Thursday, June 7, 2018

Neil & Tim Finn: Top 100 Songs

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Tim Finn first become a known entity in the music world for helming the New Zealand-based new-wave group Split Enz from the mid-‘70s through the early ‘80s. Toward the end, his younger brother Neil entered the fold. Tim went on to a solo career and Neil formed Crowded House. The two worked together again on a couple of albums and Tim even joined Crowded House for their 1991 Woodface album. Here is the best of the brothers:

I Got You (1980)

1. Don’t Dream It’s Over (CH, 1986)
2. I Got You (SE, 1980)
3. Weather with You (CH, 1991)
4. Better Be Home Soon (CH, 1988)
5. Something So Strong (CH, 1986)
6. History Never Repeats (SE, 1981)
7. Fall at Your Feet (CH, 1991)
8. It’s Only Natural (CH, 1991)
9. Distant Sun (CH, 1993)
10. Message to My Girl (SE, 1983)

Six Months in a Leaky Boat (1982)

11. Six Months in a Leaky Boat (SE, 1982)
12. One Step Ahead (SE, 1980)
13. I Hope I Never (SE, 1980)
14. Into Temptation (CH, 1988)
15. I See Red (SE, 1978)
16. World Where You Live (CH, 1986)
17. Chocolate Cake (CH, 1991)
18. Mean to Me (CH, 1986)
19. Four Seasons in One Day (CH, 1991)
20. Locked Out (CH, 1993)

A Fraction Too Much Friction (1983)

21. How’m I Gonna Sleep (TF, 1989)
22. Time for a Change (SE, 1975)
23. Don’t Stop Now (CH, 2007)
24. What’s the Matter with You? (SE, 1980)
25. Hard Act to Follow (SE, 1981)
26. Silent House (CH, 2007)
27. Nails in My Feet (CH, 1993)
28. Late Last Night (SE, 1976)
29. Dirty Creature (SE, 1982)
30. Poor Boy (SE, 1980)

Message to My Girl (1983)

31. My Mistake (SE, 1977)
32. Now We’re Getting Somewhere (CH, 1986)
33. Won’t Give In (FB, 2004)
34. Pineapple Head (CH, 1993)
35. When You Come (CH, 1988)
36. Maybe (SE, 1975)
37. She Will Have Her Way (NF, 1998)
38. Fingers of Love (CH, 1993)
39. Persuasion (TF, 1993)
40. Straight Old Line (SE, 1983)

Don’t Dream It’s Over (1986)

41. Give It a Whirl (SE, 1979)
42. Never Ceases to Amaze Me (SE, 1982)
43. Bold As Brass (SE, 1977)
44. I Don’t Wanna Dance (SE, 1981)
45. Edible Flowers (FB, 2004)
46. Private Universe (CH, 1993)
47. I Walk Away (SE, 1984)
48. Next Exit (SE, 1983)
49. A Fraction too Much Friction (TF, 1983)
50. Not the Girl You Think You Are (CH, 1996)

Something So Strong (1987)

51. Things (SE 1979)
52. Sister Madly (CH, 1988)
53. Hit the Ground Running (TF 1993)
54. Instinct (CH, 1996)
55. Never Be the Same (CH, 1988)
56. Stuff and Nonsense SE, 1979)
57. For You (SE, 1973)
58. Charlie (SE, 1977)
59. Sinner (NF, 1998)
60. Rest of the Day Off (NF, 2001)

Better Be Home Soon (1988)

61. Together Alone (CH, 1993)
62. I Feel Possessed (CH, 1988)
63. Our Day (SE, 1983)
64. Angels Heap (FB, 1995)
65. Mansion in the Slums (CH, 1988)
66. Matinee Idyll (129) (SE, 1976)
67. What You’ve Done (TF, 2001)
68. Another Great Divide (SE, 1977)
69. Young Mountain (TF, 1989)
70. Suffer Never (FB, 1995)

Weather With You (1991)

71. Suicide on Downing Street (TF, 1989)
72. Couldn’t Be Done (TF, 2006)
73. Nothing Wrong with You (FB, 2004)
74. Everything Is Good for You (CH, 1996)
75. Pour Le Monde (CH, 2007)
76. As Sure As I Am (CH, 1991)
77. Sweet Talkin’ Spoon Song (SE, 1973)
78. Song of the Lonely Mountain (NF, 2012)
79. Disembodied Voices (FB, 2004)
80. Wherever You Are (NF, 2001)

She Will Have Her Way (1998)

81. No Bother to Me (SE, 1975)
82. All I Ask (CH, 1991)
83. Made My Day (TF, 1983)
84. Shark Attack (SE, 1980)
85. Salt to the Sea (TF, 2006)
86. Don’t Bury My Heart (TF, 1986)
87. Not Even Close (TF, 1989)
88. Saturday Sun (CH, 2010)
89. Winter Light (TF, 2006)
90. Black and White Boy (CH, 1993)

Won’t Give In (2004)

91. Last One Standing (NF, 1998)
92. Lovey Dovey (SE, 1976)
93. Hole in the River (CH, 1986)
94. The Saw & the Tree (TF, 2008)
95. Catherine Wheels (CH, 1993)
96. Through the Years (TF, 1983)
97. Staring at the Embers (TF, 1983)
98. Whispers and Moans (CH, 1991)
99. Take a Walk (SE, 1982)
100. Death of a Popular Song (TF, 2000)

Song of the Lonely Mountain (2012)

CH = Crowded House, NF = Neil Finn, TF = Tim Finn, FB = Finn Brothers, SE = Split Enz

Friday, March 30, 2018

Compilations: Top 100 All-Time

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“Greatest hits” packages are maligned entities in the world of music criticism, targeted by haters as cheap, record-contract-fulfilling-repackagings of works better heard in their original presentations. Naysayers argue that gathering up an act’s most commercial product hardly justifies calling such a collection a “best of.”

However, compilations serve an important role in music. They are often a casual fans entry point to an artist. In some cases, the distillation of an act’s discography into a single collection weeds out the fluff and truly does present the act at its best.

In any event, here is Dave’s Music Database’s collection of the greatest compilations of all-time. DMDB lists are determined by aggregating best-of lists alongside chart data, sales figures, awards, and album ratings. Note: this list is confined to 1 or 2-disc collections. Box sets (3 or more discs) are summed up in a separate DMDB list. When an act has released multiple compilations, only the highest-rated has been listed, unless other compilations cover completely different material. Also, the years covered by the compilation are noted in parentheses.

One last commentary: ironically, many of the collections below are not representative of an act’s entire career. Elton John, for example, has released multiple best-of collections, but the one which rates highest is his first Greatest Hits, which only covers five years.


Top 100 Compilations of All-Time

1. The Beatles…1 (1962-1970)
2. Bob Marley & the Wailers…Legend (1973-1983)
3. Madonna…The Immaculate Collection (1983-1990)
4. Elvis Presley…30 #1 Hits (1956-2002)
5. Elton John…Greatest Hits (1970-1974)
6. Eagles…Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (1971-1975)
7. Abba…Gold: Greatest Hits (1973-1982)
8. Queen…Greatest Hits (aka “We Will Rock You”) (1973-1981)
9. Simon & Garfunkel…Greatest Hits (1964-1970)
10. Michael Jackson…Number Ones (1978-2003)

11. Creedence Clearwater Revival…Chronicle: Their 20 Greatest Hits (1968-1972)
12. U2…Best of 1980-1990 (1980-1989)
13. The Rolling Stones…Hot Rocks 1964-71 (1964-1971)
14. Billy Joel…Greatest Hits Volume I & II (1973-1985)
15. Hank Williams…40 Gretaest Hits (1947-1953)
16. Bruce Springsteen…Greatest Hits (1975-1995)
17. Garth Brooks…The Hits (1989-1993)
18. Robert Johnson…The Complete Recordings (1936-1937)
19. Mariah Carey…#1’s (1990-1998)
20. David Bowie…Best of Bowie (1969-2002)

21. Chuck Berry…The Great Twenty Eight (1955-1964)
22. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers…Greatest Hits (1976-1993)
23. New Order…Substance (1981-1987)
24. Bon Jovi…Cross Road (1982-1994)
25. Kenny Rogers…Greatest Hits (1977-1980)
26. Fleetwood Mac…Greatest Hits (1975-1988)
27. Patsy Cline…12 Greatest Hits (1957-1963)
28. Journey…Greatest Hits (1977-1987)
29. Queen…Greatest Hits 2 (1981-1991)
30. Eminem…Curtain Call: The Hits (1999-2005)

31. Buzzcocks…Singles Going Steady (1977-1979)
32. Guns N’ Roses…Greatest Hits (1987-1994)
33. Bob Dylan…Greatest Hits (1962-1966)
34. Lionel Richie…Back to Front (1977-1992)
35. Carpenters…The Singles 1969-1973 (1969-1973)
36. The Police…Every Breath You Take: The Singles (1978-1986)
37. Celine Dion…All the Way…A Decade of Song (1991-1999)
38. Sly & the Family Stone…Greatest Hits (1967-1970)
39. Eric Clapton…The Cream of Clapton (1966-1981)
40. Al Green…Greatest Hits (1971-1973)

41. Eurythmics…Greatest Hits (1982-1989)
42. Sam Cooke…The Man and His Music (1951-1965)
43. Bryan Adams…So Far So Good (1983-1993)
44. The Who…Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy (1964-1970)
45. R.E.M.…In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 (1988-2003)
46. Aerosmith…Greatest Hits (1973-1979)
47. Phil Collins…Hits (1981-1998)
48. Steve Miller Band…Greatest Hits 1974-1978 (1973-1978)
49. The Byrds…Greatest Hits (1965-1967)
50. Barbra Streisand…Memories (aka “Love Songs”) (1974-1981)

51. George Michael…Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best of (1984-1998)
52. The Doors…Best of the Doors (1966-1971)
53. James Taylor…Greatest Hits (1969-1976)
54. Whitney Houston…The Greatest Hits (1984-2000)
55. The Beach Boys…The Very Best of (1962-1988)
56. Pink Floyd…Echoes: The Best of (1967-1994)
57. John Denver…Greatest Hits (1969-1972)
58. Van Morrison…Best of (1965-1989)
59. Robbie Williams…Greatest Hits (1997-2004)
60. Neil Young…Decade (1969-1976)

61. Nirvana…Nirvana (1988-1994)
62. Shania Twain…Greatest Hits (1994-2004)
63. Led Zeppelin…Remasters (1969-1979)
64. Janet Jackson…Design of a Decade 1986/1996 (1986-1995)
65. Johnny Mathis…Johnny’s Greatest Hits (1956-1958)
66. Prince…Very Best of (1979-1992)
67. Pet Shop Boys…Discography: The Complete Singles Collection (1985-1991)
68. The Rolling Stones…Jump Back: 1971-1993 (1971-1989)
69. Janis Joplin…Greatest Hits (1967-1971)
70. Madonna…GHV2 (Greatest Hits Volume 2) (1991-2000)

71. Dire Straits…Money for Nothing (1978-1985)
72. Sting…Fields of Gold: The Best of 1984-1994 (1985-1994)
73. Sade…Best of (1984-1993)
74. Jimi Hendrix…The Ultimate Experience (1966-1970)
75. U2…Best of 1990-2000 (1991-2000)
76. Bob Seger…Greatest Hits (1972-1994)
77. Rod Stewart…Greatest Hits (1971-1978)
78. Red Hot Chili Peppers…Greatest Hits (1989-2003)
79. Bee Gees…Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits (1966-1987)
80. Stevie Wonder…The Definitive Collection (1962-1998)

81. The Doobie Brothers…Best of the Doobies (1972-1976)
82. Pink…Greatest Hits…So Far!!! (2000-2010)
83. Duran Duran…Greatest (1980-1997)
84. Howlin’ Wolf…Moanin’ in the Moonlight (1951-1959)
85. Frank Sinatra…Reprise: The Very Good Years (1960-1980)
86. The Cars…Greatest Hits (1978-1985)
87. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young…So Far (1969-1970)
88. The Cure…Standing on a Beach: The Singles (1978-1985)
89. Bessie Smith…The Essential (1923-1933) (1923-1933)
90. The Temptations…Anthology (1964-1972)

91. Britney Spears…M Prerogative: Greatest Hits (1997-2004)
92. Foreigner…Records (1976-1981)
93. Tupac (2pac) Shakur…Greatest Hits (1991-1996)
94. Tears for Fears…Tears Roll Down: 1982-1992 (1982-1992)
95. Olivia Newton-John…Magic: The Best of (1973-1990)
96. Daryl Hall & John Oates…Rock ‘N’ Soul Part I (1973-1983)
97. Muddy Waters…Best of (1948-1954)
98. Roy Orbison…For the Lonely: A Roy Orbison Anthology 1956-1965 (1956-1965)
99. Chicago…Chicago IX: Greatest Hits (1969-1973)
100. Charley Patton…Founder of the Delta Blues: 1929-1934 (1929-1934)

Classical Works: Top 100

Classical: Top 100 All-Time Works (3/29/2018)

This was originally posted as a top 10 on the DMDB Facebook page on 2/21/10 and then expanded to a top 50 on 5/2/2011. This list is an aggregate of more than 30 classical-music-focused, best-of lists. Here’s the top classical works (which includes operas, symphonies, concertos, etc.) according to the DMDB.


