Famous British Rock Singers

Do you know what’s common between Rod Stewart, John Lennon, Elton John, Robert Plant, David Bowie and Mick Jagger? Other than their roots that bind them all together, it is their passion for rock music. Rock is a form of music that evolved from rock and roll during the mid-20th century in United Kingdom and United States. From 1960s started the golden era of the music form that captivated audience with its powerful and strong vocals, authentic music and distinctive yet innovative style. Catchy melodies, delicious hooks and influential style dominated rock music. While musicians across the globe brought in varsity to this music genre, it was the British rock bands and rock artists who made the most important and most influential contribution. John Lennon, along with Paul McCartney founded the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in the history of music, the Beatles. This apart, he enjoyed a successful solo career and was responsible for 25 number one songs on the US Hot 100 Chart. Elton John’s five decade long career has been a flourishing one, with more than 300 million records sold. This made him one of the best-selling music artists of the world. For his contribution to music in his fifty years of career, Mick Jagger is regarded as one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll. To know more interesting facts about the life and career of British rock singers, read on.

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 1 David Bowie

David Bowie
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Famous As: One of the Most Influential Musicians of the 20th Century
Birthdate: January 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: January 10, 2016

English singer-songwriter and actor David Bowie is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Dubbed "The Greatest Rock Star Ever" by Rolling Stone magazine, he rose to international prominence in the 1970s with his innovative style of music. Deeply dedicated to his profession, he remained musically active until his death in 2016.

 2 John Lennon

John Lennon
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: December 8, 1980

John Lennon was part of the hugely successful and popular music band, Beatles. It became the first British band to break out big in the US. However, they eventually broke up. Subsequently, Lennon went solo, with 1971 album, Imagine, being his most successful and acclaimed post-Beatles efforts. Sadly he was shot dead by a deranged fan in New York.

 3 Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

English singer-songwriter and musician, Paul McCartney, is one of the most successful composers and performers of all time. He gained worldwide fame as co-lead vocalist and bassist for the rock band, the Beatles. He also enjoyed a successful solo career. Besides music, he has been actively involved in humanitarian causes and animal rights issues.

 4 Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stone Town, Tanzania
Died: November 24, 1991

Legendary singer, songwriter and lead vocalist of the British rock band, Queen, Frederick Bulsara adopted the name Freddie Mercury which aptly suits his on-stage vibrant and exuberant persona. A four-octave vocal range musician, Mercury owned every stage he set foot on as much with his vivid performance as with his superhuman voice modulation.  

 5 Elton John

Elton John
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Famous As: Singer, Pianist and Composer- One of the Best-Selling Artists of All Time
Birthdate: March 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pinner, England
The supremely gifted English singer, songwriter, pianist and composer, Elton John has entertained music lovers globally since the 1970s. His phenomenal talent make him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Not to forget his tribute to Princess Diana, Candle in the Wind 1997, which till date is one of the best-selling singles in the UK and the US.

 6 Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger
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Famous As: Founding Member of the 'Rolling Stones', Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dartford, England

Mick Jagger is widely regarded as one of the most influential frontmen in rock & roll history. Known for his energetic performances on-stage and multiple relationships off-stage, Mick is frequently portrayed as a countercultural figure. He is an inductee to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame.

 7 Sting

Sting
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Famous As: Musician & Singer
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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 8 Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart
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Famous As: One of the Best-Selling Music Artists of All Time
Birthdate: January 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Highgate

British rock and pop singer and songwriter, Rod Stewart has sold over 250 million records worldwide and is counted among the best-selling music artists of all time. During his extensive career that spans almost six decades, he has won numerous awards and accolades. He was mentioned on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists" list in 2008.

 9 Robert Plant

Robert Plant
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Bromwich, England

Regarded as one of the most influential music artists of all time, Robert Anthony Plant was the lead singer and song writer of the extremely successful rock group Led Zeppelin. After the band disbanded, the Grammy award winning artist, with his powerful and wide vocal range, established a successful solo career. He has also collaborated with other artists and bands.

