Famous Musicians & Guitarists Hailing from Manchester

Max BeesleyMax Beesley

A British musician and actor, Beesley started a career in music by playing the percussions and piano for a number of superstars, including Robbie Williams, Take That and the Paul Weller Movement. He toured extensively with Robbie Williams as his percussionist, and temporarily became the member of the Jazz Group “Incognito”. Beesley’s passion switched to acting pretty soon and this is where his heart is till today.

Jimi GoodwinJimi Goodwin

A well known singer and songwriter hailing from Great Britain, Goodwin is the vocalist and guitarist of the indie rock group “Doves”. A talented musician who could play many musical instruments with mastery, Goodwin was famous for switching with the band’s drummer during live performances, and also used to add drum solos at the end of songs in live performances.

Liam GallagherLiam Gallagher

One of the most famous and iconic musicians on the British rock scene, Gallagher is a singer, songwriter and musician who was the former front man of the rock group “Oasis”, and is the current singer and face of the rock act “Beady Eye”.

Oasis is regarded as one of the best rock bands to come out of the British music scene, and Gallagher has won various awards with the band. After his brother and band member Noel Gallagher left the band, Liam announced that he would continue to work with his other band mates from Oasis under the new name “Beady Eye”.

Shaun RyderShaun Ryder

A musician, songwriter, actor and author, Ryder started his music career with the alternative dance group “Happy Mondays” as the lead singer. He was also the lyricist of the group and became to be known as one of the best lyricists of the time, with a certain wit in his lyrics that went unmatched. He remained with the group from 1980 to 1992, releasing four studio albums during the process.

The group broke off in 1992 after Ryder’ struggle with drugs.  He re-emerged on the music scene in 1995 with the project “Black Grape”, and released two albums under the new act. In 1999, he decided to pursue a career in television.

Noel GallagherNoel Gallagher

Regarded among the greatest songwriters of his generation and one of the founders of the “Britpop” movement, Noel Gallagher is the brother of Liam Gallagher and the principal songwriter and guitarist of the British indie rock act “Oasis”.

Gallagher achieved the heights of success with Oasis and became one of the most prominent personalities on the British music scene. In 2009, he had an altercation with his brother Liam after which he announced his departure from the group to start his solo career.

Andy RourkeAndy Rourke

Hailing from Manchester, England, Rourke is a bass guitarist who is best known for his time with the alternative rock act, “The Smiths”. He formed the band with childhood friend Johnny Marr and Steven Morissey, but the band was survived for a short time and broke up soon after releasing their critically acclaimed album “Strangeways, Here We Come”. Since then, Rourke has played as a bassist with some of the biggest acts and stars in the United Kingdom, and made a career as a sessions player.

Marc RileyMarc Riley

A British musician hailing from Manchester, Riley joined the “The Fall” in 1978 as a guitarist and bassist. He switched to guitar and keyboards in 1979 but had a falling off with the band in 1982. He later formed his own band called “The Creepers” and released several albums under the band name. He later disbanded the group near the end of the decade and joined radio. Till today, Riley continues to be a regular and among the most known radio personalities.

Johnny MarrJohnny Marr

Johnny Marr was also among the pioneers of the Britpop movement. He was the lead guitarist of the alternative rock group, “The Smiths” and was voted the 4th best guitarist of the last 30 years in a poll conducted by BBC in 2010.

Marr released eight albums with “The Smiths”, and these albums are considered among the best alternative rock albums in British music history. He has been a part of a number of different acts after parting ways with “The Smiths”, and was most recently a member of the indie group “The Cribs” from 2008 to 2011.

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