Male Folk Singers

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 1 John Denver

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: December 31, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States
Died: October 12, 1997

John Denver was one of the highest-selling and most popular singers during the 1970s. He was known for folk, pop and country music. Some of his greatest songs are Take Me Home Country Roads, Leaving on a Jet Plane, Rocky Mountain High, Sunshine on My Shoulders and Annie's Song. He died when a plane he was piloting crashed in California.

 2 Leonard Cohen

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 21, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Westmount
Died: November 7, 2016

Leonard Cohen was one of the most popular Canadian celebrities of all time. After starting his career as a poet and novelist, Leonard went on to become a famous singer-songwriter, exploring themes like sexuality, religion, depression, and romantic relationships in his work. Leonard Cohen was one of the inspirations for Steven Clark and Matthew Bissonnette's 2002 film Looking for Leonard.

 3 Cat Stevens

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

British singer, Cat Stevens, has released more than 15 studio albums and has churned out many hit songs. He converted to Islam in 1977 and adopted the name Yusuf Islam. He was slammed for reportedly backing the death fatwa on author Salman Rushdie. He has also been accused of allegedly having ties with terrorist organisations, a charge he has vehemently denied.

 4 John Prine

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maywood, Illinois, United States
Died: April 7, 2020

 5 Harry Belafonte

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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Stage actor
Birthdate: March 1, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harlem

 6 Gordon Lightfoot

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orillia
Canadian folk-rock sensation Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. is best known for his chart-topping tracks such as If You Could Read My Mind and Ribbon of Darkness. He set the tone for the folk-pop genre in the 1960s and 1970s. The 16-time Juno-winner has earned the Governor General's Performing Arts Award.

 7 Woody Guthrie

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Okemah, Oklahoma, United States
Died: October 3, 1967
Legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie is best remembered for his songs such as This Land Is Your Land and Cocaine Blues, and the concept album Dust Bowl Ballads. He inspired artists such as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, and performed with a guitar labeled “This machine kills fascists.”
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 8 Kris Kristofferson

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas, United States

Kris Kristofferson is a popular singer-songwriter and actor. Over the years, Kris has played a major role in the success of many famous singers, having contributed to their musical albums as a songwriter. For his achievements in the field of music, Kris Kristofferson was made a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee in 2004.

 9 Townes Van Zandt

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Famous As: Singer & Songwriter
Birthdate: March 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas
Died: January 1, 1997

Country singer Townes Van Zandt is remembered for his melancholy and lyrical tracks. His hits such as Pancho and Lefty and To Live Is to Fly have influenced many artists of subsequent generations. He struggled with depression and spent a considerable part of his life in cheap shacks and motels.

 10 Paul Simon

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States

One half of the popular musical duo Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon is a singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists and songwriters of all time. His career, which has spanned more than 60 years, has been so influential that Time named him among the 100 People Who Shaped the World in 2006.

 11 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.

 12 Pete Seeger

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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: May 3, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manhattan
Died: January 27, 2014

Pete Seeger was an American social activist and folk singer. Seeger believed that the power of music could bring about a social change, an ideology that reflected on his works. Through his music, Seeger expressed his support towards counterculture, civil rights, environmental rights, international disarmament, and workers rights.

 13 James Blunt

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Birthdate: February 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Five-time Grammy nominee James Blunt topped international charts with his single You're Beautiful. His album Back to Bedlam recorded the highest sales in the U.K. in the 2000s. He is also concerned about climate change and is known for screening the environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth before his concerts.

 14 Ed Sheeran

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Halifax, West Yorkshire, England

Ed Sheeran is one of the most popular English singer-songwriters of the current generation. His songs Castle on the Hill and Shape of You from his third studio album broke records in several countries. He is one of the best-selling music artists in the world, having sold over 150 million records worldwide.

 15 Arlo Guthrie

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is known for his songs that have prominent social themes and talk about his anti-war sentiments or about social injustice. Two of his most popular tracks are Alice's Restaurant Massacree, Massachusetts, and City of New Orleans. He has also starred in films such as Alice's Restaurant.

