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 […]

Kate Bush

Born Catherine Bush, 30 July 1958, Bexleyheath, Kent, England. While still at school, the precocious Bush was discovered by Pink Floyd ‘s David Gilmour, who was so impressed by the imaginative quality of her songwriting that he financed some demo recordings. EMI Records were equally taken with the product and in an unusual act of faith decided not to record […]

James Blunt

Some ageing rockstar once said that what he feared most, in a musical sense, was the songwriting well running dry. That’s something that’s unlikely ever to worry James Blunt. He has, it can be said without exaggeration, lived a life that should provide enough material for a dozen albums, with sufficient left over for a couple of screenplays. Sure – […]

Long John Baldry

Long John Baldry’s amazing musical legacy which if properly notated would fill a few pages in any rock encyclopedia. Long John’s forty-five year career is a rich tapestry of recording, performing, great bands, discoverer of talent and actor. Long John is particularly known for his associations with former band members Rod Stewart and Elton John. Looking closely at LJB’s musical […]

The Yardbirds

We won’t attempt to write a book on the Yardbirds here; that’s already been done — three times (see the print and online bibliography at the end of this bio for further reading). We’ll simply reiterate that the Yardbirds, perhaps more than any other group, brought guitar pyrotechnics to rock & roll in the 1960s. By introducing Clapton, Beck and […]

Rod Stewart

Roderick David Stewart (born January 10, 1945 in Highgate, London) is an English born singer and songwriter of Scottish descent, most known for his uniquely raspy, gravelly, hoarse-sounding voice and personable singing style, as exemplified in his signature song “Maggie May”. In a career now entering its fifth decade, Stewart has achieved 27 top 10 hit singles worldwide. Although the […]