Famous musicians born in Scotland
Shirley Ann Manson (born 26 August 1966) is a Scottish singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and musician. She is the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Garbage. For much of her international career, Manson commuted between her home city of Edinburgh and the United States to record with Garbage; she now lives and works in Los Angeles. Manson gained media attention for her forthright style, rebellious attitude, and distinctive voice.
Anthony James Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002), born in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland, known as Lonnie Donegan, was a Scottish skiffle singer, songwriter and musician, referred to as the King of Skiffle, who influenced 1960s British pop musicians. The British Hit Singles & Albums lists him as "Britain's most successful and influential recording artist before The Beatles".
Colin James Hay (born 29 June 1953 in Saltcoats, Scotland) is a Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. He came to prominence as the lead vocalist of the band Men at Work, and later also as a solo artist. Hay's music has been frequently used by actor and director Zach Braff in his work, which helped a career rebirth in the mid-2000s.
David Byrne (born 14 May 1952 in Dumbarton, Scotland) is a Scottish-American musician who was the founding member, principal songwriter, and lead singer and guitarist of the American new wave band Talking Heads.
Donovan Philips Leitch (born 10 May 1946 in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish-born singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music. His successful singles were the early UK hits "Catch the Wind", "Colours" and "Universal Soldier" followed by "Sunshine Superman", Mellow Yellow and Hurdy Gurdy Man.
Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott (9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980) was born in Forfar, Scotland. An Australian singer and songwriter, best known for being the primary lead vocalist and lyricist of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC.
Sharleen Eugene Spiteri (born 7 November 1967 in Bellshill, Scotland) is a Scottish recording artist and songwriter from Finnieston, Glasgow, Scotland, and the lead singer of the rock band Texas. In 2013, Texas's worldwide album sales were counted at 40 million records.
Ann "Annie" Lennox, OBE (born 25 December 1954 in Aberdeen, Scotland) is a Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. After achieving moderate success in the late 1970s as part of the new wave band The Tourists.
Malcolm Mitchell Young (6 January 1953 – 18 November 2017) was born in Glasgow, Scotland. An Australian musician and songwriter, best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the hard rock band AC/DC. Except for a brief absence in 1988, he was with the band from its November 1973 beginning until retiring in 2014 due to health reasons.
Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE (born 12 August 1949 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He was the lead guitarist, lead singer and songwriter for the rock band Dire Straits.
Angus McKinnon Young (born 31 March 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland) is an Australian guitarist, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and only remaining original member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC
John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce (14 May 1943 – 25 October 2014) was born in Bishopbriggs, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter known primarily for his contributions to the British supergroup Cream, which also included the guitarist-singer Eric Clapton and the drummer Ginger Baker.
Ian Scott Anderson, MBE (born 10 August 1947 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland) is a British musician, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work as the lead vocalist, flautist and acoustic guitarist of British rock band Jethro Tull. Anderson plays several other musical instruments, including keyboards, bass guitar, bouzouki, balalaika, saxophone, harmonica, and whistles.
Adam Richard Wiles (born 17 January 1984 in Dumfries, Scotland), known professionally as Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His debut studio album I Created Disco was released in June 2007 and it spawned two UK top 10 singles "Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls".
James "Midge" Ure OBE (born 10 October 1953 in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a Scottish musician, singer-songwriter and producer. His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of Jim, the diminutive form of his given name. Ure enjoyed particular success in the 1970s and '80s in bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Visage, and most notably as frontman of Ultravox.