8) Billy Joel
Born: May 9, 1949
Six-time Grammy winner and one of the most prolific song-writers of all time, the American singer tasted major success with his debut 1973-single, "Piano Man." In 2016, the song was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its "cultural, historic or artistic significance." An inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a Kennedy Center honouree, Joel's biggest hits include "Uptown Girl," "We Didn't Start the Fire" and "Only the Good Die Young."
Born: Oct. 10, 1951
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter and actor. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band The Police from 1977 to 1984, before launching a solo career. He has included elements of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age and world-beat in his music. As a solo musician and a member of The Police, he has received 16 Grammy Awards (his first in the category of best rock instrumental in 1980, for "Regatta de Blanc"), three Brit Awards, including Outstanding Contribution in 2002, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song.
6) Paul Simon
Born: Oct. 13, 1941
The American singer-songwriter's success began as half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote nearly all of the pair’s songs, including the chart-toppers "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", and "Bridge over Troubled Water." He also had a successful solo career after his split from Garfunkel in 1970 and recorded three highly acclaimed albums. He was even inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
5) John Mellencamp
Born: Oct. 7, 1951
The American musician, singer-songwriter, painter and actor is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock. He rose to super-stardom in the 1980s with string of Top 10 singles, including "Hurts So Good," "Jack & Diane," "Crumbling' Down," "Pink Houses," "Lonely Ol' Night," "Small Town," and "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." He is also a founding member of the charitable organisation, Farm Aid, that raised moeny and awareness about the loss of family farms in the U.S.
4) Bruce Springsteen
Born: Sept. 23, 1949
Springsteen is an American musician, singer, songwriter and humanitarian, best known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss," Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working-class and sometimes political sentiments centred on his native New Jersey, his distinctive voice and his lengthy and energetic stage performances.
3) Mick Jagger
Born: July 26, 1943
The English singer, songwriter and actor, best known as lead vocalist and a founding 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." In 1989 Jagger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2003 he was knighted for his services to popular music.
2) Ringo Starr
Born: July 7, 1940
Richard Starkey, known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English musician and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. He occasionally sang lead vocals and also wrote the Beatles' songs "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden."
1) Paul McCartney
Born: June 18, 1942
Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as the bassist of the English rock band 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.
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