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John Winston Ono Lennon (9 October 1940 - 8 December 1980) was an English musician, singer-songwriter, activist and occasional actor.
He rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the Beatles, the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a songwriting partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.
He also had a suuccessful solo career with hits including 'Imagine, 'Happy Xmas War is Over' and 'Give Peace A Chance'.
As of 2012, Lennon's solo album sales in the United States exceeded 14 million units and, as writer, co-writer or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart.
In 2002, a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted him eighth and, in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
David Robert Jones (8th January 1947 - 10th January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, was an English musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, actor and arranger.
Bowie has been a major figure in the world of popular music for over four decades and is renowned as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work.
Throughout his career he has sold an estimated 140 million albums. In the United Kingdom, he has been awarded 9 Platinum, 11 Gold and 8 Silver albums and in the United States: 5 Platinum and 7 Gold.
Bowie's 1969 commercial breakthrough, the song "Space Oddity", won him an Ivor Novello Special Award For Originality. For his performance in the 1976 science fiction film 'The Man Who Fell to Earth', he won a Saturn Award for Best Actor.
In the ensuing decades he has been honoured with numerous awards for his music and its accompanying videos, receiving, among others, two Grammy Awards and two BRIT Awards.
In the BBC's 2002 poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, he was ranked 29. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 39th on their list of the 100 Greatest Rock Artists of All Time and the 23rd best singer of all time. Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 17 January 1996 and named a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in June 2013.
Reginald Kenneth Dwight (born 25 March 1947), known professionally as Elton John, is an English rock singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and occasional actor.
He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.
In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early '70s.
In his five-decade career John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, fifty-eight Billboard Top 40 singles, twenty-seven Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. His single "Candle in the Wind 1997" sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is "the best-selling single of all time".
He has received six Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards (including two awards for Outstanding Contribution to British Music and the first Brits Icon in 2013), an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.
John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
Having been named a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1996, John received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services" in 1998.
John has performed at a number of royal events, such as the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in 1997, the Party at the Palace in 2002 and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in 2012.
Roderick David Stewart (born 10 January 1945) is an English-born rock singer-songwriter of Scottish and English ancestry.
He is one of the best selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide.
His early albums were a fusion of rock, folk music, soul music and R&B. His aggressive blues work with 'The Jeff Beck Group' and 'The Faces' influenced heavy metal genres.
From the late 1970s through the 1990s, Stewart's music often took on a New Wave or soft rock/MOR quality, and in the early 2000s he released a series of successful albums interpreting the Great American Songbook.
In the UK, he has had six consecutive number one albums, and his tally of 62 hit singles include 31 that reached the top 10, six of which gained the number one position. He has had 16 top ten singles in the U.S, with four of these reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
As a solo artist, Stewart was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and was inducted a second time into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of The Faces, in 2012.
Michael Philip Jagger (born 26 July 1943) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor.
He is best known as the lead vocalist and a founder member of The Rolling Stones. Jagger's career has spanned over 50 years and he has been described as "one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll".
His distinctive voice and performance, along with Keith Richards' guitar style, have been the trademark of The Rolling Stones throughout the career of the band. Jagger gained much press notoriety for admitted drug use and romantic involvements, and was often portrayed as a countercultural figure.
In the late 1960s Jagger began acting in films, starting with 'Performance' and 'Ned Kelly'.
At the 1985 'Live Aid' multi-venue charity concert, he performed at Philadelphia's JFK Stadium; he did a duet with Tina Turner of "It's Only Rock and Roll", and the performance was highlighted by Jagger tearing away a part of Turner's dress. He also did a cover of "Dancing in the Street" with David Bowie, who himself appeared at Wembley Stadium. The video was shown simultaneously on the screens of both Wembley and JFK Stadiums. The song reached number one in the UK the same year.
Jagger released solo albums 'She's the Boss' in 1985 and 'Primitive Cool' in 1987.
In 2011, he formed the electric supergroup 'SuperHeavy' which also includes Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley and A.R. Rahman.
In 1989 Jagger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Rolling Stones. In 2003 he was knighted for his services to music.
Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (25th June 1963 - 25th June 2016) was an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.
