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Saturday, April 01, 2006
 

Lists: Real Names

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For the curious, here's a list of many rock/pop/r&b performers' real names. It's not entirely inclusive; but reasonably comprehensive. Compiled from several sources.



A
Aaliyah - Aaliyah Dana Haughton
Tori Amos - Myra Ellen Amos
Adam Ant - Stuart Leslie Goddard
Ashanti - Ashanti Shaquoya "Shani Bani" Douglas
Frankie Avalon - Francis Thomas Avallone
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B
Babyface - Kenny Edmonds
Erykah Badu - Erica Wright
Ginger Baker - Peter Baker
Captain Beefheart - Don Van Vliet
Harry Belafonte - Harold George Belafonte
Pat Benatar - Patricia Andrejewski
Brook Benton - Benjamin Franklin Pierre
Beyonce - Beyonce Giselle Knowles
Bjork - Bjork Gudmundsdottir
Michael Bolton - Michael Bolotin
The Big Bopper - Jiles Perry Richardson
Gary U.S. Bonds - Gary Anderson
Jon Bon Jovi - John Francis Bongiovi Jr.
Bono (U2) - Paul David Hewson
Sonny Bono - Salvatore Philip Bono
Pat Boone - Charles Eugene Boone
David Bowie - David Robert Hayward Stenton Jones
Bobby Brown - Robert Barisford Brown
Jackson Browne - Clyde Jackson Browne
Buckethead - Brian Carroll
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C
Vitamin C - Colleen Fitzpatrick
J. J. Cale - John W. Cale
Randy California (Spirit) - Randy Craig Wolfe
Freddy Cannon - Frederick Anthony Picariello
Tony Carey - Anthony Lawrence Carey
50 Cent - Curtis Jackson
Gene Chandler - Eugene Dixon
Ray Charles - Ray Charles Robinson
Chubby Checker - Ernest Evans
Cher - Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere
Lou Christie - Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco
Eric Clapton - Eric Patrick Clapp
Patsy Cline - Virginia Patterson Hensley
Clown (Slipknot) - Michael Shawn Crahan
Joe Cocker - John Robert Cocker
Nat King Cole - Nathaniel Adams Coles
Common - Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.
Perry Como - Pierino Roland Como
Ry Cooder - Ryland Peter Cooder
Sam Cooke - Sam Cook
Coolio - Artis Ivey Jr.
Alice Cooper - Vincent Damon Furnier
Dave "Baby" Cortez - David Clowney
Elvis Costello - Declan Patrick McManus
John Cougar - John Mellencamp
Ice Cube - Oshea Jackson
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D
Jim Dandy - James Mangrum
Bobby Darin - Walden Waldo Robert Cassotto
Dimebag Darrell - Darrell Abbott
Mac Davis - Morris Davis
Taylor Dayne - Leslie Wonderman
Jimmy Dean - Jimmy Dean
John Decon (Queen) - John Richard Deacon
Joey Dee - Joseph DiNicola
Kiki Dee - Pauline Mathews
John Denver - John Henry Deutschendorf
Rick Derringer - Richard Zehringer
Neil Diamond - Neil Leslie Diamond
Bo Diddley - Elias Bates (name upon adoption: Elias McDaniel)
Dido - Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong
Snoop Dogg - Cordazer Calvin Broadus
Mickey Dolenz - George Michael Braddock
Fats Domino - Antoine Domino
Donovan - Donovan Phillip Leitch
Dr. Dre - Andre Young
Bob Dylan - Robert Alan Zimmerman
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E
Easy E - Eric Wright
Sheila E. - Sheila Escovedo
Sheena Easton - Sheena Shirley Orr
The Edge (U2) - David Howell Evans
Missy Elliot - Melissa Elliott
Eminem - Marshal Bruce Mathers III
Enya - Eithne Ni Braona
David Essex - David Albert Cook
Gloria Estefan - Gloria Maria Fajardo
Don Everly - Isaac Donald Everly
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F
50 Cent - Curtis Jackson
Tal Farlow - Talmage Holt Farlow
Freddie Fender - Baldemar G. Huerta
Fieldy (Korn) - Reginald Arvizu
Dani Filth (Cradle of Filth) - Daniel Lloyd Davey
Ace Frehley - Paul Daniel Frehley
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G
Kenny G - Kenneth Gorelick
Crystal Gayle - Brenda Gail Webb Gatzimos
Bobbie Gentry - Roberta Streeter
J. Geils - Jerome Geils
Boy George - George Alan O'Dowd
Lesley Gore - Lesley Goldstein
Dobie Gray - Leonard Victor Ainsworth
Macy Gray - Natalie Renee McIntyre
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H
MC Hammer - Stanley Kirk Burrel
Head (Korn) - Brian Welch
