Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Top 50 Albums of 2013

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According to 30+ lists (see bottom of page for links) aggregated by Dave’s Music Database, these are the best albums of 2013. Be sure to also check out the DMDB post of the top 50 songs of 2013.

1. Daft Punk Random Access Memories
2. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
3. Kanye West Yeezus
4. My Bloody Valentine MBV
5. Haim Days Are Gone
6. Disclosure Settle
7. Arcade Fire Reflektor
8. David Bowie The Next Day
9. Savages Silence Yourself
10. Queens of the Stone Age Like Clockwork

11. Chance the Rapper Acid Rapper
12. Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer, Different Park
13. The National Trouble Will Find Me
14. Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
15. Drake Nothing Was the Same
16. Arctic Monkeys AM
17. Kurt Vile Walkin’ on a Pretty Daze
18. Janelle Monae The Electric Lady
19. Deafheaven Sunbather
20. Lorde Pure Heroine

21. The Knife Shaking the Habitual
22. Chvrches The Bones of What You Believe
23. Laura Marling Once I Was an Eagle
24. Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt
25. Run the Jewels (El-P with Killer Mike) Run the Jewels
26. Jon Hopkins Immunity
27. Neko Case The Worst Things Get the Harder I Fight. The Harder I Fight, the More I Love You.
28. James Blake Overgrown
29. Danny Brown Old
30. Rhye Woman

31. Phosphorescent Muchacho
32. Earl Sweatshirt Doris
33. Eminem Marshall Mathers LP 2
34. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Push the Sky Away
35. Bill Callahan Dream River
36. Deerhunter Monomania
37. Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time
38. Ashley Monroe Like a Rose
39. Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven
40. Tegan & Sara Heartthrob

41. Tim Hecker Virgins
42. These New Puritans Field of Reeds
43. Autre Ne Veut Anxiety
44. Foxygen We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
45. Julia Holter Loud City Song
46. M.I.A. Matangi
47. Jason Isbell Southeastern
48. Boards of Canada Tomorrow’s Harvest
49. Pusha T My Name Is My Name
50. Speedy Ortiz Major Arcana

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Top 50 Songs of 2013

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With more than 40 best-of song lists aggregated (see links at bottom of page), here are the songs which rank as the best 2013 has to offer. Interestingly, the song list is very slanted toward the big pop hits of the year while the album list (see it here) is very geared toward less-commercial, independent releases. Admittedly, the use of multiple Billboard lists below has a great deal to do with that, but I also believe song lists tend to lean more toward the commercial while album lists incorporate the more obscure. Anyway, here’s the list:

Get Lucky

1. Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky”
2. Lorde “Royals”
3. Robin Thicke with T.I. and Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines”
4. Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”
5. Drake with Majid Jordan “Hold on, We’re Going Home”


6. Katy Perry “Roar”
7. Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”
8. Kanye West “Black Skinhead”
9. Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”
10. Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop”

Blurred Lines

11. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton “Can’t Hold Us”
12. Haim “The Wire”
13. Arcade Fire “Reflektor”
14. Taylor Swift “I Knew You Were Trouble”
15. Pink with Nate Ruess “Just Give Me a Reason”


16. Bruno Mars “When I Was Your Man”
17. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop”
18. Drake “Started from the Bottom”
19. The Lumineers “Ho Hey”
20. Rihanna with Mikky Ekko “Stay”

Hold on, We’re Coming Home

21. Kanye West with Frank Ocean “New Slaves”
22. Ciara “Body Party”
23. Disclosure with AlunaGeorge “White Noise”
24. Bruno Mars “Treasure”
25. Jay-Z with Justin Timberlake “Holy Grail”


26. Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven”
27. Avicii “Wake Me Up”
28. Zedd with Foxes “Clarity”
29. Florida Georgia Line with Nelly “Cruise”
30. Phosphorescent “Song for Zula”

Wrecking Ball

31. Vampire Weekend “Diane Young”
32. Justin Timberlake with Jay-Z “Suit & Tie”
33. Big Sean with Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica “Control”
34. Maroon 5 “Daylight”
35. Kacey Musgraves “Follow Your Arrow”

Thrift Shop

36. Taylor Swift “22”
37. Tegan & Sara “Closer”
38. Migos with Drake “Versace”
39. Lady Gaga “Applause”
40. Anna Kendrick “Cups (When I’m Gone)”


41. Kurt Vile “Wakin’ on a Pretty Day”
42. Fall Out Boy “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”
43. Capital Cities “Safe and Sound”
44. Rich Homie Quan “Type of Way”
45. Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait”


46. Haim “Falling”
47. Phillip Phillips “Gone, Gone, Gone”
48. Maroon 5 “Love Somebody”
49. Vampire Weekend “Ya Hey”
50. Janelle Monae with Erykah Badu “Q.U.E.E.N.”

Black Skinhead

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for the 2014 class. Artists are eligible for the Hall 25 years after the release of their first single or album. The newest slate will be inducted on April 10, 2014, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York City. HBO will air the event in May. Here are the inductees:

Peter Gabriel: He was inducted into the Hall in 2010 as a member of Genesis. As a solo artist since the ‘70s, he has explored electronic and world music. His video for #1 hit “Sledgehammer” ranks as one of the best videos of all time.

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Daryl Hall & John Oates: This blue-eyed soul duo has the most successful Billboard chart run of any twosome in music history. They started in Philadelphia in the early ‘70s, but hit their peak in the early ‘80s with #1 hits “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do),” and “Maneater.” They’ve sold more than 13 million albums.

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Kiss: Miracles never cease. Members of the Hall induction committee swore they’d never let the mother of all hair bands in while fans have raised a stink in the 15 years the group have been eligible and been passed up. Critics have never liked the band, but the KISS Army represents one of the most loyal fan bases in the history of rock. They’ve sold over 20 million albums on the strength of rock classics like “Rock and Roll All Nite” and power ballads like “Beth.”

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Nirvana: The group most associated with grunge enters the Hall in its first year of eligibility, 25 years after the release of the single “Love Buzz” in 1988. Three years later, they would take over the world with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and parent album Nevermind. The group’s heyday was short-lived when lead singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide months after the release of the 1994 follow-up, In Utero, but their influence had been cemented.

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Linda Ronstadt: She emerged from the folk scene in Los Angeles in the 1960s and became one of pop music’s biggest successes in the 1970s with a blend of country and rock, selling more than 30 million albums and winning a slew of Grammy awards. She regularly covered classics from rock’s pioneers – among them were the Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved,” Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day,” and Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou.”

