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A

Johnny Ace - John Alexander
Cannonball Adderley - Julian Adderley
Morris Albert - Morris Albert Kaisermann
Adam Ant - Stuart Leslie Goddard
Little Anthony - Anthony Gourdine
Ed Ames - Ed Urick
Louis Armstrong - Daniel Louis Armstrong
Eddy Arnold - Richard Edward Arnold
Chet Atkins - Chester Burton Atkins
Frankie Avalon - Francis Thomas Avallone

B

George Baker - Johannes Bouwens
Ginger Baker - Peter Edward Baker
Lavern Baker - Delores Williams
Marty Balin - Martyn Buchwald
Len Barry - Leonard Borisoff
Harry Belafonte - Harold George Belafonte
Pat Benatar - Patricia Andrejewski
Tony Bennett - Anthony Benedetto
Brook Benton - Benjamin Franklin Peay
Chuck Berry - Charles Edward Anderson Berry
Mr. Acker Bilk - Bernard Stanley Bilk
Cilla Black - Priscilla Maria Veronica White
Jay Black - David Blatt
Michael Bolton - Michael Bolotin
The Big Bopper - Jiles Perry Richardson
Gary U.S. Bonds - Gary Anderson
Jon Bon Jovi - John Francis Bongiovi
Sonny Bono - Salvatore Philip Bono
Daniel Boone - Peter Lee Stirling
Pat Boone - Charles Eugene Boone
David Bowie - David Robert Jones
Bonnie Bramlett - Bonnie Lynn O'Farrell
Teresa Brewer - Teresa Breuer
Arthur Brown - Arthur Wilton
Jackson Browne - Clyde Jackson Browne
Rocky Burnette - Jonathan Burnette

C

Flash Cadillac - Sam McFadin
J.J. Cale - Jean Jaques Cale
Cannibal (the Headhunters) - Francisco M. Garcia
Freddy Cannon - Frederick Anthony Picariello
Vikki Carr - Florencia Cardona
Gene Chandler - Eugene Dixon
Ray Charles - Ray Charles Robinson
Chubby Checker - Ernest Evans
Cher - Cherilyn Sarkisian
Cheech and Chong - Richard Marin and Thomas Chong
Lou Christie - Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco
Dash Crofts - Darrell Crofts
David Crosby - David Van Cortland
Dee Clark - Delecta Clark
Dick Clark - Richard Wagstaff Clark
David Clayton-Thomas - David Thomsett
Patsy Cline - Virginia Patterson Hensley
Cozy Cole - William Randolph Cole
Joe Cocker - John Robert Cocker
Commander Cody - George Frayne
Nat King Cole - Nathaniel Adams Coles
Jessi Colter - Miriam Johnson
Perry Como - Pierino Roland Como
Sam Cooke - Sam Cook
Dave "Baby" Cortez - David Clowney
Alice Cooper - Vincent Damon Furnier
Elvis Costello - Declan McManus
John Cougar - John Mellencamp
Bing Crosby - Harry Lillis Crosby
Christopher Cross - Christopher Geppert

D

Ron Dante - Carmine Granito
Bobby Darin - Walden Waldo Robert Cassotto
James Darren - James Ercolani
Mac Davis - Morris Davis
Skeeter Davis - Mary Francis Penick
Bobby Day - Robert Byrd
Doris Day - Doris Kappelhoff
Joey Dee - Joseph DiNicola
Kiki Dee - Pauline Mathews
Rick Dees - Rigdon Osmond Dees III
Desmond Dekker - Desmond Dacres
John Denver - John Henry Deutschendorf
Jackie DeShannon - Sharon Lee Myers
Daddy Dewdrop - Richard Monda
Neil Diamond - Neil Leslie Diamond
Dion - Dion DiMucci
Bo Diddley - Otha Ellas Bates McDaniel
Mickey Dolenz - George Michael Dolenz
Fats Domino - Antoine Domino
Don and Juan - Roland Trone and Claude Johnson
Ral Donner - Ralph Donner
Donovan - Donovan Phillip Leitch
Lee Dorsey - Irving Lee Dorsey
Robbie Dupree - Robert Dupuis
Bob Dylan - Robert Zimmerman

