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
David BowieDavid Bowie
08 January 1947
Singer

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

George MichaelGeorge Michael
25 June 1963
Singer

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942
Singer-songwriter

Elton JohnElton John
25 March 1947
Singer
Zayn MalikZayn Malik
12 January 1993
Singer

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison
25 February 1943
Musician

Amy Jade WinehouseAmy Jade Winehouse
14 September 1983
Singer-songwriter
Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951
Drummer

Tom FletcherTom Fletcher
17 July 1985
Musician
Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972
Actor

Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945
 

Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940
Musician

Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
11 June 1959
Actor

Sophie Ellis-BextorSophie Ellis-Bextor
10 April 1979
singer-songwriter
Chris MartinChris Martin
02 March 1977
Singer-Songwriter

Edward HeathEdward Heath
09 July 1916
Former British Prime Minister

Rita OraRita Ora
26 November 1990
Singer

Lewis CapaldiLewis Capaldi
07 October 1996
Singer
Shane MacGowanShane MacGowan
25 December 1957
British-Irish musician

StingSting
02 October 1951
Musician
Rod StewartRod Stewart
10 January 1945
Singer-songwriter

Keith RichardsKeith Richards
18 December 1943
Musician

SlashSlash
23 July 1965
Musician
Brian JohnsonBrian Johnson
05 October 1947
Singer, Musician

Boy GeorgeBoy George
14 June 1961
Singer-songwriter
Jimmy PageJimmy Page
09 January 1944
Musician

Gavin RossdaleGavin Rossdale
30 October 1965
 

Bon ScottBon Scott
09 July 1946
 
Jimmy SavileJimmy Savile
31 October 1926
DJ, Television & Radio Personality

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SealSeal
19 February 1963
Singer-songwriter
Liam PayneLiam Payne
29 August 1993
Singer, Songwriter

Brian MayBrian May
19 July 1947
 

Mel BMel B
29 May 1975
Singer

Syd BarrettSyd Barrett
06 January 1946
Singer-songwriter
Cat StevensCat Stevens
21 July 1948
Singer-songwriter
Billy IdolBilly Idol
30 November 1955
 

Sid ViciousSid Vicious
10 May 1957
Musician

Charli XCXCharli XCX
02 August 1992
Singer

Julian LennonJulian Lennon
08 April 1963
 
Andrew Lloyd WebberAndrew Lloyd Webber
22 March 1948
Composer

John BonhamJohn Bonham
31 May 1948
Drummer of Rock Band Led Zeppelin

David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor

Mark RonsonMark Ronson
04 September 1975
Musician

Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin
22 May 1950
Lyricist & Singer
Brian JonesBrian Jones
28 February 1942
Founder of the Rolling Stones

Van MorrisonVan Morrison
31 August 1945
Singer
John DeaconJohn Deacon
19 August 1951
Musician

Keith MoonKeith Moon
23 August 1946
Drummer

Keren WoodwardKeren Woodward
02 April 1961
Singer
Jamie Campbell BowerJamie Campbell Bower
22 November 1988
Actor

James RightonJames Righton
25 August 1983
Musician
Brian EnoBrian Eno
15 May 1948
 

Elvis CostelloElvis Costello
25 August 1954
 

Billy OceanBilly Ocean
21 January 1950
Recording Artist

Joe StrummerJoe Strummer
21 August 1952
Singer, Guitarist

Joe CockerJoe Cocker
20 May 1944
Singer & Musician
Alan WalkerAlan Walker
24 August 1997
DJ

Jeff LynneJeff Lynne
30 December 1947
Singer-songwriter, Record producer

Carrie Hope FletcherCarrie Hope Fletcher
22 October 1992
Singer-songwriter

Roger TaylorRoger Taylor
26 July 1949
Musician
Olly MursOlly Murs
14 May 1984
Choreographer, Composer, Singer, Musician,

Pete TownshendPete Townshend
19 May 1945
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer
Leigh-Anne PinnockLeigh-Anne Pinnock
04 October 1991
Singer

Phil LynottPhil Lynott
20 August 1949
Singer

Ellie GouldingEllie Goulding
30 December 1986
Singer-Songwriter
Ronnie WoodRonnie Wood
01 June 1947
Musician & Songwriter

Thom YorkeThom Yorke
07 October 1968
Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Robert SmithRobert Smith
21 April 1959
Singer, Guitarist, Lyricist

Natalia TenaNatalia Tena
01 November 1984
Actress

Marianne FaithfullMarianne Faithfull
29 December 1946
Singer
George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
23 February 1685
Composer

Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian
Joss StoneJoss Stone
11 April 1987
Soul Singer-songwriter

Tim MinchinTim Minchin
07 October 1975
Comedian

Aimee OsbourneAimee Osbourne
02 September 1983
Actress

Bruce DickinsonBruce Dickinson
07 August 1958
 
Keith FlintKeith Flint
17 September 1969
Vocalist
Paul WellerPaul Weller
25 May 1958
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Jorja SmithJorja Smith
11 June 1997
Singer

Peter GreenPeter Green
29 October 1946
Musician & Songwriter

James ArthurJames Arthur
02 March 1988
Singer-songwriter
Bill WymanBill Wyman
24 October 1936
Musician and Singer

Richard Wright (Musician)Richard Wright (Musician)
28 July 1943
Musician

Pete BestPete Best
24 November 1941
 

John EntwistleJohn Entwistle
09 October 1944
Guitarist

Dale WintonDale Winton
22 May 1955
Radio DJ
George MartinGeorge Martin
03 January 1926
Record Producer, Musician, Composer

Pete DohertyPete Doherty
12 March 1979
Musician
Charlie WattsCharlie Watts
02 June 1941
Drummer

Oliver SykesOliver Sykes
20 November 1986
Musician
Mick TaylorMick Taylor
17 January 1949
Musician
Florence WelchFlorence Welch
28 August 1986
Musician