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   Steven Patrick Morrissey known simply as Morrissey was born in Davyhulme on the 22nd May 1959.

    As a youngster he developed a number of interest that marked him out from the crowd including 1960's groups and female singers such as Sandie Shaw, Marianne Faithfull and Timi Yuro. He also had a keen interest in kitchen sink dramas of the 1950's and 1960's, James Dean, Oscar Wilde and Shelagh Delaney. The Moors murders of the 1960's had a big impact on the young Morrissey and later influenced his work.

    During his adolescent years his athletic ability saved him from a large degree of bullying. Morrissey himself describes his adolescent years as a time he was often lonely and depressed. In fact as a teenager he began taking prescription drugs for depression.

    He worked briefly for the Inland Revenue before going on the dole to concentrate on writing, reading and listening to music. Sometimes he would venture out to see bands at local Manchester venues.

    Throughout the 1970's he was president of the New York Dolls fanclub. In 1978 he briefly fronted The Nosebleeds a punk rock band. After they split he joined Slaughter and the Dogs but later left after they failed a record company audition.

    In 1982 he formed The Smiths with Johnny Marr after Marr turned up at Morrissey's house. The Smiths were critically acclaimed and highly successful. Their album "The Queen is Dead" often places well in Greatest Album lists. The Smiths split in 1987 when musical differences got the better of the band.

    Following The Smiths split Morrissey embarked on a solo career in 1988 with the release of the album "Viva Hate". He continues to write and record successfully to this day and currently resides in Rome