E

Sheena Easton - Sheena Shirley Orr
Mama Cass Elliot - Ellen Naomi Cohen
England Dan - Dan Seals
David Essex - David Cook
Gloria Estefan - Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo
Little Eva - Eva Narcissus Boyd
Don Everly - Isaac Donald Everly

F

Shelley Fabares - Michelle Fabares
Fabian - Fabiano Forte
Bent Fabric - Bent Fabricius
Fantastic Johnny C - Johnny Corley
Donna Fargo - Yvonne Vaughan
Freddie Fender - Baldemar G. Huerta
Frankie Ford - Frank Guzzo
Ace Frehley - Paul Daniel Frehley
Connie Francis - Concetta Rosemarie Franconero
John Fred - John Fred Gourrier
Friend and Lover - Jim Post and Cathy Post

G

Marvin Gaye - Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr
Crystal Gayle - Brenda Gail Webb
Gloria Gaynor - Gloria Fowles
Bobbie Gentry - Roberta Lee Streeter
J. Geils - John W. Geils Jr.
Boy George - George Alan O'Dowd
Gary Glitter - Paul Gadd
Lesley Gore - Lesley Goldstein
Gogi Grant - Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg
Dobie Gray - Leonard Victor Ainsworth
R.B. Greaves - Ronald Bertram Greaves

H

Daryl Hall - Daryl Franklin Hohl
Slim Harpo - James Moore
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Jalacy J. Hawkins
Jimi Hendrix - James Marshall Hendricks
Bertie Higgins - Elbert Higgins
Billie Holiday - Eleanora Fagan
Buddy Holly - Charles Hardin Holley
Engelbert Humperdinck - Arnold George Dorsey
Tab Hunter - Arthur Gelien

I

Janis Ian - Janis Eddy Fink
Billy Idol - William Broad
Julio Iglesias - Julio Iglesias de la Cueva

J

Wolfman Jack - Robert Weston Smith
J.J. Jackson - Jerome Louis Jackson
Tito Jackson - Toriano Adaryll Jackson
Mick Jagger - Michael Phillip Jagger
Joni James - Giavanna Carmello Bobbo
Rick James - James Johnson
Sonny James - James Loden
Tommy James - Thomas Jackson
Jan & Dean - Jan Berry & Dean Torrence
Billy Joel - William Joseph Martin Joel
Tom Jones - Thomas Jones Woodward
Dr. John - Malcolm John Rebennack
Elton John - Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Robert John - Robert John Pedrick
Brian Jones - Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones
John Paul Jones - John Baldwin

K

K.C. (of The Sunshine Band) - Harry Wayne Casey
Ernie K-Doe - Ernest Kador
John Kay - Joachim Krauledat
Keith - James Barry Keefer
Chaka Khan - Yvette Marie Stevens
Andy Kim - Androwis Jovakim
Carole King - Carole Klein
B.B. King - Riley B. King
Ben E. King - Benjamin Earl Nelson
Kris Kristofferson - Kris Carson

L

Patti LaBelle - Patricia Louise Holte
Frankie Laine - Frank LoVecchio
k.d. lang - katherine dawn lang
Cyndi Lauper - Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper
Steve Lawrence - Sidney Liebowitz
Brenda Lee - Brenda Mae Tarpley
Dickey Lee - Dickey Lipscomb
Geddy Lee - Gary Lee Weinrib
Peggy Lee - Norma Jean Egstrom
Tommy Lee - Tommy Lee Bass
Julian Lennon - John Charles Julian Lennon
Gary Lewis - Gary Levitch
Huey Lewis - Hugh Anthony Cregg
Liberace - Wladziu Lee Valentino Liberace
Little Anthony - Anthony Gourdine
Little Eva - Eva Narcissus Boyd
Little Richard - Richard Wayne Penniman
Lobo - Roland Kent LaVoie
Courtney Love - Love Michelle Harrison
Trini Lopez - Trinidad Lopez
Darlene Love - Darlene Wright
Lulu - Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie

M

Spanky MacFarlane - Elaine MacFarlane
Christine McVie - Christine Perfect
Madonna - Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone
Barry Manilow - Barry Alan Pincus
Manfred Mann - Manfred Lubowitz
Marilyn Manson - Brian Warner
Little Peggy March - Margaret Battavio
Cheech Marin - Richard Marin
Dean Martin - Dino Paul Crocetti
Al Martino - Alfred Cini
Johnny Mathis - John Royce Mathis
C.W. McCall - William Fries
Paul McCartney - James Paul McCartney
Scott McKenzie - Philip Blondheim
Meatloaf - Marvin Lee Aday
Melanie - Melanie Safka
Freddie Mercury - Farouk Bulsara
George Micheal - Yorgos Panayiotou
Lee Michaels - Mike Olsen
Mickey and Sylvia - McHouston Baker and Sylvia Vanderpool
Mitch Miller - Mitchell William
Guy Mitchell - Albert Cernick
Joni Mitchell - Roberta Joan Anderson
Eddie Money - Edward Mahoney
Chris Montez - Christopher Montanez
Van Morrison - George Ivan Morrison
Jelly Roll Morton - Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe
Anne Murray - Morna Anne Murray

N

Napoleon XIV - Jerry Samuels
Rick Nelson - Eric Hilliard Nelson
Sandy Nelson - Sandler Nelson
Juice Newton - Judy Kaye Newton
Wayne Newton - Carson Wayne Newton
Stevie Nicks - Stephanie Lynn Nicks
Harry Nilsson - Harry Edward Nilsson III
Laura Nyro - Laura Nigro

O

Billy Ocean - Leslie Sebastian Charles
Tony Orlando - Michael Anthony Orlando Cassivitis
Oliver - William Oliver Swofford
Ozzy Osbourne - John Michael Osbourne
Marie Osmond - Olive Marie Osmond
Gilbert O'Sullivan - Ray O'Sullivan
Buck Owens - Alvis Edgar Owens

P

Patti Page - Clara Ann Fowler
Robert Palmer - Alan Palmer
Colonel Tom Parker - Andreas Cornelius van Kujik
Gram Parsons - Ingram Cecil Connor II
Billy Paul - Paul Williams
Les Paul - Lester William Polsfuss
Paul and Paula - Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson
Johnny Paycheck - Don Lytle
Peaches and Herb - Francine Barker and Herb Fame
Peter, Paul and Mary - Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers
Michelle Phillips - Holly Michelle Gilliam
Iggy Pop - James Jewell Osterberg, Jr.
Johnny Preston - John Preston Courville
Prince - Prince Rogers Nelson
P.J. Proby - James Marcus Smith

Q

Suzi Quatro - Suzi Quatrocchio
Question Mark - Rudy Martinez

R

Eddie Rabbitt - Edward Thomas Rabbitt
Boots Randolph - Homer Louis Randolph
Jerry Reed - Jerry Reed Hubbard
Paul Revere - Paul Revere Dick
Della Reese - Dellareese Patricia Early
Martha Reeves - Martha Lavaille
Diane Renay - Renee Diane Kushner
Buddy Rich - Bernard Rich
Cliff Richard - Harry Rodger Webb
Little Richard - Richard Wayne Penniman
Minnie Riperton - Minnie Riperton Rudolph
Johnny Rivers - John Ramistella
Jeannie C. Riley - Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson
Marty Robbins - Martin David Robinson
Smokey Robinson - William Robinson
Axl Rose - William Bruce Rose
Diana Ross - Diane Ernestine Earle
Leon Russell - Claude Russell Bridges
Bobby Rydell - Robert Louis Ridarelli
Mitch Ryder - William Levise Jr.