 16 Johnny Cash

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Famous As: Country Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kingsland, Arkansas, United States
Died: September 12, 2003

Johnny Cash, the American singer, songwriter and actor, was known for sorrow, moral suffering and redemption themes in his music. His genre was country, rock and roll, blues, folk and gospel sounds and he is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Cash had issues with drinking and drug abuse. Later he was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease.

 17 Harry Chapin

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City
Died: July 16, 1981
Grammy-winning folk rock and pop rock singer Harry Chapin was one of the highest-paid artists of the 1970s, known for tracks such as Cat's in the Cradle. An avid philanthropist, he was part of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger. He also won a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal

 18 George Ezra

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hertford, Hertfordshire, England

George Ezra is an English guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He achieved popularity after releasing his debut album Wanted on Voyage, which peaked at number one in the UK. It was also one of the best-selling albums in the UK in the year 2014. In 2019, George Ezra was honored with the Brit Award under the British Male Solo Artist category.

 19 Wilmer Valderrama

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
Wilmer Valderrama is best known for his Teen Choice Award-winning performance as Fez in That '70s Show. He has played prominent roles in NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, and The Ranch. He has also hosted the MTV series Yo Momma, released a single, and appeared in numerous music videos.

 20 Dimash Kudaibergen

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aktobe, Kazakhstan

 21 Pernell Roberts

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 18, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Waycross, Georgia
Died: January 24, 2010
Pernell Roberts is best known as Adam Cartwright from the Western series Bonanza and Dr. John McIntyre from Trapper John, MD. He was also a prominent social activist and had participated in protests such as the Selma to Montgomery marches. He also narrated documentaries and experimented as a singer.

 22 Nick Drake

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer
Birthdate: June 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yangon
Died: November 25, 1974

 23 Stephen Stills

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

 24 Avi Kaplan

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: April 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Visalia, California
Avi Kaplan gained fame as part of the three-time Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix, as their designated vocal bass. He later went solo with the EP Sage and Stone under the name "Avriel & the Sequoias." In 2019, he released the track Change on the Rise, as "Avi Kaplan."

 25 Tyler Childers

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lawrence County, Kentucky, United States

 26 Passenger

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Famous As: musician, singer-songwriter, singer
Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brighton and Hove

 27 Justin Vernon

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States

 28 Lead Belly

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 20, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mooringsport, Louisiana, United States
Died: December 6, 1949

 29 Udit Narayan

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Famous As: Playback Singer
Birthdate: December 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baradah, Saptary, Nepal

 30 Garrett Morris

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: February 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Garrett Morris is best known as part of Saturday Night Live, where he played characters such as Chico Escuela and the News for the Hard of Hearing translator. He also played Uncle Junior on The Jamie Foxx Show and Earl Washington in 2 Broke Girls.

 31 Richard Thompson

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Famous As: Musician, Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: April 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Notting Hill Gate, London

 32 Phil Ochs

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, USA
Died: April 9, 1976

 33 Ray LaMontagne

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nashua, New Hampshire, USA

 34 Jack Savoretti

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Famous As: Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: October 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London

 35 Devendra Banhart

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

 36 Jian Ghomeshi

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 37 Demis Roussos

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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: June 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: January 25, 2015

 38 John Sebastian

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, U.S.

 39 Roger McGuinn

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 40 Al Stewart

Al Stewart
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow

 41 Ronnie Lane

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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist
Birthdate: April 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Plaistow
Died: July 4, 1997

 42 Ali Zafar

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

 43 Tyler Hilton

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Palm Springs, California, USA

 44 Paul Stookey

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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist
Birthdate: December 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greenwich Village

 45 Guy Clark

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 6, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Monahans, Texas, U.S.
Died: May 17, 2016

 46 Chris Burke

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 26, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Point Lookout, New York, United States

 47 Tom T. Hall

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Olive Hill, Kentucky, USA

 48 Jagjit Singh

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Famous As: Ghazal Singer
Birthdate: February 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sri Ganganagar
Died: October 10, 2011

 49 Scott Hutchison

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Selkirk, Scottish Borders, Scotland, UK
Died: May 10, 2018

 50 Luke Kelly

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sheriff Street, Dublin, Ireland
Died: January 30, 1984