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- From: Seth Rogovoy <rogovoy...>
- Subject: Great Jewish Rock Stars
- Date: Mon 19 May 1997 01.11 (GMT)
Here is a list I have been compiling. Your comments, additions and
emendations are welcome. Please respect my copyright and make fair use of
this list only.
"GREAT JEWISH ROCK STARS"
Note that the title of this list is in quotes. Each word in the title
should be considered to be in quotations, as each term is meant loosely.
In other words, "great" doesn't really mean "great" and "rock star"
doesn't really mean "rock star."
As for "Jewish," the criteria for this list is that the person is known
to have Jewish ancestry.
In the cases of bands, some or all of the key members need to be
Jewish in order for the band to be considered "Jewish." Near the
end of the list is a section reserved for Jewish musicians in prominent,
mostly non-Jewish bands.
Robbie Robertson: solo artist, founding member and guitarist of The
Band. It is not common knowledge that Robertson's natural father was
Jewish. Robertson's mother was of native ancestry.
Peter Stone Brown
Steely Dan: Donald Fagen, Walter Becker
Lou Reed: founder, Velvet Underground
The Ramones: founder/lead singer Joey Ramone, b. Jeffrey Hyman
Van Halen: lead singer/founder David Lee Roth
Kiss: Gene Simmons, b. Gene Klein (Haifa, Israel); Paul Stanley, b. Paul Eisen
Blue Oyster Cult: lead singer Eric Bloom; founder/producers Sandy Perlman/R.
Warren Zevon: father was Russian Jew according to article
J Geils Band -- Peter Wolf, Seth Justman, Magic Dick (Dick Salwitz),
Danny Klein, Stephen Jo Bladd (according to Jay Geils, he was the only
gentile of the group, and they jokingly called themselves the J Geils
Jews Band -- the original name of the group was J Geils Blues Band).
Dire Straits: Mark Knopfler
Peter Himmelman: Peter is probably the only Torah-observant Jew in rock
music. For those who don't know, he is married to a daughter of Bob
Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane): It is not commonly known
that Jorma's mother is Jewish. He told me himself, and also spoke of
spending a lot of time as a youngster with his Jewish maternal
Jennifer Trynin: Boston-based alternative-rock chick.
Paul Desmond: well-known clarinetist/Dave Brubeck sideman. Wrote Brubeck
hit "Take Five"
Andrew Dice Clay
Yo La Tengo: Ira Kaplan/Georgia Hubley
Was Not Was -- Don (Fagenson) Was/David (Weiss) Was
3rd Bass: MC Serch, rap artist/producer
Lounge Lizards: actor/musician John Lurie
Luscious Jackson: Gabby Glaser
Kinky Friedman: surprisingly, most of the Texas Jewboys were not
Ramblin Jack Elliott: b. Elliott Adnopoz
Peter Paul and Mary: Peter Yarrow, Mary Travers (not Noel Paul Stookey, however)
Sammy Davis Jr
Counting Crows: Adam Duritz
Wallflowers: Jakob Dylan, Rami Jaffe
Rush: Geddy (Gideon) Lee, Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson
The Bangles: Susanna Hoffs
Olivia Newton-John: allegedly has one Jewish grandparent
Sha Na Na: Ritchie Joffe, Elliot Cahn, John "Bowser" Baumann
Manfred Mann: b. Michael Lubowitz (Johannesburg)
Sharon, Lois & Bram: Canadian children entertainers
T Rex: Marc Bolan, b. Marc Feld (London)
Mama Cass: of Mamas and the Papas, allegedly b. Naomi Cohen
Gary Lewis & the Playboys: b. Gary Levitch, son of comedian Jerry Lewis
Mountain: Leslie West, lead singer and guitarist, early-'70s power trio,
b. Leslie Weinstein (Queens, NY, 1945).
Blues Project: Al Kooper, Danny Kalb, Steve Katz, Roy Blumenfeld, Andy
Kulberg. Amongst themselves referred to the band as the "Jews Project."
Asleep at the Wheel: founder/vocalist/guitarist Ray Benson, b. Ray
Seifert. Also Lucky Oceans, b. Reuben Gosfield
Happy and Artie Traum
Soul Coughing: Sebastian Steinberg, Yuval Gabay, M. Doughty?
Songwriters/Key Industry figures:
Brian Epstein: manager, the Beatles
Murray the K
Leiber and Stoller
Albert Grossman: manager, Bob Dylan/The Band/Janis Joplin/Peter Paul Mary
Can anyone verify any of the following?
Iggy Pop (James Osterberg)
Paul Westerberg -- The Replacements
Flo and Eddie: Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan
Grand Funk Railroad
Blondie: Chris Stein, Debbie Harry, b. Debbie Harary?
Perry Farrell: founder, Jane's Addiction/Porno for Pyros/Lollapalooza tour
Shabbos Goy: Elvis Presley
Jewish musicians in predominantly non-Jewish bands:
Slash: guitarist, Guns 'n Roses
Trevor Rabin (Yes)
Anton Fig: drummer, Paul Shaffer's band
Gary Glitter: b. Paul Francis Gadd (England)
Mickey Hart: drummer, Grateful Dead, Planet Drum
Jim Steinman: songwriter/producer, most notably of Meat Loaf
Elliot Easton: guitarist, The Cars (b. Elliot Shapiro)
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg and
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen: not the Commander, but
bandmates including Andy Stein.
Wings: keyboardist/vocalist Linda Eastman McCartney
Paul Kossoff: guitarist, Free
David Bryan: member of Bon Jovi
Hillel Slovak: founding member of Red Hot Chili Peppers (deceased)
Zal Yanovsky: founding member of the Lovin' Spoonful
Twisted Sister: Dee Snider
[This list compiled by Seth Rogovoy. Copyright Seth Rogovoy 1997. All
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