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Cat Stevens: This British folk singer/songwriter made a name for himself in the 1970s with hits like “Wild World” and “Peace Train.” He converted to Islam in 1977, changed his name to Yusuf Islam, and stepped out of the spotlight for more than two decades. He has sold more than 15 million albums.

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E Street Band: Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Hall in 1999. Now his backing band since 1973 is inducted with the Award for Musical Excellence.

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Brian Epstein: He receives the Ahmet Ertegun Award (for non-performers) for his work as the manager of the Beatles. He signed them and then sheparded them until his death in 1967. Paul McCartney said, “If anyone was the fifth Beatle it was Brian.”

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Andrew Loog Oldham: He also receives the Ahmet Ertegun Award (for non-performers) – and also for producing one of rock music’s most acclaimed bands – The Rolling Stones. He was with them for their formative years, helping to push Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to write original material.

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"My Blue Heaven" hit #1: December 17, 1927

Gene Austin “My Blue Heaven”

Writer(s): Walter Donaldson / George Whiting (see lyrics here)

First charted: 12/3/1927

Peak: 113 US (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 6.0 US (includes 1 million in sheet music sales)

Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): --

Review: Eddie Cantor introduced this song in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927. JA Austin and Paul Whiteman both had #1 versions of the song that year; two more top ten versions came the next year. The song was also a notable hit for New Orleans R&B singer and pianist Fats Domino nearly 30 years later when he had a #5 R&B hit and #19 pop hit with it. “The song was revived as a title theme song for a minor musical drama starring Betty Grable and Dan Dailey in 1950, and forty years later for a Steve Martin comedy about a small-time gangster who is relocated as part of a witness protection program.” JA

However, Austin’s version is the biggest, selling over 5 million copies, making it one of the ten best sellers of the first half of the century, PM the biggest song of 1927, WHC and the second biggest non-holiday record seller of the entire pre-1955 era. PM In the wake of the song’s initial success, Gene Austin reportedly bought a yacht which he named ‘My Blue Heaven’. Sales of the song skyrocketed when, on his first trek out, the boat was caught in a hurricane and rumor had it that he’d drowned. DS

His tenor voice has been credited as the onset of the crooner revolution. DS Blogger Jonathan Bogart called Austin “the stuffiest, squarest popular singer around,” DS saying that Austin would serve up “unimaginative…but serviceable” DS “standard-issue Tin Pan Alley…fluff.” DS For “Heaven,” Austin demonstrated “how deeply jazz had soaked into the collective unconscious of popular entertainment” DS with his “wordless warble…in the middle of the song.” DS The producers also tacked some fake birdsong on to the last chorus, a hint of the “the future of artificial sound in pop music.” DS

Resources and Related Links:

  • Gene Austin’s DMDB Encyclopedia entry
  • DS Don’t Stay Up Too Late (2011). Top 100 Lists
  • JA David A. Jasen. (2002). A Century of American Popular Music: 2000 Best-Loved and Remembered Songs (1899-1999). Routledge: Taylor & Francis, Inc. Pages 38 and 139.
  • PM Joel Whitburn (1986). Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, WI; Record Research, Inc. Page 631.
  • WHC Joel Whitburn (1999). A Century of Pop Music. Menomonee Falls, WI; Record Research, Inc. Page 42.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Grammy Nominations 2014

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The nominations for the 2014 Grammys were announced on Friday, December 6, 2013. Below are the nominees for the major awards. The full listing is available here. The 56th Grammy Awards will be held January 26, 2014. Album of the Year:

  • Sara Bareilles The Blessed Unrest
  • Daft Punk Random Access Memories
  • Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist
  • Taylor Swift Red

Record of the Year:

  • Daft Punk with Pharrell “Get Lucky”
  • Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”
  • Lorde “Royals”
  • Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven”
  • Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell “Blurred Lines”


Song of the Year:

  • Lorde “Royals”
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Same Love”
  • Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven”
  • Katy Perry “Roar”
  • Pink “Just Give Me a Reason”


Best New Artist:

  • James Blake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Kacey Musgraves

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Grammy Hall of Fame’s Newest Inductees

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In 1973, the Recording Academy (more widely known as the Grammys) established a Hall of Fame to, as it says on their website, “honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.” 40 years later, nearly 1000 albums and songs have been inducted (see the full list here). Here are this year’s inductees: Albums:

  • Chicago Chicago Transit Authority (1969)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
  • Miles Davis Relaxin’ (1958)
  • George Harrison All Things Must Pass (1970)
  • Kris Kristofferson Kristofferson (1970)
  • U2 The Joshua Tree (1987)
  • Doc Watson Doc Watson (1964)
  • Neil Young After the Gold Rush (1970)
  • Various Artists Mary Poppins (soundtrack, 1964)
  • Various Artists Woodstock (soundtrack, 1970)

The Joshua Tree and After the Gold Rush ranked in the DMDB’s Top 100 Albums of All Time already. All Things Must Pass, Cosmo’s Factory, Mary Poppins, Woodstock, and Chicago Transit Authority all ranked in the top 1000.


  • Louis Armstrong “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” (1938)
  • James Brown “Get Up – I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine” (1970)
  • Hoagy Carmichael & His Orchestra “Georgia on My Mind” (1930)
  • Sam Cooke “Wonderful World” (1960)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival “Fortunate Son” (1969)
  • The Drifters “Under the Boardwalk” (1964)
  • Robert Johnson “Sweet Home Chicago” (1937)
  • B.B. King “3 O’Clock Blues” (1952)
  • Charlie Parker “Yardbird Suite” (1946)
  • Dolly Parton “Jolene” (1973)
  • The Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Women” (1969)
  • Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry “Walk This Way” (1986)
  • Gil Scott-Heron “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” (1970)
  • Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight” (1979)
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe “Strange Things Happening Every Day” (1945)
  • B.J. Thomas “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” (1969)
  • War “Low Rider” (1975)

Six of the songs were already listed in the DMDB’s Top 1000 of All-Time: “Honky Tonk Women,” “Walk This Way,” “Rapper’s Delight,” “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “Fortunate Son,” and “Under the Boardwalk.” “Honky Tonk Women” also ranks as one of the Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era.