Composer…Name of Work (year of premiere)
1. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 5 in C minor (1808)
2. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 7 in A major (1812)
3. Antonio Vivaldi...The Four Seasons (1725)
4. George Friedrich Handel...Messiah (1741)
5. Johann Sebastian Bach...Goldberg Variations (1741)
6. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”) (1824)
7. Antonin Dvorak...Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”) (1893)
8. Igor Stravinsky...The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre Du Printemps) (1913)
9. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Piano Concertos (27) (1784-1786)
10. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Requiem Mass in D minor (1791)

11. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky...Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor (1874)
12. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky...Symphony No. 6 in B minor (“Pathetique”) (1893)
13. Johann Sebastian Bach...Brandenburg Concertos (6) (1721)
14. Johann Sebastian Bach...6 Cello Suites (6) (1717-23)
15. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 6 (“Pastorale”) (1808)
16. Richard Wagner...The Ring Cycle (Der Ring Des Nibelungen) (1874)
17. Ludwig van Beethoven...Violin Concerto in D major (1806)
18. Georges Bizet...Carmen (1875)
19. Johannes Brahms…Symphony No. 4 in E minor (1885)
20. Giuseppe Verdi...Requiem Mass (Messa Da Requiem) (1874)

21. Richard Wagner...Tristan Und Isolde (1859)
22. Edward Elgar…Cello Concerto in E minor (1919)
23. Hector Berlioz...Symphonie Fantastique (1830)
24. Carl Orff…Carmina Burana (1936)
25. Béla Bartók...Concerto for Orchestra (1944)
26. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky...The Nutcracker Suite (1891)
27. Ludwig van Beethoven…Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major (“Emperor”) (1809)
28. Felix Mendelssohn…Violin Concerto in E minor (1844)
29. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart…The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote) (1791)
30. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Symphony No. 40 in G minor (1788)

31. Ludwig van Beethoven…Symphony No. 3 in E-flat (“Eroica”) (1804)
32. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Don Giovani (1787)
33. Franz Liszt...Piano Sonata in B minor (1853)
34. Aaron Copland...Appalachian Spring (1944)
35. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Symphony No. 41 in C major (“Jupiter”) (1788)
36. Claude Debussy…La Mer (1905)
37. Johann Pachelbel…Canon in D major (1694)
38. Sergey Rachmaninov...Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (1901)
39. Richard Strauss…Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896)
40. Ludwig van Beethoven…Piano Sonatas (32) (1795-1922)

41. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Clarinet Concerto in A major (1791)
42. Johann Sebastian Bach...Mass in B Minor (1749)
43. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) (1786)
44. Ludwig van Beethoven…String Quartets (16) (1798-1826)
45. Johann Sebastian Bach...St. Matthew Passion (1727)
46. Gustav Holst…The Planets (1919)
47. Gabriel Fauré…Requiem in D minor (1900)
48. Antonin Dvorák…Cello Concerto in B minor (1895)
49. Giacomo Puccini…Turandot (1926)
50. Modest Mussorgsky...Pictures at an Exhibition (Tableaux d'une Exposition) (1874)

51. Claudio Monteverdi...Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (Vespro Della Beata Vergine) (1610)
52. Igor Stravinsky…Petrusha (Pétrouchka) (1947)
53. Dmitri Shostakovich...Symphony No. 5 in D minor (1937)
54. Sergey Rachmaninov...Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor (1909)
55. Franz Schubert...Piano Quintet in A major (“Trout”) (1819)
56. Johannes Brahms…Symphony No. 3 in F major (1883)
57. Johann Sebastian Bach…Toccato and Fugue for Organ in D minor (1708)
58. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky…Swan Lake (1876)
59. Giacomo Puccini...La Bohème (1896)
60. Giacomo Puccini...Tosca (1900)

61. Jean Sibelius…Symphony No. 2 in D major (1902)
62. Johannes Brahms…Symphony No. 1 in C minor (1876)
63. Edvard Grieg…Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (1875)
64. Claude Debussy…Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (Prelude L'Apres Midi d'un Faune) (1894)
65. Gustav Mahler…Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor (1902)
66. Franz Schubert...Symphony No. 8 in B minor (“Unfinished”) (1822)
67. Igor Stravinsky...The Firebird (L’Oiseau de Feu) (1910)
68. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky…Symphony No. 4 in F minor (1878)
69. George Friedrich Händel...Water Music Suites Nos. 1-3 for Orchestra (1717)
70. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky…1812 Overture (1878)

71. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1787)
72. Béla Bartók...String Quartets (1908-39)
73. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky…Violin Concerto in D major (1878)
74. Maurice Ravel…Boléro (1928)
75. Gustav Mahler…Symphony No. 2 in C minor (“Resurrection”) (1894)
76. Johannes Brahms…Violin Concerto in D major (1878)
77. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov… Scheherazade (1960)
78. Felix Mendelssohn…A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1842)
79. Johannes Brahms… Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major (1881)
80. Franz Schubert…Symphony No. 9 in C major (“The Great”) (1828)

81. Giacchino Rossini…The Barber of Seville (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) (1816)
82. Sergei Prokofiev…Romeo and Juliet (1935)
83. Henryk Górecki… Symphony No. 3 (“Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”) (1976)
84. Franz Schubert… String Quartet in C major (1828)
85. Edward Elgar…Enigma Variations (1899)
86. Maurice Ravel… String Quartet in F major (1903)
87. Johannes Brahms…Symphony No. 2 in D major (1877)
88. Franz Schubert… Winterreise (1827)
89. Giuseppe Verdi…Rigoletto (1851)
90. Giacomo Puccini…Madame Butterfly (Madama Butterfly) (1904)

91. Giuseppe Verdi…Aida (1871)
92. Dmitri Shostakovich… String Quartet No. 8 in C minor (1960)
93. Giuseppe Verdi…La Traviata (1853)
94. Claude Debussy…Images (1907)
95. Gustav Mahler… Symphony No. 9 in D major (1909)
96. Jean Sibelius…Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major (1915)
97. Arnold Schoenberg…Verklärte Nacht (1899)
98. Alban Berg…Violin Concerto (1935)
99. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky …Symphony No. 5 in E minor (1888)
100. Gustav Mahler… Symphony No. 1 in D major (“Titan”) (1888)


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Top 100 Country Albums of All Time

Originally posted on the DMDB Facebook page on 3/17/10.

Here is a list of the best country albums, according to Dave’s Music Database:

1. Johnny Cash...Live at Folsom Prison (1968)
2. Garth Brooks...No Fences (1990)
3. Shania Twain...Come on Over (1997)
4. Willie Nelson...Red Headed Stranger (1975)
5. Loretta Lynn…Van Lear Rose (2004)
6. Kenny Rogers…The Gambler (1978)
7. Various artists…O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack, 2000)
8. Garth Brooks...Ropin’ the Wind (1991)
9. Dixie Chicks...Home (2002)
10. Randy Travis…Always & Forever (1987)

11. Alabama…Mountain Music (1982)
12. LeAnn Rimes…Blue (1996)
13. Randy Travis…Storms of Life (1986)
14. Dixie Chicks...Wide Open Spaces (1998)
15. Ray Charles…Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
16. Clint Black…Killin’ Time (1989)
17. Waylon Jennings…Honky Tonk Heroes (1973)
18. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band...Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1972)
19. Gram Parsons...Grievous Angel (1974)
20. Shania Twain...The Woman in Me (1995)

21. Carrie Underwood…Some Hearts (2005)
22. Dixie Chicks...Fly (1999)
23. Taylor Swift...Fearless (2008)
24. Johnny Cash...At San Quentin (1969)
25. Buck Owens…Carnegie Hall Concert (1966)
26. Alan Jackson…A Lot About Livin’ and a Little ‘Bout Love (1992)
27. Dwight Yoakam…Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. (1986)
28. Dolly Parton…Coat of Many Colors (1971)
29. Miranda Lambert…Revolution (2009)
30. The Byrds...Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)

31. Johnny Cash...American Recordings (1994)
32. Kris Kristofferson…Kristofferson (1970)
33. Willie Nelson…Always on My Mind (1982)
34. Garth Brooks…In Pieces (1993)
35. Billy Ray Cyrus…Some Gave All (1992)
36. Lady Antebellum…Need You Now (2010)
37. George Jones…I Am What I Am (1980)
38. Hank Williams...40 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1947-53)
39. Tammy Wynette…Stand by Your Man (1969)
40. Tim McGraw…Not a Moment Too Soon (1994)

41. Chris Stapleton…Traveller (2015)
42. Taylor Swift…Taylor Swift (2006)
43. Gretchen Wilson…Here for the Party (2004)
44. Faith Hill…Breathe (1999)
45. Glen Campbell…Wichita Lineman (1968)
46. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, & Emmylou Harris…Trio (1987)
47. Garth Brooks…The Hits (compilation: 1989-1993)
48. Waylon Jennings…Greatest Hits (1979)
49. Garth Brooks…The Chase (1992)
50. Eric Church…Chief (2011)

51. Loretta Lynn…Coal Miner’s Daughter (1970)
52. Taylor Swift…Red (2012)
53. Randy Travis…Old 8 x 10 (1988)
54. Bob Dylan…Nashville Skyline (1969)
55. Marty Robbins…Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs (1959)
56. Lucinda Williams…Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)
57. Emmylou Harris…Wrecking Ball (1995)
58. The Flying Burrito Brothers...The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969)
59. Deana Carter…Did I Shave My Legs for This? (1996)
60. Faith Hill…Faith (1998)

61. Garth Brooks…Sevens (1997)
62. John Denver…Back Home Again (1974)
63. Alabama…Feels So Right (1981)
64. Taylor Swift…Speak Now (2010)
65. Waylon Jennings…Ol’ Waylon (1977)
66. Kenny Rogers…Greatest Hits (1980)
67. Kenny Rogers…Kenny (1979)
68. Elvis Presley…Moody Blue (1977)
69. Tim McGraw…Greatest Hits (2000)
70. Garth Brooks...Double Live (1998)

71. Charlie Rich…Behind Closed Doors (1973)
72. Alabama…The Closer You Get (1983)
73. The Judds…Why Not Me (1985)
74. Emmylou Harris…Elite Hotel (1975)
75. Glen Campbell…Rhinestone Cowboy (1975)
76. Eddy Arnold…My World (1965)
77. Rosanne Cash…Seven Year Ache (1981)
78. Brad Paisley…Time Well Wasted (2005)
79. George Jones & Tammy Wynette…Golden Ring (1976)
80. Tammy Wynette…D-I-V-O-R-C-E (1968)

81. Patsy Cline…Showcase (1961)
82. Merle Haggard…Big City (1981)
83. Grateful Dead…Workingman’s Dead (1970)
84. Grateful Dead…American Beauty (1970)
85. George Strait…Blue Clear Sky (1996)
86. Buck Owens…I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail (1965)
87. Waylon Jennings…The Ramblin’ Man (1974)
88. Emmylou Harris…Roses in the Snow (1980)
89. Johnny Cash…Unchained (1996)
90. Dolly Parton…The Grass Is Blue (1999)

91. Rascal Flatts…Me and My Gang (2006)
92. Dolly Parton…Little Sparrow (2001)
93. Whiskeytown…Stranger’s Almanac (1997)
94. Ween…12 Golden Country Classics (1996)
95. Garth Brooks…Garth Brooks (1989)
96. Gillian Welch…Revival (1996)
97. Johnny Cash…American Recordings III: Solitary Man (2000)
98. Lyle Lovett…Pontiac (1987)
99. The Highwaymen…Highwayman (1985)
100. Merle Haggard…I’m a Lonesome Fugitive (1967)


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Top 50 Soundtracks of All Time

First posted 4/17/11. Updated 3/7/2018.
This list was first posted on April 17, 2011, as a Note on the Dave’s Music Database Facebook page. It has been revised a few times since then. Note: Click on the titles of the soundtrack for more detailed pages at DavesMusicDatabase.com.

1. Purple Rain…Prince & the Revolution (1984)
2. Saturday Night Fever…Bee Gees et al (1977)
3. South Pacific…Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) (1958) *
4. The Sound of Music…Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) (1965) *
5. Grease…Olivia Newton-John John Travolta, et al (1978)
6. A Hard Day’s Night…The Beatles (1964)
7. West Side Story…Leonard Bernstein (composer) (1961) *
8. The Bodyguard…Whitney Houston et al (1992)
9. Dirty Dancing (1987)
10. Titanic…James Horner (1997)

11. Help!…The Beatles (1965)
12. Superfly…Curtis Mayfield (1972)
13. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
14. The Student Prince…Mario Lanza (1954)
15. The Lion King…Elton John and Tim Rice (composers) (1994)
16. The Harder They Come…Jimmy Cliff et al (1973)
17. The King and I…Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) (1956)
18. Blue Hawaii…Elvis Presley (1961)
19. G.I. Blues…Elvis Presley (1960)
20. Mary Poppins…Richard and Robert Sherman (composers) (1964)

21. Footloose (1984)
22. Frozen (2013)
23. Music from Peter Gunn…Henry Mancini (1959)
24. An American in Paris…George Gershwin (composer) (1951)
25. Gigi…Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (composers) (1958)
26. Oklahoma!…Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) (1955) *
27. Top Gun (1986)
28. Flashdance (1983)
29. The Graduate…Simon & Garfunkel (1968)
30. With a Song in My Heart…Jane Froman (1952)

31. Songs He Made Famous…Al Jolson (1947)
32. Parade…Prince (Under the Cherry Moon soundtrack, 1986)
33. That’s the Way of the World…Earth, Wind & Fire (1975)
34. Loving You…Elvis Presley (1957)
35. Pulp Fiction (1994)
36. Show Boat…Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) (1951) *
37. Star Wars…John Williams (1977)
38. Waiting to Exhale…Whitney Houston et al (1995)
39. Love Me or Leave Me…Doris Day (1955)
40. Breakfast at Tiffany’s…Henry Mancini (1961)

41. Evita…Madonna et al (1996)
42. The Great Caruso…Mario Lanza (1951)
43. Miami Vice (TV soundtrack, 1985)
44. Forrest Gump (1994)
45. American Graffiti (1973)
46. Exodus (1961)
47. Around the World in 80 Days (1957)
48. Batman…Prince (1989)
49. Hans Christian Andersen…Danny Kaye (1953)
50. 8 Mile…Eminem et al (2002)


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Thursday, March 1, 2018

March: Music Makers' Birthdays

Click on any date below to see music makers’ birthdays on that day. Click here to return to the main music makers’ birthday page. Note: Names listed in bold have had dates verified with at least two sources to (hopefully) ensure accuracy. Please email Dave’s Music Database with any corrections.

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MARCH 1

  • Justin Bieber (1994). Canadian pop singer (“Baby”, “Boyfriend”).

