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

Elton JohnElton John
25 March 1947
Singer

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951
Drummer

David BowieDavid Bowie
08 January 1947
Singer

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942
Singer-songwriter
George HarrisonGeorge Harrison
25 February 1943
Musician

Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972
Actor

George MichaelGeorge Michael
25 June 1963
Singer
Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945
 

Mick JaggerMick Jagger
26 July 1943
Singer
Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940
Musician

Chris MartinChris Martin
02 March 1977
Singer-Songwriter

Van MorrisonVan Morrison
31 August 1945
Singer

Cat StevensCat Stevens
21 July 1948
Singer-songwriter

Julian LennonJulian Lennon
08 April 1963
 
Rita OraRita Ora
26 November 1990
Singer

Sam Smith Sam Smith
19 May 1992
Singer-songwriter

Jimmy PageJimmy Page
09 January 1944
Musician

Rod StewartRod Stewart
10 January 1945
Singer-songwriter
John BonhamJohn Bonham
31 May 1948
Drummer of Rock Band Led Zeppelin

Lewis CapaldiLewis Capaldi
07 October 1996
Singer
Keith RichardsKeith Richards
18 December 1943
Musician

Brian MayBrian May
19 July 1947
 

Liam PayneLiam Payne
29 August 1993
Singer, Songwriter
Syd BarrettSyd Barrett
06 January 1946
Singer-songwriter

Brian JohnsonBrian Johnson
05 October 1947
Singer, Musician
Bon ScottBon Scott
09 July 1946
 

Elvis CostelloElvis Costello
25 August 1954
 

Aimee OsbourneAimee Osbourne
02 September 1983
Actress
Brian JonesBrian Jones
28 February 1942
Founder of the Rolling Stones

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Sid ViciousSid Vicious
10 May 1957
Musician
Keith MoonKeith Moon
23 August 1946
Drummer

Billy IdolBilly Idol
30 November 1955
 

Gavin RossdaleGavin Rossdale
30 October 1965
 

Andrew Lloyd WebberAndrew Lloyd Webber
22 March 1948
Composer
John DeaconJohn Deacon
19 August 1951
Musician
Mel BMel B
29 May 1975
Singer

Mark RonsonMark Ronson
04 September 1975
Musician

Steve WinwoodSteve Winwood
12 May 1948
Musician

Charli XCXCharli XCX
02 August 1992
Singer
Jimmy SavileJimmy Savile
31 October 1926
DJ, Television & Radio Personality

Jessie JJessie J
27 March 1988
Singer-Songwriter

Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin
22 May 1950
Lyricist & Singer

Phil LynottPhil Lynott
20 August 1949
Singer

Max GeorgeMax George
06 September 1988
Singer-songwriter
Joe CockerJoe Cocker
20 May 1944
Singer & Musician

David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor
Ellie GouldingEllie Goulding
30 December 1986
Singer-Songwriter

Joe StrummerJoe Strummer
21 August 1952
Singer, Guitarist

Jeff LynneJeff Lynne
30 December 1947
Singer-songwriter, Record producer
Brian EnoBrian Eno
15 May 1948
 

Thom YorkeThom Yorke
07 October 1968
Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Leigh-Anne PinnockLeigh-Anne Pinnock
04 October 1991
Singer

James RightonJames Righton
25 August 1983
Musician

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

Billy OceanBilly Ocean
21 January 1950
Recording Artist

Ronnie WoodRonnie Wood
01 June 1947
Musician & Songwriter
Jamie Campbell BowerJamie Campbell Bower
22 November 1988
Actor

Edward HeathEdward Heath
09 July 1916
Former British Prime Minister

Courtney HadwinCourtney Hadwin
06 July 2004
Singer

Anne-MarieAnne-Marie
07 April 1991
Singer, songwriter
Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian

Marianne FaithfullMarianne Faithfull
29 December 1946
Singer
Bruce DickinsonBruce Dickinson
07 August 1958
 

Pixie LottPixie Lott
12 January 1991
Singer-songwriter

Bill WymanBill Wyman
24 October 1936
Musician and Singer
Shane MacGowanShane MacGowan
25 December 1957
British-Irish musician

Keith FlintKeith Flint
17 September 1969
Vocalist
John EntwistleJohn Entwistle
09 October 1944
Guitarist

George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
23 February 1685
Composer

James ArthurJames Arthur
02 March 1988
Singer-songwriter
Jorja SmithJorja Smith
11 June 1997
Singer

Pete BestPete Best
24 November 1941
 
Paul WellerPaul Weller
25 May 1958
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Anoushka ShankarAnoushka Shankar
09 June 1981
Composer

Keren WoodwardKeren Woodward
02 April 1961
Singer

Natalia TenaNatalia Tena
01 November 1984
Actress
Joss StoneJoss Stone
11 April 1987
Soul Singer-songwriter
Dale WintonDale Winton
22 May 1955
Radio DJ

Pete DohertyPete Doherty
12 March 1979
Musician

Charlie WattsCharlie Watts
02 June 1941
Drummer

Tim MinchinTim Minchin
07 October 1975
Comedian
Declan McKennaDeclan McKenna
24 December 1998
Singer

Florence WelchFlorence Welch
28 August 1986
Musician

Roland OrzabalRoland Orzabal
22 August 1962
Musician, Singer

Mick TaylorMick Taylor
17 January 1949
Musician

The EdgeThe Edge
08 August 1961
Musician
Oliver SykesOliver Sykes
20 November 1986
Musician

George MartinGeorge Martin
03 January 1926
Record Producer, Musician, Composer
Olly MursOlly Murs
14 May 1984
Choreographer, Composer, Singer, Musician,

Roman KempRoman Kemp
28 January 1993
Radio host
Adam ClaytonAdam Clayton
13 March 1960
Bassist of the rock band U2
Tom FletcherTom Fletcher
17 July 1985
Musician