Jimi Hendrix - James Marshall Hendrix
Buddy Holly - Charles Hardin Holley
Engelbert Humperdinck - Arnold George Dorsey
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I
Janis Ian - Janis Eddy Fink
Vanilla Ice - Robert Van Winkle
Julio Iglesias - Julio Iglesias de la Cueva
Billy Idol - William Michael Albert Broad
India.Aire - India Aire Simpson
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J
Wolfman Jack - Robert Weston Smith
Tito Jackson - Toriano Adaryll Jackson
Mick Jagger - Michael Phillip Jagger
Rick James - James Johnson
Jazzy Jeff - Jeffrey Townes
Joan Jett - Joan Larkin
Jewel - Jewel Kilcher
Billy Joel - William Joseph Martin Joel
Tom Jones - Thomas Jones Woodward
Elton John - Reginald Kenneth Dwight
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K
K.C. (of The Sunshine Band) - Harry Wayne Casey
R Kelly - Robert Kelly
Alicia Keys - Alicia Augello Cook
Chaka Khan - Carole Yvette Marie Stevens
B.B. King - Riley B. King
k.d. lang - katherine dawn lang
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L
LL Cool J - James Todd Smith
Patti LaBelle - Patricia Louise Holt
K.D. Lang - Kathryn Dawn Lang
Cyndi Lauper - Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper
Queen Latifah - Dana Owens
Brenda Lee - Brenda Mae Tarpley
Julian Lennon - John Charles Julian Lennon
Huey Lewis - Hugh Anthony Cregg
Liberace - Wladziu Lee Valentino
Lil Bow Wow - Shad Anthony Moss
Lil Kim - Kimberly Jones
Little Anthony - Anthony Gourdine
Little Eva - Eva Narcissus Boyd
Little Richard - Richard Wayne Penniman
Lobo - Kent Lavoie
Courtney Love - Love Michelle Harrison
Ludacris - Christopher Bridges
Lulu - Marie Lawrie
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M
Mama Cass Elliot - Ellen Naomi Cohen
Spanky MacFarlane - Elaine MacFarlane
Lonnie Mack - Lonnie McIntosh
Madonna - Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone
Taj Mahal - Henry St.Clair Fredricks
Barry Manilow - Barry Allen Pincus
Yngwie Malmsteen - Lars Johann Yngwie Lannerback
Manfred Mann - Manfred Lubowitz
Marilyn Manson - Brian Warner
Little Peggy March - Margaret Battavio
Dean Martin - Dino Paul Crocetti
Ricky Martin - Enrique Jose Martin Morales
Brian May (Queen) - Brian Harold May
Paul McCartney - James Paul McCartney
Meat Loaf - Marvin Lee Aday
Melanie - Melanie Safka
Freddie Mercury - Farrokh Bulsara
George Micheal - Yorgos Panayiotou
Mitch Miller - Mitchell William
Joni Mitchell - Roberta Joan Anderson
Moby - Richard Melville Hall
Van Morrison - George Ivan Morrison
Munky (Korn) - James Shaffer
Anne Murray - Morna Anne Murray
Mystikal - Micheal Tyler
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N
Rick Nelson - Eric Hilliard Nelson
Nelly - Carnell Haynes, Jr.
Randy Newman - Gary Newman
Juice Newton - Judy Kay Newton
Stevie Nicks - Stephanie Nicks
Nilsson - Harry Edward Nilsson III
Notorious B.I.G. - Christopher Wallace
Gary Numan - Gary Anthony James Webb
Laura Nyro - Laura Nigro
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O
Ric Ocasek - Richard Otcasek
Billy Ocean - Leslie Sebastian Charles
Tony Orlando - Michael Anthony Orlando Cassivitis
Oliver - William Oliver Swofford
Benjamin Orr - Benjamin Orzechowski
Gilbert O'Sullivan - Raymond Edward O'Sullivan
Johnny Otis - John Veliotes
Ozzy Osbourne - John Michael Osbourne
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P
Patti Page - Clara Ann Fowler
Robert Palmer - Alan Robert Palmer
Gram Parsons - Cecil Ingram Connor
Paul and Paula - Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson
Les Paul - Lester Polfus
Johnny Paycheck - Don Lytle
Pink - Alecia Moore
Iggy Pop - James Jewell Osterberg, Jr.
Cozy Powell - Colin Flooks
Maxi Priest - Max Elliot
P. J. Proby - James Marcus Smith
Prince - Prince Rogers Nelson
Puff Daddy - Sean John Combs
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Q
Stacy Q. - Stacy Swain
Question Mark - Rudy Martinez
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R
Dee Dee Ramone (Ramones) - Douglas Colvin
Joey Ramone (Ramones) - Jeffery Hyman
Johnny Ramone (Ramones) - John Cummings
