Musicians from Cheshire who brought big hits to the world

Cheshire is known for its cheese, quaint villages and towns and some Britain’s grandest houses.

However, many famous musicians also hail from Cheshire and have brought the world some big hits.

From indie/rock bands to girl groups, the county has brought songs of all tastes and reached various audiences through the decades.

Here at CheshireLive we have tried to bring you the biggest names in music who come from our region, but we may have missed some out.

So please let us know in the comments if we have missed anyone and who your favourite is.

Take a look at the list below of musicians from Cheshire:

Russ Abbot

Chester legend Russ Abbott is being backed by two Nottingham DJ's for the Christmas number one spot
Chester legend Russ Abbott
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Chester-born musician, comedian and actor. first came to public notice during the 1970s as the singer and drummer with British comedy showband the Black Abbots, later forging a prominent solo career as a television comedian with his own weekly show on British television.

The Charlatans

The Charlatans
The Charlatans

Lead singer of the band Tim Burgess was originally born in Salford, Greater Manchester, however moved to Northwich as a child.

The Charlatans were formed by bassist Martin Blunt back in 1988 in the West Midlands, who enlisted Jon Brookes on drums, Rob Collins on the distinctive Hammond organ, Jon Day on guitar and the band’s original singer, Baz Ketley.

But ini 1989, the band relocated to Northwich due to Tim being a resident of the Cheshire town.

Rupert Holmes

British-American singer/songwriter David Goldstein known as Rupert Holmes was born in Northwich.

However, Rupert moved to New York with his family when he was six-years-old.

The 72-year-old musician is widely known for hit single ‘Escape (The Pina Colada Song)’ and ‘Him’.

The New York native also earned two Tony Awards for his musical Drood.

Harry Styles

Harry Styles speaks with fans in London
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The heartthrob is originally from Holmes Chapel and started his career in boyband One Direction.

However, the 27-year-old now has his own successful solo career with hits ‘Sign of the Times’ and ‘Watermelon Sugar’.

Nicola Roberts

Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts

Girls Aloud member Nicola Roberts grew up in Runcorn following her birth in Lincolnshire in October 1985.

She had numerous successful hits including with the girl band, including ‘Love Machine’ and ‘Call the Shots’.

She also co-wrote a number of songs for Cheryl Cole’s solo album including ‘Love Made Me Do It’ and ‘Let You’.

In 2020, Nicola participated in the ITV series The Masked Singer as Queen Bee and eventually won the competition.

Melanie Chisholm

Mel C
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Sporty Spice, a.k.a Melanie C was born in Whiston in Lancashire in January 1974 but later moved to Widnes before finding fame in the Spice Girls.

With the band she had huge hots such as ‘Wannabe’ and ‘Spice Up Your Life’.

The 47-year-old also had her own solo hits, including ‘Never Be the Same Again’ and ‘I Turn to You’.

Ian Curtis

Born in in Stretford, Manchester in July 1956, the late Joy Division singer grew up in a working class household in Macclesfield.

Showing a flair for poetry, Curtis was awarded a scholarship at age 11 at Macclesfield’s independent King’s School where he developed his interests in philosophy and literature.

His untimely death in 1980 at the age of 23, occurred in the kitchen of Curtis’ house in Barton Street, Macclesfield.

The band had huge hits such as ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Transmission’.

Kerry Katona

Kerry Katona
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The 40-year-old was born in Warrington and was a member of Atomic Kitten from 1998 until her first departure in 2001 and again from 2012 until her second departure in 2017.

The band had famous songs, including ‘See Ya’ and ‘Whole Again’, which originally featured Kerry but she left the group several days before the single’s release because she was pregnant.

Jenny Frost replaced Kerry in the lineup and the single was re-recorded.

Kerry has had success throughout the years as a TV star.

Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow

Take That singer and songwriter Gary Barlow was born in Frodsham.

The band had massive hits, including ‘Relight My Fire’ and ‘Rule the World’.

Gary also had his own solo hits, including ‘Love Won’t Wait’ and ‘Forever Love’, which both reached number one in the UK’s Official Record Charts.

The singer grew up in the Cheshire village – and even performed for his Frodsham neighbours when he was young.

Ian Brown

Ian Brown
(Image: Ryan Phillips/PA)

The Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown hailed from Warrington.

They had hits including ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ and ‘Fools Gold’.

The 58-year-old also released a number of solo albums, which included ‘Unfinished Monkey Business’ (1998) and ‘My Way’ (2009).

His most recent album was ‘Ripples’ released in 2019.

Viola Beach

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Viola Beach were an English indie rock group, formed in Warrington in 2013.

The band’s final line-up consisted of Kris Leonard (guitar and vocals), River Reeves (guitar), Tomas Lowe (bass guitar), and Jack Dakin (drums).

All four, along with their manager Craig Tarry, died when their car fell from a bridge in Södertälje, Sweden on February 13, 2016.

Their single, Swings & Waterslides, landed a coveted slot on BBC Radio 1’s playlist and gained the band a place performing on the BBC Introducing Stage at the 2015 Reading and Leeds Festivals.

The rockers were on their way to stardom, releasing their second single Boys That Sing in January 2016 and scheduling their self-titled debut album for that summer., when the tragedy struck.

After the tragedy, Swings & Waterslides climbed to number 11 in the official UK chart and briefly held the number one spot on the iTunes chart.

Proceeds from the record were donated to the families of those killed in the crash.

A tribute concert took place in Warrington in April 2016 featuring the Coral, The Zutons, the Kooks, and Blossoms, who had performed with Viola Beach just days before the accident.

Steve Hewitt

Steve Hewitt was born in Northwich and Weaverham High School.

He is best known as the drummer for goth-band Placebo between September 1996 and October 2007.

Hits included ‘Every You Every Me’ and ‘Meds’.

The 50-year-old is now the frontman of his own band, Love Amongst Ruin.

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