John
25 March 1947
Singer

Lewis CapaldiLewis Capaldi
07 October 1996
Singer

John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940
Co-founder of 'The Beatles'

David BowieDavid Bowie
08 January 1947
Singer

Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972
Actor
Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942
Singer-songwriter

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison
25 February 1943
Musician

George MichaelGeorge Michael
25 June 1963
Singer

Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin
22 May 1950
Lyricist & Singer
Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945
 

Mick JaggerMick Jagger
26 July 1943
Singer
Brian MayBrian May
19 July 1947
 

Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940
Musician

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951
Drummer
John DeaconJohn Deacon
19 August 1951
Musician

Mel BMel B
29 May 1975
Singer
Chris MartinChris Martin
02 March 1977
 

Rod StewartRod Stewart
10 January 1945
Singer-songwriter

Mark RonsonMark Ronson
04 September 1975
Musician
Charli XCXCharli XCX
02 August 1992
Singer

Ellie GouldingEllie Goulding
30 December 1986
Singer-Songwriter
Rita OraRita Ora
26 November 1990
Singer

Van MorrisonVan Morrison
31 August 1945
Singer

Cat StevensCat Stevens
21 July 1948
Singer-songwriter

Keith RichardsKeith Richards
18 December 1943
 
Liam PayneLiam Payne
29 August 1993
Singer, Songwriter
Gavin RossdaleGavin Rossdale
30 October 1965
 

Syd BarrettSyd Barrett
06 January 1946
Singer-songwriter

Jimmy PageJimmy Page
09 January 1944
Musician

Joe CockerJoe Cocker
20 May 1944
Singer & Musician
Bruce DickinsonBruce Dickinson
07 August 1958
 

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Jimmy SavileJimmy Savile
31 October 1926
DJ, Television & Radio Personality

Thom YorkeThom Yorke
07 October 1968
Singer, Musician, Songwriter

Billy IdolBilly Idol
30 November 1955
 

John BonhamJohn Bonham
31 May 1948
Drummer of Rock Band Led Zeppelin
Sid ViciousSid Vicious
10 May 1957
Musician

David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor
Brian JonesBrian Jones
28 February 1942
Founder of the Rolling Stones

Keith MoonKeith Moon
23 August 1946
Drummer

Andrew Lloyd WebberAndrew Lloyd Webber
22 March 1948
Composer
Elvis CostelloElvis Costello
25 August 1954
 

Julian LennonJulian Lennon
08 April 1963
 
Steve WinwoodSteve Winwood
12 May 1948
Musician

Pete TownshendPete Townshend
19 May 1945
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer

Brian JohnsonBrian Johnson
05 October 1947
Singer, Musician

Bon ScottBon Scott
09 July 1946
 

Jess GlynneJess Glynne
20 October 1989
Singer
Jeff LynneJeff Lynne
30 December 1947
Singer-songwriter, Record producer

Brian EnoBrian Eno
15 May 1948
 

Jamie Campbell BowerJamie Campbell Bower
22 November 1988
Actor

Ronnie WoodRonnie Wood
01 June 1947
Musician & Songwriter
Phil LynottPhil Lynott
20 August 1949
Singer

Joe StrummerJoe Strummer
21 August 1952
Singer, Guitarist
Jorja SmithJorja Smith
11 June 1997
Singer

Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian

James RightonJames Righton
25 August 1983
Musician
Pete BestPete Best
24 November 1941
 

Keith FlintKeith Flint
17 September 1969
Vocalist
George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
23 February 1685
Composer

Charlie WattsCharlie Watts
02 June 1941
Drummer

Florence WelchFlorence Welch
28 August 1986
Musician
Steve ClarkSteve Clark
23 April 1960
Musician

Marianne FaithfullMarianne Faithfull
29 December 1946
Singer
James ArthurJames Arthur
02 March 1988
Singer-songwriter

Bill WymanBill Wyman
24 October 1936
Musician and Singer

Aimee OsbourneAimee Osbourne
02 September 1983
Actress

Courtney HadwinCourtney Hadwin
06 July 2004
Singer
Keren WoodwardKeren Woodward
02 April 1961
Singer
Natalia TenaNatalia Tena
01 November 1984
Actress

Oliver SykesOliver Sykes
20 November 1986
Musician

Quincy Jones IIIQuincy Jones III
23 December 1968
Music Producer

George MartinGeorge Martin
03 January 1926
Record Producer, Musician, Composer
Pete DohertyPete Doherty
12 March 1979
Musician

Joss StoneJoss Stone
11 April 1987
Soul Singer-songwriter

Rex Orange CountyRex Orange County
04 May 1998
Recording Artist

The EdgeThe Edge
08 August 1961
Musician

Mick TaylorMick Taylor
17 January 1949
Musician
Paul WellerPaul Weller
25 May 1958
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Roland OrzabalRoland Orzabal
22 August 1962
Musician, Singer
Anoushka ShankarAnoushka Shankar
09 June 1981
Composer

Billy OceanBilly Ocean
21 January 1950
Recording Artist

Shane MacGowanShane MacGowan
25 December 1957
British-Irish musician
Olly MursOlly Murs
14 May 1984
Choreographer, Composer, Singer, Musician,

Winston MarshallWinston Marshall
20 December 1987
Musician
Edward ElgarEdward Elgar
02 June 1857
Composer

Jonas BlueJonas Blue
02 August 1989
DJ

Conor MaynardConor Maynard
21 November 1992
Singer-songwriter

Pixie LottPixie Lott
12 January 1991
Singer-songwriter
Tom FletcherTom Fletcher
17 July 1985
Musician

Benjamin BrittenBenjamin Britten
22 November 1913
Composer, conductor and pianist
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsRalph Vaughan Williams
12 October 1872
Composer

Peter HookPeter Hook
13 February 1956
singer
Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess
25 February 1917
 

Adrian SmithAdrian Smith
27 February 1957
Guitarist
Matthew BellamyMatthew Bellamy
09 June 1978
Musician