Honky Tonk Women

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Frozen Soundtrack Released

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Released: 25 November 2013
Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.) 1. Frozen Heart (Cast of Frozen) 2. Do You Want to Build a Snowman? (Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn, and Katie Lopez) (#51 US, #61 CAN, #45 AUS, #26 UK) 3. For the First Time in Forever (Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel) (#57 US, #70 CAN, #62 AUS, #38 UK) 4. Love Is an Open Door (Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana) (#49 US, #89 AUS, #52 UK) 5. Let It Go (Idina Menzel) #5 US, #18 CAN, #16 AU, #11 UK, worldwide sales: 8.085 million) 6. Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People (Jonathan Groff) 7. In Summer (Josh Gad) (#90 AUS, #84 UK) 8. For the First Time in Forever (Reprise) (Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel) 9. Fixer Upper (Maria Wilson and Cast of Frozen) 10. Let It Go (Demi Lovato) (#38 US, #31 CAN, #25 AU, #42 UK) 11. Vuelie (Christophe Beck, Frode Fjelheim, & Cantus) 12. Elsa and Anna * 13. The Trolls * 14. Coronation Day * 15. Heimr Arnadair * 16. Winter’s Waltz * 17. Sorcery * 18. Royal Pursuit * 19. Onward and Upward * 20. Wolves * 21. The North Mountain * 22. We Were So Close * 23. Marshmallow Attack! * 24. Conceal, Don’t Feel * 25. Only an Act of True Love * 26. Summit Siege * 27. Return to Arendelle * 28. Treason * 29. Some People Are Worth Melting For * 30. Whiteout * 31. The Great Thaw (Vuelie Reprise) (Christophe Beck and Frode Fjelheim) 32. Epilogue

* score by Christophe Beck

Sales (in millions): 3.86 US, 0.6 UK, 10.0 world (includes US and UK)

Peak: #113 US, #1 UK, #17 CAN, #12 AU


Review: Disney’s Frozen was a “welcome return to form” AMG in the tradition of animated musicals in which characters broke into song. AMG The story was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen. The movie took home the Oscar for Best Animated Featured Film and the soundtrack proved to be a monster. It became only the fourth soundtrack from an animated film to top the U.S. album charts. WK With 13 weeks logged on top, it became the biggest soundtrack since 1998’s Titanic. WK It became the best-selling album of 2013 with more than 10 million albums sold worldwide.

Robert Lopez Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon), one of twelve people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, AMG teamed up with Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit, Winnie the Pooh) to write original Broadway-style songs for the soundtrack. Idina Menzel’s version of Let It Go won the Oscar for Best Song, sold more than 8 million worldwide, and garnered over 400 million views on YouTube.

Let It Go

The soundtrack offered a balance of songs with comic relief (In Summer, Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People) alongside musical interplays (For the First Time in Forever) between the two leading ladies, sisters Anna and Elsa, voiced respectively by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.

In addition, Christophe Waltz, fresh off an Oscar win for short Paperman, provided the score. His instrumentals provided “much of the soundtrack’s drama and suspense…[incorporating] orchestral, choral, and folk-inspired elements.” AMG

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

American Music Awards 2013

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Here are the 2013 winners from the American Music Awards:

  • Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift
  • Icon Award: Rihanna
  • New Artist of the Year: Ariana Grande
  • Single of the Year: Florida Georgia Line with Nelly “Cruise”
  • Top Soundtrack: Pitch Perfect



  • Favorite Male Artist : Justin Timberlake
  • Favorite Female Artist : Taylor Swift
  • Favorite Band, Duo or Group : One Direction
  • Favorite Album: One Direction Take Me Home


  • Favorite Male Artist : Luke Bryan
  • Favorite Female Artist : Taylor Swift
  • Favorite Band, Duo or Group : Lady Antebellum
  • Favorite Album: Taylor Swift Red


  • Favorite Male Artist : Justin Timberlake
  • Favorite Female Artist : Rihanna
  • Favorite Album: Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience


  • Favorite Artist : Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Favorite Album: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist


  • Alternative Rock: Imagine Dragons
  • Latin: Marc Anthony
  • Electronic Dance Music (EDM): Avicii
  • Adult Contemporary: Maroon 5
  • Contemporary Inspirational: Matthew West

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Kevin Gilbert was born: November 20, 1966

First posted Nov. 20, 2011.

While my posts typically focus on songs, albums, and events which significantly impacted the music world, this entry focuses on a little-known performer who ranks as one of my favorite singers. “Sometimes genius comes and goes without much notice or fanfare. Such is the case with the late Kevin Gilbert,” P “a musical prodigy” JS who “colleagues invariably called…‘the most talented musician I ever met.’” JS He “spent several years on the edge of stardom [but] could never capitalize on his talents.” DE He “might be the most talented American musician to be involved with progressive rock, with the possible exception of Frank Zappa. Although all of his work contains a very strong pop element, there’s usually a lot of prog underneath it.” DN

NRG/Giraffe (1984-89): In the mid-‘80s, while still in high school, Gilbert released his first album, No Reasons Given, with the group NRG. That album is free to download at KevinGilbert.com. In the late ‘80s, Gilbert spent a year as a film student at UCLA and took a gig as Eddie Money’s touring keyboardist before launching the group Giraffe. Between the release of their two albums, the band entered and won a national unsigned-bands competition.

Giraffe “Because of You”

Toy Matinee (1989-91): In the competition, Gilbert caught the attention of Patrick Leonard, a producer who had worked with Madonna and others. Leonard suggested a collaboration and the group Toy Matinee was born. “The lone Toy Matinee album was released in 1990 but effectively shelved by the record company.” WK “Gilbert assembled a new backing band [including an unknown Sheryl Crow as his keyboardist] to promote the album, eventually getting two [moderately] successful singles released: The Ballad of Jenny Ledge and Last Plane Out.” WK

Toy Matinee “Last Plane Out”

After the official Toy Matinee group imploded, Gilbert put together a touring group to perform the songs. He and Marc Bonilla did radio interviews and performances, such as this one for KTYD in which they played cover songs and showcased their knack for wittiness and fun.

