Morrissey (full name Steven Patrick Morrissey) was born 22nd May 1959 and is from Davyhulme, Lancashire. Other nick names coined for the star include “Moz”, “Mozza”, “Mozzer” and “The Pope of Mope”.
Morrissey became famous for his indie rock band The Smiths, which was originally formed when Mancunian guitarist and songwriter Johnny Marr, approached Morrissey to be part of a duo and then later, Marr's schoolmates Andy Rourke (bass) and Mike Joyce (drums) joined the band.
Morrissey was heavily influenced by ‘80s synth pop acts such as David Bowie, and the legendary Marc Boland and Ray Davies. He was also involved with writing poetry and even took time out from his music career to write three books: The New York Dolls (1981), James Dean is Not Dead (1983) and Exit smiling (1980 not published until 1998).
The Smiths were prominent throughout the 1980s and produced their self-titled album The Smiths (1984) which proved highly successful and reached number 2 in the UK Album Chart.
Morrissey is well-known for his strong vegetarian beliefs and his album (with The Smiths) ‘Meat is Murder’ reflected this well. It contains the single "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" and was the band’s only number 1 in their career, and their second studio album.
In 1985, The Smiths toured across the UK and US and in between the band brought out The Queen is Dead (1986). Tensions between the bandmates were beginning to appear and by 1987, Johnny Marr had left the band and it seemed to be the end - for now.
In 1988, Morrissey produced his first solo album: Viva Hate. He teamed up with The Smiths producers Stephen Street, Vini Reilly of Durutti Column (and formerly of the Nosebleeds), and drummer Andrew Paresi. The album was highly successful - certified Gold (1993).
Throughout the late ‘80s Morrissey brought out a few singles: "The Last of the Famous International Playboys," "Interesting Drug," and "Ouija Board, Ouija Board", but plans for a new album was later changed as there weren’t enough songs and a collection of singles and B sides were released instead: "November Spawned a Monster," "Piccadilly Palare," "Disappointed".
Working with another producer, Clive Langer Morrissey went on to produce further hits and created “Kill Uncle” (1991) which spawned the singles “Our Frank" and "Sing Your Life”. This was followed up with the Kill Uncle Tour.
Straight after the tour, Morrissey produced the massive hit album Arsenal (1992), which had the hit singles "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" and "You're the One for Me, Fatty", "Tomorrow", "Certain People I Know" and "Glamorous Glue". The album was produced by Mick Ronson and the singles reached the top 20 in the UK Singles Chart.
In 1994, Morrisey was plagued by bad luck. First, with the death of three close friends and then a royalties feud developed between him and his manager at the time (Nigel Thomas) which resulted in Morrissey (and Marr) having their royalties frozen.
Since 2003 onwards, Morrissey continued to tour the world and brought out a further three solo albums: You Are the Quarry (2004), Ringleader of the Tormentors (2006) and Years of Refusal (2009)