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Noel Gallagher Biography

Noel Gallagher (born 29.5.1967)

Noel Gallagher is the main songwriter, guitarist and sometimes singer of the British rock band Oasis. Oasis rose to fame in the 1990s as part of the Britpop movement.

Noel Gallagher: Childhood

Noel Gallagher was born in the Burnage area of Manchester. His Irish parents are Peggy and Tommy Gallagher. He has an older brother Paul Gallagher and a younger brother Liam Gallagher.

Noel has said in interviews that he had an unhappy childhood and that his father was an abusive alcoholic. Noel developed a stammer as a child and had to share a bedroom with his younger brother.

When Peggy Gallagher left her husband in 1976, she took the three boys with her. As a teenager, Noel was often in trouble with the police and hung around with football hooligans known as the Mayne Line Crew. He has stated that watching The Smiths perform 'This Charming Man' on Top of the Pops was the moment that made him want to be a guitarist (thanks to Johnny Marr's guitar playing). He was also a fan of The Beatles, T. Rex, The Small Faces and The Rolling Stones.

In 1988, Noel Gallagher met Graham Lambert, the guitarist of Inspiral carpets, at a Stone Roses gig. After auditioning to be the band's singer and being rejected, Noel became a part of the band's road crew. Tom Hingley of Inspiral Carpets has said that Noel Gallagher owes his career to Inspiral Carpets.

Noel Gallagher: Music Career

When Noel returned from touring the USA with Inspiral Carpets in 1991, Liam had joined a band called The Rain. He joined the band, insisting on becoming the sole songwriter.

In May 1993, Oasis travelled to King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, as they had heard that Alan McGee was on the hunt for new talent for Creation Records. McGee signed the band and The Verve's Richard Ashcroft liked the band so much he invited them to open for his band on tour.

'Supersonic' was Oasis' debut single. Their debut album, Definitely Maybe, was released in August 1994. It went straight to number one in the UK and was, at the time, the fastest selling album of British history. When they toured the USA that year, Noel briefly left the band, disappointed with the response they received in that States. He went AWOL briefly and the rejoined the band in Minneapolis.

(What's the Story) Morning Glory? Was released in 1995 and became another number one album for Oasis. The lead single from the album was 'Some Might Say'. Noel's reputation in the press around this time was created less for his music and more for his and Liam's heavy drinking, partying lifestyle. They were frequently photographed out with celebrity friends such as Paul Weller, Mani and Ian Brown.

Noel Gallagher then contributed the song 'Fade Away' to the charity album Help! and was accompanied by Johnny Depp and his girlfriend at the time, Kate Moss. He was also joined by Paul Weller and Sir Paul McCartney and called the band Smokin' Mojo Filters. In the past, Noel has also collaborated with The Chemical Brothers, Ian Brown and The Prodigy.

The media created the banner 'Noelrock' to describe a certain type of band around at the time, including The Boo Radleys, Cast and Ocean Colour Scene.

The band's third album Be Here Now was released in 1997. At around this time, Noel Gallagher was invited to 10 Downing Street by the British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Be Here Now was followed by 2000's Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. He was publicly criticised for the move, especially by Damon Albarn of Blur.

Noel Gallagher invited Gem Archer (formerly of Heavy Stereo) to join Oasis for their fourth album, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, following the departure of Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs. When their drummer Alan White left, he was replaced by Zak Starkey, the son of Ringo Starr. Starkey had previously drummed for The Who.

In 2008, Noel Gallagher got himself in hot water when he criticised Michael Eavis for booking Jay-Z to headline that year's Glastonbury festival. Jay Z retorted by walking onstage singing 'Wonderwall', whilst his wife Beyonce looked on.

Noel Gallagher quit Oasis in August 2009, following a fight with Liam Gallagher.

Noel Gallagher: Personal Life

In 1997, Noel Gallagher married Meg Matthews in Las Vegas. When they met, Noel was actually dating Meg's housemate, the MTV presenter Rebecca de Ruvo. Meg and Noel's daughter Anais was born in 2000 but they divorced shortly after her birth. The grounds for divorce was Noel's affair with the Scottish publicist Sara MacDonald.

