Famous Jewish Musicians

March 31, 2012  

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•Paula Abdul, US singer, former LA Laker Girl, panelist on American Idol
•Charles-Valentin Alkan, French composer and virtuoso pianist
•Herb Alpert, US musician
•Vladimir Ashkenazy, Russian conductor
•Emanuel Ax, US pianist
•Babydaddy (aka Scot Hoffman), US bassist, keyboardist, composer for Scissor Sisters.
•Burt Bacharach, US musician and songwriter
•Daniel Barenboim, Argentine-Israeli classical musician and conductor
•Beck (Hansen), singer and musician. Ethnically Jewish, current religious affiliation unknown.
•Walter Becker, US bass player, guitarist, songwriter, founding member of Steely Dan
•Irving Berlin, US songwriter, composer
•Dan Bern, US songwriter, singer
•Leonard Bernstein, US conductor, composer
•Hal Blaine, US session drummer
•Ernest Bloch, Swiss-born US composer
•Marc Bolan, British rock musician for band T. Rex
•Michael Bolton, US singer
•Mike Burkett, US singer, bass player in punk band NOFX
•Eddie Cantor, US pop singer, comedian, actor
•Eric Carmen, US musician, songwriter
•Cristian Castro, Mexican singer
•Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer (converted to Buddhism)
•Aaron Copland, US composer
•Sammy Davis, Jr., US singer (converted to Judaism)
•Mike Diamond (a.k.a. Mike D), US rapper with the group Beastie Boys
•Neil Diamond, US singer
•Paul Dukas, French composer
•Adam Duritz, US singer, songwriter for band Counting Crows
•Bob Dylan, US singer, songwriter (converted to Christianity, current religious affiliation uncertain)
•Jakob Dylan, US singer for band The Wallflowers
•Barbara Efraim, US singer
•David Efraim ,Brazilian/American composer and musician
•Zac Efron, US pop singer, actor
•Mama Cass Elliott, US singer with the group The Mamas and The Papas
•Ziggy Ellman, US jazz musician
•Donald Fagen, US keyboard player, singer, songwriter, founding member of Steely Dan
•Giora Feidman, clarinet player and Klezmer musician
•Perry Farrell, US musician, bandleader in Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros.
•Jon Fishman, US musician, drummer for Phish
•Flo and Eddie US musicians
•Ben Folds, singer, songwriter, founder of rock group Ben Folds Five
•Kinky Friedman, US country singer, author
•Jackie Fox, US bassist of band The Runaways
•Nikolai Fraiture , French-born US bassist for rock-n-roll band The Strokes
•Kenny G, US musician
•Serge Gainsbourg, French singer, songwriter
•Art Garfunkel, US singer
•J. Geils, US rock musician
•Marvin Goldstein, US pianist (converted to LDS Church)
•Benny Goodman, US musician, bandleader
•Mike Gordon, US musician, bassist for Phish
•Louis Moreau Gottschalk, US composer (Jewish father)
•Graham Gouldman, British musician and songwriter, member of 10cc
•Mick Green, British guitarist, brother of Peter Green
•Peter Green, British guitarist, seminal member of Fleetwood Mac
•Norman Greenbaum, US musician, best known for hit Spirit in the Sky
•Brett Gurewitz, US musician and founder of Epitaph Records and punk rock group Bad Religion
•Ofra Harnoy, Canadian cellist
•Ofra Haza, Israeli singer
•Richard Hell, US rock musician, poet
•Jascha Heifetz, US violinist
•Susanna Hoffs, US member of band The Bangles
•Adam Horovitz (a.k.a. Ad-Rock), US rapper with the group Beastie Boys
•Billy Joel, US singer
•Al Jolson, US singer
•Mick Jones, British rock musician, member of the Clash
•Carole King, US singer and songwriter
•Ed King, US rock guitarist of Strawberry Alarm Clock and Lynyrd Skynyrd
•Otto Klemperer, German-born US-Israeli conductor
•Mark Knopfler, British guitarist, founder of rock group Dire Straits
•Lee Konitz, US jazz musician