He also did session work for established pop musicians, including Madonna and Michael Jackson. He also produced Keith Emerson’s album Changing States. Throughout the ‘90s, Gilbert worked as “a producer, film scorer, and session musician.” DN

Tuesday Night Music Club (1992-95): In 1992, Gilbert and producer Bill Bottrell, who’d helmed the Toy Matinee project, assembled a loose collective of musicians dubbed the Tuesday Night Music Club. They gathered weekly at Bottrell’s studio to hang out and make music. Gilbert brought Crow, with whom he’d struck up a relationship, and the gang carved out what would become her multi-platinum selling debut named after the crew. Gilbert had co-writing credit on many of the the song’s albums, including 1995 Grammy Record of the Year All I Wanna Do. “Crow later acrimoniously split with most of the musicians in the collective…[The rest of the TNMC’ers] worked with singer-songwriters Susanna Hoffs and Linda Perry on two more albums.” WK

Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do”

Thud/Tribute Work (1994-96): Gilbert worked tirelessly to open his own studio and, in 1995, released a solo album called Thud.

Kevin Gilbert “Joytown”

He also contributed songs to tribute albums of some of his favorite progressive rock artists as well – Genesis, Yes, and Gentle Giant. In 1994, Gilbert even performed Genesis’ rock-opera masterpiece The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway with a newly assembled version of Giraffe. Gilbert’s manager, Jon Rubin, “sent a copy of the recording to Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford who were searching for a new Genesis front man to replace Phil Collins.” WK Gilbert was supposedly set “to fly to London to audition for [the] vacated slot as Genesis’ lead singer” DE when tragedy struck.

Giraffe “Back in N.Y.C.”

Kevin’s Death (1996): On May 17, 1996, Rubin found Gilbert dead at his home just outside of Los Angeles. “The coroner listed the cause of death as ‘asphyxia due to partial suspension hanging.’ Friends and MTV more explicitly reported the cause as autoerotic asphyxiation.” MA The Los Angeles County coroners’ office reports four or five such deaths a year.

One can only imagine the possibilities of what Kevin Gilbert could have continued to contribute to the music world. Rubin, who once fronted ’70s pop band the Rubinoos and is now the executor of Gilbert’s estate, says, KG’s “death was tragic, but his life was not a tragedy.” RS As friend Tim Van Den Berg said, “I would like to believe that he is now blessing another world with his beautiful music.” TV

Posthumous Releases (2000-2009): At the time of his death, KG was working on a second solo album, the rock opera The Shaming of the True (which you can listen to here. It “was largely incomplete, but Gilbert’s estate asked Spock’s Beard drummer Nick D’Virgilio to complete it based on the extant tapes and Gilbert’s notes. A live album (composed mostly of songs from Thud), and a compilation of Giraffe material that Gilbert had been working on and an ‘industrial’ album with Gilbert’s latest group, Kaviar have also been released in the years since his death.” WK

Kevin Gilbert “Suite Fugue (Dance of the A&R Men)” (audio only)

The next seven years saw no activity, but three archival projects were released simultaneously in 2009 – the CD/DVD rerelease of Live at the Troubadour, now called Welcome to Joytown: Thud Live at the Troubadour, and the archival collections Nuts and Bolts collecting previously unreleased works from throughout Gilbert’s career. In 2010, Kevin Gilbert’s widely bootlegged 1991 Live at the Roxy was officially released as Toy Matinee Live. Check out all these albums at KevinGilbert.com.

Kevin Gilbert “Tired Old Man”

I have said that if I were a musician, Kevin Gilbert best represents the kind of music I would want to make. His lyrics go beyond clichéd love songs and are infused with witticism. His musicianship showcase the tireless hours he spent in the studio perfecting his craft. It was a shame to lose such an astonishing talent at 29. His work, however, lives on and for those uninitiated in his music, I hope this blog leads you down the same musical journey where KG’s music has taken me.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Neil Young's Top 40 Songs

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Happy birthday, Neil Young! Born November 12, 1945, in Toronto, Canada, this rock singer/songwriter and guitarist is one of the most recognized classic rockers in history. He first gained notice with Buffalo Springfield and also has worked with Crosby, Stills & Nash over the years. The brunt of his work, however, has been his solo output. In those three configurations, he has amassed ten albums which rank in the top 1000 of all time according to the DMDB.

In June 2011, a list of Neil Young’s top 20 songs of all time was posted on the DMDB Facebook page in response to a Rolling Stone poll. That list has now been expanded to a top 40 list. As always, DMDB lists are determined by creating an aggregate list from multiple other best-of lists and factoring in chart success, sales, airplay, and awards. More than 30 best-of Neil Young lists were factored in.

Neil Young’s Top 40 Songs

Heart of Gold

  1. Heart of Gold (1972)
  2. Ohio (with Crosby, Stills, & Nash; 1970)
  3. Cinnamon Girl (1969)
  4. Rockin’ in the Free World (1989)
  5. Old Man (1972)

    Ohio (with Crosby, Stills & Nash)

  6. Down by the River (1969)
  7. Hey Hey My My (Into the Black) (1979)
  8. The Needle and the Damage Done (1972)
  9. Like a Hurricane (1977)
  10. Harvest Moon (1993)

    Cinnamon Girl

  11. After the Gold Rush (1972)
  12. Cowgirl in the Sand (1969)
  13. Cortez the Killer (1975)
  14. Southern Man (1970)
  15. Helpless (with Crosby, Stills & Nash; 1970)

    Rockin’ in the Free World (with Pearl Jam)

  16. Tonight’s the Night (1973)
  17. Mr. Soul (Buffalo Springfield, 1967)
  18. A Man Needs a Maid (1972)
  19. Sugar Mountain (1968)
  20. Ambulance Blues (1974)

    Old Man

  21. Only Love Can Break Your Heart (1970)
  22. Powderfinger (1979)
  23. Thrasher (1979)
  24. Unknown Legend (1992)
  25. Expecting to Fly (Buffalo Springfield, 1967)

    Down by the River

  26. The Loner (1968)
  27. I Am a Child (Buffalo Springfield, 1968)
  28. This Note’s for You (1988)
  29. Walk On (1974)
  30. Tell Me Why (1970)

    Hey Hey My My (Into the Black)

  31. Don’t Be Denied (1973)
  32. Tired Eyes (1973)
  33. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)
  34. Long May You Run (Stills-Young Band, 1976)
  35. Change Your Mind (1994)

    The Needle and the Damage Done

  36. Crime in the City (1989)
  37. Philadelphia (1994)
  38. Borrowed Tune (1973)
  39. Sleeps with Angels (1994)
  40. Out on the Weekend (1972)


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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Musicians – Their Stage Names and Their Real Names

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.


