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

Brian MayBrian May

19 July 1947

Idris ElbaIdris Elba

06 September 1972

Elton JohnElton John

25 March 1947

Mick JaggerMick Jagger

26 July 1943

David BowieDavid Bowie

08 January 1947

John LennonJohn Lennon

09 October 1940

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney

18 June 1942

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison

25 February 1943

George MichaelGeorge Michael

25 June 1963

Ringo StarrRingo Starr

07 July 1940

Phil CollinsPhil Collins

30 January 1951

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Eric ClaptonEric Clapton

30 March 1945

Mark RonsonMark Ronson

04 September 1975

Rita OraRita Ora

26 November 1990

Rod StewartRod Stewart

10 January 1945

Mel BMel B

29 May 1975

Keith RichardsKeith Richards

18 December 1943

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Chris MartinChris Martin

02 March 1977

David McCallumDavid McCallum

19 September 1933

Syd BarrettSyd Barrett

06 January 1946

Sid ViciousSid Vicious

10 May 1957

Liam PayneLiam Payne

29 August 1993

Cat StevensCat Stevens

21 July 1948

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Jimmy PageJimmy Page

09 January 1944

Ellie GouldingEllie Goulding

30 December 1986

Brian JonesBrian Jones

28 February 1942

Van MorrisonVan Morrison

31 August 1945

Jimmy SavileJimmy Savile

31 October 1926

John BonhamJohn Bonham

31 May 1948

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Billy IdolBilly Idol

30 November 1955

Julian LennonJulian Lennon

08 April 1963

Andrew Lloyd WebberAndrew Lloyd Webber

22 March 1948

Brian JohnsonBrian Johnson

05 October 1947

Brian EnoBrian Eno

15 May 1948

Bon ScottBon Scott

09 July 1946

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Joe CockerJoe Cocker

20 May 1944

Jeff LynneJeff Lynne

30 December 1947

Charli XCXCharli XCX

02 August 1992

Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin

22 May 1950

Keith MoonKeith Moon

23 August 1946

Olly MursOlly Murs

14 May 1984

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Gavin RossdaleGavin Rossdale

30 October 1965

Eric IdleEric Idle

29 March 1943

Ronnie WoodRonnie Wood

01 June 1947

Thom YorkeThom Yorke

07 October 1968

Florence WelchFlorence Welch

28 August 1986

Pete TownshendPete Townshend

19 May 1945

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Elvis CostelloElvis Costello

25 August 1954

Jamie Campbell BowerJamie Campbell Bower

22 November 1988

Steve WinwoodSteve Winwood

12 May 1948

Marianne FaithfullMarianne Faithfull

29 December 1946

Bill WymanBill Wyman

24 October 1936

Bruce DickinsonBruce Dickinson

07 August 1958

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Jess GlynneJess Glynne

20 October 1989

Pete DohertyPete Doherty

12 March 1979

George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel

23 February 1685

James RightonJames Righton

25 August 1983

Joe StrummerJoe Strummer

21 August 1952

Joss StoneJoss Stone

11 April 1987

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Charlie WattsCharlie Watts

02 June 1941

Phil LynottPhil Lynott

20 August 1949

Aimee OsbourneAimee Osbourne

02 September 1983

Oliver SykesOliver Sykes

20 November 1986

Pete BestPete Best

24 November 1941

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Mick TaylorMick Taylor

17 January 1949

Billy OceanBilly Ocean

21 January 1950

Roland OrzabalRoland Orzabal

22 August 1962

George MartinGeorge Martin

03 January 1926

William HerschelWilliam Herschel

15 November 1738

Anoushka ShankarAnoushka Shankar

09 June 1981

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Paul WellerPaul Weller

25 May 1958

The EdgeThe Edge

08 August 1961

Jonas BlueJonas Blue

02 August 1989

Shane MacGowanShane MacGowan

25 December 1957

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess

25 February 1917

Benjamin BrittenBenjamin Britten

22 November 1913

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Edward ElgarEdward Elgar

02 June 1857

Quincy Jones IIIQuincy Jones III

23 December 1968

Ralph Vaughan WilliamsRalph Vaughan Williams

12 October 1872