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List of notable or famous composers from England, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in England and even some popular composers who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from England is included when available.

List people include David Bowie, Jimmy Page and more.

This historic composers from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from England?" These prominent composers of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English composers.

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from England
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David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. 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 baritone voice as well as the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work. Aside from his musical abilities, he is recognised for his androgynous beauty, which was an iconic element to his image, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969 when his song "Space Oddity" reached the top five of the UK ...more

Age: 71

Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom

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#11 on The Best Singers of All Time

#10 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from England
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Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting partnership with Lennon is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. After the band's break-up, he pursued a solo career and formed Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine. McCartney has been recognised as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a ...more

Age: 75

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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#8 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#9 on The Best Singers of All Time

#42 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#15 on Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like

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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from England
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John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English vocalist, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the rock band Black Sabbath, whose sound was influential to the development of heavy metal. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath in 1979 and has since had a successful solo career, releasing 11 studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the U.S., although he has reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions, recording the album 13 in 2013. Osbourne's longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal". Osbourne's total album sales from his years in ...more

Age: 69

Birthplace: Aston, United Kingdom

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#21 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#6 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#22 on Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like

#70 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from England
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Keith Richards is an English musician, singer and songwriter, and one of the original members of the rock band the Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine credited Richards for "rock's greatest single body of riffs" on guitar and ranked him 4th on its list of 100 best guitarists. Fourteen songs that Richards wrote with the Rolling Stones' lead vocalist Mick Jagger are listed among Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". ...more

Age: 74

Birthplace: Dartford, United Kingdom

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#46 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

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