Classics Du Jour


30 Rock Stars That Changed Their Name

Would you feel any different listening to a Gordon Sumner record, or rocking out with Chaim Witz? Check out these rock stars that changed their name and see how many you know!

Click on the plus sign next to each name to reveal the artist’s stage name!

30 Stuart Leslie Goddard

Adam Ant

29 Martyn Buchwald

Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship)

28 Patricia Andrejewski

Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar
Pat Benatar

27 Paul David Hewson

Bono (U2)

26 David Robert Jones

David Bowie

David Bowie in 1967
David Bowie in 1967

25 Vincent Damon Furnier

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper copyright ear music credit: Rob Fenn
Courtesy: ear music. Credit: Rob Fenn.

24 Declan McManus

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello

23 Robert Zimmerman

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan in 1963
Bob Dylan in 1963

22 David Howell Evans

The Edge (U2)

21 Ellen Naomi Cohen

Mama Cass Elliot

20 George Alan O’Dowd

Boy George

19 William Broad

Billy Idol

Billy Idol
Billy Idol

18 Reginald Kenneth Dwight

Elton John

Elton John performing in Norway in 2009. CC BY-SA 2.0. Credit: Ernst Vikne

17 Joachim Krauledat

John Kay (Steppenwolf)

16 John Kennedy Oswald

Jani Lane (Warrant)

15 Gary Lee Weinrib

Geddy Lee (Rush)

14 Hugh Anthony Cregg

Huey Lewis

Huey Lewis performing in 2006
Huey Lewis performing in 2006. CC by SA 3.0. Credit: Carl Lender

13 Brian Warner

Marilyn Manson

12 Marvin Lee Aday

Meat Loaf

11 Farouk Bulsara

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury. CC BY 2.0. Credit: Carl Lender

10 Roberta Joan Anderson

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell

9 James Jewell Osterberg, Jr.

Iggy Pop

8 Chaim Witz

Gene Simmons

7 Grace Barnett Wing

Grace Slick

Grace Slick
Grace Slick in 1967

6 Richard Starkey

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr in 2013
Ringo Starr in 2013. CC BY SA 2.0. Credit: Eva Rinaldi

5 Steve Georgiou

Cat Stevens

4 Gordon Matthew Sumner



3 Steven Victor Tallarico

Steven Tyler

2 John Simon Ritchie

Sid Vicious

1 McKinley Morganfield

Muddy Waters

Pam Edwards

Bitten by the radio bug early, Pam Edwards first started in broadcasting at her Glenbard West high school station, WGHS, 88.5 FM, in Glen Ellyn, IL. Now defunct, students were allowed to play anything they wanted on the station before and after school. While getting her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing at the University of Illinois,...

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