 10 Phil Collins

Phil Collins
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Famous As: Drummer & Lead Singer of the Rock Band 'Genesis'
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiswick, Middlesex, London, United Kingdom

Phil Collins is best known for his work with the popular rock band Genesis. Having sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Phil is one of three recording artists who have sold more than 100 million records both as principal members of a band and as solo artists.

 11 Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher later also led the band Beady Eye, before launching a solo career. Both his solo albums have topped the U.K. charts. The rock icon has been heavily influenced by John Lennon’s singing style. He loves dressing in parkas and is known for his outspokenness.

 12 Barry Gibb

Barry Gibb
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man

A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees is known for his versatility. Barry ranks second on the Guinness World Records list of successful songwriters and has gifted his fans cult classics of pop/disco music of the 1960s and 1970s, such as Stayin’ Alive.

 13 Bon Scott

Bon Scott
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Famous As: Singer & Musician
Birthdate: July 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Forfar, Scotland
Died: February 19, 1980
Bon Scott worked with bands such as The Spektors, Valentines, and Fraternity before joining the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, replacing lead singer Dave Evans in 1974. He was one of Classic Rock’s 100 Greatest Frontmen of All Time. Following his death, AC/DC released a best-selling album as a tribute.

 14 Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Guitarist
Birthdate: May 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

Pete Townshend is an English guitarist, composer, and singer. He is credited with co-founding and leading one of the most influential and important rock bands of the 20th century, The Who. Also an influential guitarist, Pete Townshend was ranked 10th in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest guitarists of all time list published in 2011.

 15 Maurice Gibb

Maurice Gibb
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man
Died: January 12, 2003

Maurice Gibb was one of the three members of the Bee Gees, the iconic pop-rock band of the 1960s and the 1970s, which redefined disco music of that era and released hits such as Stayin’ Alive. He also went solo with the single Railroad, but his solo album remained unreleased. 

 16 Chris Martin

Chris Martin
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Famous As: Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'Coldplay'
Birthdate: March 2, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Whitestone, England, United Kingdom

Chris Martin is the lead singer of the rock band, Coldplay, which he has co-founded. The band gained fame after they released the song Yellow in 2000. They have sold over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. Martin has also worked in solo collaborations with other artists and written songs for various projects.

 17 Robin Gibb

Robin Gibb
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Famous As: Member of the ‘Bee Gees’ Pop Group
Birthdate: December 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man
Died: May 20, 2012
Robin Gibb was part of the Bee Gees, an iconic pop/rock/disco band of the 1960s and the 1970s and makers of hits such as Stayin' Alive. Robin, a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and a CBE-awardee, also had a successful solo career and was the president of the Heritage Foundation.

 18 Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: October 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dunston, County Durham, England

Brian Johnson is an English singer and songwriter. Johnson is credited with founding the popular rock band Geordie. Famous for his strong North East England accent and distinctive singing voice, he also played a major role in the success of the band AC/DC over the course of his career. Apart from music, Johnson supports the Yorkshire Dementia Charity.

 19 Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker
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Famous As: Singer & Musician
Birthdate: May 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Crookes, Sheffield, England
Died: December 22, 2014

Grammy-winning artist Joe Cocker is best remembered for his tracks You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong. His chartbusting version of the Beatles song With a Little Help from My Friends was the theme song of the series The Wonder Years. He also received an OBE.

 20 Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel
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Famous As: Musician & Singer
Birthdate: February 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chobham, Surrey, England

Man of Peace recipient and six-time Grammy-winner Peter Gabriel was the lead singer of Genesis but switched to a solo career in 1977. He co-founded the first online music download platform, OD2, and the WOMAD festival, apart from contributing to human rights, with groups such as Witness and The Elders.