  • Ke$ha (1987)

  • Nik Kershaw (1958). English musician (“The Riddle”).

  • Dave Marsh (1950). American music critic.

  • Tony Ashton (1946). English rock keyboardist and singer with Paice, Ashton & Lord.

  • Roger Daltrey (1944). English rock singer with The Who.

  • Mike D’Abo (1944). English rock singer with Manfred Mann.

  • Jerry Fisher (1943). Texas rock singer with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • Harry Belafonte (1927). American musician (“Banana Boat (Day O)”, 1956’s Calypso), actor, and social activitist.

  • Glenn Miller (1904). American bandleader (“In the Mood”). Died 12/15/1944.

  • Frédéric Chopin (or Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin) (1810). Polish classical pianist/composer in Romantic style. Died 10/17/1849.


    MARCH 2

  • Luke Pritchard (1985). Rock singer with the Kooks.

  • Chris Martin (1977). English rock singer with Coldplay (“Clocks”, “Viva la Vida”, 2002’s A Rush of Blood to the Head).

  • Jon Bon Jovi (1962). New Jersey rock singer with Bon Jovi (“Livin’ on a Prayer”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”). Born John Bongiovi.

  • Mark Evans (1956). Australian rock bassist with AC/DC from 1974-77.

  • Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) (1955)

  • Jay Osmond (1955). Utah singer with family group The Osmonds.

  • Dave Farmer (1952). English drummer with Blackfoot Sue. Twin of Tom Farmer.

  • Tom Farmer (1952). English bassist, keyboardist, and vocalist with Blackfoot Sue. Twin of Dave Farmer.

  • Karen Carpenter (1950). Connecticut singer and drummer who formed the duo The Carpenters (“They Long to Be Close to You”, “We’ve Only Just Begun”) with her brother. Died 2/4/1983.

  • Rory Gallagher (1948). Irish guitarist (“Tattooed Lady”). Died 6/14/1995.

  • Lou Reed (1942). New York experimental-rock singer/songwriter and musician with the Velvet Underground (1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1968’s White Light/White Heat, 1969’s The Velvet Underground) and a solo artist (“Walk on the Wild Side”, 1972’s Transformer, 1973’s Berlin).

  • Dottie Rambo (1934). Gospel singer. Died 5/11/2008.

  • Kurt Weill (1900). Composer.

  • Bedrich Smetana (1824). Czech composer.


    MARCH 3

  • Ronan Keating (Boyzone) (1977)

  • John Bigham (Fishbone) (1969)

  • Tone-Loc (1966)

  • Merrick (1954). English drummer with Adam & the Ants. Born Chris Hughes.

  • Robyn Hitchcock (1953). English singer/songwriter.

  • Blue Weaver (1949). English keyboardist with Amen Corner. Born Derek Weaver.

  • Dave Mount (1947). English drummer and vocalist with Mud.

  • Jennifer Warnes (1947). American singer/songwriter (“Right Time of the Night”, “Up Where We Belong”).

  • Jance Garfat (Dr. Hook) (1944)

  • Mike Pender (1942). English guitarist and vocalist with The Searchers. Born Michael Pendergrast.

  • Junior Parker (1927). Arkansas R&B/blues musician born Herman Parker. Died 11/8/1971.

  • Doc Watson (1923). Singer/guitarist.


    MARCH 4

  • Fergal Lawlor (The Cranberries) (1971)

  • Patsy Kensit (1968). English actress and musician in Eighth Wonder.

  • Patrick Hannan (1966) Musician with The Sundays.

  • Jason Newsted (1963). Rock bassist with Metallica.

  • Boon Gould (Level 42) (1955)

  • Emilio Estefan, Jr. (1953). Cuban producer.

  • Chris Rea (1951). English rock musician (“Fool (If You Think It’s Over)”).

  • Chris Squire (1948). Rock bassist and co-founder of Yes (1971’s Fragile).

  • Shakin’ Stevens (1948). Welsh singer/songwriter “(This Ole House”). Born Michael Barratt.

  • Bobby Womack (1944). Ohio R&B singer/songwriter (“It’s All Over Now”) and musician.

  • Miriam Makeba (1932). South African singer.

  • Antonio Vivaldi (1678). Austrian composer (The Four Seasons). Died 7/28/1741.


    MARCH 5

  • Kevin Connolly (1974). Singer/songwriter.

  • John Frusciante (1970). Alternative-rock guitarist with the Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik).

  • Craig Reid & Charlie Reid (Proclaimers) (1962)

  • David Tibet (1960). Musician.

  • Andy Gibb (1958). English pop singer (“I Just Want to Be Your Everything”, “Shadow Dancing”). Died 3/10/1988.

  • Mark E. Smith (1957). Rock singer/songwriter with The Fall.

  • Teena Marie (1956). American R&B singer/songwriter.

  • Alan Clark (1952). Rock keyboardist with Dire Straits (1985’s Brothers in Arms).

  • Eddy Grant (1948). Guyana reggae singer (“Electric Avenue”).

  • Murray Head (1946). English singer (“One Night in Bangkok”).

  • Ben Selvin (1898). American bandleader (“Forever Blowing Bubbles”, “Dardanella”, “Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)”, “Manhattan”, “Blue Skies”, “Happy Days Are Here Again”). Died 7/15/1980.

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887). Composer.


    MARCH 6

  • Bubba Sparxxx (1977)

  • Beanie Sigel (1974). Rapper.

  • Tone Loc (1966). Rapper.

  • Kiki Dee (1947). English singer (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Elton John). Born Pauline Matthews.

  • David Gilmour (1946). English rock singer and guitarist with Pink Floyd.

  • Hugh Grundy (The Zombies) (1945)

  • Kiri Te Kanawa (1944). New Zealand soprano.

  • Mary Wilson (1944). R&B/pop singer with The Supremes (“Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”).

  • Lorin Maazel (1930). Music director of the New York Philharmonic.

  • Sarah Caldwell (1924). American opera conductor. Died 3/23/2006.

  • Wes Montgomery (1923). American jazz guitarist. Died 6/15/1968.

  • Bob Wills (1905). American country songwriter and bandleader (“New San Antonio Rose”). Called “The King of Western Swing.” Born James Robert Wills. Died 5/13/1975.


    MARCH 7

  • Paul Cattermole (1977). Member of the British pop group S Club 7.

  • Randy Guss (Toad The Wet Sprocket) (1967)

  • Denyce Graves (1965). American opera singer.

  • Taylor Dayne (1962)

  • Jules Shear (1952). Musician.

  • Matthew Fisher (1946). English rock keyboardist with Procol Harum.

  • Peter Wolf (1946). Rock singer with J. Geils Band (“Centerfold”). Born Peter W. Blankfield.

  • Arthur Lee (1945). American rock singer/songwriter and musician with Love (1967’s Forever Changes).

  • Chris White (The Zombies) (1943)

  • Danyel Gerard (1941). Brazilian musician (“Butterfly”). Born Gerard Daniel Kherlakian.

  • Maurice Ravel (1875). French composer (“Bolero”). Died 1937.


    MARCH 8

  • Bob, Clint, and Dave Moffatt (1984). Triplets in Canadian pop group the Moffatts.

  • Kameelah Williams (702) (1978)

  • Shawn Mullins (1968)

  • Peter Gill (1964) Musician with Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

  • Gary Numan (1958). English singer with Tubeway Army. Also a solo artist (“Cars”).

  • Mel Galley (1948) Musician with Whitesnake.

  • Carole Bayer Sager (1947). American songwriter (Dionne & Friends’ “That’s What Friends Are For”).

  • Michael Allsup (Three Dog Knight) (1947)

  • Randy Meisner (1946). Nebraska country-rock bassist and singer with Poco and The Eagles.

  • Mickey Dolenz (1945). American singer, drummer, and actor with pop-rock group the Monkees (“I’m a Believer”).

  • Ralph Ellis (1942). English guitarist and vocalist with The Swinging Blue Jeans.

  • Christian Wolff (1934). American composer of experimental classical music.

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714). German classical composer and pianist. Died 12/14/1788.


    MARCH 9

  • Bow Wow (1987). Rapper.

  • Chingy (1980). American rapper (“Right Thurr”).

  • Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five) (1968)

  • Martin Fry (1958). English singer with ABC (“The Look of Love”, “Be Near Me”, “When Smokey Sings”).

  • Jeffrey Osborne (1948). American R&B singer/songwriter and musician.

  • Robin Trower (1945). English rock guitarist with Procol Harum.

  • John Cale (1942). Welsh experimental-rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was a founding member of the Velvet Underground (1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1968’s White Light/White Heat) and later a solo artist (Paris 1919). Also a producer (The Stooges’ 1969 album The Stooges, Patti Smith’s Horses, The Modern Lovers’ (1976’s (The Modern Lovers).

  • Mark Lindsay (1942> American singer with Paul Revere & Raiders.

  • Mickey Gilley (1936). Country singer.

  • Lloyd Price (1933). Louisiana R&B singer (“Lawdy Miss Clawdy”, “Stagger Lee”, “Personality”).

  • Keely Smith (1932). Jazz singer known as the “Queen of Swing.” Wife of musician Louis Prima.

  • Ornette Coleman (1930). American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer.

  • Samuel Barber (1910). Classical composer (“Adagio for Strings”). Died 1981.


    MARCH 10

  • Carrie Underwood (1983). American country singer (“Before He Cheats”, “Jesus, Take the Wheel”, 2005’s Some Hearts); winner of TV’s American Idol in 2005.

  • Robin Thicke (1977). Singer.

  • Timbaland (1971). Music producer born Timothy Zachery Mosley.

  • Haifa Wehbe (1970). Singer.

  • Edie Brickell (1966)

  • Neneh Cherry (1964). Female Swedish rap singer (“Buffalo Stance”). Born Neneh Mariann Karlsson.

  • Jeff Ament (1963). Rock musician with Pearl Jam and Temple of the Dog.

  • Rick Rubin (1963). American record producer (Run-D.M.C.’s 1986 Raising Hell, Beastie Boys’ 1986 Licensed to Ill, Public Enemy’s 1988 It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Johnny Cash’s 1994 American Recordings).

  • Tina Charles (1955). English singer with 5000 Volts (“I’m on Fire”). Also a solo artist (“I Love to Love”). Born Tina Hoskins.

  • Tom Scholz (1947). American rock guitarist/songwriter for Boston (“More Than a Feeling”, 1976’s Boston, 1978’s Don’t Look Back).

  • Dean Torrence (1941). Singer from Jan & Dean.

  • Jethro (1923). American musician in duo Homer & Jethro. Born Kenneth C. Burns. Died 4/2/1989.

  • Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke (1903). American jazz cornetist, pianist, and composer. Died 8/6/1931.


    MARCH 11

  • LeToya Luckett (1981). Early member of R&B/pop group Destiny’s Child.

  • Paul Wall (1981). Rapper.

  • Benji and Joel Madden (1979). Rock musicians in Good Charlotte.

  • Lisa Loeb (1968)

  • Bruce Watson (1961). Canadian rock guitarist with Big Country (“In a Big Country”).

  • Mike Percy (Dead Or Alive) (1961)

  • Cheryl Lynn (1957)

  • Nina Hagen (1955)

  • Bobby McFerrin (1950). Singer/musician (“Don’t Worry Be Happy”).

  • George Kooymans (Golden Earring) (1948)

  • Lawrence Welk (1903). South Dakota bandleader and host of own music TV show. Died 5/17/1992.


    MARCH 12

  • Frank Catalono (1978). Jazz saxophonist.

  • Graham Coxon (1969). German/English guitarist, saxophonist, and vocalist with Blur (1994’s Parklife).

  • Marlon Jackson (1957). Indiana musician with his brothers in The Jackson 5 (“ABC”, “The Love You Save”, “I Want You Back”, “I’ll Be There”).

  • Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) (1957)

  • Mike Gibbins (1949). Welsh drummer with Badfinger.

  • Les Holroyd (1948). English bassist and singer with Barclay James Harvest.

  • James Taylor (1948). Massachussetts pop/folk singer/songwriter (“You’ve Got a Friend”, “Fire and Rain”).

  • Liza Minnelli (1946). Singer and actress in Cabaret. Daughter of Judy Garland.

  • Al Jarreau (1940). Jazz/R&B singer.

  • Leonard Chess (1917). Polish record executive. Died 10/16/1969.

  • Paul Weston (1912). American jazz big band leader. Born Paul Weststein. Died 9/20/1996.


    MARCH 13

  • Common (1978)

  • Adam Clayton (1960). Irish rock bassist with U2.

  • Candi Staton (1940). Alabama musician (“Young Hearts Run Free”).

  • Neil Sedaka (1939). New York pop singer/composer (“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”).

  • Mike Stoller (1933). American rock songwriter, usually with Jerry Leiber (Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock”, the Coasters’ “Searchin’”, Wilbert Harrison’s “Kansas City”, the Drifters’ “On Broadway”).

  • Sammy Kaye (1910). American bandleader. Died 6/2/1987.

  • Hugo Wolf (1860). Composer.


    MARCH 14

  • Colby O’Donis (1989). Singer (on Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”).

  • Taylor Hanson (1983). Pop singer/keyboardist in group Hanson (“Mmmbop”) with brothers.

  • Kristian Bush (Sugarland) (1970)

  • Michael Bland (Soul Asylum) (1969)

  • Billy Sherwood (1965). Musician.

  • Jim Pons (1943). California rock bassist with The Turtles.

  • Quincy Jones (1933). American R&B/jazz musician and producer (Michael Jackson’s 1982’s Thriller).

  • Dieter Schnebel (1930). Composer.

  • Les Baxter (1922). Texas jazz/ big band leader. Died 1/15/1996.

  • Les Brown (1912). American big band leader and composer (“Sentimental Journey”). Died 1/4/2001.

  • Johann Strauss, Sr. (1804). Composer.

  • Georg Philipp Telemann (1681). Composer.


    MARCH 15

  • Sid Wilson (1978). Musician.

  • Joseph Hahn (1977). DJ with rap-rock group Linkin Park (2000’s Hybrid Theory).