•Lenny Kravitz, US musician (Jewish father)
•Robby Krieger, US rock guitarist of The Doors
•Steve Lacy, US jazz musician
•Steve Lawrence, US singer
•Geddy Lee, Canadian musician, lead singer of rock group Rush
•Tom Lehrer, singer/songwriter
•James Levine, US conductor
•Adam Levine, Lead singer, Maroon 5
•Ted Lewis, US musician, entertainer
•György Ligeti, Hungarian composer
•Lisa Loeb, US pop singer
•Ron Mael and Russell Mael,US rock band stars of Sparks
•Lorin Maazel, US conductor
•Gustav Mahler, Austro-Hungarian Viennese composer (converted to Catholicism)
•Barry Manilow, US entertainer (Jewish mother)
•Manfred Mann, South African born British rock musician
•Shelly Manne, US jazz musician
•Richard Marx, US pop singer
•Linda McCartney, née Eastman, US-born photographer
•Malcolm McLaren, British impresario and recording artist
•Eric Melvin, Guitarist for punk band NOFX
•Felix Mendelssohn, German Romantic composer (converted to Christianity)
•Yehudi Menuhin, US-British violinist, conductor, educator
•Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer
•Mezz Mezzrow, US jazz musician
•Darius Milhaud, French composer
•Daniel Miller, UK producer, founder of Mute records
•Nathan Milstein, US violinist
•Sandy Nelson, US musician
•Randy Newman, US singer
•Phil Ochs, US singer, songwriter
•Jacques Offenbach, French composer
•Steven Page, Canadian singer, guitarist for Barenaked Ladies
•Murray Perahia, US pianist
•Itzhak Perlman, Israeli-US violinist
•Pink, US rock singer
•Joey Ramone, US rock singer
•Helen Reddy, Australian pop singer
•Lou Reed, US singer, songwriter
•Buddy Rich, US jazz musician
•Jonathan Richman, US singer, songwriter
•Anton Rubinstein, Russian pianist and composer
•David Lee Roth, US rock singer, lead singer of Van Halen
•Curt Sachs, German-US musicologist
•Hank Sapoznik, klezmer musician
•Artur Schnabel, Polish-Austrian-US classical pianist
•Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian composer
•Franz Schreker, Austrian-German composer (Jewish father)
•Neil Sedaka, US singer, songwriter
•Artie Shaw, US jazz musician, bandleader
•Shel Silverstein, US songwriter
•Gene Simmons, US bass player for rock group KISS
•Carly Simon, US Singer, songwriter (Jewish father)
•Paul Simon, US musician
•P.F. Sloan, US singer, songwriter
•Pat Smear, US rock musician, member of the Foo Fighters
•Georg Solti, Hungarian-US conductor
•Phil Spector, US record producer and songwriter
•Isaac Stern, US violinist
•Paul Stanley, US guitar player for rock band KISS
•Barbra Streisand, US singer, actress
•Willie “The Lion” Smith, US pianist
•Sylvain Sylvain, Egyptian-born US rock musician, guitarist for the New York Dolls.
•Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist, author of The Pianist
•Michael Tilson-Thomas, US conductor
•Richard Tucker, US opera singer
•Sophie Tucker, Russian-born US singer and entertainer
•Nick Valensi, US guitarist for rock band The Strokes
•Louise Wener, British rock singer and author
•Leslie West, US rock guitarist
•Kurt Weill, German-US composer
•Max Weinberg, US drummer for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and leader of the Max Weinberg Seven
•Jane Wiedlin, US member of band The Go-Gos
•Amy Winehouse, British singer
•Peter Wolf, US rock singer, formerly of J Geils Band
•Evan Rachel Wood, US singer and actress
•Adam Yauch (a.k.a. MCA), US rapper with the group Beastie Boys (converted to Buddhism)
•Warren Zevon, US rock songwriter, singer
•John Zorn, US saxophonist and composer

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  1. Peace Man says:

    That picture of Susanna Hoffs is from the Bangles ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’.

