Musicians From Illinois

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Illinois has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include R. Kelly, Juice WRLD, Quincy Jones, Eddie Vedder, Miles Davis and others.
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Quincy Jones
(Musician and Second Most Oscar-Nominated African American)
Quincy Jones
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Birthdate: March 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces

Regarded as one of the most popular and influential jazz musicians of the previous century, Quincy Jones is known for his work with other legendary artists like Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra. As the first African-American to find success at the Academy Awards ceremony, Quincy has influenced a host of black musicians and songwriters.

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Eddie Vedder
(Musician, Songwriter, Lead Vocalist and Guitarist of the Rock Band ‘Pearl Jam’)
Eddie Vedder
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Birthdate: December 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Pearl Jam lead singer and guitarist Eddie Vedder went from being a hotel security guard to being ranked 7 on Rolling Stone’s list of the Best Lead Singers of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has been a vocal supporter of environmental initiatives and abortion rights.
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Patti Smith
(Known for Her Hit Single “Because the Night”)
Patti Smith
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Birthdate: December 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Patti Smith is an American singer-songwriter. Referred to as the punk poet laureate, Smith became an influential figure of the punk rock movement with the release of her album Horses. Many world-renowned musicians, such as Madonna and Michael Stipe, have cited Smith as their inspiration. Even actresses like Ellen Page and Maria Doyle Kennedy have called Smith a major influence.

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Curtis Mayfield
(Singer, Guitarist)
Curtis Mayfield
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Birthdate: June 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 26, 1999
Soul singer and guitarist Curtis Mayfield gained fame with The Impressions. His songs such as People Get Ready carried prominent social themes. The Grammy Hall of Fame inductee was paralyzed from the neck down after an accident during a live performance in 1990 but continued to record even after that.
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Ray Manzarek
(Keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, an iconic rock band that was prevalent from 1965 until 1973.)
Ray Manzarek
3
Birthdate: February 12, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 20, 2013
 6 
John Prine
(Known for an Often Humorous Style of Original Music That Has Elements of Protest and Social Commentary)
John Prine
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Birthdate: October 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: April 7, 2020
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Chance the Rapper
(Rapper Known for His Mixtapes "Acid Rap," "10 Day" and "Coloring Book")
Chance the Rapper
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Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Chance the Rapper is best known for his Billboard-charting mixtape Coloring Book, which was the first streaming-only album to earn a Grammy. An avid social activist in Chicago, he owns the non-profit SocialWorks. He is known for his signature style of wearing a cap with the number "3" on it.
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Miles Davis
(Trumpeter and one of the Most Prominent Figures in the History of Jazz)
Miles Davis
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Birthdate: May 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 28, 1991
Jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis was a pioneer in the bepop and jazz fusion genres. His work also had electronic, African, and Spanish influences. His album Kind of Blue sold 5 million copies in the U.S. and was termed a national treasure by the House of Representatives, years later. 
 9 
Ludacris
(Rapper & Actor Known for His Album ‘Incognegro’ and His Role in 'Fast & Furious' Series)
Ludacris
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Birthdate: September 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Three-time Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris soared to fame with his second album, Back for the First Time. Fans also loved him as Tej Parker in The Fast and the Furious franchise. He owns a label, a line of headphones, and a restaurant. His Ludacris Foundation is associated with many youth initiatives. 
 10 
Chaka Khan
(Singer)
Chaka Khan
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Birthdate: March 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Ten-time Grammy-winning funk/R&B/disco artist Chaka Khan, or the Queen of Funk, soared to fame as the frontwoman of the band Rufus. Known for her hit track I Feel for You, Khan has sold 70 million records and has ranked 17th on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll list.
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Jonathan Cain
(Musician Best Known as the Keyboardist and Rhythm Guitarist for the Rock Band ‘Journey')
Jonathan Cain
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Birthdate: February 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces

Jonathan Cain is a singer-songwriter and musician. He is a keyboardist for the rock band Journey. Interested in music from a young age, he attended the Chicago Conservatory of Music. He began his professional music career in the mid-1970s and played with numerous bands before joining Journey. He is also a solo artist and owns a recording studio. 