  • will.i.am (1975). Hip-hop artist with Black Eyed Peas (“I Gotta Feeling”, “Boom Boom Pow”).

  • Mark Hoppus (1972). Pop-punk bassist with Blink-182.

  • Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) (1968)

  • Rockwell (1964)

  • Bret Michaels (Poison) (1963)

  • Steve McCoy (Dead Or Alive) (1962)

  • Terence Trent D’Arby (1962). New York R&B singer/songwriter (“Wishing Well”, “Sign Your Name”, Introducing the Hardline…). Born Terence Trent Howard. Later changed his name to Sananda Maitreya.

  • Dee Snider (1955). Rock singer with Twisted Sister (“We’re Not Gonna Take It”).

  • Ryland Peter “Ry” Cooder (1947). California singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Howard Scott (War) (1946)

  • Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart (1944). R&B musician with Sly & the Family Stone (“Everyday People”, “Family Affair”, 1969’s Stand!, 1971 There’s a Riot Goin’ On).

  • Jerry Jeff Walker (1942)

  • Mike Love (1941). California singer and saxophonist with the Beach Boys (“Good Vibrations”, Pet Sounds).

  • Phil Lesh (1940). American rock bassist and singer with the Grateful Dead.

  • Carl Smith (1927). American country singer. Died 1/16/2010.

  • Harry James (1916). American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (“I’ve Heard That Song Before”, “All or Nothing at All”, “I’ll Get By As Long As I Have You”). Died 7/5/1983.

  • Lightnin’ Hopkins (1912). Texas blues singer/songwriter and guitarist. Born Sam Hopkins. Died 1/30/1982.


    MARCH 16

  • Swift (1976). Rapper.

  • Stewart Kerr (Texas) (1963)

  • Flavor Flav (1959). Rapper with Public Enemy (1988’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, 1990’s Fear of a Black Planet).

  • Nancy Wilson (1954). Fronted rock group Heart (“Alone”, “Barracuda”) with sister Ann.

  • Michael Bruce (1948). California guitarist and vocalist (Billion Dollar Babies).

  • Jerry Jeff Walker (1942). New York composer (“Mr. Bojangles”). Born Paul Crosby.

  • Tommy Flanagan (1930). Michigan jazz pianist. Died 11/16/2001.


    MARCH 17

  • Caroline Corr (1973). Irish drummer with the Corrs.

  • Melissa Auf Der Maur (1972). Canadian bassist with Hole and Smashing Pumpkins.

  • Gene Ween (1970). Singer/songwriter.

  • Billy Corgan (1967). American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Smashing Pumpkins (Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness).

  • Clare Grogan (1962). Scottish singer with Altered Images.

  • Mike Kindup (Level 42) (1959)

  • Wally Stocker (1954). English guitarist with The Babys.

  • Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) (1951)

  • Fran Byrne (1948). Irish drummer (Bees Make Honey, Ace).

  • Harold Brown (War) (1946)

  • John Sebastian (1944). New York rock singer/songwriter with the Lovin’ Spoonful (“Do You Believe in Magic?”).

  • Clarence Clemons (1941)

  • Paul Kantner (1941). California rock singer/songwriter/guitarist with Jefferson Airplane (“White Rabbit”, 1967’s Surrealistic Pillow).

  • Zola Taylor (1938). Singer.

  • Nat “King” Cole (1919). Alabama traditional pop/jazz singer (“The Christmas Song”, “Mona Lisa”, “Unforgettable”). Born Nathaniel Adams Cole. Died 2/15/1965.

  • Alfred Newman (1900). American musical theater composer. Died 2/17/1970.


    MARCH 18

  • Adam Levine (1979). Rock singer/guitarist with Maroon 5 (“This Love”, “She Will Be Loved”, “Makes Me Wonder”).

  • Devin Lima (1977). Member of pop group LFO (“Summer Girls”).

  • Stuart Zender (Jamiroquai) (1974)

  • Queen Latifah (1970). Rapper and actress (Chicago).

  • Jerry Cantrell (1966). Washington rock guitarist with Alice in Chains.

  • Vanessa Williams (1963). R&B singer (“Save the Best for Last”) and actress. Former Miss America.

  • Jeff LeBar (Cinderella) (1963)

  • Irene Cara (1959). R&B/pop singer (“Flashdance…What a Feeling”, “Fame”).

  • John Hartman (Doobie Brothers) (1950)

  • B.J. Wilson (1947). English rock drummer with Procol Harum. Born Barrie James Wilson. Died 10/8/1990.

  • Eric Woolfson (1945). Scottish singer/songwriter/musician/co-founder of the Alan Parsons Project (“Eye in the Sky”, “Games People Play”). Died 12/2/2009.

  • Wilson Pickett (1941). Alabama R&B/soul singer (“In the Midnight Hour”). Died 1/19/2006.

  • Charley Pride (1938). American country singer.

  • John Kander (1927). American songwriter.

  • George Olsen (1893). American jazz bandleader. Died 3/18/1971.


    MARCH 19

  • Derek Longmuir (1955). Scottish drummer with Bay City Rollers.

  • Billy Sheehan (1953). Bassist.

  • Paul Atkinson (The Zombies) (1946)

  • Ruth Pointer (1946). California R&B singer with The Pointer Sisters (“Slow Hand”, “Fire”, “I’m So Excited”).

  • Jeff Neighbor (1942). Washington bassist and trombonist with Joy of Cooking.

  • Clarence “Frogman” Henry (1937)

  • Lennie Tristano (1919). Illinois jazz pianist. Died 11/18/1978.

  • Max Reger (1873). German composer. Died 5/11/1916.


    MARCH 20

  • Nick Wheeler (1982). Rock guitarist in the All-American Rejects.

  • Chester Bennington 1976. Rap-rock singer with Linkin Park (“In the End”, 2000’s Hybrid Theory, 2003’s Meteora).

  • Slim Jim Phantom (1961). Rock musician with the Stray Cats (“Rock This Town”).

  • Jimmy Vaughan (1951). American blues-rock guitarist with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Brother of blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.

  • Carl Palmer (1947). English rock drummer with Emerson, Lake & Palmer (“Lucky Man”) and Asia (“Heat of the Moment”, 1982’s Asia).

  • Jerry Reed (1937). American country singer/songwriter born Jerry Reed Hubbard. Died 9/1/2008.

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry (1936). Jamaican reggae and dub musician and producer. Born Rainford Hugh Perry.

  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915). American gospel/blues guitarist and singer (“Down by the Riverside”, “This Train”). Born Rosetta Nubin.

  • Oswald George “Ozzie” Nelson (1906). American actor and jazz bandleader. Died 6/3/1975.


    MARCH 21

  • Deryck Whibley (1980). Musician.

  • Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) (1968)

  • Jonas “Joker” Berggren (1967). Swedish keyboardist with Ace of Base (“All That She Wants”, “The Sign”).

  • MC Maxim (Prodigy) (1967)

  • Sean Dickson (Soup Dragons) (1967)

  • Nobuo Uematsu (1959). Composer.

  • Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) (1951)

  • Russell Thompkins, Jr. (1951). Philadelphia singer with The Stylistics.

  • Roger Hodgson (1950). British rock singer and founder of Supertramp. Born Charles Roger Pomfret Hodgson.

  • Eddie Money (1949). Rock singer (“Two Tickets to Paradise”, “Take Me Home Tonight”).

  • Ray Dorset (1946). English singer with Mungo Jerry (“In the Summertime”).

  • Rosemary Stone (1945). R&B musician with Sly & the Family Stone (1969’s Stand!).

  • Vivian Stanshall (1943). English singer with The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Died 3/5/1995.

  • Solomon Burke (1940). American R&B singer.

  • Otis Spann (1930). Mississippi blues pianist. Died 4/24/1970.

  • Son House (1902). Blues guitarist and singer.

  • Modest Mussorgsky (1839). Composer (Pictures at an Exhibition).

  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685). German Baroque composer (Brandenburg Concertos, St. Matthew Passion, Goldberg Variations). Died 7/28/1750.


    MARCH 22

  • Stephanie Mills (1957). R&B singer and actress (Broadway’s The Wiz).

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948). Musical theater composer (Cats, 1986’s Phantom of the Opera).

  • Patrick Olive (1947). Grenadan guitarist and percussionist with Hot Chocolate.

  • George Benson (1943). Philadelphia R&B/jazz singer/guitarist.

  • Keith Relf (1943). English rock singer with The Yardbirds (“For Your Love”). Died 3/22/1943.

  • Stephen Sondheim (1930). Musical theater composer (1957’s West Side Story, 1959’s Gypsy).

  • Sonny Burke (1914). Pennsylvania jazz/big band leader. Died 5/31/1980.


    MARCH 23

  • Damon Albarn (1968). English Brit-pop singer/songwriter with Blur (1994’s Parklife, “Song 2”) and Gorillaz (“Feel Good Inc.”).

  • Marti Pellow (1966). Musician with Wet Wet Wet.

  • Chaka Khan (1953). Illinois R&B singer with Rufus. Also a solo artist (“I Feel for You”). Born Yvette Marie Stevens.

  • Ric Ocasek (1949). American rock singer who fronted The Cars (“Just What I Needed”, “My Best Friend’s Girl”, 1978’s The Cars). Born Richard Otcasek.

  • Artie Shaw (1910). American jazz clarinetist and bandleader (“Begin the Beguine”, “Frenesi”, “Star Dust”, “Dancing in the Dark”) born Arthur Arshawsky. Died 12/30/2004.


    MARCH 24

  • Sharon Corr (1970). Violinist with siblings in the Corrs.

  • Mase (1970). Rapper.

  • Nena (1960). German pop singer (“99 Red Balloons”).

  • Nick Lowe (1949). British singer/songwriter and bassist (Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile, solo), and producer.

  • Billy Stewart (1937). Washington D.C. musician (“Summertime”). Died 1/17/1970.


    MARCH 25

  • Melanie Blatt (All Saints) (1975)

  • Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) (1960)

  • Paul Miles (1952). American singer/guitarist known as “The Blues Man.”

  • Maizie Wiliams (1951). West Indian singer with Boney M.

  • Neil Jones (1949). Welsh guitarist with Amen Corner.

  • Elton John (1947). English singer/songwriter and pianist (“Your Song”, “Candle in the Wind 1997”) born Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

  • Aretha Franklin (1942). Tennessee R&B singer (“Respect”, “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”) known as “The Queen of Soul.”

  • Anita Bryant (1940).

  • Hoyt Axton (1938). American country singer and songwriter (Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World”). Died 10/26/1999.

  • Johnny Burnette (1934). Tennessee singer (“You’re Sixteen”). Died 8/15/1964.

  • Béla Bartók (1881). Hungarian classical composer and pianist. Died 9/26/1945.

  • Arturo Toscanini (1867). Russian violinist, conductor (NBC orchestra), and composer. Brought classical music to radio. Died 1/16/1957.


    MARCH 26

  • Jay Sean (1981)

  • Juvenile (1975)

  • James Iha (1968). American guitarist with Smashing Pumpkins.

  • Kenny Chesney (1968). Country singer.

  • Billy Lyall (1953). Scottish keyboardist, flautist, and vocalist with Pilot. Died 1989.

  • Teddy Pendergrass (1950). Pennsylvania R&B singer with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes.

  • Richard Tandy (ELO) (1948)

  • Steven Tyler (1948). New York rock singer with Aerosmith (“Dream On”, “Walk This Way”). Born Steven Victor Tallarico.

  • Fran Sheehan (Boston) (1946)

  • Diana Ross (1944). Michigan R&B/pop singer with The Supremes (“Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”, “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”) and later a solo act (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Upside Down”, “Endless Love”).


    MARCH 27

  • Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson (1975). Pop singer with Black Eyed Peas (“My Humps”) and a solo act (“Big Girls Don’t Cry”).

  • Mariah Carey (1970). New York pop/R&B singer (“Vision of Love”, “One Sweet Day”, “We Belong Together”).

  • Brendan Hill (1970). Rock musician with Blues Traveler.

  • Johnny April (Staind) (1965)

  • Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai) (1964)

  • Xuxa (1963). Brazilian TV star, singer, dancer, and model.

  • Kid Congo Powers (1961). California guitarist with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Born Brian Tristan.

  • Andrew Farris (1959). Australian rock keyboardist with INXS (“Need You Tonight”, “What You Need”).

  • Billy MacKenzie (1957). Scottish singer with The Associates. Died 1/22/1997.

  • Tony Banks (1950). Prog-rock keyboardist with Genesis (1973’s Selling England by the Pound, 1974’s The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, 1986’s Invisible Touch).

  • Sarah Vaughan (1924). New Jersey jazz singer (“Tenderly”), Died 4/3/1990.

  • Robert Lockwood, Jr. (1915). Arkansas blues guitarist. Died 11/21/2006.

  • Moon Mullican (1909). Texas musician known as “The King of Hillbilly Piano”. Born Aubrey Mullican. Died 1/1/1967.

  • Leroy Carr (1905). Tennessee blues singer. Died 4/29/1935.

  • Hal Kemp (1904). American bandleader, saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. Died 12/21/1940.


    MARCH 28

  • Lady Gaga (1986). American dance-pop singer (“Just Dance”, “Poker Face”, 2008’s The Fame) born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

  • Scott Mills (1974). BBC radio disc jockey.

  • James Atkins (EMF) (1967)

  • Reba McEntire (1955). Oklahoma country singer.

  • John Evans (1948). Musician with Jethro Tull (1971’s Aqualung).

  • Milan Williams (1948). Mississippi keyboardist, trombonist, guitarist, and drummer with The Jays and The Commodores. Died 7/9/2006.

  • Sally Carr (1945). Scottish singer with Middle of the Road.

  • Chuck Portz (1945). California bassist with The Turtles.

  • Bill Gaither (1936). Gospel singer.

  • Thad Jones (1923). American trumpeter and composer born Thaddeus Joseph Jones. Died 8/20/1986.

  • Rudolf Serkin (1903). Bohemian pianist. Died 5/8/1991.