 21 Van Morrison

Van Morrison
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Northern Irish singer, Van Morrison, garnered recognition in the 1960s while playing with the band, Them, and then later as a solo singer with the 1967 song Brown Eyed Girl. Over the years, he has released more than 40 albums. Astral Weeks, Moondance, Wavelength, Down the Road and Keep It Simple are some of his acclaimed and commercially successful albums.

 22 George Harrison

George Harrison
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Famous As: Achieved Fame As the Lead Guitarist of the Beatles
Birthdate: February 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: November 29, 2001

Gaining fame as the lead guitarist of the rock band, the Beatles, English musician, George Harrison, helped broaden the scope of popular music in the Western world. He was also successful as a solo performer and released many best-selling albums. He was named in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

 23 Jeff Lynne

Jeff Lynne
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: December 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shard End

Jeff Lynne is an English multi-instrumentalist, record producer, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band Electric Light Orchestra. He is also credited with popularizing the band with his leadership skills following the exit of co-founder Roy Wood in 1972. In the 2020 Birthday Honours, Lynne was appointed OBE for services to music.

 24 Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton
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Famous As: One of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time
Birthdate: March 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ripley, England

Eric Clapton, the rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, is considered one of the most influential guitarists of all time. In the 1970s, he recorded a number of successful solo albums and continued to do so over the next several decades and is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He has had issues with alcohol and drugs.

 25 Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cambridge
Died: July 7, 2006
Pink Floyd co-founder and frontman Syd Barrett was known for his contribution to psychedelic rock and experiments with studio effects such as echo and distortion. He was removed from the band due to his drug addiction, following which he began a solo career. His final years were spent in privacy.

 26 Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammersmith Hospital, London, England

Roger Daltrey is an English actor, film producer, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band The Who. Renowned for his soulful voice, Daltrey was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest singers of all-time list in 2010. Also known for his charity work, Daltrey has been a patron of the Children's Respite Trust since 2011.

 27 Ian Gillan

Ian Gillan
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Famous As: Lead Singer and Lyricist for the Rock Band Deep Purple
Birthdate: August 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chiswick, London, England

 28 Tim Curry

Tim Curry
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Grappenhall, Cheshire, England

Tim Curry, who idolized the Rolling Stones and the Beatles as a teenager, went on to become an actor and singer. He serves as an inspiration to many as he continues to contribute to the film and TV industry even after suffering a major stroke, which has left him wheelchair-bound since 2012.

 29 Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Skewen, Neath, Wales

Known for her signature raspy voice and blonde locks, Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler soared to fame with her Billboard-charting track It's a Heartache. The 3-time Grammy-nominated singer has previously also sung for the UK at Eurovision. She is also a philanthropist and invests in property, too.

 30 Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellingborough

English musician, Thom Yorke, is the main vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Radiohead. He is a multi-instrumentalist as well. Active in the music industry for over 35 years, he performs both as part of his band and as a solo artist. He is a human rights activist and also supports animal rights, environmental and anti-war causes.

 31 Sheena Easton

Sheena Easton
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: April 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Two-time Grammy-winning artist Sheena Easton first gained attention on The Big Time. With the singles Modern Girl and 9 to 5, she became the second female to feature twice on the same Top Ten chart. Easton is the only artist with a top 5 hit on all Billboard singles charts.

 32 Joe Elliott

Joe Elliott
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Famous As: Lead Singer and One of the Founding Members of the English Hard Rock Band 'Def Leppard'
Birthdate: August 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

 33 Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey
Died: December 22, 2002
Joe Strummer is remembered for his memorable performances with the punk rock band The Clash, with whom he delivered hits such as London Calling and Train in Vain. He was known for his rebellious and politically charged lyrics. He also experimented with acting and hosted on a BBC radio show.

 34 Florence Welch

Florence Welch
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England
English singer, Florence Welch, is the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the indie rock band Florence and the Machine. The band’s debut album was a massive hit and reached the top position on the UK Albums Chart. She is also a solo performer known for her Bohemian way of dressing. She is a vocal advocate for LGBTQA+ rights.

