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 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

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

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

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  • 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
  • (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

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  • 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

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • ? (? & 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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
  • (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

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  • 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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