  • Paul Whiteman (1890). American bandleader. Died 12/29/1967.

    MARCH 29

  • John Popper (Blues Traveler) (1967)

  • Perry Farrell (1959). American rock singer with Jane’s Addiction. Born Perry Bernstein.

  • Bobby Kimball (Toto) (1947)

  • Terry Jacks (1946). Canadian singer (“Seasons in the Sun”).

  • Billy Thorpe (1946). Musician.

  • Vangelis (1943). Greek composer (“Chariots of Fire”) born Evangelos Papathanassiou.

  • Chad Allan (Guess Who) (1943)

  • Pearl Bailey (1918). American big band singer. Died 8/17/1990.

  • William Walton (1902). Composer.


    MARCH 30

  • Scott Moffatt (1983). Member of Canadian pop group the Moffatts.

  • Norah Jones (1979). Adult contemporary/jazz singer (Come Away with Me).

  • Adam Goldstein (1973). DJ.

  • Celine Dion (1968). Canadian pop singer (“My Heart Will Go On”, “Because You Loved Me”).

  • Tracy Chapman (1964). Ohio contemporary folk singer/songwriter (“Fast Car”, “Give Me One Reason”).

  • MC Hammer (1962). Rapper (“U Can’t Touch This”) born Stanley Kirk Burrell.

  • Randy Warmer (1955). Musician.

  • Dave Ball (Procol Harum) (1950)

  • Re Styles (1950). Vocalist with The Tubes.

  • Jim “Dandy” Mangrum (1948). Arkansas singer with Black Oak Arkansas.

  • Eric Clapton (1945). English rock guitarist/singer with several acclaimed groups, including Cream (“Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room”, 1967’s Disraeli Gears), Derek and the Dominos (“Layla”), Blind Faith (“Can’t Find My Way Home”), and successful with a solo career (“Tears in Heaven”, “Wonderful Tonight”). Born Eric Clapp.

  • Graeme Edge (1941). English progressive-rock drummer with the Moody Blues (1967’s Days of Future Passed).

  • Astrud Gilberto (1940). Brazilian bossa nova singer (“The Girl from Ipanema”).

  • Rolf Harris (1930). Australian entertainer (“Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport”).

  • Sonny Boy Williamson #1 (1914). Tennessee blues musician born John Lee Williamson. Died 6/1/1948.

  • Frankie Laine (1913). Singer (“Mule Train”). Died 2/6/2007.


    MARCH 31

  • Tony Yayo (1978). Rapper.

  • Robert Holmes ('til tuesday) (1959)

  • Pat McGlynn (Bay City Rollers) (1958)

  • Angus Young (1955). Scottish-born Australian rock guitarist/songwriter and co-founder of >AC/DC (1980’s Back in Black).

  • Tony Brock (1954). English rock drummer with The Babys.

  • Sean Hopper (1953). Rock musician with Huey Lewis & the News (1983’s Sports).

  • Don Hume (1950). English bassist with Arrival.

  • Al Goodman (Ray, Goodman & Brown) (1947)

  • Al Nichol (1946). North Carolina guitarist, pianist, and vocalist with The Turtles.

  • Mick Ralphs (1944). English rock guitarist with Mott the Hoople and Bad Company. Born Michael Jeffrey Ralphs.

  • Herb Alpert (1935). Producer, composer, trumpeter, and bandleader (“The Lonely Bull”, “Taste of Honey”, “This Guy’s in Love with You”, “Rise”).

  • Shirley Jones (1934). Singer and actress (TV’s The Partridge Family).

  • Lefty Frizzell (1928). Texas country singer. Born William Orville Frizzell. Died 7/19/1975.

  • Red Norvo (1908). American jazz bandleader. Died 4/6/1999.

  • Joseph Haydn (1732). Austrian classical composer and pianist. Died 5/31/1809.


    This page last updated June 7, 2013.

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018

    Musicians – Their Stage Names and Their Real Names

    First posted 7/13/2012; updated 2/21/2018.

    This post was originally inspired in July 2012 when Billboard magazine put up a post on their website about musicians’ real names. The link annoyingly forces one to scroll through 150 pics to see the full list, so I’ve redone it here and added more names. In November 2013, I updated the list and am reposting it, inspired by Matthew Wilkening’s “Stage Name Origins” article at UltimateClassicRock.com.

    First, a few thoughts. Some music stars might have had a tough go with their original names. How far would George Michael have gone with the unwieldy moniker of Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou? Queen’s Freddie Mercury would have spent a career explaining how to pronounce Farrokh Bulsara. Certainly Stevland Judkins doesn’t roll off the tongue as smoothly as Stevie Wonder. Would the rap world have taken Queen Latifah seriously as Dana Owens?

    Still, I question why some of these stars changed their names. Come on, Marc Anthony. Didn’t you think Marco Muniz had a ring to it? Frankly, I like the name Cameron Thomaz just fine, Wiz Khalifa. And when you’ve got a great first name like Terius or Jayceon, why not work with that? I’m looking at you The-Dream and The Game.

    There are also stars who understandably thought their given name wasn’t catchy enough, but probably should have searched a little longer for a better stage name. Admittedly, if my name were Wouter De Backer, I’d want something catchier, too – although I’m not sure Gotye is the best answer. And as for you, Adam Wiles, I get it. You wanted something that popped, that zinged, that people wouldn’t forget – so you went with Calvin Harris?? Keep trying.

    Some stars’ names sound made up, but if you check their birth certificates, Madonna, Prince, and Ke$ha (sans dollar sign) really are their names. My favorite, though, is Neil Diamond. Guess what his real name is? Neil Diamond. Anyway, here’s a list of what I have gathered thus far. Stage names are listed first (alphabetically) followed by given names. Parentheses indicate a group with which the musician is closely identified.

    A

  • Aaliyah: Aaliyah Dana Haughton
  • Johnny Ace: John Alexander Jr.
  • Cannonball Adderley: Julian Edwin Adderley
  • Adele: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins

    Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, image from cnn.com

  • Trace Adkins: Tracy Darrell Adkins
  • Gaye Adverts: Gaye Black
  • Aesop Rock: Ian Matthias Bavitz
  • Afrojack: Nick van de Wall
  • Afroman: Joseph Foreman
  • Clay Aiken: Clayton Holmes Grissom
  • Akon: Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam
  • G.G. Allin: Jesus Christ Allin
  • Ed Ames: Ed Urick
  • Tori Amos: Myra Ellen Amos
  • Anastacia: Anastacia Lyn Newkirk
  • Trey Anastasio (Phish): Ernest Joseph Anastasio III
  • André 3000 (Outkast): André Lauren Benjamin
  • Julie Andrews: Julia Elizabeth Wells
  • Horace Andy: Horace Hinds
  • Rodney Anonymous: Rodney Linderman
  • Marc Anthony: Marco Antonio Muniz
  • Adam Ant: Stuart Leslie Goddard
  • apl.de.ap (Black Eyed Peas): Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr.
  • Apollonia: Patricia Kotero
  • Fiona Apple: Fiona Apple Maggart
  • Harold Arlen: Hyman Arluck
  • Claudio Arrau: Claudio Arrau León
  • A$AP Ferg: Darold D. Brown Ferguson
  • A$AP Rocky: Rakim Mayers
  • Ashanti: Ashanti Shaquoya Douglas
  • Fred Astaire: Frederick Austerlitz
  • Chet Atkins: Chester Burton Atkins
  • A-Trak: Alain Macklovitch
  • Gene Austin: Lemeul Eugene Lucas
  • Gene Autry: Orvon Grover Autry
  • Frankie Avalon: Francis Thomas Avallone
  • Avicii: Tim Bergling
  • Iggy Azalea: Amethyst Amelia Kelly
  • Charles Aznavour: Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian

    B

  • Cardi B: Belcalis Almanzar
  • Eric B: Louis Eric Barrier
  • Babyface: Kenneth Brian Edmonds
  • Erykah Badu: Erica Wright
  • Chet Baker: Chesney Henry Baker
  • Ginger Baker: Peter Edward Baker
  • Josephine Baker: Frida Josephine McDonald Carson
  • LaVern Baker: Delores Evans
  • Marty Balin: Martyn Jerel Buchwald
  • Hank Ballard: John Henry Kendricks
  • Afrika Bambaataa: Kevin Donovan
  • Moe Bandy: Marion Franklin Bandy, Jr.
  • Lloyd Banks: Christopher Lloyd
  • David Banner: Levell Crump
  • Syd Barrett: Roger Keith Barrett
  • Jeff Barry: Joel Adleberg
  • Count Basie: William James Basie
  • Toni Basil: Antonia Basilotta
  • Stiv Bators: Steven John Bator
  • Nora Bayes: Eleanora Sarah Goldberg
  • Beck: Bek David Campbell
  • Beenie Man: Anthony Moses Davis
  • Bix Beiderbecke: Leon Bismark Beiderbecke
  • Pat Benatar: Patricia Mae Andrejewski
  • Tony Bennett: Anthony Dominick Benedetto

    Anthony Dominick Benedetto, image from Wikimedia.org

  • Brook Benton: Benjamin Franklin Peay
  • Daisy Berkowitz: Scott Mitchell Putesky
  • Milton Berle: Mendel Berlinger
  • Irving Berlin: Israel Beilin
  • Ben Bernie: Bernard Anzelevitz
  • Beyoncé: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles
  • Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys): Eric Reed Boucher
  • Bo Bice: Harold Elwin Bice III
  • Big Boi: Antwan Andre Patton
  • The Big Bopper: Jiles Perry Richardson
  • Big Daddy Kane: Antonio Mortimer Hardy
  • Big Pun(isher): Christopher Lee Rios
  • Big Sean: Sean Michael Anderson
  • Big Youth: Manley Augustus Buchanan
  • Birdman: Bryan Williams
  • Biz Markie: Marcel Hall
  • Björk: Björk Guðmundsdóttir
  • Black Francis (Pixies): Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV
  • Cilla Black: Priscilla Maria Veronica White
  • Eubie Blake: James Hubert Blake
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland: Robert Calvin Brooks
  • Blind Blake: Arthur Blake
  • Blondie: Deborah Harry
  • Kurtis Blow: Curtis Walker
  • B.O.B.: Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr.
  • Marc Bolan: Marc Feld
  • Rachel Bolan (Skid Row): James Southworth
  • Michael Bolton: Michael Bolotin
  • Bon Iver: Justin Vernon
  • Jon Bon Jovi: John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.
  • Gary “U.S.” Bonds: Gary Anderson
  • Bizzy Bone: Bryon Anthony McCane
  • Krayzie Bone: Anthony Henderson
  • Layzie Bone: Steven Howse
  • Wish Bone: Charles Scruggs
  • Bono: Paul David Hewson

    Paul Hewson, image from bonoonline.com

  • Sonny Bono: Salvatore Philip Bono
  • Pat Boone: Charles Eugene Boone
  • Victor Borge: Borge Rosenbaum
  • Grim Borknagar: Eric Brødreskift
  • Bounty Killer: Rodney Basil Price
  • David Bowie: David Robert Hayward Stenton Jones

    David Robert Hayward Stenton Jones, image from telegraph.co.uk

  • Bow Wow: Shad Gregory Moss
  • Boy George: George Alan O’Dowd
  • Bonnie Bramlett: Bonnie Lynn O’Farrell
  • Michelle Branch: Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch-Landau
  • Brandy: Brady Rayana Norwood
  • Scooter Braun: Scott Samuel Braun
  • Moya Brennan: Máire Philomena Ní Bhraonáin
  • Teresa Brewer: Teresa Breuer
  • Big Bill Broonzy: William Lee Conley Broonzy
  • Charles Brown: Tony Russell Brown
  • Foxy Brown: Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand
  • Luke Bryan: Thomas Luther Bryan
  • Felice Bryant: Matilda Genevieve Scaduto
  • Peabo Bryson: Robert Peapo Bryson
  • BT: Brian Wayne Transeau
  • Buckethead: Brian Carroll
  • Budgie: Peter Clark
  • Solomon Burke: James Solomon McDonald
  • T-Bone Burnett: Joseph Henry Burnett III
  • Burning Spear: Winston Rodney
  • Henry Burr: Harry Haley McClaskey
  • Busta Rhymes: Trevor George Smith, Jr.

