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Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend in 2012

Born Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend, 19th May 1945 in Chiswick, Middx, England. PT is an English guitarist, singer and composer who is co-founder, leader, and principal songwriter of The Who, one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s. He has written more than 100 songs for 12 of The Who’s studio albums and more than 100 songs for his solo albums. PT is a multi-instrumentalist who also plays keyboards, banjo, accordion, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, violin, synthesiser, bass and drums. He received a Brit Award (1983) for Lifetime Achievement and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Who. In 2001, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as a member of The Who. In 2008, he received Kennedy Center Honors. In 2016, he and Roger Daltrey received the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement.

KT Tunstall


Born Kate Victoria Tunstall, 23 June 1975 in St Andrews, Scotland, KT is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who plays guitar, piano and drums. KT achieved huge commercial and critical success with her multi-million selling debut album Eye To The Telescope in 2004. She is the recipient of a Brit Award and an Ivor Novello Award. She has also been nominated for a Grammy and a Mercury Prize.

Diane Warren


Born Diane Eve Warren, 7 September 1956, in Van Nuys, California, DW is an American songwriter. Her songs have received six Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe nominations (one win), and twelve Grammy Award nominations (one win). She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001. Peter Reichardt, former Chairman of EMI Music Publishing UK, commented; "She's the most important songwriter in the world."

She was the first songwriter in the history of Billboard to have seven hits, all by different artists, on the singles chart at the same time. Warren owns a publishing company, Realsongs, which gives her control over her compositions. Meanwhile, her songs have been featured in more than 100 films or television shows. Her first hit was "Solitaire", which Laura Branigan took to #7 in the U.S. in 1983.

Tom Waits


Born Thomas Alan Waits, 7 December, 1949, TW is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musical plays and has acted in supporting roles in films, including Paradise Alley and Bram Stoker's Dracula; he also starred in Jim Jarmusch's 1986 film Down by Law. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart. In 2011, Waits was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Paul Weller


Born John William Weller, 25 May 1958, in Sheerwater, near Woking, Surrey. PW is a guitarist and singer-songwriter who founded The Jam (1976-1982). Since, Weller has branched out musically to a more soulful style with The Style Council (1983-1989). In 1991, he re-established himself as a successful solo artist. In May 2010, Weller was presented with the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award.

Amy Winehouse


Born Amy Jade Winehouse, 14 September 1983, in north London (died 23 July 2011) into an extended family of jazz musicians, AW was an English musician, singer and songwriter known for her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, jazz and reggae. AW's 2003 debut album, Frank, was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, and made her the first British female to win five Grammys. She won four Ivor Novello Awards: in 2004, in 2007 and in 2008. The BBC has called her "the pre-eminent vocal talent of her generation."


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