  2. Mark Bernstein says:

    Please add Ofra Haza (internationally known singer) and Ofra Harnoy (famous cellist).

    1. admin says:

      Thank you. We just added them.

  3. Karl says:

    You got to get rid of sme of these musicians. The majority of them are Jewish but there are some who are not such as: J. Geils, the band members were all Jewish but J. Geils himself was NOT! They were going to call it the J. Gentile band as a mocking affection since J WAS the only Gentile of The Band. Courtney Love is NOT Jewish at all. Maybe one of her step-parents were. But biologically she is NOT!. Neither is Pat Smear. There are rumours circling around the web. But nothing to clarify. He is of German ancestry. And as for Slash, well, that’s another rumour as well… Slash is NOT Jewish… Mark Knopfler is only half-Jewish on his Father’s side, as is Richard Hell (Half-Jewish on his Father’s side, Adam Horovitz Ad-Rock (Half-Jewish on Father’s side) as was Warren Zevon(Half on Father’s side). But Danny Elfman who you forgot to mention of Oingo Boingo fame is Jewish!

  4. Karl says:

    Actually you’re right about Pat Smear, but he is Half-Jewish on his Father’s side. Oh and the J.Gelis band was going to be called the J.Gelis Blues Band but jokingly they refered it to the J.Gelis Jews Band. Oh you also forgot to mention Scott “Not” Ian and Dan Spitz (Born Jewish, converted to KKKhristianity) of Anthrax, Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman of Megadeth (Another one who converted to KKKhristianity) and Alex Skolnick of Testament. Shalom! V

    1. admin says:

      Thank you for your corrections. We did not mind throwing Courtney Love out of the club, but removing Slash was painful 🙂 That’s all for now.

  5. Karl says:

    Yeah… I bet it was painful to remove Slash. I mean he’s a freaking Genius! If I was to create an all star rock band and I was in an all star rock band it would be me on Vocals (Obviously), Flea (From: Red Hot Chili Pepper’s) on Bass, Lars Ulrich (Not a Jew, unfortunatley) (From: Metallica) on Drums and… Slash as Lead Guitarist (Obviously). Whaddya think about that? Huh?

  6. T.E. Jones says:

    I love this website! I am a Gentile and a Christian (thanks for the bigotry Karl)but I am in awe of Jewish history and accomplishments. I fully support Israel and hope to visit someday. It also amazes me just how many of my all-time favorite musicians are Jewish! Keep up the great work!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Walter Becker is NOT Jewish.

  8. Charles Schwab Biography Wall Street says:

    I savour, cause I found just what I used to be looking for.
    You’ve ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day.

  9. HeyJules says:

    Pink? I had no clue, I love Pink!

  10. Rory Fyfe Smith says:

    Hoffs is beautiful.

  11. Martin Grossman says:

    Leonard Cohen never “converted” to Buddhism or considered himself Buddhist. He took great care to let people know that he was a practicing Jew. In fact, he was a regular at Ohr Ha Torah, an LA synagogue over the last ten years of his life. He invited the choir and cantor of his childhood synagogue, Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal, to perform on what was to be his final album.

    Martin Grossman

  12. Fred S. says:

    What about Eddie Fisher. He was one of the best singers from the 1950’s. He had a TV Show called “Coke Time” which showed off his great voice. He is also known for the women he married like Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor but his voice was so beautiful. I met Eddie many times and he was always so nice to me. I have some of his Coke Time TV Shows that are very enjoyable.

  13. Pat Harris says:

    Just a question what about:
    Pinchas Zukerman
    Itzhak Perlman
    Joshua Bell
    Daniel Hope?

    Regards Pat

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