    C

  • Cadence Weapon: Rollie Pemberton
  • Sammy Cahn: Samuel Cohen
  • Maria Callas: Cecilia Sophia Anna Maria Kalogeropoulos
  • Cab Calloway: Cabell Calloway
  • Cam: Camaron Marvel Ochs
  • K. Camp: Kristopher Campbell
  • Cam’ron: Cameron Giles
  • Canibus: Germaine Williams
  • Freddy Cannon: Frederick Anthony Picariello
  • Blu Cantrell: Tiffany Cobb
  • Captain Beefheart: Don Van Vliet
  • Hoagy Carmichael: Hoagland Howard Carmichael
  • Alessia Cara: Alessia Caracciolo
  • Irene Cara: Irene Escalera
  • Eric Carr (KISS): Paul Charles Caravello
  • Vicki Carr: Florencia Cardona
  • Benny Carter: Bennett Lester Carter
  • Betty Carter: Lillie Mae Jones
  • Cassidy: Barry Adrian Reese
  • Cat Power: Charlyn Marie Marshall
  • Chamillionaire: Hakeem Seriki
  • Chance the Rapper: Chancelor Jonathan Bennett
  • Gene Chandler: Eugene Dixon
  • Ray Charles: Ray Charles Robinson
  • Charli XCX: Charlotte Emma Aitchison
  • Charo: Maria Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza
  • Chubby Checker: Ernest Evans
  • Neneh Cherry: Neneh Mariann Karlsson
  • Cher: Cherilyn Sarkisian
  • Leonard Chess: Lejzor Shmuel Czyż
  • Phil Chess: Fiszel Czyż
  • Childish Gambino: Donald McKinley GLover
  • Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold): Jonathan Lewis Seward
  • Lou Christie: Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco
  • Chilli: Rozonda Ocielian Thomas
  • Chingy: Howard Bailey, Jr.
  • Charlotte Church: Charlotte Maria Reed
  • Eric Church: Kenneth Eric Church
  • Eric Clapton: Eric Patrick Clapp
  • Buddy Clark: Samuel Goldberg
  • Gene Clark (Byrds): Harold Eugene Clark
  • Petula Clark: Sally Olwen Clark
  • David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears): David Thomsett
  • Van Cliburn: Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr.
  • Jimmy Cliff: James Chambers
  • Patsy Cline: Virginia Patterson Hensley

    Virginia Patterson Hensley, image from patsymuseum.com

  • Joe Cocker: John Robert Cocker
  • Commander Cody: George Frayne
  • J. Cole: Jermaine Lamarr Cole
  • Nat “King” Cole: Nathaniel Adams Coles
  • Cy Coleman: Seymour Kaufman
  • Ornette Coleman: Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman
  • Albert Collins: Albert Gene Drewery
  • Bootsy Collins: William Collins
  • Jessi Colter: Miriam Johnson
  • Common: Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.
  • Perry Como: Pierino Ronald Como
  • Ry Cooder: Ryland Peter Cooder
  • Sam Cooke: Samuel Cook
  • Coolio: Artis Leon Ivey Jr.
  • Alice Cooper: Vincent Damon Furnier

    Vincent Damon Furnier, image from arts.blogs.pressdemocrat.com

  • Chick Corea: Armando Anthony Corea
  • Don Cornell: Luigi Variaro
  • Elvis Costello: Declan Patrick McManus
  • John Cougar: John Mellencamp
  • Peter Criss (KISS): George Peter John Criscuola
  • Bing Crosby: Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr.
  • Christopher Cross: Christopher Geppert
  • Celia Cruz: Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso
  • Taio Cruz: Adetayo Ayowale Onile-Ere
  • Miley Cyrus: Destiny Hope Cyrus

    D

  • Chuck D: Carlton Douglas Ridenhour
  • Mike D: Michael Diamond
  • Da Brat: Shawntae Harris
  • Daddy Mack: Chris Harrison Olsen Smith
  • Daddy Yankee: Ramon Ayala
  • Dick Dale: Richard Anthony Monsour
  • Vic Damone: Vito Rocco Farinola
  • Dan the Automator: Daniel Nakamura
  • Dana Dane: Dana McLeese
  • D’Angelo: Michael Eugene Archer
  • Danger Mouse: Brian Joseph Burton
  • Terence Trent D’Arby: Terence Trent Howard
  • Bobby Darin: Walden Robert Cassotto
  • Dimebag Darrell: Darrell Abbott
  • Mac Davis: Morris Davis
  • Skeeter Davis: Mary Frances Penick
  • Doris Day: Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff
  • Daya: Grace Tandon
  • Taylor Dayne: Leslie Wonderman
  • Deadmau5: Joel Thomas Zimmerman
  • Jimmy Dean: Seth Ward
  • Chris DeBurgh: Christopher John Davison
  • Kiki Dee: Pauline Mathews
  • Dej Loaf: Dej Trimble
  • Desmond Dekker: Desmond Adolphus Dacres
  • Lana Del Rey: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant
  • Del tha Funky Homosapien: Teron Delvon Jones
  • John Denver: Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.
  • Rick Derringer: Richard Zehringer
  • Jason Derulo: Jason Desrouleaux
  • Jackie DeShannon: Sharon Lee Myers
  • Neil Diamond: Neil Diamond
  • Bo Diddley: Ellas Otha Bates (name upon adoption: Ellas McDaniel)
  • Dido: Dido Florian Cloud De Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong
  • Ronnie James Dio: Ronald James Padavona
  • Dion: Dion Francis DiMucci
  • Diplo: Thomas Wesley Pentz
  • Dizzee Rascal: Dylan Mills
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff: Jeffrey A. Townes
  • DJ Krush: Hideaki Ishii
  • DJ Shadow: Josh Davis
  • DJ Snake: William Grigahcine
  • DJ Spooky: Paul D. Miller
  • DMC: Darryl McDaniels
  • DMX: Earl Simmons
  • Thomas Dolby: Thomas Morgan Robertson
  • Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees): George Michael Braddock
  • Plácido Domingo: José Plácido Domingo Embil
  • Fats Domino: Antoine Dominique Domino, Jr.
  • Donovan: Donovan Phillip Leitch
  • Drake: Aubrey Clark Graham
  • Dr. Demento: Barret Hansen
  • Dr. Dre: Andre Romelle Young
  • Dr. John: Malcolm John Rebennack
  • Dr. Luke: Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald
  • Dr. Octagon: Keith Matthew Thornton
  • The-Dream: Terius Youngdell Nash
  • Jermaine Dupri: Jermaine Dupri Maudlin
  • Fred Durst: William Frederick Durst
  • Dwele: Andwele Gardner
  • Bob Dylan: Robert Allen Zimmerman

    Robert Allen Zimmerman, image from judithpordon.tripod.com

    E

  • Sheila E.: Sheila Escovedo
  • Sheena Easton: Sheena Shirley Orr
  • Eazy-E: Eric Wright
  • The Edge: David Howell Evans
  • Duke Ellington: Edward Kennedy Ellington
  • Mama Cass Elliot: Ellen Naomi Cohen
  • Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott: Melissa Arnette Elliott
  • Eminem: Marshall Bruce Mathers III

    Marshall Bruce Mathers III, image from npr.org

  • Brian Eno: Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno
  • Enya: Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin
  • Gloria Estefan: Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo
  • Gil Evans: Ian Ernest Gilmore Green
  • Eve: Eve Jihan Jeffers
  • Everlast: Erik Schrody

    F

  • Shelley Fabares: Michelle Fabares
  • Fabian: Fabiona Forte Bonaparte
  • Fabolous: John David Jackson
  • Falco: Johann Hölzel
  • Fantasia: Fantasia Monique Barrino
  • Donna Fargo: Yvonne Vaughan
  • Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction): Perry Bernstein
  • Fat Joe: Joseph Antonio Cartagena
  • Fatboy Slim: Quentin Cook, aka Norman Cook
  • Feist: Leslie Feist
  • José Feliciano: José Monserrate Feliciano García
  • Freddy Fender: Baldemar Garza Huerta
  • Fergie: Stacy Ann Ferguson
  • Fetty Wap: Willie Maxwell
  • Shep Fields: Saul Feldman
  • 50 Cent: Curtis James Jackson III
  • Lupe Fiasco: Wasalu Muhammad Jaco
  • Fieldy (Korn): Reginald Quincy Arvizu
  • Fish (Marillion): Derek William Dick
  • Flavor Flav: William Jonathan Drayton, Jr.
  • Flea: Michael Peter Balzary
  • Flo Rida: Tramar Dillard
  • Klaus Flouride: Geoffrey Lyall
  • Red Foley: Clyde Julian Foley
  • Mary Ford: Iris Colleen Summers
  • Samantha Fox: Stacia Micula
  • Jamie Foxx: Eric Marlon Bishop
  • Connie Francis: Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero
  • Ace Frehley (KISS): Paul Daniel Frehley
  • Doug E. Fresh: Douglas E. Davis
  • Lefty Frizzell: William Orville Frizzell
  • Blind Boy Fuller: Fulton Allen
  • Future: Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn

    Kenneth Gorelick, image from jazzchill.blogspot.com

    G

  • Kenny G: Kenneth Bruce Gorelick
  • Shock G: Greg Jacobs
  • Warren G: Warren Griffin III
  • Madonna Wayne Gacy: Stephen Gregory Bier, Jr.
  • Liam Gallagher: William John Paul Gallagher
  • The Game: Jayceon Terrell Taylor
  • Jan Garber: Jacob Charles Garber
  • Jerry Garcia: Jerome John Garcia
  • Judy Garland: Frances Ethel Gumm
  • Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold): Brian Elwin Haner Jr.
  • Marvin Gaye: Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.
  • Crystal Gayle: Brenda Gail Webb
  • Gloria Gaynor: Gloria Fowles
  • G-Eazy: Gerald Earl Gillum
  • Bobbie Gentry: Roberta Lee Streeter
  • George Gershwin: Jacob Gershowitz
  • Ira Gershwin: Israel Gershowitz
  • Stan Getz: Stanley Gayetski
  • Ghostface Killah: Dennis Coles
  • Dizzy Gillespie: John Birks Gillespie
  • Ginuwine: Elgin Baylor Lumpkin
  • Gary Glitter: Paul Gadd
  • Lesley Gore: Lesley Sue Goldstein
  • Gorilla Zoe: Alonzo Mathis
  • Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam): Stone Carpenter Gossard
  • Gotye: Wouter De Backer
  • Jean Grae: Tsidi Ibrahim
  • Bill Graham: Wulf Wolodia Grajonca
  • Grandmaster Flash: Joseph Saddler
  • Dobie Gray: Leonard Victor Ainsworth
  • Glen Gray: Glenn Gray Knoblauch
  • Macy Gray: Natalie Renee McIntyre
  • Al Green: Albert Leornes Greene
  • Cee Lo Green: Thomas DeCarlo Callaway
  • Peter Green: Peter Allen Greenbaum
  • Ferde Grofé: Ferdinand Rudolph von Grofé
  • Gucci Mane: Radric Davis
  • David Guetta: Pierre David Guetta
  • Guitar Slim: Eddie Jones
  • Buddy Guy: George Guy
  • GZA the Genius: Gary Grice

    H

  • Daryl Hall: Daryl Franklin Hohl
  • Johnny Hallyday: Jean-Philippe Smet
  • Halsey: Ashley Nicolette Frangipane
  • Hardwell: Robbert van de Corput
  • E.Y. “Yip” Harburg: Isidore Hochberg
  • Slim Harpo: James Isaac Moore
  • Calvin Harris: Adam Richard Wiles
  • Marion Harris: Mary Ellen Harrison
  • Freddie Hart: Frederick Segrest
  • PJ Harvey: Polly Jean Harvey
  • Havoc: Kejuan Muchita
  • Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: Jalacy J. Hawkins
  • Gibby Haynes: Gibson Jerome Haynes
  • Head (Korn): Brian Phillip Welch
  • Hell Rell: Durell Mohammed
  • Richard Hell: Richard Meyers
  • Fletcher Henderson: James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson Jr.
  • Jimi Hendrix: born Johnny Allen Hendrix, renamed James Marshall Hendrix
  • Herb (Peaches & Herb): Haer Feemster
  • Faith Hill: Audrey Faith Perry
  • Scotti Hill: Scott Lawrence Mulvehill
  • Billie Holiday: Eleanora Fagan Gough

    Eleanora Fagan Gough, image from worldofwonder.net

  • J. Holiday: Nahum Grymes
  • Buddy Holly: Charles Hardin Holley
  • Lightnin’ Hopkins: Samuel John Hopkins
  • Son House: Eddie James House Jr.
  • Cissy Houston: Emily Drinkard
  • Howlin’ Wolf: Chester Arthur Burnett
  • Engelbert Humperdinck: Arnold George Dorsey
  • Tab Hunter: Arthur Gelien
  • Mississippi John Hurt: John Smith Hurt

    I

  • Janis Ian: Janis Eddy Fink
  • Ice Cube: O’Shea Jackson
  • Ice-T: Tracy Marrow
  • Billy Idol: William Michael Albert Broad
  • Enrique Iglesias: Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler
  • Julio Iglesias: Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva
  • iHeartMemphis: Richard Colbert
  • India.Arie: India Arie Simpson
  • Indio: Gordon Peterson
  • Infernus: Roger Tiegs
  • Inspectah Deck: Jason Hunter
  • I-Roy: Roy Reid
  • Burl Ives: Icle Ivanhoe Ives
  • Iyaz: Keidran Jones

    J

  • Ja Rule: Jeffery Bruce Atkins
  • Randy Jackson: Steven Randall Jackson
  • Tito Jackson: Toriano Adaryll Jackson
  • Jadakiss: Jayson Tyrone Phillips
  • Mick Jagger: Michael Phillip Jagger
  • Jam Master Jay: Jason Mizell
  • Ahmad Jamal: Frederick Russell Jones
  • Jamelia: Jamelia Niela Davis
  • Elmore James: Elmore Brooks
  • Etta James: Jamesetta Hawkins
  • Joni James: Giovanna Carmella Baddo
  • Rick James: James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.
  • Skip James: Nehemiah Curtis James
  • Sonny James: James Hugh Loden
  • Tommy James: Thomas Gregory Jackson
  • Jay-Z: Shawn Corey Carter
  • Blind Lemon Jefferson: Lemon Harry Jefferson
  • Lyfe Jennings: Chester Jennings
  • Joan Jett: Joan Marie Larkin
  • Jewel: Jewel Kilcher
  • Jidenna: Jidenna Theodore Mobisson
  • Jimmy Jam: James Samuel Harris III
  • J-Kwon: Jarrell Jones
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim: Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim
  • Joe: Joe Lewis Thomas
  • John 5: John Lowery
  • Holly Johnson: William Johnson
  • JoJo: Joanna Noëlle Levesque
  • Jo-Jo: Joel Lamont Hailey
  • Elton John: Reginald Kenneth Dwight

    Reginald Kenneth Dwight, image from abcnews.com

  • Little Willie John: William Edward John
  • Al Jolson: Asa Yoelson
  • Grace Jones: Grace Mendoza
  • John Paul Jones: John Richard Baldwin
  • Norah Jones: Geetali Norah Shankar
  • Spike Jones: Lindley Armstrong Jones
  • Tom Jones: Thomas John Woodward
  • Naomi Judd; Diana Ellen Judd
  • Wynonna Judd: Christina Claire Ciminella
  • Juvenle: Terius Gray
  • Naeem Juwan: Naeem Juwan Hanks