Michael rose to superstardom during the 1980s with the duo 'Wham!' with Andrew Ridgeley and in the 1990s as a solo artist with his style of post-disco dance-pop and soul ballads.
As one of the world's best-selling music artists, Michael has sold more than 100 million records worldwide as of 2010. His 1987 debut solo album 'Faith' has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and made several records and achievements in the United States.
Michael has garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Michael the 40th most successful artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists list.
Michael has won numerous music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations.
Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel (born 19 February 19 1963), known professionally as Seal, is a British R&B and soul singer-songwriter.
Seal has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1992, four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.
Seal is known for his numerous international hits, including "Kiss from a Rose", which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 film 'Batman Forever'. He has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.
Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer, musician, songwriter and activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band 'Genesis'.
After leaving 'Genesis', Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. His 1986 album 'So' is his most commercially successful, and the album's biggest hit, "Sledgehammer", won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. The song is the most played music video in the history of the station.
Gabriel has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1987, six Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, the first Pioneer Award at the BT Digital Music Awards, and in 2007 he was honoured as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his "influence on generations of music makers".
In recognition of his many years of human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in 2006, and in 2008, TIME magazine named Gabriel one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Gabriel was also awarded the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007 and the Polar Music Prize in 2009. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010 and he is to be inducted as a solo artist in 2014.
Donovan Philips Leitch (born 10 May 1946), known professionally as Donovan, is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist.
Initially labelled an imitator of Bob Dylan, he developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia and world music (notably calypso).
His most successful singles in the 1960s included the early UK hits "Catch the Wind", "Colours" and "The Universal Soldier" in 1965, while "Sunshine Superman" topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (reached #2 in Britain), and "Mellow Yellow" reached US #2 the following year, with "Hurdy Gurdy Man" reaching the Top 5 on both shores in 1968.
Thomas John Woodward (born: 7 June 1940), known professionally as Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer.
He became one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the mid-1960s. Since then he has sung nearly every form of popular music: pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel – and sold over 100 million records.
Jones has had thirty-six Top 40 hits in the United Kingdom and nineteen in the United States; some of his notable songs include "It's Not Unusual", "What's New Pussycat", "Delilah", "Green, Green Grass of Home", "She's a Lady", "Kiss" and "Sex Bomb".
Having been awarded an OBE in 1999, Jones received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music" in 2006. Jones has received numerous other awards throughout his career, including the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966, an MTV Video Music Award in 1989 and two Brit Awards – winning Best British Male, in 2000, and Outstanding Contribution to Music, in 2003.
Philip David Charles Collins (born 30 January 1951) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor and writer.
He is best known both as drummer and vocalist for English rock group Genesis and as a solo artist.
Collins's total worldwide sales as a solo artist are 150 million. He has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, three American Music Awards, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a Disney Legend Award in 2002 for his solo work.
He was inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of 'Genesis' in 2010.
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (born 2 October 1951), known professionally as Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and philanthropist.
He is best known as the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist for the rock band The Police and for his subsequent solo career.
Sting has varied his musical style, incorporating distinct elements of jazz, reggae, classical, New Age, and worldbeat into his music.
As a solo musician and member of The Police, Sting has received 17 Grammy Awards for his work, receiving his first Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1981, three Brit Awards – winning Best British Male in 1994, a Golden Globe, an Emmy Award, and several Oscar nominations for Best Original Song.
Sting was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Police and he is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Robert Peter "Robbie" Williams (born 13 February 1974) is an English singer, songwriter and actor.
He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012. He has also had commercial success as a solo artist.
Williams rose to fame in the band's first run in the early-to-mid-1990s. After many disagreements with the management and group members, Williams left the group in 1995 to launch a solo career, which saw his first seven albums each reach number one in the UK.
Williams also released seven number-one singles.
On 15 July 2010, he rejoined Take That. The group's subsequent album Progress became the second fastest-selling album in UK chart history and the fastest-selling record of the century at the time. Gary Barlow has since confirmed that Williams had left the band for a second time, although the departure was amicable and that Williams was welcome to rejoin the band in the future.
He is the best-selling British solo artist in the United Kingdom and the best selling non-Latino artist in Latin America.
