Musicians From California

California has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include Travis Barker, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Clint Eastwood, Katy Perry and others.

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 1 
Brian Wilson
(Co-Founder of the Rock Band 'Beach Boys')

Brian Wilson
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Birthdate: June 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini

Brian Wilson is a singer-songwriter and record producer. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Beach Boys. Referred to as a genius, Wilson serves as an inspiration to several indie musicians. Regarded as one of the most significant songwriters of his generation, Wilson is often featured in lists, such as the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.

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Billie Joe Armstrong
(Lead Vocalist, Songwriter and Guitarist of the Rock Band 'Green Day')

Billie Joe Armstrong
22
Birthdate: February 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician and record producer. He is credited with co-founding and popularizing the rock band, Green Day. As a guitarist and vocalist, he has also contributed immensely to the success of the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder. In 1997, Armstrong founded Adeline Records to help support contemporary bands; the record company was closed in 2017.

 3 
James Hetfield
(Guitarist, Co-Founder and Main Songwriter of Heavy Metal Band 'Metallica')

James Hetfield
13
Birthdate: August 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo

James Hetfield is an American songwriter and musician. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular heavy metal bands of all time, Metallica. James Hetfield is often regarded as one of the greatest guitarists and vocalists ever. Since the 1980s, Hetfield has played a key role in the success of ESP Guitars, as one of its major endorsers.

 4 
Finneas O'Connell
(Pop Musician Known for His Collaboration with His Sister 'Billie Eilish' and Their Song 'No Time to Die')

Finneas O'Connell
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Birthdate: July 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo

Finneas O'Connell is an American singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer. He has played an important role in the success of his younger sister Billie Eilish's career as he has written and produced many of her popular songs. He has written and produced songs for other famous music artists as well.

 5 
Merle Haggard
(Country Singer & Leader of the Band ‘The Strangers’)

Merle Haggard
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Birthdate: April 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 6, 2016
Country singer Merle Haggard initially gained fame performing with The Strangers. He had several brushes with the law in his younger days, before he launched his music career. His songs reflected the angst of the working class. He won several accolades, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Travis Barker
(Drummer of the Rock Band 'Blink-182')

Travis Barker
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Birthdate: November 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is known for his mohawk and tattoos. He has also been part of bands such as The Transplants+44, and Box Car Racer, and starred in the reality series Meet the Barkers. He owns a record label and a clothing brand, and has written a memoir.

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Tom Waits
(Musician, Composer, & Songwriter)

Tom Waits
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Birthdate: December 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Tom Waits is a musician and songwriter. His lyrics, which are delivered in his trademark gravelly voice, often focus on the underbelly of society. His story of being born in a middle-class family to becoming one of the greatest songwriters of all time serves as an inspiration to many. He has also influenced several musicians and attained a cult following.

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 8 
Lindsey Buckingham
(Singer, Musician)

Lindsey Buckingham
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Birthdate: October 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Lindsey Buckingham ruled the American rock scene with the band Fleetwood Mac, performing with his then-girlfriend, Stevie Nicks. Rolling Stone named him one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. After a brief hiatus, he rejoined the band but was fired eventually.

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Dennis Wilson
(musician)

Dennis Wilson
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Birthdate: December 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: December 28, 1983

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Randy Rhoads
(Guitarist, Musician, Classical guitarist)

Randy Rhoads
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Birthdate: December 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: March 19, 1982

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Kirk Hammett
(Lead Guitarist for Heavy Metal Band 'Metallica')

Kirk Hammett
5
Birthdate: November 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Metallica, was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. He was previously part of the group Exodus. His collection of horror memorabilia was released as a book, and he also started an annual horror convention.

 12 
Beck
(Known for Creating Musical Collages of Wide-Ranging Genres)

Beck
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Birthdate: July 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer

Beck is an American musician and record producer. He came into prominence for creating musical collages of several genres. Beck has been applauded by music lovers and critics as being one of the most idiosyncratically creative musicians of alternative rock. Two of his albums were named in the 500 greatest albums of all time list by Rolling Stone magazine. 