    K

  • Kaskade: Ryan Raddon
  • John Kay (Steppenwolf): Joachim Krauledat
  • Sammy Kaye: Samuel Zarnocay Jr.
  • KC: Harry Wayne Casey
  • K-Ci: Cedric Renard Hailey
  • Toby Keith: Toby Keith Covel
  • Kelis: Kelis Rogers
  • R. Kelly: Robert Sylvester Kelly
  • Ke$ha: Kesha Rose Sebert
  • Alicia Keys: Alicia Augello Cook
  • Wiz Khalifa: Cameron Jibril Thomaz
  • Chaka Khan: Yvette Marie Stevens
  • Kid Cudi: Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi
  • Kid Ink: Brian Todd Collins
  • Kid Rock: Robert James Ritchie
  • Lemmy Killmeister: Ian Frasier Kilmister
  • Albert King: Albert Nelson
  • B.B. King: Riley B. King
  • Ben E. King: Benjamin Earl Nelson
  • Carole King: Carol Joan Klein
  • Pee Wee King: Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski
  • King Ad-Rock: Adam Keefe Horovitz
  • King Tubby: Osbourne Ruddock
  • Sean Kingston: Kisean Jamal Anderson
  • Koala Kid: Eric San
  • Kool Keith: Keith Matthew Thornton
  • Kool Moe Dee: Mohandas Dewese
  • Al Kooper (Blood Sweat & Tears): Alan Peter Kuperschmidt
  • Kris Kristofferson: Kris Carson
  • KRS-One: Lawrence Krisna Parker
  • Fela Kuti: Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti
  • Talib Kweli: Talib Kweli Greene
  • Kay Kyser: James Kern Kyser

    L

  • Patti LaBelle: Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards
  • Lady Gaga: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

    Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, image from thefactsite.com

  • Lady Saw: Marion Hall
  • Lady Sovereign: Louise Amanda Harman
  • Frankie Laine: Francesco Paolo LoVecchio
  • Kendrick Lamar: Kendrick Lamar Duckworth
  • Burton Lane: Morris Hyman Kushner
  • Jani Lane: John Kennedy Oswald
  • k.d. lang: Kathryn Dawn Lang
  • Mutt Lange: Robert John Lange
  • Mario Lanza: Alfredo Arnold Cocozza
  • Steve Lawrence: Sidney Liebowitz
  • Lead Belly: Huddie William Ledbetter
  • Brenda Lee: Brenda Mae Tarpley
  • Geddy Lee: Gary Lee Weinrib
  • Peggy Lee: Norma Deloris Egstrom
  • Left Eye: Lisa Nicole Lopes
  • John Legend: John Stephens
  • Julian Lennon: John Charles Julian Lennon
  • Gary Lewis: Gary Levitch
  • Huey Lewis: Hugh Anthony Cregg III
  • Ted Lewis: Theodore Leopold Friedman
  • Liberace: Władziu Valentino Liberace

    Władziu Valentino Liberace, image from telegraph.co.uk

  • Alex Lifeson: Alexander Zivojinovich
  • Lights: Valerie Annie Poxleitner
  • Lil Flip: Wesley Eric Weston, Jr.
  • Lil Jon: Jonathan Mortimer Smith
  • Lil’ Kim: Kimberly Denise Jones
  • Lil’ Mo: Cynthia Loving-Bryant
  • Lil’ Scrappy: Darryl Kevin Richardson II
  • Lil Uzi Vert: Symere Woods
  • Lil Wayne: Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
  • Lil Yachty: Miles Park McCollum
  • Limahl (Kajagoogoo): Christopher Hamill
  • Little Anthony: Anthony Gourdine
  • Little Eva: Eva Narcissus Boyd
  • Little Milton: James Milton Campbell, Jr.
  • Little Richard: Richard Wayne Penniman
  • Little Walter: Walter Jacobs
  • LL Cool J: James Todd Smith
  • Lloyd: Lloyd Harlin Polite, Jr.
  • LMFAO’s RedFoo and SkyBlu: Stefan Kendal Gordy and Skyler Austen Gordy
  • Lobo: Roland Kent LaVoie
  • Carole Lombard: Jane Alice Peters
  • Guy Lombardo: Gaetano Alberto Lombardo
  • Lorde: Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor
  • Courtney Love: Courtney Michelle Harrison
  • Darlene Love: Darlene Wright
  • Patty Loveless: Patricia Lee Ramey
  • Lene Lovich: Lili-Marlene Premilovich
  • Ludacris: Christopher Brian Bridges
  • Lulu: Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie
  • Lupe Fiasco: Wasalu Muhammad Jaco
  • Loretta Lynn: Loretta Webb
  • Lyn-Z: Lindsay Ann Ballato

    M

  • Harry Macdonough: John Scantlebury Macdonald
  • Macklemore: Ben Haggerty
  • Madlib: Otis Jackson Jr.
  • Madonna: Madonna Louise Ciccone
  • Magic Sam: Samuel Gene Maghett
  • Taj Mahal: Henry Saint Clair Fredericks
  • Miriam Makeba: Zensi Miriam Makeba
  • Yngwie Malmsteen: Lars Johann Yngwie Lannerback
  • Henry Mancini: Enrico Nicola Mancini
  • Barry Manilow: Barry Alan Pincus
  • Barry Mann: Barry Imberman
  • Manfred Mann: Manfred Lubowitz
  • Marilyn Manson: Brian Hugh Warner
  • Mantovani: Annunzio Paolo Mantovani
  • Little Peggy March: Margaret Battavio
  • Teairra Mari: Teaiira Maria Thomas
  • Teena Marie: Mary Chrstine Brocket
  • Marley Marl: Marion Williams
  • Ziggy Marley: David Marley
  • Johnny Marr: John Martin Maher
  • Bruno Mars: Peter Gene Hernandez

    Peter Gene Hernandez, image from nme.com

  • Mick Mars (Motley Crue): Robert Alan Deal
  • Martika: Martha Marrero
  • Dean Martin: Dino Paul Crocetti
  • Ricky Martin: Enrique Martin Morales
  • Tony Martin: Alvin Morris
  • Al Martino: Jasper Cini
  • Mase: Mason Durrel Betha
  • Masta Killa: Elgin Turner
  • Master P: Percy Miller Sr.
  • Matisyahu: Matthew Paul Miller
  • Maxwell: Gerald Maxwell Rivera
  • MC Hammer: Stanley Kirk Burrell
  • MC Lyte: Lana Michelle Moorer
  • MCA: Adam Nathaniel Yauch
  • Martina McBride: Martina Mariea Schiff
  • C.W. McCall: William Fries
  • Brownie McGhee: Walter Brown McGhee
  • Blind Willie McTell: William Samuel McTier
  • Meat Loaf: Marvin Lee Aday
  • Joe Meek: Robert George Meek
  • Meek Mill: Robert Williams
  • Melanie: Melanie Anne Safka
  • Memphis Minnie: Lizzie Douglas
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
  • Freddie Mercury: Farrokh Bulsara

    Farrokh Bulsara, image from theguardian.com

  • Ethel Merman: Ethel Agnes Zimmermann
  • Bob Merrill: Henry Robert Merrill Levan
  • Method Man: Clifford Smith
  • MF Doom: Daniel Dumile
  • MF Grimm: Percy Carey
  • M.I.A.: Mathangi Arulpragasam
  • George Michael: Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
  • Bret Michaels: Bret Michael Sychak
  • Luis Miguel: Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri
  • Glenn Miller: Alton Glenn Miller
  • Mitch Miller: Mitchell William Miller
  • Nicki Minaj: Onika Tanya Maraj
  • Carmen Miranda: Maria Do Carmo Miranda Da Cunha
  • Guy Mitchell: Albert George Cernick
  • Joni Mitchell: Roberta Joan Anderson
  • Moby: Richard Melville Hall
  • Pharoahe Monch: Troy Donald Jamerson
  • Eddie Money: Edward Mahoney
  • Monica: Monica Denise Arnold
  • French Montana: Karim Kharbouch
  • Patsy Montana: Ruby Rose Blevins
  • Wes Montgomery: John Leslie Montgomery
  • Gary Moore: Thomas Garrison Morfit
  • Van Morrison: George Ivan Morrison
  • Morrissey: Steven Patrick Morrissey
  • Jelly Roll Morton: Ferdinand Joseph LaMenthe Morton
  • Mos Def: Dante Terrell Smith-Bey
  • Nana Mouskouri: Ioánna Moúschouri
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart
  • Mr. Lif: Jeffrey Haynes
  • Ms. Dynamite: Niomi McLean-Daley
  • Munky (Korn): James Christian Shaffer
  • Anne Murray: Morna Anne Murray
  • Mya: Mya Marie Harrison
  • Mystikal: Michael Lawrence Tyler

    N

  • Nas: Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones
  • Nate Dogg: Nathaniel Dawayne Hale
  • Me’shell N’degeocello: Michelle Johnson
  • Nelly: Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.
  • Vince Neil: Vince Neil Wharton
  • Ozzie Nelson: Oswald George Nelson
  • Ricky Nelson: Eric Hilliard Nelson
  • Juice Newton: Judy Kay Newton
  • Ne-Yo: Shaffer Chimere Smith
  • Stevie Nicks: Stephanie Lynn Nicks
  • Nicky Jam: Nick Rivera Caminero
  • Nico: Christa Paffgen
  • Nilsson: Harry Edward Nilsson III
  • Nokio: Tamir Ruffin
  • Noodles: Kevin John Wasserman
  • Notoriou B.I.G.: Christopher George Latore Wallace

    Christopher Wallace, image from latimes.com

  • Aldo Nova: Aldo Caporuscio
  • Gary Numan: Gary Anthony James Webb
  • Laura Nyro: Laura Nigro

    O

  • Ric Ocasek (The Cars): Richard Otcasek
  • Billy Ocean: Leslie Sebastian Charles
  • Frank Ocean: Christopher Breaux
  • Ol’ Dirty Bastard: Russell Tyrone Jones
  • Omarion: Omari Ishmal Grandberry
  • OMI: Omar Samuel Pasley
  • William Orbit: William Mark Wainwright
  • Tony Orlando: Michael Anthony Orlando Cassivitis
  • Eugene Ormandy: Jenő Blau
  • Benjamin Orr: Benjamin Orzechowski
  • Roland Orzabal: Raoul Jaime Orzabal de la Quintana
  • Ozzy Osbourne: John Michael Osborne
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan: Raymond Edward O'Sullivan
  • Johnny Otis: John Alexandres Veliotes
  • Buck Owens: Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr.
  • Owl City: Adam Young

    P

  • Patti Page: Clara Ann Fowler
  • Colonel Tom Parker: Andreas Cornelius van Kujik
  • Junior Parker: Herman Parker, Jr.
  • Gram Parsons: Cecil Ingram Connor III

    Cecil Ingram Connor III, image from theworldinapapercup.com

  • Jaco Pastorius: John Francis Anthony Pastorius III
  • Les Paul: Lester William Polsfuss
  • Johnny Paycheck: Donald Eugene Lytle
  • Peaches (Peaches & Herb): Francine Barker
  • Minnie Pearl: Sarah Ophelia Colley
  • Katy Perry: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry: Rainford Hugh Perry
  • Pharaohe Monch: Troy Donald Jameson
  • Michelle Phillips: Holly Michelle Gilliam
  • Philthy Animal: Phil Taylor
  • Edith Piaf: Edith Giovanna Gassion
  • Pink: Alecia Beth Moore
  • Pitbull: Armando Christian Perez
  • Plies: Algernod Lanier Washington
  • Buster Poindexter: David Johansen
  • Doc Pomus: Jerome Solon Felder
  • Iggy Pop: James Newell Osterberg, Jr.
  • Post Malone: Austin Richard Post
  • Bud Powell: Earl Rudolph Powell
  • Cozy Powell: Colin Flooks
  • Pras: Samuel Prakazrel Michel
  • André Previn: Andreas Ludwig Priwin
  • Maxi Priest: Max Elliot
  • Prince: Prince Rogers Nelson
  • Prince Far-I: Michael James Williams
  • Prince Paul: Paul Huston
  • Freddie Prinze: Frederick Karl Pruetzel
  • Prodigy: Albert Johnson
  • Professor Longhair: Henry Roeland Byrd
  • Professor X: Lumumba Robert Carson
  • PSY: Park Jae-sang
  • Tito Puente: Ernesto Antonio Puente
  • Puff Daddy (aka P. Diddy & Diddy): Sean John Combs

    Sean John Combs, pick a name already and stick with it! Image from newsday.com.