Noel and Sara have a son together, named Donovan. He was born in 2007.

Noel Gallagher is good friends with Russell Brand and often appeared on Brand's BBC Radio 2 show.

Noel Gallagher is a keen sports fan and follows Manchester City. He is a close friend of the former City player Joey Barton. He is also a fan and friend of the boxer Ricky Hatton.

In 2008, Noel Gallagher announced that he was selling his Ibiza home because it was too close to the home of James Blunt, who, he says, makes "terrible music."

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The Latest Noel Gallagher News

Damon Albarn Hints At Noel Gallagher Collaboration

9th April 2014

Blur frontman Damon Albarn has teased Britpop fans with the possibility of a collaboration with his former chart rival, Oasis...

Damon Albarn To Make Album With Noel Gallagher?

8th April 2014

Damon Albarn has discussed making an album with Noel Gallagher. The Blur frontman, who will release his debut solo album...

Rolling Stones And Noel Gallagher T-shirts Raise Funds For Charity

31st March 2014

The Rolling Stones and Noel Gallagher have helped raise money for a homeless charity by donating memorabilia to an online...

Taylor Momsen Wants To Write With Noel Gallagher

22nd March 2014

Taylor Momsen wants to write a song with Noel Gallagher. The Pretty Reckless singer is a self-confessed Oasis fan and...

Noel Gallagher Auctioning Off Signed Gold Disc For Charity

28th February 2014

Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher is set to auction off a signed gold disc certifying the success of his debut...

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Noel Gallagher Reviews

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17th October 2011

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Noel Gallagher Festivals

Rock en Seine

22nd August 2014

Rock Werchter

3rd July 2014

Big Day Out

17th January 2014


11th April 2014

The Hultsfred Festival

14th June 2012

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14th November 2011

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maglil's picture


i welcome the chance to say 'thankyou' for noels work. he lifts and moves emotions myself and obviously others agree this marks his success as a leader of oasis work.the evolving matters he finds himself becoming involved in i hope will not tear at his heart and soul to long perhaps others bitterness will become apparent ant the media perhaps will sting their own selfs that will be a laugh still you great ones at the top have plenty of work to do i wont keep you try to keep the faith and be good stay srong be positive in the steps forward sigh deep and greet the very breath wether it be deeply sad because nothing is better than the very life we have oops cranky crank is back sorry to bother you just keep[smiling inside and out because glowing is a beuty involving liver forces beyond our control bye

7 years 5 months ago
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kushtrim (the c...

Noel gallagher is the best ever was and he is to much talented in songwriting i'm a musician too.But i never could write something big like Noel.Noel Have Made His history.Now Noel is the Greatest inspiration for all new Rock And Roll bands.Whatever peolpe says Noel And Oasis for the music are something that i can't describe.

7 years 3 weeks ago
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maglil's picture


we are crazy iin are c**k eyed strange world with all our gadgets guitars and voice are were it is at closley followed by melody harmony and a good friendly bannter

7 years 5 months ago
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andrew161953's picture


well im a disgusted parent whos daughter although 27 is a avid oasis fan,and has been on her laptop since 10am this morning bidding for 2 tickets to see noel at the chapel on sunday she had bid up to £190 for a ticket only to find at the end it would not let her increase her to bid to £200,the closing bid was £190-50p per ticket,having to oasis company on phone with no joy,they were bound to be controling things there end and to me this stinks, a j phillips

7 years 4 months ago
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Daytura Dreamer

Noel is the greatest musician on the planet and is the most talented songwriter in the history of music.The joy he has brought to my life, the way his music has inspired, helped, lifted and moved me is something unique, because he is unique.

7 years 3 months ago
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pugina's picture


Noel is the sexiest person in the whole universe.. and I know nobody as honest and talented as him. I think he should completely replace Liam..

7 years 6 months ago
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andrew161953's picture


added to my earlier comment i dont suppose noel gallagher ever reads this,but he would maybe like to know that his office staff were quite sarcastic and rude

7 years 4 months ago
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