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Robert Trujillo
(Bassist for American heavy metal band Metallica)

Robert Trujillo
5
Birthdate: October 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra

 14 
Billie Eilish
(The Youngest Recipient of the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Record of the Year)

Billie Eilish
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Birthdate: December 18, 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

A young singer and songwriter who rose to international fame while still in her teens, Billie Eilish is blessed with a soprano vocal range and an ethereal voice. Already the recipient of numerous accolades, including five Grammy awards, she was named in Time magazine’s  inaugural "Time 100 Next" list in 2019.

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Randy Newman
(Singer-songwriter & Pianist)

Randy Newman
8
Birthdate: November 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

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Bonnie Raitt
(Singer)

Bonnie Raitt
5
Birthdate: November 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Bonnie Raitt is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Despite little commercial success at the beginning of her career, Raitt remained persistent until she had her first major hit in 1989. She has been named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time lists. She also supports organizations like Little Kids Rock.

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Mike Love
(Singer-Songwriter and Co-Founder of the Rock Band 'The Beach Boys')

Mike Love
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Birthdate: March 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces

Mike Love is an American singer-songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Beach Boys. Over the years, Love has contributed to the success of the band as one of their main vocalists and lyricists. Although his lyrics reflected the youth culture throughout the 1960s, they started accommodating themes like meditation after he started practicing Transcendental Meditation.

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Sheila E.
(Percussionist)

Sheila E.
5
Birthdate: December 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

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John Fogerty
(Singer, Musician)

John Fogerty
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Birthdate: May 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini

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Tyler, The Creator
(Co-Founder of The Alternative Hip Hop Group 'Odd Future')

Tyler, The Creator
12
Birthdate: March 6, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces

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Jerry Garcia
(The Lead Guitarist and a Vocalist with the Rock Band the "Grateful Dead")

Jerry Garcia
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Birthdate: August 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: August 9, 1995

Jerry Garcia had an illustrious 30-year career as the lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock band the Grateful Dead. Rolling Stone ranked him 13th on their 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. He was known for his improvisations, participated in many side projects, and released several solo albums.

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Krist Novoselic
(Musician)

Krist Novoselic
5
Birthdate: May 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus

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Carl Wilson
(American musician)

Carl Wilson
5
Birthdate: December 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: February 6, 1998

 24 
Thundercat
(Musician)

Thundercat
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Birthdate: October 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra

 25 
Doja Cat
(For Her song "Candy" which set off the "Sweet Spot" viral dance on TikTok)

Doja Cat
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Birthdate: October 21, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra

Singer and rapper, Doja Cat, is best known for the music video for her song Mooo!, which went viral in 2018 and made her an international sensation. She subsequently went on to become a social media celebrity with millions of followers across platforms. She often kindles controversies because of her social media comments on sensitive issues.

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H.E.R.
(R&B Singer Known for Her Abum 'H.E.R')

H.E.R.
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Birthdate: June 27, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer

R&B singer Gabriella “Gabi” Wilson, better known to her fans as H.E.R., had initially released a few works under her real name. However, she gained fame only after the release of her first EP, H.E.R. Volume 1, in 2016. The two-time Grammy-winner performed at the 2020 Primetime Emmy Award ceremony.

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Fergie
(Famous as the Member of Hip-Hop Group 'Black Eyed Peas')

Fergie
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Birthdate: March 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Fergie soared to fame as part of the hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas, which has delivered hits such as Boom Boom Pow. She was initially a child star in Kids Incorporated. She has also released solo hits such as Big Girls Don't Cry and owns a line of fragrances. 

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Frank Ocean
(Rapper and Grammy Award Winner for His Album 'Channel Orange')

Frank Ocean
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Birthdate: October 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Regarded as one of the most acclaimed musical artists of his generation, Frank Ocean is recognized for his unconventional production techniques and wide vocal range. He is credited with revitalizing and popularizing jazz and funk-influenced R&B. He is also regarded as a representative of alternative R&B. He was named in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world list.

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Katy Perry
(Singer-songwriter)

Katy Perry
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Birthdate: October 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio

A name that has found a place in the Forbes list of highest-earning women in music continuously for 9 years in a row, Katy Perry is a one of America’s most beloved pop singers. An inspiration to upcoming singers, Perry has established herself in the music industry through her edgy tunes and empowering tracks.

