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A list of Glasgow Musicians that became famous around the world with links to their websites and Youtube videos.

Amy Macdonald
Born 25 August 1987 - in Bishopbriggs, north side of Glasgow. Amy Macdonald became famous in 2007, at the age of 20, with her debut album, This Is the Life. The single, This Is the Life, was a number one in six countries. Macdonald began her career playing in Glasgow pubs, such as the Brunswick Cellars on Sauchiehall Street.
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Formed 1990 - various areas of Glasgow. Travis hit the big time in 1999 with their second album, The Man Who, with the hit single Why Does It Always Rain on Me. The group had a number of members before finally settling with Fran Healy - vocals, Andy Dunlop, Dougie Payne, and Neil Primrose. They practiced in the rehearsal room above The Horseshoe Bar on Dury Street, in Glasgow centre, by Central Station, where Neil Primrose once worked, and was a friend of the owner.
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Del Amitri
Formed 1983 - various areas of Glasgow. Del Amitri became famous after releasing their album Waking Hours in 1989. Two singles from the album became memorable hits, Nothing Ever Happens, and Kiss This Thing Goodbye. The band rehearsed in the old Glasgow Art Centre, along with other local bands hoping for the big time.
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Wet Wet Wet
Formed early 1980s - Glasgow and Clydebank. Their first number 1 was in 1988, With a Little Help from My Friends, but the single that really made them famous was, Love Is All Around, in 1994, that topped the British charts for 15 weeks. This four man group formed at Clydebank High School in 1982, with Marti Pellow as the vocalist. Their first live performance was at the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow, in 1985.
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Aztec Camera
Formed 1980 - in and around Glasgow. Aztec Camera became well known in 1987 after releasing their album Love, with the hit single Somewhere in My Heart. The band rehearsed in the old Glasgow Art Centre, along with other local bands. The founder Roddy Frame now tours under his own name.
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Simple Minds
Formed 1977 - in Glasgow. A rock band that hit the big time with the songs Waterfront 1983, Dont You - Forget About Me 1985, Alive and Kicking 1985, and Befast Child in 1989. Singer Jim Kerr was born in Toryglen in 1959 on the south side of Glasgow from an Irish family, he first played in a punk rock band for a few months in 1977 named Johnny and the Self Abusers. Simple minds first large gig was at Satellite City on Renfield Street 17th January 1978. Satellite City later became the famous Apollo that was demolished in 1987.
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Jim Diamond
Born 28th September 1953 - Bridgetown on the east side of Glasgow. Diamond became famous in 1982 after forming the group named PHD (Phillips, Hymas and Diamond), releasing the single, I Won't Let You Down. In 1984, he went solo and had a number one hit with, I Should Have Known Better. Diamond is probably best known for singing the theme song from the TV show Boon, Hi Ho Silver. His music career began aged 15 with a local band, The Method, and later with another Glasgow band named Jade.
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Midge Ure
Born 10th October 1953 - Cambuslang, southeast side of Glasgow. Ure became famous as the vocalist in the band Ultravox, after they released their fourth album named Vienna, in 1980. The title track Vienna, was released as a single in 1981. His music carreeer began about 1969, in a Glasgow band named Stumble, that included two female vocalists, Christine and Agnes. Ultravox was a new wave band, with members from all over the UK.
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Frankie Miller
Born 2nd November 1949 - Bridgeton, east side of Glasgow. Miller moved to London in 1971 to try and make the big time. His first major success was the album Full House, released in 1977, with his top single, Darlin, released in 1978. Frankie Miller first played Glasgow pubs and clubs in the band named The Stoics, in the late 1960s, and starred in the violent Glasgow TV drama, Just A Boys Game, in 1979.
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Gerry Rafferty
1947 - 2011 - Underwood Lane in Paisley, by Glasgow southwest side. Rafferty became famous in 1978 with his second solo album, City to City, that included the hit single, Baker Street. His career began by playing Glasgow pubs with the local group The Mavericks, then with Billy Connolly and Tam Harvey in the Humblebums, he even spent time as a busker in the London underground.

Maggie Bell
Born 12th January 1945 - Maryhill northwest side of Glasgow. Bell had her biggest hit in 1981 with B. A. Robertson, Hold Me, and is probably best known for singing the song written by Mike Moran, No Mean City, that was the theme tune to the long running Glasgow TV show, Taggart. Maggie Bell's career began at 17, singing in Glasgow's Locarno Ballroom, on Sauchiehall Street. She then set up the group, Stone the Crows, with the guitarist Leslie Harvey, brother of Alex Harvey. Bell's strong vocals are on the albums of many top artists.

Jack Bruce
Born 14th May 1943 - Bishopbriggs, north side of Glasgow. As a base guitarist and vocalist, Bruce became famous after forming the band Cream in 1966 with guitarist Eric Clapton, and drummer Ginger Baker. Bruce became legendary with his Gibson EB-3 electric bass, especially on the single Sunshine of your Love. His music career began while studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and playing in Jim McHarg's Scotsville Jazzband, to help fund his studying.
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Alex Harvey
1935 - 1982 - Govan & Kinning Park area of Glasgow. Harvey became famous after forming The Sensational Alex Harvey Band in 1972. The single Delilah made the top ten in UK charts in 1975, and The Boston Tea Party in 1976. The Runaway TV performance was a classic. Alex Harvey had a large number of jobs, and fronted a few groups trying to gain recognition. He met the other members of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, at the Burns Howff rock and blues venue, that used to be in West Regent Street, Glasgow.
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