Six of his albums are among the top 100 biggest-selling albums in the United Kingdom and in 2006 he entered the Guinness Book of World Records for selling 1.6 million tickets of his Close Encounters Tour in a single day.
Williams has received a record eighteen Brit Awards—winning Best British Male four times and two awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music and the 2016 Brits Icon for his "lasting impact on British culture", eight German ECHO Awards and three MTV European Music Awards.
In 2004, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame after being voted the "Greatest Artist of the 1990s".
According to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), Williams has been certified for 19.5 million albums and 6.8 million singles in the UK as a solo artist.
Williams also topped the 2000–2010 UK airplay chart, racking up almost 50% more plays than the Sugababes at number 2.
In 2014 he was awarded the freedom of his home town of Stoke-on-Trent, as well as having a tourist trail created and streets named in his honour.
Robert Allen Palmer (19 January 1949 – 26 September 2003) was an English singer-songwriter and musician.
He was known for his distinctive voice and the eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae and blues.
He found success both in his solo career and with 'Power Station', and had Top 10 songs in both the UK and the US.
Palmer received a number of awards throughout his career, including two Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, an MTV Video Music Award, and was twice nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male.
Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer, songwriter and occasional rapper and actor.
After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, + (read as "plus"), was released on 9 September 2011 and has since been certified seven-times platinum in the UK.
The album contains the single "The A Team", which earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.
In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.
Sheeran's popularity abroad began in 2012. In the US, he made a guest appearance on Taylor Swift's fourth studio album, Red. "The A Team" was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where he performed the song with Elton John.
He spent much of 2013 opening for Swift's The Red Tour in North America dates. In late 2013, he performed three sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden as a headline act.
His second studio album, x (read as "multiply"), was released on 23 June 2014. It peaked at number one in the UK and the US.
In 2015, x won the Brit Award for Album of the Year and he received the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year.
His single from x, "Thinking Out Loud", earned him two Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremony: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
As part of his world tour, Sheeran played three sold-out concerts at London's Wembley Stadium in July 2015, his biggest solo shows to date.
Sheeran's third album, ÷ ("divide"), will be released in March 2017. The first two singles from the album, "Shape of You" and "Castle on the Hill", were released in January 2017 and broke records in a number of countries, including the UK, Australia and Germany, by debuting in the top two positions of the charts. He also became the first artist to have two songs debut in the US top 10.
One of the most successful musicians in contemporary British popular culture, Sheeran appeared on Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in Britain.
Steven Demetre Georgiou (born 21 July 1948), known professionally as Cat Stevens, is a British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian and education philanthropist.
His early 1970s albums 'Tea for the Tillerman' and 'Teaser and the Firecat' were both certified triple platinum in the United States by the RIAA. His 1972 album 'Catch Bull at Four' sold half a million copies in the first two weeks of release alone and was Billboard's number-one LP for three consecutive weeks. He has also earned two ASCAP songwriting awards in consecutive years for "The First Cut Is the Deepest", which has been a hit single for four different artists.
He is to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
He is a prominent convert to Islam and know prefers to be known as Yusuf Islam.
Samuel Frederick "Sam" Smith (born 19 May 1992) is an English singer-songwriter.
He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", which peaked at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart.
His subsequent feature—on Naughty Boy's "La La La"—earned him his first number one single in May 2013.
In December 2013, he was nominated for the 2014 Brit Critics' Choice Award and the BBC's Sound of 2014 poll, both of which he won.
He released his debut studio album, In the Lonely Hour, in May 2014 on Capitol Records UK. The lead single, "Lay Me Down", was released prior to "La La La". The second single, "Money on My Mind", became his second number one single in the UK.
The album's third single, "Stay with Me", was an international success, reaching number one in the UK and number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, while the fourth single "I'm Not the Only One" reached the top five in both countries. The fifth single, "Like I Can", reached number nine in the UK.
In December 2014, Smith was nominated for six Grammy Awards, and at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2015 he won four: Best New Artist, "Stay with Me" for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and In the Lonely Hour for Best Pop Vocal Album.
At the 2015 Brit Awards, he won the awards for British Breakthrough Act and Global Success.
At the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, Smith received three Billboard Awards: Top Male Artist, Top New Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist.