 30 
Weird Al Yankovic
(Known for his Album 'Mandatory Fun')

Weird Al Yankovic
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Birthdate: October 23, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Five-time Grammy-winning artist Al Yankovic, or “Weird Al,” is known for his parodies of popular tracks and his trademark accordion. His hits include Eat It and Like a Surgeon, parodies of hits by Michael Jackson and Madonna, respectively. He has appeared in The Weird Al Show and written children's books.

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Tyga
(Rapper)

Tyga
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Birthdate: November 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Tyga is a singer-songwriter, rapper, television personality, and actor. Although Tyga had a promising start to his music career, he faced a setback when he had to endure a long period of negative reviews and poor sales. He was also troubled by a series of legal issues. Despite his struggles, Tyga proved his mettle by releasing his hit album Legendary.

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Kehlani
(Famous for Her Performance on America's Got Talent With The Band 'Poplyfe')

Kehlani
5
Birthdate: April 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Kehlani Ashley Parrish soared to fame on America's Got Talent, performing with the teen pop band Poplyfe. The Grammy-nominated artist is known for her chartbusting tracks 1st Position and Raw & True. She is pansexual and is known for her love for tattoos. She is also a sexual-assault survivor.

 33 
Rebecca Marie Gomez
(Hip-Hop Singer who Gained from Her Single 'Shower')

Rebecca Marie Gomez
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Birthdate: March 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces

Singer, songwriter, and actress Rebecca Marie Gomez first gained prominence when she started posting her covers of popular songs online. Some of these uploads went viral and gained her mainstream attention. She has since released many songs and albums and has worked in collaboration with musical stars like Cody Simpson and Cher Lloyd. 

 34 
John Cage
(Composer, Writer)

John Cage
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Birthdate: September 5, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 12, 1992
John Cage was one of the most influential avant-garde composers of the post-World War II era. He pioneered many innovative techniques in music, such as the prepared piano and electroacoustic music. His composition 4′33″ involved musicians sitting silently, without playing any instrument, while the audience heard environmental sounds. 
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 35 
Ritchie Valens
(A 'Rock and Roll' Pioneer and a Forefather of the 'Chicano Rock' Movement)

Ritchie Valens
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Birthdate: May 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: February 3, 1959

Widely regarded as the pioneer of Latin rock and Chicano rock, Ritchie Valens was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. Since his untimely death at the age of 17, Ritchie Valens has inspired several musicians and bands like Carlos Santana, Los Lonely Boys, and Los Lobos. Valens also inspired Robert Quine, Jimi Hendrix, Keith O'Conner Murphy, and Chris Montez among others.

 36 
Elle King
(American Singer-Songwriter & Multi-Instrumentalist)

Elle King
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Birthdate: July 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer

American singer, Elle King, made her mark in showbiz when her debut single Good To Be A Man was released in March 2012 as a digital download. Her 2014 single Ex's & Oh's became one of the top songs in US. Under the Influence, America's Sweetheart, Good Girls, Different for Girls, Wild Love are some of her other popular songs.

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Tori Kelly
(Known for Her Debut Album 'Unbreakable Smile')

Tori Kelly
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Birthdate: December 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Tori Kelly was initially spotted on Star Search and won America's Most Talented Kid. She failed to make it to the "Top 24" of American Idol but later released Billboard Hot 100-charting singles such as Nobody Love. The two-time Grammy-winner has also voiced Meena in Sing and its sequel.

 38 
Danny Elfman
(Singer-Songwriter for the New Wave Band 'Oingo Boingo')

Danny Elfman
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Birthdate: May 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini

Composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer, Danny Elfman is best known for his association with the new wave band Oingo Boingo. He has written over 100 feature film scores and has composed music for numerous TV shows and stage productions. He is the recipient of two Emmy Awards and one Grammy and has been nominated for the Academy Award.

 39 
Steve Perry
(Singer-songwriter)

Steve Perry
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Birthdate: January 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Stephen Perry, the lead vocalist of the rock band Journey, was named "The Voice" by legendary singer Jon Bon Jovi. One of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” Perry also had a successful solo career. He is part of the Songwriter's and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.