Boots Randolph - Homer Louis Randolph
Jerry Reed - Jerry Hubbard
Lou Reed - Louis Firbank
Paul Revere - Paul Revere
Busta Rhymes - Trevor Tahiem Smith
Buddy Rich - Bernard Rich
Cliff Richard - Harry Webb
Johnny Rivers - John Ramistella
Smokey Robinson - William Robinson
Henry Rollins - Henry Garfield
Dianna Ross - Diane Emestine Ross
Johnny Rotten - John Lydon
Axl Rose (Guns & Roses) - William Bruce Rose
Leon Russell - Claude Russell Bridges
Bobby Rydell - Louis Ridarelli
Mitch Ryder - William Levise Jr.
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S
Sade - Helen Folasade Adu
Sam the Sham - Domingo Samudio
Leo Sayer - Gerald Hugh Sayer
Boz Scaggs - William Royce Scaggs
Seal - Henry Olusegun Olumide Samuel
Selena - Selena Quintanilla-Perez
Shaggy - Orville Richard Burrell
Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir) - Stian Thoresen
Del Shannon - Charles Westover
Gene Simmons (Kiss) - Chaim Witz
Sisqo (Dru Hill) - Mark Andrews
Slash (Guns & Roses) - Saul Hudson
Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) - Grace Wing
Guitar Slim - Eddie Jones
Phoebe Snow - Phoebe Laub
Ronnie Spector - Veronica Bennett
Dusty Springfield - Mary O'Brien
Ringo Starr - Richard Starkey
Cat Stevens - Steve Georgiou
Ray Stevens - Harold Ray Ragsdale
Rod Stewart - Roderick David Stewart
Sting - Gordon Matthew Sumner
Sly Stone - Sylvester Stewart
Levi Stubbs - Levi Stubbles
Donna Summer - LaDonna Andrea Gaines
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T
Booker T - Booker T. Jones
Ice T - Tracy Marrow
Taco - Taco Ockerse
Roger Taylor (Queen) - Roger Meddows-Taylor
Joe Tex - Joseph Arrington Jr.
B.J. Thomas - Billy Joe Thomas
Tiny Tim - Herbert Buckingham Khaury
Tiffany - Tiffany Darwish
Peter Tork (Monkees) - Peter Halston Thorkelson
Peter Tosh - Winston Hubert Macintosh
Randy Travis - Randy Bruce Traywick
Tina Turner - Annie Mae Bullock
Shania Twain - Eileen Regina Edwards
Conway Twitty - Harold Lloyd Jenkins
Bonnie Tyler - Gaynor Hopkins
Steven Tyler - Steven Talarico
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U
Midge Ure - James Ure
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V
Ritchie Valens - Richard Stephen Valenzuela
Frankie Valli - Frank Castelluccio
Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) - Edward Louis Severson
Bobby Vee - Robert Velline
Billy Vera - Billy McCord Jr.
Sid Vicious - John Simon Ritchie
Gene Vincent - Vincent Craddock
Vinnie Vincent (Kiss) - Vincent Cusano
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W
Jerry Jeff Walker - Paul Crosby
Junior Walker - Autry DeWalt Walker Jr.
Dionne Warwick - Marie Dionne Warwick
Muddy Waters - McKinley Morganfield
Roger Waters - George Waters
Fee Waybill (Tubes) - John Waldo
Bob Weir (Greatful Dead) - Robert Hall
Leslie West (Mountain) - Leslie Westein
Kim Wilde - Kim Smith
Hank Williams - Hiram Williams
Paul Williams - Billy Paul
Johnny Winter - John Dawson Winter
Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band) - Peter Blankfield
Stevie Wonder - Steveland Morris
Betty Wright - Bessie Regina Norris
Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) - William Perks
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Y
Weird Al Yankovic - Alfred Matthew Yankovic
Yellowman - Winston Foster



     

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Comments:
That was actually pretty entertaining. I knew some of the more obvious ones already, e.g. Robert Zimmerman, but some I didn't even know were stage names.

Anyhow, welcome back. One day early, no less. :D
 
Thanks Casey, I owe it to your friendly nudge. Hopefully, this time I can stick around again for a while.

Some of them were new to me, and I liked to think that I was relatively up on such things.

Some that I was unaware of (and surprised by): Ray Stevens, Randy Newman, Ray Charles (shame on me!), Bob Weir (double shame on me!!), and while I knew about Eric Clapton in the past, I had so thoroughly forgotten it that I was surprised all over again.
 
Gosh lots of those were new to me
 
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