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

    Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, image from cnn.com

  • Clay Aiken: Clayton Holmes Grissom
  • Akon: Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam
  • Ed Ames: Ed Urick
  • Tori Amos: Myra Ellen Amos
  • Trey Anastasio (Phish): Ernest Joseph Anastasio III
  • André 3000 (Outkast): André Lauren Benjamin
  • Julie Andrews: Julia Elizabeth Wells
  • Marc Anthony: Marco Antonio Muniz
  • Adam Ant: Stuart Leslie Goddard
  • apl.de.ap (Black Eyed Peas): Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr.
  • Fiona Apple: Fiona Apple Maggart
  • A$AP Rocky: Rakim Mayers
  • Ashanti: Ashanti Shaquoya "Shani Bani" Douglas
  • Fred Astaire: Frederick Austerlitz
  • Chet Atkins: Chester Burton Atkins
  • A-Trak: Alain Macklovitch
  • Frankie Avalon: Francis Thomas Avallone
  • Avicii: Tim Bergling


  • Babyface: Kenneth Brian Edmonds
  • Erykah Badu: Erica Wright
  • Ginger Baker: Peter Edward Baker
  • LaVern Baker: Delores Williams
  • Hank Ballard (Hank Ballard and the Midnighters): John Henry Kendricks
  • Afrika Bambaataa: Kevin Donovan
  • Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd): Roger Keith Barrett
  • Beck: Bek David Campbell
  • Pat Benatar: Patricia Mae Andrejewski
  • Tony Bennett: Anthony Dominick Benedetto

    Anthony Dominick Benedetto, image from Wikimedia.org

  • Brook Benton: Benjamin Franklin Pierre
  • Beyoncé: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles
  • Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys): Eric Reed Boucher
  • Bo Bice: Harold Elwin Bice III
  • Big Boi (OutKast): Antwan Andre Patton
  • The Big Bopper: Jiles Perry Richardson
  • Big Daddy Kane: Antonio Mortimer Hardy
  • Bjork: Bjork Gudmundsdottir
  • Black Francis (Pixies): Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV
  • Cilla Black: Priscilla Maria Veronica White
  • B.O.B.: Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr.
  • Marc Bolan (T-Rex): Marc Feld
  • Michael Bolton: Michael Bolotin
  • Bon Iver: Justin Vernon
  • Jon Bon Jovi: John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.
  • Gary “U.S.” Bonds: Gary Anderson
  • Bizzy Bone: Bryon McCane
  • Bono (U2): Paul David Hewson

    Paul Hewson, image from bonoonline.com

  • Sonny Bono: Salvatore Philip Bono
  • Pat Boone: Charles Eugene Boone
  • David Bowie: David Robert Hayward Stenton Jones

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

  • Bow Wow: Shad Gregory Moss
  • Boy George (Culture Club): George Alan O’Dowd
  • Bonnie Bramlett: Bonnie Lynn O’Farrell
  • Michelle Branch: Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch-Landau
  • Teresa Brewer: Teresa Breuer
  • Foxy Brown: Inga Marchand
  • Buckethead: Brian Carroll
  • Busta Rhymes: Trevor Taheim Smith, Jr.


  • Freddy Cannon: Frederick Anthony Picariello
  • Captain Beefheart: Don Van Vliet
  • Irene Cara: Irene Escalera
  • Eric Carr (KISS): Paul Charles Caravello
  • Vicki Carr: Florencia Cardona
  • Cat Power: Charlyn Marie Marshall
  • Chamillionaire: Hakeem Seriki
  • Gene Chandler: Eugene Dixon
  • Ray Charles: Ray Charles Robinson
  • Chubby Checker: Ernest Evans
  • Cher: Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPiere
  • Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold): Jonathan Lewis Seward
  • Lou Christie: Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco
  • Charlotte Church: Charlotte Maria Reed
  • Eric Clapton: Eric Patrick Clapp
  • Gene Clark (Byrds): Harold Eugene Clark
  • David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears): David Thomsett
  • Patsy Cline: Virginia Patterson Hensley

    Virginia Patterson Hensley, image from last.fm

  • Commander Cody: George Frayne
  • Nat “King” Cole: Nathaniel Adams Coles
  • Jessi Colter: Miriam Johnson
  • Common: Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.
  • Perry Como: Pierino Ronald Como
  • Coolio: Artis Ivey Jr.
  • Alice Cooper: Vincent Damon Furnier

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

  • Elvis Costello: Declan Patrick McManus
  • John Cougar: John Mellencamp
  • Peter Criss (KISS): George Peter John Criscuola
  • Bing Crosby: Harry Lillis Crosby
  • David Crosby: David Van Cortland
  • Christopher Cross: Christopher Geppert
  • Miley Cyrus: Destiny Hope Cyrus


  • Dick Dale: Richard Monsour
  • D’Angelo: Michael Eugene Archer
  • Danger Mouse: Brian Joseph Burton
  • Bobby Darin: Walden Waldo Robert Cassotto
  • Dimebag Darrell: Darrell Abbott
  • Mac Davis: Morris Davis
  • Doris Day: Doris Kappelhoff
  • Taylor Dayne: Leslie Wonderman
  • Deadmau5: Joel Thomas Zimmerman
  • Jimmy Dean: Seth Ward
  • Kiki Dee: Pauline Mathews
  • Desmond Dekker: Desmond Dacres
  • Lana Del Rey: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant
  • John Denver: John Henry Deutschendorf
  • 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)
  • Diddy/P. Diddy/Puff Daddy: Sean John Combs

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

  • Dido: Dido Florian Cloud De Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong
  • Ronnie James Dio: Ronald James Padavona
  • Dion: Dion DiMucci
  • Diplo: Thomas Wesley Pentz
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff: Jeffrey A. Townes
  • DMX: Earl Simmons
  • Thomas Dolby: Thomas Morgan Robertson
  • Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees): George Michael Braddock
  • Fats Domino: Antoine Domino
  • Donovan: Donovan Phillip Leitch
  • Drake: Aubrey Clark Graham
  • Dr. Dre: Andre Romelle Young
  • Dr. John: Malcolm John Rebennack
  • Dr. Luke: Lukasz Gottwald
  • The-Dream: Terius Youngdell Nash
  • Bob Dylan: Robert Allen Zimmerman