 35 Sean Lennon

Sean Lennon
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: October 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

The son of John Lennon, Sean Lennon followed in his father's footsteps to become a musician, songwriter, and producer. A practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, Lennon played in Live on Earth to help raise funds for the David Lynch Foundation, a global charitable foundation which funds the teaching of Transcendental Meditation in schools.

 36 Melanie C

Melanie C
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Whiston, England

 37 Morrissey

Morrissey
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Davyhulme, Urmston, England
Morrissey, frontman of the 1980s’ rock band The Smiths, is known for his anti-establishment lyrics and themes such as isolation. He has dabbled in music journalism and has had a successful solo career, too. A cultural icon, he is an animal rights activist and has a huge gay fan base.

 38 Yungblud

Yungblud
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Famous As: Singer Songwriter
Birthdate: August 5, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Doncaster, Yorkshire, England

Yungblud is an English singer, actor, and songwriter. His single 11 Minutes peaked at number one on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart in 2019. Yungblud is also renowned for his activism; in 2018 he participated in March for Our Lives rally to protest against gun violence. He has also won many prestigious awards like MTV Europe Music Awards.

 39 Matthew Bellamy

Matthew Bellamy
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, England

 40 Domino Kirke

Domino Kirke
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK

Domino Kirke was scouted by producer Andres Levin while performing at a pub and later released her own music. She is also the girlfriend of Penn Badgley, better known as Joe Goldberg from the Netflix series You. She is a doula, too, and co-owns the doula agency Carriage House Birth.

 41 Tracey Ullman

Tracey Ullman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Slough, Berkshire, England, UK

British-American actor Tracey Ullman began her career with sketch-comedy shows such as Three of a Kind and later had her own Fox show, The Tracey Ullman Show, which featured 30-second segments of The Simpsons in between, making the latter a hit, too. She rose to become the third-richest comedian from Britain.

 42 Nadine Coyle

Nadine Coyle
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland, UK

Part of the award-winning girl band Girls Aloud, Irish singer-actor Nadine Coyle began her career with the show Popstars and later launched a solo career, with songs such as Go To Work. She has also been a model and has launched an Irish pub, which was later run by her family.

 43 Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 29, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hampstead

Marianne Faithfull is an English singer, actress, and songwriter. Faithfull emerged as one of the most prominent female music artists during the 1960s when the United States was happily embracing the British Invasion. However, her professional achievements were overshadowed by heroin addiction, homelessness, and an eating disorder in the 1970s. Nevertheless, Marianne Faithfull staged a comeback and became successful.

 44 James Bay

James Bay
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England

 45 David Coverdale

David Coverdale
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: September 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cleveland, England
David Coverdale is the former lead vocalist of the rock band Deep Purple. He later went solo and then formed the hard rock band Whitesnake. His is part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has featured his second wife, Tawny Kitaen, in many of his videos.

 46 Paul Weller

Paul Weller
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: May 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sheerwater

Paul Weller is an English musician and singer-songwriter best known for his work with the popular band, The Jam. Referred to as The Modfather, Weller played a significant role during the mod revival of the 1970s and 1980s. In 2006, he was honored with the Brit Award under the Outstanding Contribution to Music category.

 47 Alex Turner

Alex Turner
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Singer and guitarist Alex Turner is part of the English rock band Arctic Monkeys, whose debut album was the fastest-selling debut in the U.K. He has been part of the supergroup The Last Shadow Puppets. The seven-time Brit Award-winning artist is known for his lyrics showcasing surrealism and kitchen-sink realism.

 48 Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barking, Essex, England

 49 Denny Laine

Denny Laine
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, England

 50 Steve Marriott

Steve Marriott
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manor Park, London, England
Died: April 20, 1991

Steve Marriott was an English musician who served as the frontman guitarist of popular rock bands like Small Faces and Humble Pie. In Britain, he became a mod-style icon during his career and was one of the most photographed celebrities at that time. Steve Marriott died at the age of 44 and was posthumously honored with an Ivor Novello Award.