Will Young

I don’t want people to not know who I am. I don’t want to be pigeonholed as the new George Michael, or the guy that won the reality TV show, or Mick Hucknall for the Noughties, or whatever nonsense gets said. It’s just me and it’s about having a bit of self-belief and turning up the volume a bit” – […]

Ringo Starr

Richard Starkey was born on July 7, 1940 in the front room of his house at 9 Madryn Street in Liverpool’s Dingle Area, possibly the roughest area of the city. His parents were Elsie and Richard Starkey Sr. He was an only child. He was called Ritchie. When Ritchie was only three years old, his parents parted, and except for […]

Beatles

Inspired by the “skiffle boom”, a student at Quarry Bank School in Liverpool named John Lennon decided to form a group in 1957 which laid the foundation to what was to become the most famous rock band of all time. John’s original name was “The Blackjacks”. However, this name only lasted a week and John used the school name as […]

Cat Stevens

Cat Stevens, born Steve Georgiou in London, England, July 21, 1947, was the son of a Greek father and a Swedish mother. People close to him during his career always referred to him as Steve, not Cat. Much of Cat Stevens’ success came in the ’70s, but his music career began years earlier, when he landed his first hit in […]

The Streets

Early yearsSkinner acquired his first keyboard by the age of five. As a teenager, he built a miniature recording studio in his bedroom. He began writing hip hop and garage music in his home in West Heath in Birmingham, with a crew of other rappers. He describes his background as “Barratt class: suburban estates, not poor but not much money […]

Olivia Newton-John

Born in Cambridge, England in 1948, the youngest child of Professor Brin Newton-John and Irene, daughter of Nobel Prize winning physicist, Max Born, Olivia moved to Melbourne, Australia with her family when she was five. By the age of fifteen, she had formed an all-girl group called Sol Four. Later that year she won a talent contest on the popular […]

Ozzy Osbourne

John Michael Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948 in Birmingham, England. Throughout an extraordinary career, which has so far spanned three decades, Osbourne has made major contributions to the worlds of music and popular culture. As co-founder, lead singer, and songwriter for Black Sabbath (1970-79) he was, in effect, a chief architect of the genre now known as “heavy […]

James Morrison

“I don’t wanna be misunderstood,” sings James Morrison. “I’ve got to take this chance and make it into something good.” There’s a sense of urgency the 22-year-old U.K. singer/songwriter brings to the music on his debut Interscope Records album Undiscovered that suggests he won’t remain that way for long. No less a legend than Atlantic Records producer and co-founder Jerry […]

Imogen Heap

Imogen Heap (b. December 9, 1977) is a British singer-songwriter from Essex. She grew up playing music from an early age, and had begun to write songs by the time of her eleventh birthday. Heap enjoyed a prestigious live debut – performing four songs, backed by friends Acacia, between sets by The Who and Eric Clapton at the 1996 Prince’s […]

Phil Collins

With a remarkable combination of middle-of-the-road appeal and talent and vision that has produced some of the better music of his time, composer-singer-drummer-actor Phil Collins has made an indelible impact on the entertainment industry. Truly one of the hardest working men in show business, he has written for and performed with two legendary and vastly different bands, found great success […]