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Modern British Musicians

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  • Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie, DBE (1965 - d.)
    Dame Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie, DBE From WIkipedia: Dame Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie, DBE (born 19 July 1965) is a Scottish virtuoso percussionist. She is announced as one of the two laureates ...
  • Keith Emerson (1944 - 2016)
    Keith Noel Emerson From Free BMD: Births Dec 1944 (>99%) Emerson Keith N Halsey Todmorden 9a 410 Scan available - click to view Marriages Sep 1943 (>99%) Emerson Noel C Halsey Surrey ...
  • Sir George Henry Martin CBE (1926 - 2016)
    George Martin, recognised as one of music's most versatile and imaginative talents, entered the music industry in 1950 after studying at the Guildhall School of Music and playing the oboe professionall...
  • Sir Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley, CBE (1903 - 1989)
    Sir Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley (12 May 1903 – 26 December 1989) was an English composer. Biography He was born in Oxford, England, and educated at the Dragon School, Gresham's School a...
  • Pete Townshend
    Pete Townshend From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Birth name Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend Also known as Bijou Drains Born 19 May 1945 (age 70) Chiswick, London, England Genres R...

Modern British popular Musicians


Forms of popular music, including folk music, jazz, pop and rock music, have particularly flourished in Britain since the twentieth century. Britain has had an impact on popular music disproportionate to its size, due to its linguistic and cultural links with many countries, particularly the United States and many of its former colonies like Australia, South Africa, and Canada, and its capacity for invention, innovation and fusion, which has led to the development of, or participation in, many of the major trends in popular music. In the early-20th century, influences from the United States became most dominant in popular music, with young performers producing their own versions of American music, including rock n' roll from the late 1950s and developing a parallel music scene. This is particularly true since the early 1960s when the British Invasion, led by The Beatles, helped to secure British performers a major place in development of pop and rock music. Since then, rock music and popular music contributed to a British-American collaboration, with trans-Atlantic genres being exchanged and exported to one another, where they tended to be adapted and turned into new movements, only to be exported back again. Genres originating in or radically developed by British musicians include blues rock, heavy metal, progressive rock, hard rock, punk rock, electric folk, folk punk, acid jazz, trip hop, shoegaze, drum and bass, grime, Britpop and dubstep.

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