His musical achievements have also led him to be mentioned twice in the Guinness World Records.
For his and Jimmy Napes' song "Writing's on the Wall", the theme for the James Bond film Spectre (2015), Smith won the Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Nicholas David Kershaw (born 1st March 1958) is an English singer-songwriter.
The former jazz-funk guitarist was a 1980s teen idol. His 62 weeks on the UK Singles Chart in 1984 beat all other solo artists.
Kershaw appeared at 'Live Aid' in 1985 and has penned a number of hits for other artists, including a UK number one single in 1991 for Chesney Hawkes, "The One and Only".
Kershaw is known for the hits "I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", "Wouldn't It Be Good" and "The Riddle".
Tom Peter Odell (born 24th November 1990) is an English singer-songwriter.
In 2012 Odell won the BRITs' Critics' Choice award; he was also announced as one of fifteen nominees for the BBC Sound of 2013 poll.
His debut studio album 'Long Way Down' was issued on 24 June 2013 and reached No. 1 in the UK Official Chart.
Colin Edward Michael Blunstone (born 24 June 1945) is an English pop singer-songwriter and occasional actor.
He is best known as a member of the pop/rock band The Zombies and for his participation on various albums with The Alan Parsons Project.
Blunstone's plaintive, wistful voice was one of the factors making The Zombies' single "She's Not There" successful. His biggest solo hit was 'Say You Don't Mind' in 1972.
Paul Antony Young (born 17 January 1956) is an English singer and musician.
Formerly the frontman of the short-lived bands 'Kat Kool & The Kool Cats', 'Streetband' and 'Q-Tips,' his following solo success turned him into a 1980s teen idol.
He is famous for such hit singles as "Love of the Common People", "Wherever I Lay My Hat", "Come Back and Stay", "Everytime You Go Away" and "Oh Girl". His debut album 'No Parlez' turned him into a household name. Since the mid-1980s, he has had international success, along with his backing band Los Pacaminos.
In 1985, he appeared at Geldof and Ure's charity convention 'Live Aid', performing the Band Aid hit "Do They Know It's Christmas" at London's Wembley Stadium (having sung the opening lines on the original single release) and his own hits "Come Back and Stay" and "Everytime You Go Away", with Alison Moyet joining him on-stage to perform "That's The Way Love Is".
At the 1985 Brit Awards, Young received the award for Best British Male.
Stephen Lawrence Winwood (born May 12, 1948) is an English musician whose genres include rock, blue-eyed soul, rhythm and blues, blues rock, pop rock and jazz.
A multi-instrumentalist, he can play keyboards, bass guitar, drums, guitar, mandolin, violin and other strings.
In addition to his solo career, Winwood was a key member of 'The Spencer Davis Group', 'Traffic', 'Blind Faith' and 'Go'. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of 'Traffic' in 2004.
In 2005, Winwood was honoured as a BMI Icon at the annual BMI London Awards for his "enduring influence on generations of music makers." In 2008, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Winwood #33 in its 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Winwood has won two Grammy Awards.
John Robert Cocker (born 20 May 1944), known professionally as Joe Cocker, is an English rock and blues singer.
He came to popularity in the 1960s after appearing at the "Woodstock" music festival and is known for his gritty voice and idiosyncratic arm movements while performing. He is famous for his cover versions of popular songs, particularly those of The Beatles.
He is the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for his #1 hit "Up Where We Belong", a duet he performed with Jennifer Warnes.
At the 1993 Brit Awards, Cocker was nominated for Best British Male. Cocker performed the opening set at Woodstock '94 as one of the few alumni who played at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969 and was very well received.
On 3 June 2002, Cocker performed "With A Little Help From My Friends" accompanied by Phil Collins on drums and Queen guitarist Brian May at the Party at the Palace concert in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, an event in commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II.
In 2007, Cocker appeared in several cameo roles in the film 'Across the Universe' performing The Beatles' song "Come Together".
Cocker was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours list for services to music. To celebrate receiving his award in mid-December 2007, Cocker played two concerts: in London and in his home town of Sheffield.
A list of my favorite male singers from Great Britain: England, Scotland and Wales.
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