S

Sam the Sham - Domingo Samudio
Santo & Johnny - Santo Farina and Johnny Farina
Leo Sayer - Gerald Hugh Sayer
Boz Scaggs - William Royce Scaggs
Linda Scott - Linda Joy Sampson
Seals & Crofts - Jim Seals & Dash Crofts
David Seville - Ross Bagdasarian
Del Shannon - Charles Westover
Dee Dee Sharp - Dione LaRue
Shep (of Shep and the Limelites) - James Sheppard
Allan Sherman - Allan Copelon
Bobby Sherman - Robert Cabot Sherman, Jr.
Gene Simmons - Chaim Witz
The Singing Nun - Jeanine Deckers
Grace Slick - Grace Barnett Wing
O.C. Smith - Ocie Lee Smith
Whistling Jack Smith - Billy Moeller
Phoebe Snow - Phoebe Laub
David Soul - David Richard Solberg
Jimmy Soul - James McCleese
Joe South - Joe Souter
Phil Spector - Harvey Phillip Spector
Dusty Springfield - Mary O'Brien
Rick Springfield - Richard Springthorpe
Crispian St. Peters - Robin Peter Smith
Edwin Starr - Charles Hatcher
Ringo Starr - Richard Starkey
April Stevens - Carol LoTempio
Cat Stevens - Steve Georgiou
Dodi Stevens - Geraldine Ann Pasquale
Ray Stevens - Harold Ray Ragsdale
B.W. Stevenson - Louis C. Stevenson
Rod Stewart - Roderick David Stewart
Sting - Gordon Matthew Sumner
Sly Stone - Sylvester Stewart
Rory Storm - Alan Caldwell
Levi Stubbs - Levi Stubbles
Donna Summer - LaDonna Andrea Gaines

T

Booker T. - Alan Jones
R. Dean Taylor - Dean Taylor
Teegarden & Van Winkle - David Teegarden & Skip Knape
Nino Tempo - Antonino LoTempio
Joe Tex - Joseph Arrington Jr.
B.J. Thomas - Billy Joe Thomas
Johnny Thunder - Gil Hamilton
Tiny Tim - Herbert Buckingham Khaury
Peter Tork - Peter Halston Thorkelson
Randy Travis - Randy Bruce Traywick
Ike Turner - Izear Luster Turner Jr.
Tina Turner - Annie Mae Bullock
Shania Twain - Eileen Regina Edwards
Conway Twitty - Harold Lloyd Jenkins
Steven Tyler - Steven Victor Tallarico

V

Jerry Vale - Genaro Vitaliano
Ritchie Valens - Richard Stephen Valenzuela
Frankie Valli - Frank Castelluccio
Vangelis - Evangelos Papathanassiou
Randy VanWarmer - Randall VanWormer
Bobby Vee - Robert Thomas Velline
Billy Vera - William McCord
Larry Verne - Larry Vern Erickson
Sid Vicious - John Simon Ritchie
Gene Vincent - Vincent Eugene Craddock
Bobby Vinton - Stanley Robert Vinton

W

Junior Walker - Autry DeWalt Jr.
Joe Walsh - Joseph Fidler
Dionne Warwick - Marie Dionne Warrick
Dinah Washington - Ruth Lee Jones
Muddy Waters - McKinley Morganfield
Barry White - Barry Eugene Carter
Andy Williams - Howard Andrew Williams
Howlin' Wolf - Chester Arthur Burnett
Brenton Wood - Alfred Jesse Smith
Sheb Wooley - Shelby F. Wooley
Stevie Wonder - Steveland Hardaway Judkins
Link Wray - Frederick Lincoln Wray Jr
Bill Wyman - William Perks
Tammy Wynette - Virginia Wynette Pugh

Y

Weird Al Yankovic - Alfred Matthew Yankovic
Timi Yuro - Rosemarie Timotea Aurro

Z


Zager & Evans - Denny Zager & Rick Evens
Frank Zappa - Francis Vincent Zappa, Jr.





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