    Robert Allen Zimmerman, image from judithpordon.tripod.com


  • Sheila E.: Sheila Escovedo
  • Sheena Easton: Sheena Shirley Orr
  • Eazy-E: Eric Wright
  • The Edge (U2): David Howell Evans
  • Mama Cass Elliot: Ellen Naomi Cohen
  • Eminem: Marshall Bruce Mathers III

    Marshall Bruce Mathers III, image from npr.org

  • Enya: Eithne Ni Braona
  • Gloria Estefan: Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo


  • Shelley Fabares: Michelle Fabares
  • Fabian: Fabiona Forte Bonaparte
  • Fabolous: John David Jackson
  • Falco: Johann Hölzel
  • 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
  • Freddie Fender: Baldemar G. Huerta
  • Fergie (Black Eyed Peas): Stacy Ann Ferguson
  • 50 Cent: Curtis James Jackson III
  • Lupe Fiasco: Wasalu Muhammad Jaco
  • Fieldy (Korn): Reginald Quincy Arvizu
  • Fish (Marillion): Derek Dick
  • Flavor Flav: William Jonathan Drayton, Jr.
  • Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers): Michael Peter Balzary
  • Flo Rida: Tramar Dillard
  • Jamie Foxx: Eric Marlon Bishop
  • Connie Francis: Concetta Maria Franconero
  • Ace Frehley (KISS): Paul Daniel Frehley


  • Kenny G: Kenneth Gorelick

    Kenneth Gorelick, image from jazzchill.blogspot.com

  • The Game: Jayceon Terrell Taylor
  • Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold): Brian Elwin Haner Jr.
  • Crystal Gayle: Brenda Gail Webb
  • Gloria Gaynor: Gloria Fowles
  • Bobbie Gentry: Roberta Lee Streeter
  • Ginuwine: Elgin Lumpkin
  • Gary Glitter: Paul Gadd
  • Lesley Gore: Lesley Sue Goldstein
  • Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam): Stone Carpenter Gossard
  • Gotye: Wouter “Wally” De Backer
  • Grandmaster Flash: Joseph Saddler
  • Dobie Gray: Leonard Victor Ainsworth
  • Macy Gray: Natalie Renee McIntyre
  • Cee Lo Green: Thomas DeCarlo Callaway
  • Gucci Mane: Radric Davis
  • Guitar Slim: Eddie Jones


  • Daryl Hall: Daryl Franklin Hohl
  • Slim Harpo: James Moore
  • Calvin Harris: Adam Richard Wiles
  • Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: Jalacy J. Hawkins
  • Head (Korn): Brian Phillip Welch
  • Jimi Hendrix: born Johnny Allen Hendrix, renamed James Marshall Hendrix
  • Herb (Peaches & Herb): Haer Feemster
  • Faith Hill: Audrey Faith Perry
  • Billie Holliday: Eleanora Fagan Gough

    Eleanora Fagan Gough, image from music-wallpapers.net

  • Buddy Holly: Charles Hardin Holley
  • Howlin’ Wolf: Chester Arthur Burnett
  • Engelbert Humperdinck: Arnold George Dorsey
  • Tab Hunter: Arthur Gelien


  • Janis Ian: Janis Eddy Fink
  • Ice Cube: O’Shea Jackson
  • Ice-T: Tracy Marrow
  • Billy Idol: William Michael Albert Broad
  • Julio Iglesias: Julio Iglesias de la Cueva
  • India.Arie: India Arie Simpson
  • Indio: Gordon Peterson
  • Iyaz: Keidran Jones


  • Ja Rule: Jeffery Atkins
  • Tito Jackson (The Jacksons): Toriano Adaryll Jackson
  • Mick Jagger: Michael Phillip Jagger
  • Jamelia: Jamelia Niela Davis
  • Etta James: Jamesetta Hawkins
  • Rick James: James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.
  • Sonny James: James Loden
  • Tommy James: Thomas Jackson
  • Jay-Z: Shawn Corey Carter
  • Lyfe Jennings: Chester Jennings
  • Joan Jett: Joan Marie Larkin
  • Jewel: Jewel Kilcher
  • JoJo: Joanna Noëlle Levesque
  • Elton John: Reginald Kenneth Dwight

    Reginald Kenneth Dwight, image from 1023bob.com

  • Grace Jones: Grace Mendoza
  • John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin): John Baldwin
  • Tom Jones: Thomas Jones Woodward
  • Wynonna Judd: Christina Claire Ciminella


  • John Kay (Steppenwolf): Joachim Krauledat
  • K.C. (K.C. & the Sunshine Band): Harry Wayne Casey
  • Ke$ha: Kesha Rose Sebert
  • Alicia Keys: Alicia Augello Cook
  • R. Kelly: Robert Kelly
  • Wiz Khalifa: Cameron Jibril Thomaz
  • Chaka Khan: Carole Yvette Marie Stevens
  • Kid Cudi: Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi
  • Kid Rock: Robert James Ritchie
  • B.B. King: Riley B. King
  • Ben E. King: Benjamin Earl Nelson
  • Carole King: Carole Klein
  • Sean Kingston: Kisean Jamal Anderson
  • Kool Moe Dee: Mohandas Dewese
  • Al Kooper (Blood Sweat & Tears): Alan Peter Kuperschmidt
  • Kris Kristofferson: Kris Carson
  • Talib Kweli: Talib Kweli Greene


  • Patti LaBelle: Patricia Louise Holte
  • Lady Gaga: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

    Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, image from deborahshanetoolbox.com

  • Frankie Laine: Frank LoVecchio
  • k.d. lang: Kathryn Dawn Lang
  • Steve Lawrence: Sidney Liebowitz
  • Brenda Lee: Brenda Mae Tarpley
  • Geddy Lee (Rush): Gary Lee Weinrib
  • Peggy Lee: Norma Deloris Egstrom
  • John Legend: John Stephens
  • Gary Lewis: Gary Levitch
  • Huey Lewis: Hugh Anthony Cregg
  • Liberace: Wladziu Lee Valentino

    Wladziu Lee Valentino, image from paulfrasercollectibles.com

  • Alex Lifeson (Rush): Alexander Zivojinovich
  • Lights: Valerie Poxleitner
  • Lil Jon: Jonathan Mortimer Smith
  • Lil’ Kim: Kimberly Denise Jones
  • Lil Wayne: Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
  • Limahl (Kajagoogoo): Christopher Hamill
  • Little Anthony: Anthony Gourdine
  • Little Eva: Eva Narcissus Boyd
  • Little Richard: Richard Wayne Penniman
  • LL Cool J: James Todd Smith
  • LMFAO’s RedFoo and SkyBlu: Stefan Kendal Gordy and Skyler Austen Gordy
  • Lobo: Roland Kent LaVoie
  • Courtney Love: Courtney Michelle Harrison
  • Darlene Love: Darlene Wright
  • Ludacris: Christopher Brian Bridges
  • Lulu: Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie


  • Madonna: Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone
  • Taj Mahal: Henry St.Clair Fredricks
  • Yngwie Malmsteen: Lars Johann Yngwie Lannerback
  • Barry Manilow: Barry Alan Pincus
  • Manfred Mann: Manfred Lubowitz
  • Marilyn Manson: Brian Hugh Warner
  • Little Peggy March: Margaret Battavio
  • Bruno Mars: Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez

    Peter Gene Hernandez, image from nme.com

  • Mick Mars (Motley Crue): Robert Alan Deal
  • Dean Martin: Dino Paul Crocetti
  • Ricky Martin: Jose Enrique Martin Morales
  • Al Martino: Alfred Cini
  • Matisyahu: Matthew Paul Miller
  • C.W. McCall: William Fries
  • MC Hammer: Stanley Kirk Burrel
  • Meat Loaf: Marvin Lee Aday
  • Meek Mill: Robert Williams
  • Melanie: Melanie Anne Safka
  • Freddie Mercury (Queen): Farrokh Bulsara

    Farrokh Bulsara, image from lovemarks.com

  • Method Man: Clifford Smith
  • M.I.A.: Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam
  • George Michael: Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
  • Bret Michaels (Poison): Bret Michael Sychak
  • Mitch Miller: Mitchell William
  • Nicki Minaj: Onika Tanya Maraj
  • Guy Mitchell: Albert Cernick
  • Joni Mitchell: Roberta Joan Anderson
  • Moby: Richard Melville Hall
  • Pharoahe Monch: Troy Donald Jamerson
  • Eddie Money: Edward Mahoney
  • French Montana: Karim Kharbouch
  • Van Morrison: George Ivan Morrison
  • Morrissey: Steven Patrick Morrissey
  • Jelly Roll Morton: Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe
  • Mos Def: Dante Terrell Smith-Bey
  • Munky (Korn): James Christian Shaffer
  • Anne Murray: Morna Anne Murray
  • Mya: Mya Harrison
  • Mystikal: Michael Lawrence Tyler


  • Nas: Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones
  • Nelly: Cornell Haynes, Jr.
  • Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe): Vince Neil Wharton
  • Rick Nelson: Eric Hilliard Nelson
  • Randy Newman: Randall Stuart Newman
  • Juice Newton: Judy Kay Newton
  • Ne-Yo: Shaffer Chimere Smith
  • Stevie Nicks: Stephanie Lynn Nicks
  • Nico: Christa Paffgen
  • Nilsson: Harry Edward Nilsson III
  • Noodles (Offspring): Kevin John Wasserman
  • The Notorious B.I.G.: Christopher Wallace

    Christopher Wallace, image from mtv.com

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


  • Ric Ocasek (The Cars): Richard Otcasek
  • Billy Ocean: Leslie Sebastian Charles
  • Frank Ocean: Christopher Breaux
  • Ol’ Dirty Bastard: Russell Tyrone Jones
  • Tony Orlando: Michael Anthony Orlando Cassivitis
  • Benjamin Orr (The Cars): Benjamin Orzechowski
  • Ozzy Osbourne: John Michael Osborne
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan: Raymond Edward O'Sullivan
  • Johnny Otis: John Veliotes
  • Buck Owens: Alvis Edgar Owens


  • Patti Page: Clara Ann Fowler
  • Colonel Tom Parker: Andreas Cornelius van Kujik
  • Gram Parsons (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers): Cecil Ingram Connor III

    Cecil Ingram Connor III, image from theworldinapapercup.com

  • Les Paul: Lester William Polfus
  • Johnny Paycheck: Don Lytle
  • Peaches (Peaches & Herb): Francine Barker
  • Pepa (Salt-N-Pepa): Sandra Denton
  • Katy Perry: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
  • Michelle Phillips (The Mamas & Papas): Holly Michelle Gilliam
  • Pink: Alecia Beth Moore
  • Pitbull: Armando Christian Perez
  • Plies: Algernod Lanier Washington
  • Iggy Pop: James Newell Osterberg, Jr.
  • Cozy Powell: Colin Flooks
  • Maxi Priest: Max Elliot
  • Prince: Prince Rogers Nelson
  • Professor Longhair: Henry Roeland Byrd


  • Suzi Quatro: Suzi Quatrocchio
  • Queen Latifah: Dana Elaine Owens

    Dana Elaine Owens, image from thelavalizard.com

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


  • Raekwon: Corey Woods
  • 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
  • Richie Ramone (Ramones): Richie Reinhart
  • Tommy Ramone (Ramones): Tom Erdelyi
  • Boots Randolph: Homer Louis Randolph
  • Dizzee Rascal: Dylan Mills
  • Chris Rea: Christopher Anton Rea
  • Redman: Reginald Noble
  • RedOne: Nadir Khayat
  • Jerry Reed: Jerry Hubbard
  • Lou Reed: Louis Firbank
  • Martha Reeves: Martha Lavaille
  • The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold): James Owen Sullivan
  • Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran): Nicholas James Bates
  • Buddy Rich: Bernard Rich
  • Cliff Richard: Harry Rodger Webb
  • Rihanna: Robyn Rihanna Fenty

    Robyn Fenty, image from celebritytoob.com

  • Johnny Rivers: John Henry Ramistella
  • Robbie Robertson (The Band): Jaime Royal Klegerman
  • Smokey Robinson (The Miracles): William Robinson
  • Rockwell: Kennedy Gordy
  • Henry Rollins: Henry Garfield
  • Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses): William Bruce Rose, Jr. (raised as William Bruce Bailey)
  • Diana Ross: Diane Ernestine Earle
  • Rick Ross: William Leonard Roberts II
  • Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols): John Joseph Lydon
  • Leon Russell: Claude Russell Bridges
  • Bobby Rydell: Robert Louis Ridarelli
  • Mitch Ryder: William Levise Jr.


