Famous British Rock Singers

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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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David Bowie
(Regarded as One of the Most Influential Musicians of the 20th Century)
David Bowie
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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.

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John Lennon
(The Founder, Co-Songwriter, Co-Lead Vocalist & Rhythm Guitarist of 'The Beatles')
John Lennon
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Birthdate: October 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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.

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Paul McCartney
(Co-Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'The Beatles' and One of the Most Successful Composers of All Time)
Paul McCartney
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Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

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.

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Freddie Mercury
(One of the Greatest Rock Singers and the Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'Queen')
Freddie Mercury
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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.  

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Elton John
(Singer, Pianist and Composer- One of the Best-Selling Artists of All Time)
Elton John
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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.
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Mick Jagger
(British Singer-Songwriter and Founding Member of the Rock Band 'Rolling Stones')
Mick Jagger
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Birthdate: July 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dartford, England, United Kingdom

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.

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Rod Stewart
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists of All Time)
Rod Stewart
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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.

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Sting
(Musician & Singer)
Sting
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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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Robert Plant
(Lead Singer and Lyricist of the English Rock Band 'Led Zeppelin')
Robert Plant
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Birthdate: August 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Bromwich, England, United Kingdom

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.

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Phil Collins
(Drummer & Lead Singer of the Rock Band 'Genesis')
Phil Collins
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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.

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Liam Gallagher
(Singer-songwriter)
Liam Gallagher
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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.
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Barry Gibb
(Member of the Music Group "Bee Gees," One of the Best-Selling Groups of All Time)
Barry Gibb
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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.

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Kate Bush
(One of the Most Successful British Solo Performers of All Time)
Kate Bush
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Birthdate: July 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bexleyheath, England, United Kingdom
Kate Bush is best known for her UK Singles Chart-topper debut single Wuthering Heights. She has released 25 UK Top 40 singles, such as Babooshka and Running Up That Hill. She is known for her literary themes and drew inspiration from James Joyce’s Ulysses. She was also awarded the CBE.
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Bon Scott
(Singer & Musician)
Bon Scott
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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.
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Pete Townshend
(Co-Founder and Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'The Who')
Pete Townshend
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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.

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Gavin Rossdale
(Best Known as the Lead Singer and Rhythm Guitarist of the Rock Band 'Bush')
Gavin Rossdale
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Birthdate: October 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England

Gavin Rossdale is a British singer-songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band Bush. In 2013, he was honored with the Ivor Novello Award for his contribution to music. Although he identifies himself as heterosexual, Gavin Rossdale admitted to having a liaison with Marilyn and called it experimentation and part of growing up.

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Chris Martin
(Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'Coldplay')
Chris Martin
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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.

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Robin Gibb
(Member of the ‘Bee Gees’ Pop Group)
Robin Gibb
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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.
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Joe Cocker
(British Singer and Musician Known for His Album ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’)
Joe Cocker
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Birthdate: May 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Crookes, Sheffield, United Kingdom
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.

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Brian Johnson
(Singer, Musician)
Brian Johnson
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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.

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George Harrison
(Achieved Fame As the Lead Guitarist of the Beatles)
George Harrison
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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

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Van Morrison
(Singer)
Van Morrison
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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.

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Jeff Lynne
(Singer-songwriter, Record producer)
Jeff Lynne
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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.

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Eric Clapton
(One of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time)
Eric Clapton
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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.

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Syd Barrett
(Singer-songwriter)
Syd Barrett
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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.
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Peter Gabriel
(Musician & Singer)
Peter Gabriel
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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.

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Roger Daltrey
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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.

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Ian Gillan
(The Lead Singer and Lyricist for the Rock Band 'Deep Purple')
Ian Gillan
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Birthdate: August 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chiswick, London, England
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Tim Curry
(Actor)
Tim Curry
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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.

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Joe Elliott
(Lead Singer and One of the Founding Members of the English Hard Rock Band 'Def Leppard')
Joe Elliott
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Birthdate: August 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
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Sheena Easton
(Singer, Actress)
Sheena Easton
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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.
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Joe Strummer
(Singer, Guitarist)
Joe Strummer
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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.
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Florence Welch
(Lead Vocalist & Primary Songwriter of the Indie Rock Band 'Florence and the Machine')
Florence Welch
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Birthdate: August 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, United Kingdom
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.
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Thom Yorke
(Singer, Musician, Songwriter)
Thom Yorke
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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.

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Paloma Faith
(Pop and Soul Singer Best Known for Her Retro and Eccentric Fashion and Music)
Paloma Faith
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Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

Paloma Faith is a British singer, actress, and songwriter. She is best known for her album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, which received double-platinum certification in the UK apart from earning Faith her maiden BRIT Award nomination. Renowned for her eccentric style, Paloma Faith has also received prestigious awards like the ASCAP Award.

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Matthew Bellamy
(Musician)
Matthew Bellamy
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Birthdate: June 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
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Melanie C
(Singer-songwriter)
Melanie C
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Birthdate: January 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Whiston, England
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Yungblud
(Singer Songwriter)
Yungblud
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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.

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Marianne Faithfull
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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.

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David Coverdale
(Singer-Songwriter and Founder of the Hard Rock Band 'Whitesnake')
David Coverdale
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Birthdate: September 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cleveland, England, United Kingdom
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.
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Paul Weller
(Singer, Songwriter, Musician)
Paul Weller
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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.

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James Bay
(Singer and Guitarist Best Known for His Single "Hold Back the River.")
James Bay
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Birthdate: September 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
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Alex Turner
(Musician)
Alex Turner
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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.
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Billy Bragg
(Singer-Songwriter)
Billy Bragg
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Birthdate: December 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barking, Essex, England
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Jake Bugg
(English Singer-Songwriter Known for His Self-Titled Debut Album 'Jake Bugg')
Jake Bugg
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Birthdate: February 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Clifton, Nottingham, England

Jake Bugg is an English singer, musician, and songwriter. His self-titled debut studio album peaked at number one on the Official Albums Chart in the UK and was certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Jake Bugg has also won many prestigious awards like the Silver Clef Award, NME Award, Japan Gold Disc Award, and Q Award.  

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Shaun Ryder
(Lead Vocalist of the Bands 'Happy Mondays' and 'Black Grape')
Shaun Ryder
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Birthdate: August 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Little Hulton, Lancashire, England

English singer Shaun Ryder, best known for his association with Happy Mondays and Black Grape, once confessed to learning the alphabet at age 26. While he suffered from ADHD and alopecia, he was also a heroin addict for over two decades and eventually overcame his addiction through cycling.

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Denny Laine
(Musician)
Denny Laine
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Birthdate: October 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
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Steve Marriott
(Rock Singer and Frontman Guitarist for the Rock Bands 'Small Faces' and 'Humble Pie')
Steve Marriott
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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.

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Declan McKenna
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Birthdate: December 24, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Enfield, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
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Alan Price
(Former Keyboardist for the Band 'The Animals' and Founder of 'Alan Price Set')
Alan Price
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Birthdate: April 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fatfield, Washington, England