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Craig Robinson
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Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Grace Slick
(Retired Singer-Songwriter - Was A Key Figure in San Francisco's Early 'Psychedelic Music' Scene in the Mid-1960s)
Grace Slick
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Birthdate: October 30, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Grace Slick is a retired singer-songwriter. Slick played an important role in the psychedelic music scene that flourished in San Francisco during the mid-1960s. One of the earliest female rock stars, Slick played a key role in the development of rock music during the 1960s. She was named among the Greatest Women of Rock N Roll by VH1 in 1999.

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Roger McGuinn
(Musician)
Roger McGuinn
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Birthdate: July 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Peter Wentz
(American Musician Best Known as the Bassist and Lyricist for the Rock Band ‘Fall Out Boy’)
Peter Wentz
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Birthdate: June 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Pete Wentz gained fame as the bassist/lyricist for the rock band Fall Out Boy and later formed the electropop group Black Cards. He owns a record label, an apparel company, and a film production company. He has hosted Best Ink and is associated with charities such as UNICEF's Tap Project.
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Virgil Abloh
(Fashion designer)
Virgil Abloh
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Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra

Virgil Abloh is not just a designer but also a qualified architect. He has been a DJ, too. Apart from heading Louis Vuitton's menswear collection as its artistic director, he also became the first Black designer to lead a major fashion brand. He has also launched the luxury streetwear label Off-White.

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Alison Krauss
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Birthdate: July 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
 18 
Shel Silverstein
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Birthdate: September 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 10, 1999

Shel Silverstein was an American writer, playwright, songwriter, and cartoonist. Renowned for his children's books, songs, and cartoons, Silverstein's works have been translated into over 30 languages. The recipient of many prestigious awards, such as Grammy Awards, Shel Silverstein was posthumously inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

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David Ogden Stiers
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Birthdate: October 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: March 3, 2018
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Peter Cetera
(Lead Vocalist and Bassist of the Rock Band 'Chicago')
Peter Cetera
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Birthdate: September 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo

Retired singer, songwriter, and bassist, Peter Cetera, first gained fame as an original member of the rock band Chicago. He later launched a successful solo career as well. He often collaborated with David Foster and Amy Grant over the course of his long career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. 

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Earl Sweatshirt
(Rapper - Member of Hip Hop Group 'Odd Future')
Earl Sweatshirt
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Birthdate: February 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces

Rapper and record producer Earl Sweatshirt was previously known as Sly Tendencies. He was part of the hip-hop collective Odd Future. Following the release of his debut mixtape, his mother sent him to a Samoa boarding school. He went back to Los Angeles soon and began making music again.

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Billy Corgan
(Lead Singer and Guitarist of the Rock Band 'The Smashing Pumpkins')
Billy Corgan
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Birthdate: March 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces

Billy Corgan is an American professional wrestling promoter, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with forming the popular alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. He is also credited with founding Resistance Pro Wrestling and currently owns the National Wrestling Alliance promotion, for which he also serves as the promoter. Having struggled with several mental disorders, Corgan promotes abuse support networks.

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Warren Zevon
(American Rock Singer-Songwriter and Musician Best Known for His Album ‘Excitable Boy’)
Warren Zevon
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Birthdate: January 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 7, 2003

Warren Zevon was an American musician, rock singer, and songwriter. As a songwriter, Zevon contributed immensely to the success of songs recorded by other artists, such as Murray McLauchlan. Also known for his acerbic lyrics and dry wit, Warren Zevon made several appearances on shows like the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with David Letterman.