  • Sade: Helen Folasade Adu
  • Santigold: Santi White
  • Leo Sayer: Gerald Hugh Sayer
  • Boz Scaggs: William Royce Scaggs
  • Bon Scott (AC/DC): Ronald Belford Scott
  • Seal: Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel
  • Jay Sean: Kamaljit Singh Jhooti
  • Selena: Selena Quintanilla-Perez
  • David Seville: Ross Bagdasarian
  • M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold): Matthew Charles Sanders
  • Shaggy: Orville Richard Burrell
  • Shakira: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
  • Del Shannon: Charles Weedon Westover
  • Edward Sharpe (Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros): Alexander Michael Tahquitz Ebert
  • Sia: Sia Furler
  • Silkk the Shocker: Vyshonn King Miller
  • Gene Simmons (Kiss): Chaim Klein Weitz

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

  • The Singing Nun: Jeanine Deckers
  • Sir Mix-a-Lot: Anthony Ray
  • Sisqo (Dru Hill): Mark Andrews
  • Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe): Franklin Carlton Serafino Ferranno
  • Skrillex: Sonny John Moore
  • Slash (Guns N’ Roses): Saul Hudson
  • Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane): Grace Barnett Wing
  • Whistling Jack Smith: Billy Moeller
  • Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion): Calvin Cordozar Broadus
  • Phoebe Snow: Phoebe Laub
  • Trey Songz: Tremaine Aldon Neverson
  • Soulja Boy: DeAndre Cortez Way
  • Joe South: Joseph Alfred Souter
  • 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
  • Dusty Springfield: Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien
  • Rick Springfield: Richard Springthorpe
  • St. Vincent: Annie Clark
  • Paul Stanley (KISS): Stanley Harvey Eisen
  • Ringo Starr: Richard Starkey
  • Cat Stevens: Steven Demetre Georgiou
  • Ray Stevens: Harold Ray Ragsdale
  • Sting: Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner

    Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, image from glidemagazine.com

  • Joss Stone: Joscelyn Eve Stocker
  • Sly Stone: Sylvester Stewart
  • Joe Strummer (The Clash): John Graham Mellor
  • Levi Stubbs (Four Tops): Levi Stubbles
  • Donna Summer: Ladonna Adrian Gaines
  • Sun Ra: Herman Poole Blount
  • Swizz Beatz: Kasseem Dean


  • Taboo (Black Eyed Peas): Jamie Luis Gomez
  • Taco: Taco Ockerse
  • Tammi Terrell: Thomasina Montgomery
  • Joe Tex: Joseph Arrington Jr.
  • B.J. Thomas: Billy Joe Thomas
  • Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls): John Anthony Genzale, Jr
  • T.I.: Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.
  • Tiesto: Tijis Michiel Verwest
  • Tiffany: Tiffany Darwish
  • Timbaland: Timothy Zachery Mosley
  • Tiny Tim: Herbert Buckingham Khaury
  • Peter Tork (Monkees): Peter Halston Thorkelson
  • Peter Tosh: Winston Hubert Macintosh
  • T-Pain: Faheem Rasheed Najm
  • Randy Travis: Randy Bruce Traywick
  • 2pac: Tupac Amaru Shakur
  • Tina Turner: Anna Mae Bullock
  • Tommy Tutone: Tommy Heath
  • Shania Twain: Eileen Regina Edwards

    Eileen Regina Edwards, image from shaniatwainlasvegas.com

  • Twista: Carl Terrell Mitchell
  • Conway Twitty: Harold Lloyd Jenkins
  • Tyler, the Creator: Tyler Gregory Okonma
  • Bonnie Tyler: Gaynor Hopkins
  • Steven Tyler (Aerosmith): Steven Victor Tallarico


  • Uncle Kracker: Matthew Shafer
  • Usher: Usher Raymond


  • Jerry Vale: Genaro Vitaliano
  • Ritchie Valens: Richard Steven Valenzuela
  • Frankie Valli: Frank Castelluccio
  • Vangelis: Evangelos Papathanassiou
  • Vanilla Ice: Robert Van Winkle
  • Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam): Edward Louis Severson III

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

  • Bobby Vee: Robert Thomas Velline
  • Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold): Zachary James Baker
  • Billy Vera: William McCord Jr.
  • Tom Verlaine (Television): Thomas Miller
  • Sid Vicious (the Sex Pistols): Simon John Ritchie
  • Gene Vincent: Vincent Eugene Craddock
  • Vinnie Vincent (KISS): Vincent John Cusano
  • Bobby Vinton: Stanley Robert Vintula, Jr.


  • Waka Flocka Flame: Juaquin Malphursd
  • Wale: Olubowale Victor Akintimehin
  • Junior Walker: Autry DeWalt Walker Jr.
  • T-Bone Walker: Aaron Thibeaux Walker
  • Dinah Washington: Ruth Lee Jones
  • Muddy Waters: McKinley Morganfield

    McKinley Morganfield, image from jango.com

  • Roger Waters: George Waters
  • Fee Waybill (Tubes): John Waldo
  • Dean Ween (Ween): Mickey Melchiondo
  • Gene Ween (Ween): Aaron Freeman
  • Bob Weir (Greatful Dead): Robert Hall
  • Junior Wells: Amos Blakemore
  • Leslie West (Mountain): Leslie Westein
  • Barry White: Barry Eugene Carter
  • Jack White: John Anthony Gillis
  • Kim Wilde: Kim Smith
  • will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas): William James Adams, Jr.
  • Hank Williams: Hiram Williams
  • Paul Williams: Billy Paul
  • Nicky Wire (Manic Street Preachers): Nicholas Allen Jones
  • Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band): Peter Blankfield
  • Wolfman Jack: Robert Weston Smith
  • Stevie Wonder: Stevland Hardaway Judkins

    Stevland Hardaway Judkins, image from 1146miles.com

  • Link Wray: Fred Lincoln Wray Jr.
  • Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society): Jeffery Phillip Wiedlandt
  • Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones): William Perks
  • Tammy Wynette: Virginia Wynette Pugh


  • Xzibit: Alvin Nathaniel Joiner IV


  • Weird Al Yankovic: Alfred Matthew Yankovic
  • Yanni: Yiannis Chrysomallis
  • Young Jeezy: Jay Jenkins
  • Young MC: Marvin Young
  • Rob Zombie: Robert Bartleh Cummings


  • Dweezil Zappa: Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa
  • Frank Zappa: Francis Vincent Zappa, Jr.
  • Warren Zevon: Warren William Zevon
  • Buckwheat Zydeco: Stanley Dural, Jr.

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