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Best known as the lead singer of The Smiths, and a successful solo artist, English singer Morrissey was born on 22nd May 1959. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the United Kingdom but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions. Widely regarded as an important innovator in indie music, Morrissey has been described as“one of the most influential artists ever,” and “one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture from the last twenty years.”The Independent newspaper also said of him“most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status he has reached in his lifetime.”

The Smiths were formed in Manchester in 1982. Based on the song writing partnership of Morrissey (vocals) and Johnny Marr (guitar), the band also included Andy Rourke (bass) and Mike Joyce (drums). Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s The group was signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records, on which they released four studio albums, several compilations, and numerous non-LP singles. including the songs “How soon is now”, “This Charming Man“, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” and “What Difference Does it Make“

Morrissey’s lyrics have been described as “dramatic, bleak, funny vignettes about doomed relationships, lonely nightclubs, the burden of the past and the prison of the home.” He is also noted for his unique baritone vocal style (though he sometimes uses falsetto), his quiff haircut and his dynamic live performances.Although they had limited commercial success outside the UK while they were still together, and never released a single that charted higher than number 10 in their home country, The Smiths won a significant following, and remain cult and commercial favourites. The band broke up in 1987 and have turned down several offers to reunite since then.Morrissey’s forthright and often contrarian opinions have also led to a number of media controversies, and he has also attracted media attention for his advocacy of vegetarianism and animal rights

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