    Q

  • Suzi Quatro: Suzi Quatrocchio
  • Q-Bert: Richard Quitevis
  • Q-Tip: Kamaal Ibn John Fareed
  • Queen Latifah: Dana Elaine Owens

    Dana Elaine Owens, image from thelavalizard.com

  • ? (? & The Mysterians): Rudy Martinez
  • ?uestlove: Ahmir-Khalib Thompson
  • Q-Tip: Jonathan Davis

    R

  • Sun Ra: Herman Poole Blount
  • Raekwon: Corey Woods
  • Ma Rainey: Gertrude Pridgett
  • Rakim: William Michael Griffin, Jr.
  • Twiggy Ramiez: Jeordie Osborne White
  • C.J. Ramone: Chris Ward
  • Dee Dee Ramone (Ramones): Douglas Colvin
  • Joey Ramone (Ramones): Jeffery Hyman
  • Johnny Ramone (Ramones): John Cummings
  • Marky Ramone (Ramones): Mark Bell
  • Phil Ramone: Philip Rabinowitz
  • Richie Ramone (Ramones): Richie Reinhart
  • Tommy Ramone (Ramones): Tom Erdelyi
  • Shabba Ranks: Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon
  • Boots Randolph: Homer Louis Randolph
  • Dizzee Rascal: Dylan Mills
  • Collin Raye: Floyd Collin Wray
  • Chris Rea: Christopher Anton Rea
  • Redman: Reginald Noble
  • RedOne: Nadir Khayat
  • Jerry Reed: Jerry Reed Hubbard
  • Martha Reeves: Martha Lavaille
  • Django Reinhardt: Jean Reinhardt
  • The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold): James Owen Sullivan
  • Martin Rev: Martin Reverby
  • Bebe Rexha: Bleta Rexha
  • Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran): Nicholas James Bates
  • Buddy Rich: Bernard Rich
  • Rich Homie Quan: Dequantes Devontay Lamar
  • Cliff Richard: Harry Rodger Webb
  • Rihanna: Robyn Rihanna Fenty

    Robyn Fenty, image from thetimes.co.uk

  • Tex Ritter: Woodward Maurice Ritter
  • Johnny Rivers: John Henry Ramistella
  • Marty Robbins: Martin David Robinson
  • Robbie Robertson: Jaime Royal Klegerman
  • Smokey Robinson: William Robinson, Jr.
  • Rikki Rockett: Richard Allan Ream
  • Rockwell: Kennedy Gordy
  • Johnny Rodriguez: Juan Raoul Davis Rodriguez
  • Roy Rogers: Leonard Franklin Slye
  • Henry Rollins: Henry Garfield
  • Sonny Rollins: Walter Theodore Rollins
  • Axl Rose: William Bruce Rose, Jr. (raised as William Bruce Bailey)
  • Diana Ross: Diane Ernestine Earle
  • Rick Ross: William Leonard Roberts II
  • Tino Rossi: Constantin Rossi
  • Johnny Rotten: John Joseph Lydon
  • Kelly Rowland: Kelendria Trene Rowland
  • Art Rupe: Arthur Goldberg
  • Leon Russell: Claude Russell Bridges
  • Bobby Rydell: Robert Louis Ridarelli
  • Mitch Ryder: William Levise Jr.
  • Bobby Rydell: Robert Lugi Ridarelli
  • RZA: Robert Diggs

    S

  • Raphael Saadiq: Charlie Ray Wiggins
  • Sade: Helen Folasade Adu
  • Salt-N-Pepa: Cheryl James and Sandra Denton
  • Santigold: Santi White
  • Sasha: Alexander Coe
  • Leo Sayer: Gerald Hugh Sayer
  • Boz Scaggs: William Royce Scaggs
  • Scarface: Brad Jordan
  • Schoolboy Q: Quincy Matthew Hanley
  • Bon Scott (AC/DC): Ronald Belford Scott
  • Travis Scott: Jacques Webster
  • Seal: Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel
  • Son Seals: Frank Seals
  • Jay Sean: Kamaljit Singh Jhooti
  • Selena: Selena Quintanilla-Perez
  • Senor Coconut: Uwe Schmidt
  • David Seville: Ross Bagdasarian
  • M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold): Matthew Charles Sanders
  • Shaggy: Orville Richard Burrell
  • Shaggy2Dope: Joseph Utsler
  • Shakira: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
  • Tupac Shakur: Lesane Parish Crooks
  • Del Shannon: Charles Weedon Westover
  • Edward Sharpe: Alexander Michael Tahquitz Ebert
  • Artie Shaw: Arthur Jacob Arshawsky
  • Sheek Louch: Sean Divine Jacobs
  • T. G. Sheppard: William Neal Browder
  • Nat Shilkret: Naftule Schüldkraut
  • Shinehead: Edmund Carl Aiken
  • Michelle Shocked: Karen Michelle Johnson
  • Dinah Shore: Fannye Rose Shore
  • Shyne: Jamal Barrow
  • Sia: Sia Kate Isobelle Furler
  • Jean Sibelius: Johan Julius Christan Sibelius
  • Silento: Ricky Lamar Hawk
  • Beverly Sills: Belle Miriam Silverman
  • Silkk the Shocker: Vyshonn King Miller
  • Gene Simmons (Kiss): Chaim Klein Weitz

    Stanley Harvey Eisen and Chaim Klein Weitz, image from johnjsimpson.wordpress.com

  • Nina Simone: Eunice Kathleen Waymon
  • The Singing Nun: Jeanine Deckers
  • Siouxsie Sioux: Susan Jane Ballion
  • Sir Mix-a-Lot: Anthony Ray
  • Sisqo: Mark Althavan Andrews
  • Sista Souja: Lisa Williamson
  • Nikki Sixx: Franklin Carlton Serafino Ferranno
  • Roni Size: Ryan Williams
  • Sizzla: Miguel Orlando Collins
  • Skrillex: Sonny John Moore
  • Luke Skyywalker: Luther Campbell
  • Slash: Saul Hudson
  • Grace Slick: Grace Barnett Wing
  • Slick Rick: Richard Martin Lloyd Walters
  • Slim Thug: Stayve Jerome Thomas
  • Connie Smith: Constance June Meador
  • Whistling Jack Smith: Billy Moeller
  • Snoop Dogg: Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.
  • Snow: Darrin O’Brien
  • Hank Snow: Clarence Eugene Snow
  • Phoebe Snow: Phoebe Laub
  • Solé: Tonya Michelle Johnston Lumpkin
  • Trey Songz: Tremaine Aldon Neverson
  • Musiq Soulchild: Talib Johnson
  • Soulja Boy: DeAndre Cortez Way
  • Joe South: Joseph Alfred Souter
  • Bubba Sparxxx: Warren Anderson Mathis
  • Ronnie Spector: Veronica Bennett
  • Baby Spice (Spice Girls): Emma Lee Bunton
  • Ginger Spice (Spice Girls): Geraldine Estelle Halliwell
  • Posh Spice (Spice Girls): Victoria Caroline Adams [Beckham]
  • Scary Spice (Spice Girls): Melanie Janine Brown
  • Sporty Spice (Spice Girls): Melanie Jayne Chisholm
  • Spinderella: Deidre Roper
  • Dusty Springfield: Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien
  • Rick Springfield: Richard Lewis Springthorpe
  • St. Vincent: Annie Clark
  • Frank Stanley: William Stanley Grinsted
  • Paul Stanley (KISS): Stanley Harvey Eisen
  • Kay Starr: Katherine Laverne Starks
  • Ringo Starr: Richard Starkey
  • Isaac Stern: Isaak Solomonovich Shtern
  • Cat Stevens: Steven Demetre Georgiou
  • Ray Stevens: Harold Ray Ragsdale
  • Shakin’ Stevens: Michael Barratt
  • Sting: Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner

    Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, image from npr.org

  • Angie Stone: Angela Brown
  • Joss Stone: Joscelyn Eve Stocker
  • Sly Stone: Sylvester Stewart
  • Chris Strachwitz: Christian Alexander Maria Strachwitz
  • Izzy Stradlin: Jeffrey Dean Isbell
  • Joe Strummer: John Graham Mellor
  • Levi Stubbs: Levi Stubbles
  • Styles P.: David Styles
  • Jule Styne: Julius Kerwin Stein
  • Donna Summer: LaDonna Adrian Gaines
  • Super Cat: William Maragh
  • Swizz Beatz: Kasseem Mike Dean
  • SZA: Solana Imani Rowe

    T

  • Booker T.: Booker T. Jones
  • Taboo (Black Eyed Peas): Jamie Luis Gomez
  • Taco: Taco Ockerse
  • Tampa Red: Hudson Woodbridge
  • Tank: Durrell Babbs
  • Hound Dog Taylor: Theodore Roosevelt Taylor
  • Koko Taylor: Cora Anna Walton
  • T-Boz: Tionne Watkins
  • Terminator X: Norman Rogers
  • Sonny Terry: Saunders Terrell
  • Tammi Terrell: Thomasina Montgomery
  • Joe Tex: Joseph Arrington Jr.
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Rosetta Nubin
  • B.J. Thomas: Billy Joe Thomas
  • Hank Thompson: Henry William Thompson
  • Big Mama Thornton: Willie Mae Thornton
  • Johnny Thunders: John Anthony Genzale, Jr
  • T.I.: Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.
  • Mel Tillis: Lonnie Melvin Tillis
  • Tiësto: Tijis Michiel Verwest
  • Tiffany: Tiffany Renee Darwish
  • Timbaland: Timothy Zachery Mosley
  • Tiny Tim: Herbert Buckingham Khaury
  • Tone Loc: Anthony Terrell Smith
  • Too $hort: Todd Shaw
  • Peter Tork (Monkees): Peter Halston Thorkelson
  • Tico Torres: Hector Samuel Juan Tico Torres
  • Peter Tosh: Winston Hubert Macintosh
  • Tove Lo: Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson
  • T-Pain: Faheem Rasheed Najm
  • Randy Travis: Randy Bruce Traywick
  • Trick Daddy: Maurice Young
  • Trina: Katrina Le’verne Taylor
  • Triple H: Paul Michael Levesque
  • Ike Turner: Izear Luster Turner, Jr.
  • Tina Turner: Anna Mae Bullock
  • Tommy Tutone: Tommy Heath
  • Shania Twain: Eileen Regina Edwards

    Eileen Regina Edwards, image from inmagazine.ca

  • T-Wayne: Tyshon Dwayne Nobles
  • Tweet: Charlene Keys
  • 21 Savage: Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph
  • Twista: Carl Terrell Mitchell
  • Conway Twitty: Harold Lloyd Jenkins
  • 2 Chainz: Tauheed Epps
  • Ty Dolla $ign: Tyrone William Griffin, Jr.
  • Tyler, the Creator: Tyler Gregory Okonma
  • Bonnie Tyler: Gaynor Hopkins
  • Steven Tyler: Steven Victor Tallarico

    U

  • U-God: Lamont Hawkins
  • Uncle Kracker: Matthew Shafer
  • Midge Ure: James Ure
  • Little Jimmy Urine: James Euringer
  • U-Roy: Ewart Beckford
  • Usher: Usher Raymond IV

    V

  • Jerry Vale: Genaro Vitaliano
  • Ritchie Valens: Richard Steven Valenzuela
  • Bobby Valentino: Robert Wilson
  • Rudy Vallee: Hubert Prior Vallée
  • Frankie Valli: Frank Castelluccio
  • Vangelis: Evangelos Papathanassiou
  • Vanilla Ice: Robert Van Winkle
  • Vanity: Denise Katrina Smith
  • Eddie Vedder: Edward Louis Severson III

    Edward Louis Severson III, image from perthnow.com.au

  • Bobby Vee: Robert Thomas Velline
  • Alan Vega: Alan Bermowitz
  • Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold): Zachary James Baker
  • Billy Vera: William McCord Jr.
  • Tom Verlaine: Thomas Miller
  • Sid Vicious (the Sex Pistols): Simon John Ritchie
  • Butch Vig: Bryan David Vig
  • Gene Vincent: Vincent Eugene Craddock
  • Vinnie Vincent (KISS): Vincent John Cusano
  • Bobby Vinton: Stanley Robert Vinton, Jr.
  • Violent J: Joseph Bruce
  • Vitamin C: Colleen Fitzpatrick
  • Vortex: Simen Hestnæs

    W

  • Bunny Wailer: Neville O’Riley Livingston
  • Waka Flocka Flame: Juaquin Malphursd
  • Wale: Olubowale Victor Akintimehin
  • Junior Walker: Autry DeWalt Walker Jr.
  • T-Bone Walker: Aaron Thibeaux Walker
  • Paul Wall: Paul Gideon Manry
  • Sippie Wallace: Beulah Belle Thomas
  • Fats Waller: Thomas Wright Waller
  • Dee Dee Warwick: Delia Mae Warrick
  • Don Was: Donald Fagenson
  • Dinah Washington: Ruth Lee Jones
  • Muddy Waters: McKinley Morganfield

    McKinley Morganfield, image from jango.com

  • Roger Waters: George Robert Waters
  • Fee Waybill (Tubes): John Waldo
  • Chick Webb: William Henry Webb
  • The Weeknd: Abel Tesfaye
  • Ted Weems: Wilfred Theodore Wemyes
  • Dean Ween (Ween): Mickey Melchiondo
  • Gene Ween (Ween): Aaron Freeman
  • Bob Weir (Greatful Dead): Robert Hall
  • Paul Weller: John William Weller, Jr.
  • Junior Wells: Amos Wells Blakemore , Jr.
  • Kitty Wells: Ellen Muriel Deason
  • Dottie West: Dorothy Marie Marsh
  • Leslie West (Mountain): Leslie Westein
  • Peetie Wheatstraw: William Bunch
  • Barry White: Barry Eugene Carter
  • Bukka White: Booker T. Washington White
  • Jack White: John Anthony Gillis
  • Slim Whitman: Otis Dewey Whitman, Jr.
  • Kim Wilde: Kim Smith
  • will.i.am: William James Adams, Jr.
  • Big Joe Williams: Joseph Lee Williams
  • Hank Williams: Hiram Williams
  • Hank Williams, Jr.: Randall Hank Williams
  • Mary Lou Williams: Mary Elfrieda Scruggs
  • Paul Williams: Billy Paul
  • Roger Williams: Louis Jacob Weertz
  • Sonny Boy Williamson #1: John Lee Williamson
  • Sonny Boy Williamson #2: Alex Ford
  • Nicky Wire (Manic Street Preachers): Nicholas Allen Jones
  • Wiz Khalifa: Cameron Jibril Thomaz
  • Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band): Peter Blankfield
  • Wolfman Jack: Robert Weston Smith
  • Stevie Wonder: Stevland Hardaway Judkins

    Stevland Hardaway Judkins, image from nostalgie.fr

  • Link Wray: Fred Lincoln Wray Jr.
  • Zakk Wylde: Jeffery Phillip Wiedlandt
  • Bill Wyman: William Perks
  • Tammy Wynette: Virginia Wynette Pugh

    X-Y

  • Xzibit: Alvin Nathaniel Joiner IV
  • Yabby You: Vivian Jackson
  • Weird Al Yankovic: Alfred Matthew Yankovic
  • Yanni: Yiannis Chrysomallis
  • Tony Yayo: Marvin Bernard
  • YG: Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson
  • Young Buck: David Darnell Brown
  • Young Dro: D’Juan Hart
  • Young Jeezy: Jay Jenkins
  • Young MC: Marvin Young
  • Young Thug: Jeffrey Lamar Williams
  • Yung Joc: Jasiel A. Robinson
  • Yung Wun: James Anderson

    Z

  • Dweezil Zappa: Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa
  • Frank Zappa: Francis Vincent Zappa, Jr.
  • Zedd: Anton Zaslavski
  • Warren Zevon: Warren William Zevon
  • Rob Zombie: Robert Bartleh Cummings
  • Buckwheat Zydeco: Stanley Dural, Jr.


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