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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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Weekend Reissue Roundup #39 04/01/2006

Mott the Hoople: The Hoople (1974)   Pete Townshend: Empty Glass (1980)   LaVern Baker: Jim Dandy (2006)   Dave Mason: Alone Together (1970)


Artist: Album (label, release date) 1-5 stars

Mott the Hoople: The Hoople (BMG International, March 28, 2006) ****
Pete Townshend: Empty Glass (Revisited, March 28, 2006) ****
LaVern Baker: Jim Dandy (Collectables, March 28, 2006) ****
Dave Mason: Alone Together (Universal Japan, April 4, 2006) ****

Mott the Hoople: The Hoople
Mott the Hoople: The Hoople (1974)
This 1974 release marked a turning point for the influential glam-rock/hard rock Mott the Hoople, and unfortunately it was a turn towards decline and dissolution. Not that there's anything really wrong with The Hoople; while it was a comedown from the 1973 Mott, which was their most realized album, and the 1972 All The Young Dudes, which was their most commercially successful, it still holds together fairly well as an album, and includes such undeniable classics as "Roll Away The Stone" and "Crash Street Kidds". However, guitarist Mick Ralphs had left the band prior to the recording sessions to join Bad Company, and his absence is felt. Ian Hunter dominates this album to a degree that had been previously impossible, and frankly he didn't have enough solid material to stretch over the whole album. New guitarist Ariel Bender brought an agreeable glam-rock trashiness to the band, but had none of Ralphs' swaggering hard-rock chops that he had brought to earlier classics like "Ready For Love". Still, there's plenty here to enjoy, like the meaty faux-50's spectacle of "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll", bassist Overend Watts' crunching "Born Late '58", and Hunter's delicate Dylanesque "Trudi's Song". A lot of the filler really sounds like filler, although "Through The Looking Glass" has an agreeable soft-to-grand buildup. Tacked on at the end are three singles from the Ariel Bender era, the best of which is the strangely Spector-esque "Foxy Foxy". Mott the Hoople is a band that is not best experienced via compilations, so newcomers might want to try All The Young Dudes and Mott first (or the earlier Mad Shadows or Brain Capers, recorded before David Bowie helped reinvent their sound). But if you've got those, The Hoople is worth adding to the collection. Following the release of The Hoople, Hunter brought Mick Ronson into the band to play guitar, and the two of them departed shortly after to work on Hunter's 1975 solo debut. Mott the Hoople lurched on for two more albums without Hunter: Drive On in 1975 and Shouting and Pointing in 1976; both are justifiably forgotten.

Pete Townshend: Empty Glass
Pete Townshend: Empty Glass (1980)
Few fans realized it in 1980, but Pete Townshend's solo album, Empty Glass, marked both a particularly desperate moment in the man's life, and also arguably marked the end of Townshend's career as "vital" rock star, a tag he was bestowed with in the late 70's. It was the first new material to appear from a Who member in the wake of Keith Moon's death, and was recorded while Townshend himself was struggling with alcohol and cocaine issues. It isn't a Who record; while half of the songs could conceivably been sung by Roger Daltrey, half were particularly personal songs that benefit from Townshend's thin, homely voice. The album contained two excellent singles; the homoerotic "Rough Boys", one of Townshend's best ever uptempo guitar riff rockers, and the more reflective keyboard-based "Let My Love Open The Door", which sounded very much like what the next Who album, Face Dances, would sound like. "Gonna Get Ya" is a primo piece of strutting hard rock combined with art-rock flourishes; "A Little Is Enough" opens with one of the most lovely synthesizer intros ever laid to wax and benefits from a touchingly humble vocal. The rest of it is pretty good; even the minor songs on the album have hooks and stand out in their own way. There is no more personal Townshend album, with or without the band. Unfortunately, the next two Who albums were greeted as disappointments, and Townshend's solo career has been a wildly erratic one with more downs than ups, and ever-dwindling sales. So in retrospect, Empty Glass really was a milestone in Townshend's career; one he's never really been able to match ever since. Recommended to all Who fans; however the album is a lot less "vital" than it seemed at the time.

LaVern Baker: Jim Dandy
LaVern Baker: Jim Dandy (2006)
If the name "Jim Dandy" rings a bell, it may be as the name of the lead singer of 70's southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas, who had a minor hit with their version of LaVern Baker's "Jim Dandy". Baker was an integral figure in the early days of rock 'n' roll; her red hot mama voice ignited a bunch of great singles, all recorded in a jump blues/r&b style. This quicky 10-cut compilation on Collectables, which clocks in at well under half an hour, is probably as good a quick introduction to Baker as any other. "Jim Dandy" is here in all its smoking rhythmic glory, and the other nuggets here are worth the low price of admission. Everything here is from her mid-late 1950's peak at Atlantic records; good ones include the novelty "Tweedle Dee", a fine showcase for her voice, the slow and romantic torch blues "I Cried A Tear", and the slinky "Play It Fair". "Jim Dandy" gets a reprise in "Jim Dandy Got Married". "Tomorrow Night" has a sleepy late night vibe. Most of these songs made the top 10 on the Black Charts, although her pop success was limited to three top-20 singles. Baker was a regular on the Ed Sullivan show in the 50's, and later traveled to Vietnam to entertain troops in the 1960's. She died in 1997.

Dave Mason: Alone Together
Dave Mason: Alone Together (1970)
At the time of the 1970 release of his solo debut, Dave Mason was one of the most prominent names in rock. As a key member of Traffic, and Delaney and Bonnie, he rubbed shoulders with some heavy hitters, from Eric Clapton to George Harrison to Joe Cocker to Steve Winwood. Alone Together has no shortage of all-star guests; Delaney and Bonnie are on it, as are John Barbata, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Carl Radle, Jim Keltner, Jim Capaldi, and other familiar faces from the Delaney and Bonnie/Leon Russell/Joe Cocker axis. In many respects it sounds like an early 70's Eric Clapton record, except with more Traffic-style jamming. While Mason's voice isn't the greatest, it's no worse than Clapton's and he is capable of a little soulfulness. The songwriting ranges from good to very good, and there's no question the assemblage of talent can play their instruments. So why has this album, which peaked at #22 and received generally good reviews, fallen off the radar, just as Mason's career did long ago? Hard to say; Mason plays a mean guitar and the familiar "Only You Know and I Know" isn't even the best thing here. The Capaldi-Mason "Look at You, Look At Me" is a fiery closer, and most of what comes between is varied and rich. Perhaps the problem is the lack of a distinctive character; it sounds like it could have been made by any of the Delaney and Bonnie extended family with the same amalgamation of superstars. Mason's subsequent solo work in the 1970's sold fewer copies each time out; by 1980 his career had dried up, except for a beer ad and a short stint in Fleetwood Mac in the 90's. Still, it's a fine album for what it is, and they don't make 'em like this anymore.

Also out this week: Pete Townshend's spotty-but-good 1977 album with Ronnie Lane of the Faces, Rough Mix, and his odds-and-sods collection of demoes, Scoop, on Revisited; the career-spanning Essential Roy Orbison which suffers from the inclusion of a couple of inferior takes but is still worthwhile, on Sony; Earth Wind and Fire's mediocre 1993 offering Millennium, on Collectables; and a trio of ABBA albums, ABBA (1975), Arrival (1977), and The Album (1978), as a three-fer called Chronicles on Polydor.


     

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