Stephen Patrick Morrissey was born in Davyhulme, Manchester ENGLAND,
on May 22, 1959. During the late '70s, he regularly wrote letters to the
music press and eventually began working as a freelance music journalist;
he also ran a New York Dolls fan
club and wrote a booklet about them.
Morrissey started his musical venture with a local band playing a couple of gigs but failed to land a recording contract. In 1982 he met guitarist Johnny Marr, the two put together a band called The Smiths, one of the most important and critically acclaimed British Pop-Rock act of the '80s.
By the late summer of 1987 The Smiths broke up due to conflict between the band members; Morrissey embarked on his solo career releasing the U.K. top 5 hit single "Suedehead" which eventually became part of his debut solo effort, 1988's "Viva Hate", the record went straight to #1 on the British Albums chart and broke The Billboard 200 chart reaching the #48 position; the second single off the LP, "Everyday Is Like Sunday", debuted at #9 on the U.K. chart.
He followed up with the single "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys", which hit #6 in U.K. and rose to #3 on The Modern Rock Tracks in the States; another single, "Interesting Drug", peaked at #9 in U.K. and reached #11 on the U.S. Modern Rock chart; both these songs appeared on the compilation of singles and B-sides "Bona Drag", which was released in October 1990, the set also included two more Modern Rock top 3 hits, "Ouija Board, Ouija Board" and "Piccadilly Palare", plus a further top 10 hit, the macabre "November Spawned A Monster".
"Kill Uncle", which fell just shy of reaching the top 50 of The Billboard 200 list, was issued in March 1991; the first single, "Our Frank", hit #2 on The Modern Rock chart and "Sing Your Life" peaked at #10 on the same chart.
A year later, "Your Arsenal", peaked at #21 on the American Billboard 200 Albums chart spawning Morrissey's first Modern Rock #1 hit: "Tomorrow"; next followed "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" reaching #2 on that chart and was also successful in the U.K. cracking the top 20. "You're The One For Me, Fatty" reached the #19 slot on the Official U.K. Singles chart and "Glamorous Glue" peaked at #13 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks.
In the spring of 1994 he released his fifth solo album, "Vauxhall And I", it reached #1 in the U.K. and climbed into the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Top 200, becoming his highest-charting album; the single, "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get", peaked at #1 on The Modern Rock Tracks, made a mid-chart appearance on The Billboard Hot 100 and rose to #8 in England.
The following year Morrissey released a collection titled "The World Of Morrissey", then switched labels, issued the 3-track EP "Boxers", which reached the #23 position in Britain and the new album, "Southpaw Grammar"; the record earned a lukewarm reception from fans and critics alike, it charted at #4 in U.K. and generated two minor hits: "The Boy Racer" and "Dagenham Dave"; in America the album didn't rise higher than #66 on The Billboard Top 200.
With "Maladjusted", he charted again in the U.K. top 10 and in the top 70 of the American Billboard 200 list upon the album's summer 1997 release.
Morrissey returned to the musical mainstream, in May of 2004; his first studio album in seven years, "You Are the Quarry", shot to #2 in U.K. and to #11 on the U.S. Official charts; it contained "Irish Blood, English Heart", which climbed into the top 3 of the British Singles chart, grabbed a #7 spot in Canada and hit the top 40 of the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks; the follow-up single, "The First Of The Gang To Die", peaked at #6 in England.
His ninth solo album, "Ringleader Of The Tormentors", came out in April 2006 on Attack/Sanctuary; the 12-song set was a success, #1 in U.K. and top 30 in U.S. although its numbers didn't match those of the artist's previous LP. The main single, "You Have Killed Me" became a top 3 smash on both British and Canadian charts.
February 2008 saw the release of a collection simply titled "Greatest Hits" which compiled the highlights from his extensive back catalogue; the set contained two new songs, of which one, "That's How People Grow Up", debuted into the top 20 of the U.K. Singles chart.
Morrissey issued his next studio album, "Years Of Refusal", in February 2009, guitar legend Jeff Beck guests on the track "Black Cloud". The disc hit #11 on the American Billboard Top 200 list and #3 in U.K. where the first single, "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris", stopped just short of the top 20.