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George Harrison


Born George Harrison, 25 February 1943, in Liverpool (died 29 November 2001 in Los Angeles), GH was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. From 1965 onwards, most Beatles albums contained at least two Harrison compositions e.g. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun", and "Something", which became the Beatles' second-most covered song.

As a music and film producer, Harrison founded Dark Horse Records in 1974 and co-founded HandMade Films in 1978. Harrison released several best-selling singles and albums as a solo performer, and in 1988 co-founded the platinum-selling supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 11 in their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". He is a two-time Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame inductee – as a member of the Beatles (1988), and (posthumously) for his solo career (2004).

Colin Hay


Born in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire, Scotland but moved with his family to Australia at the age of 14. In 1978, Hay met Ron Strykert and the men began playing acoustic music as a duo. Soon after, Hay and Strykert formed the band Men At Work. Following that band’s break-up in 1985, CH has released several major label albums as a  solo performer.

Jimi Hendrix


James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix, Seattle, WA, 27 November 1942; died London, 18 September 1970) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music"

John Hiatt


Born John Robert Hiatt, 20 August, 1952 in Indianapolis, IN. JH is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has played a variety of musical styles e.g. new wave, blues, country. He learned to play the guitar aged eleven, and began his musical career as a teenager in Indianapolis, playing in a variety of local clubs. He has had his songs covered by a variety of artists in multiple genres including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Ry Cooder. Hiatt has been nominated for 9 Grammy Awards and remains one of the most respected and influential American singer-songwriters.

Missy Higgins


Born Melissa Morrison Higgins on 19 August 1983, MH is an award-winning Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who learned to play classical piano, aged 6. She had hit singles with Scar, The Special Two, Steer and Where I Stood. Her debut album, The Sound of White, was released in 2004 and was a #1 in Australia. Her second and third albums were similarly both #1 in Australia.

Buddy Holly


Born Charles Hardin Holley on 7 September 1936 in Lubbock, Texas; died 3 February 1959 in a plane crash, known professionally as Buddy Holly, BH was a singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll. His success lasted for only 18 months before his death but his works and innovations inspired and influenced contemporary and later musicians, notably The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and exerted a profound influence on popular music. Holly was among the first group of inductees to the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Chrissie Hynde


Born Christine Ellen Hynde, 7 September, 1951, in Akron, Ohio, CH is an American musician who is best known as a founding member of the rock band The Pretenders. As singer, songwriter and guitarist, she has been the only constant member of the band throughout its history. She has also released a number of hits with other musicians including Frank Sinatra and UB40. CH and The Pretenders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.


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