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Jeff Buckley
(Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist)

Jeff Buckley
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Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: May 29, 1997

Jeff Buckley was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. His only studio album, Grace, was included in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. Since his untimely death at the age of 30, Jeff Buckley has been the subject of several documentaries. His death also inspired several artists to record songs in tribute to his life and career.

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Emily Osment
(Actress, Singer, and Songwriter)

Emily Osment
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Birthdate: March 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces

Emily Osment is an American actress and singer-songwriter. After starting her career as a child artist, Osment went on to establish herself as a successful adult actress. Apart from being an actor and singer, Osment has had an impact as a philanthropist over the years; she works with organizations that educate children about the importance of caring for the environment.

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Corey Feldman
(Actor, Musician & Activist)

Corey Feldman
6
Birthdate: July 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer

One half of the popular actor duo The Two Coreys, Corey Feldman started out as a child actor before establishing himself as a popular star in the American film industry. An ardent advocate against child molestation, Feldman was summoned to testify against Michael Jackson in the latter's child molestation trial; being Jackson's close friend, he did not testify against Jackson.

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Scott Weiland
(Lead Singer of The Band 'Stone Temple Pilots')

Scott Weiland
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Birthdate: October 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 3, 2015

Scott Weiland was an American singer and songwriter. He is credited with co-creating the popular rock band Stone Temple Pilots where he served as the lead singer. He was also part of two supergroups, namely Velvet Revolver and Art of Anarchy. Known for his chaotic and flamboyant onstage persona, Weiland is widely viewed as a versatile vocalist.

 44 
Roddy Ricch
(Rapper, Singer-Songwriter Best Known for His Single ’Die Young’)

Roddy Ricch
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Birthdate: October 22, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra

Trap sensation Roddy Ricch is best known for his mixtape Feed Tha Streets II, which featured the Billboard Hot 100-charting track Die Young. Nipsey Hussle's track Racks in the Middle, featuring Ricch, got him a Grammy Award. Fans also loved Ricch's Hot 100-topping single The Box from his debut album.

 45 
Vince Neil
(The Lead Vocalist & Occasional Rhythm Guitarist of Heavy Metal Band 'Mötley Crüe')

Vince Neil
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Birthdate: February 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Vince Neil, lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, had a successful solo career too, with albums such as Tattoos & Tequila. He owns several businesses, including a tattoo parlor and a vineyard. He was imprisoned for vehicular manslaughter in the death of Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle.

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Josh Groban
(Singer-songwriter with Four Solo Multi-Platinum Certified Albums)

Josh Groban
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Birthdate: February 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces

Josh Groban is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Groban had a major impact on the music industry right after making his debut. He has sold over 20 million albums inside a decade, with his first four solo albums receiving multi-platinum certifications. Also a well-known philanthropist, Groban has performed for several charity events.

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Keith Stanfield
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Birthdate: August 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo

Keith Stanfield is an American actor best known for playing real-life personalities like Snoop Dogg and Jimmie Lee Jackson in biographical films. For playing rapper Snoop Dogg in Straight Outta Compton, Lakeith Stanfield won the Breakthrough Performer award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

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Courtney Love
(Singer-Songwriter Who Co-Founded the Band ‘Hole’ and Also Served as its Lead Vocalist)

Courtney Love
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Birthdate: July 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer

Courtney Love is an American singer-songwriter, widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the alternative rock and grunge music scenes of the last three decades. Known for her distinctive style and confrontational lyrics, Love has been a major influence on aspiring female rock musicians across the world. She is also an ardent supporter of LGBT rights.

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Timothy B. Schmit
(Bassist and vocalist for Poco and Eagles/)

Timothy B. Schmit
6
Birthdate: October 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio

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Dr. Dre
(Rapper, Record producer & Entrepreneur)

Dr. Dre
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Birthdate: February 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Rapper, record producer, and audio engineer, Dr. Dre, is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. He is credited with the popularization of  West Coast G-funk, a sub-genre of hip hop. After establishing himself in the music industry, he promoted the careers of many other rappers, including 2Pac and Snoop Dogg.