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STEVEN Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959.

Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has had three Number 1 albums in England in three different decades.

Achieving twelve Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths), his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others.

In 2007 Morrissey was voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll.

Text courtesy: ‘Penguin Modern Classics.’

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