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Paula Abdul, singer, dancer, judge on American idol
Herb Alpert, horn player with Tijuana Brass
Sean Altman, of the comedy song act JEWMONGOUS and former leader of Rockapella of Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? TV fame
Burt Bacharach, legendary songwriter who penned hits like What the World Needs Now is Love, Raindrops Keep Fallin on my Head and I Say a Little Prayer for You
Marty Balin, singer for Jefferson Airplane
Jeff Barry, Brill Building songwriter teamed with Cynthia Weil
Beastie Boys, NY rap/rock band
Beck, songwriter and singer
Leonard Bernstein, famous composer
Irving Berlin, songwriter who wrote White Christmas
David Bryan, keyboard player for Bon Jovi
Blood, Sweat and Tears, band who performed at Woodstock had a strong Jewish membership
Michael Bolton, singer
Michael Bloomfield, blues guitarist
Blue Öyster Cult, band had a strong Jewish membership
Sammy Cahn, songwriter
Eric Carmen, singer known for his song All By Myself
Harry Connick Jr., crooner
Hal David, Burt Bacharach's writing partner
Taylor Dayne, 1980's singer
Milton Delugg, TV conductor/arranger. He also wrote songs, e.g., "Orange Colored Sky" and teamed with great composers like Frank Loesser.
Neil Diamond, singer, songwriter of Sweet Caroline. He worked in the Brill Building and wrote I'm a Believer for The Monkees
Bob Dylan, singer, songwriter who revolutionized folk music with songs like Blowin' in the Wind and Like a Rolling Stone
Jakob Dylan, Bob's son
Elliot Easton, lead guitarist, back-up singer with the band The Cars
Cass Elliot, Mama Cass from The Mamas and the Papas
Ramblin' Jack Elliott, influential country musician, singer
Tamas Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, producer and original drummer for Punk rock pioneers The Ramones
Donald Fagen, lead singer of Steely Dan best known for the songs Do it Again and Peg
Perry Farrell, lead singer of Jane's Addiction
Eddie Fisher, singer, entertainer and father of Carrie Fisher
Kinky Friedman, singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for the Texas Monthly. He once lead a band called the Texas Jewboys
Art Garfunkel, part of the biggest selling music duo in history with Paul Simon
George and Ira Gershwin, songwriters and composers best known for Rhapsody in Blue
Eydie Gormé, singer and performer with Jewish husband Steve Lawrence
Leslie Gore, singer on the T.A.M.I. Show
Norman Greenbaum, wrote and sang Spirit in the Sky
Howard Greenfield, Brill Building songwriter
Ellie Greenwich, Brill Building songwriter
Marvin Hamlisch, songwriter who is best known for Nobody Does it Better and The Way We Were
Oscar Hammerstein, songwriter, composer with Jewish friend Richard Rodgers. The two are best known for their compositions from Oklahoma and The Sound of Music
Mickey Hart, drummer for Grateful Dead
Richard Hell, born Richard Meyers, writer and Punk rock pioneer.
Susanna Hoffs, singer for The Bangles, and songwriter of their hit Eternal Flame
Janis Ian, singer, songwriter known for her song At Seventeen
Scott Ian, guitarist, back-up singer for rock band Anthrax
Billy Joel, singer, songwriter known for his many #1 hits (aka The Piano Man)
Jorma Kaukonen, guitarist for Jefferson Airplane
Kenny G, well-known instrumentalist
Carol King, singer, songwriter who wrote the most #1 hits of all the writers from the Brill Building and is best known for her chart topping solo album Tapestry
Al Kooper, guitarist, songwriter
Joey Kramer, drummer, back-up singer for Aerosmith
Robby Krieger, guitarist, songwriter of Light My Fire by The Doors
Blackie Lawless, lead singer of the band W.A.S.P
Steve Lawrence, singer who performs with his Jewish wife Eydie Gorme. Appeared often on the Carol Burnett Show
Jerry Leiber, songwriter from the Brill Building who wrote songs in the 1950s for Elvis and others
Jenn Lindsay, anti-folk singer/songwriter based in New York City.
Lisa Loeb, singer, songwriter of Stay (I missed You)
Linda McCartney, married Paul McCartney and was a back-up vocalist for his band Wings
Melissa Manchester, singer
Barry Manilow, singer best known for the songs Mandy and I Write the Songs, which was actually written by Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys
Handsome Dick Manitoba, born Richard Blum, Jewish, from The Bronx, best known for being frontman for NYC punk legends, The Dictators
David Marks, one of the original Beach Boys
Johnny Marks, famous writer of Christmas songs like Rudoph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree and Holly Jolly Christmas
Richard Marx, 1980s singer, songwriter
Bette Midler, singer of The Rose and Wind Beneath My Wings
Randy Newman, singer, songwriter best known for his song Short People
Phil Ochs, singer, songwriter
P!nk, singer and songwriter
Doc Pomus, songwriter from the Brill Building
Elvis Presley's maternal grandmother was Jewish
Joey Ramone, lead singer of the Ramones best known for the songs I Wanna Be Sedated and Rock'n'roll High School
Lou Reed, singer, songwriter best known for his song Walk on the Wild Side and for being the primary songwriter for the vastly influential Velvet Underground.
David Lee Roth, lead singer of Van Halen
Neil Sedaka, singer, songwriter from the Brill Building best known for his song Breaking Up is Hard to Do
Sherman Brothers, singer, songwriters
Gene Simmons, bass player and singer for Kiss, who penned their song Love it Loud
Paul Simon, singer, songwriter from the biggest selling duo in music history Simon and Garfunkel
Stephen Sondheim, songwriter, composer
Phil Spector, songwriter, producer best known for his production on Be My Baby
Paul Stanley, lead singer of Kiss
Mike Stoller, songwriter from the Brill Building who was teamed with Jerry Leiber
Barbara Streisand, singer and actress best known for her songs The Way We Were (by Marvin Hamlisch), Evergreen and You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore performed with Neil Diamond
Sylvain Sylvain, guitarist for the influential Glam rock band the New York Dolls
Tiny Tim, singer of the song Tip-toe Through the Tulips
Mel Torme, famous jazz singer who also wrote the song The Christmas Song
Cynthia Weil, songwriter from the Brill Building who was teamed with Jeff Barry
Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson, singer, songwriter daughters of Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson. They formed the group Wilson Phillips with Chynna Phillips. Their mother is Jewish
Leslie West, guitarist, songwriter of the band Mountain
Peter Wolf, lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band best known for the hit Centerfold
Peter Yarrow, singer from the band Peter, Paul and Mary

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