Songwriters Ma-Me

Kirsty MacColl

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Born 10 October 1959 in Croydon, near London; died 18 December 2000. KM was a singer and songwriter of enormous charm and rapier wit. She has collaborated with Billy Bragg, Shane McGowan and Johnny Marr. After her tragic, and untimely, death Billy Bragg always sang the words Kirsty added to A New England, as a tribute, whenever he performed the song.

Aimee Mann


Aimee Mann, (born 8 September, 1960 in Richmond, VA) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and bassist. In the 1980s, Mann sang in the Boston New Wave band 'Til Tuesday until she left to begin a solo career in the early 1990s. In 1999, Mann recorded original songs for the soundtrack to the film Magnolia, for which she was nominated for Academy and Grammy Awards. She has released seven solo albums.

Bob Marley


Born Robert Nesta Marley in Nine Mile, Saint Anne Parish, Jamaica, 6 February 1945 (died 11 May 1981, Miami, FLA), BM was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. He was a committed Rastafari who infused his music with a sense of spirituality. He is considered one of the most influential musicians of all time and credited with popularizing reggae music around the world, as well as serving as a symbol of Jamaican culture and identity.

Johnny Marr


Born John Martin Maher, 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester, England, JM is a guitarist, keyboard player, harmonica player and singer. He rose to fame in the 1980s as the guitarist in The Smiths, where he formed a prolific songwriting partnership with Morrissey. Since The Smiths, Marr has played with Electronic, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs.

Paddy McAloon


Born Patrick Joseph McAloon, 15 July 1957, in Durham, England, PM is a guitarist and singer who was a founder member, and principal songwriter, of 80’s pop rock band Prefab Sprout. Formed in 1978 in Newcastle, UK, the band debuted in 1982 with their self-released single Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone). Their debut album Swoon was released in 1984, followed by the critically-acclaimed Steve McQueen (1985). PM’s songs have been covered by numerous artists e.g. Cher, Kylie Minogue and Sondre Lerche.

Roger McGuinn


Born James Joseph McGuinn III in Chicago, Illinois on 13 July 1942. Known professionally as Roger McGuinn and previously as Jim McGuinn. RM is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as being lead singer and lead guitarist on many of The Byrds’ hit records. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Bruno Mars


Born Peter Gene Hernandez, 8 October, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and known professionally as Bruno Mars, BM is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record  producer, and choreographer. He was raised by a  family of musicians and began making music at a young age. He graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles to  pursue a musical career. After being dropped by Motown Records, Mars signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 2009. His debut album Doo-Wops and Hooligans was released in 2010.

James Mercer


Born James Russell Mercer, 26 December 1970, in Honolulu, Hawaii, JM is a founding member, multi-instrumentalist and principal songwriter of the Grammy-nominated indie rock group The Shins. They released their critically acclaimed debut album, Oh, Inverted World, in 2001. In 2009, Mercer and producer Danger Mouse formed the side project Broken Bells, for which they released a self-titled album in March 2010.

Freddie Mercury


Born Farrokh Bulsara, in Zanzibar, East Africa, 5 Sept., 1946 (died London, 24 Nov., 1991), FM was a British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist of rock band Queen. He was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. He learned piano, aged 7 and, later, rudimentary guitar. FM wrote several of Queen’s hits and played piano on recordings and on stage. In 1992, Mercury was posthumously awarded the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. As a member of Queen, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. He is consistently voted one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music.

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