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Herbie Hancock
(Singer-songwriter, Bandleader, Conductor, Jazz musician, Keyboardist, Actor, Musician, Pianist, Film score composer)
Herbie Hancock
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Birthdate: April 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
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Gene Krupa
(American drummer)
Gene Krupa
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Birthdate: January 15, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 16, 1973
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Dan Fogelberg
(Musician)
Dan Fogelberg
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Birthdate: August 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 16, 2007
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Anastacia
(Singer-songwriter)
Anastacia
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Birthdate: September 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Terry Kath
(Known as a founding member of the rock band Chicago)
Terry Kath
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Birthdate: January 31, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 23, 1978
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Patrick Stump
(Singer-songwriter, Musician, Record Producer, Composer)
Patrick Stump
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Birthdate: April 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Lupe Fiasco
(Rapper)
Lupe Fiasco
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Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Mike Bloomfield
(singer, musician, guitarist, pianist)
Mike Bloomfield
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Birthdate: July 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: February 15, 1981
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Haley Reinhart
(American Singer Who Came Third in the Tenth Season of 'American Idol')
Haley Reinhart
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Birthdate: September 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo

Haley Reinhart is an American songwriter, singer, and voice actress. She started hogging the limelight after finishing third in the 10th season of popular reality TV show, American Idol. Also a well-known philanthropist, Reinhart has worked closely with organizations, such as Starkey Hearing Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. She has also been involved with charities that fight against bullying.

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Gil Scott-Heron
(Poet and Singer-songwriter)
Gil Scott-Heron
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Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: May 27, 2011
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Donny Hathaway
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Conductor, Musician, Pianist, Record producer)
Donny Hathaway
3
Birthdate: October 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 13, 1979
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 35 
Martin Mull
(Comedian, Actor, Painter, and Recording Artist Known for His Role in the TV Series ‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman’)
Martin Mull
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Birthdate: August 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Actor/comedian Martin Mull soared to fame with the soap Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and its spin-off, Fernwood 2 Night. He also delivered an Emmy-nominated performance in Veep and voiced a role in Danny Phantom. An avid painter, too, he has held various exhibitions and released a book of his paintings.
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Dennis DeYoung
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Birthdate: February 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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SmokePurpp
(Rrapper & Pproducer)
SmokePurpp
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Birthdate: May 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
 38 
G Herbo
(Rapper Known for His Mixtapes ‘Welcome to Fazoland,’, ’Pistol P Project’ and ‘Ballin Like I'm Kobe’)
G Herbo
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Birthdate: October 8, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Rapper Herbert Randall Wright III, initially known as Lil Herb and now known as G Herbo, became famous for his collaborations with rapper Lil Bibby. He has contributed to various philanthropic ventures, too, and had once launched a campaign to safeguard the mental health of Black youngsters.  
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Matt Skiba
(Musician, Singer)
Matt Skiba
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Birthdate: February 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Marla Gibbs
(Actress)
Marla Gibbs
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Birthdate: June 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Jodi Benson
(Actor, Singer, Voice actor, Musician, Stage actor)
Jodi Benson
3
Birthdate: October 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
 42 
Tony Williams
(Drummer)
Tony Williams
3
Birthdate: December 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: February 23, 1997
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Cassidy Freeman
3
Birthdate: April 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Jimmy Chamberlin
3
Birthdate: June 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
 45 
Benny Goodman
(Bandleader and clarinetist)
Benny Goodman
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Birthdate: May 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: June 13, 1986
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Brett Eldredge
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Birthdate: March 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
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Cupcakke
(Rapper)
Cupcakke
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Birthdate: May 31, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Mel Tormé
(Actor, Singer, Composer, Novelist, Songwriter, Autobiographer, Jazz musician, Television actor, Writer)
Mel Tormé
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Birthdate: September 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 5, 1999
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Juice WRLD
(Rapper)
Juice WRLD
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Birthdate: December 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: December 8, 2019
Rapper Juice Wrld is best remembered for his tracks Lucid Dreams and All Girls Are the Same. He was also part of the collective Internet Money. He died due to a drug-induced seizure at the age of 21. His posthumous album Legends Never Die topped the Billboard 200 chart.
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Lou Rawls
(R&B Singer Famous for His Luxurious Baritone Singing Voice and Four-Octave Vocal Range)
Lou Rawls
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Birthdate: December 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 6, 2006

Lou Rawls was an American singer, composer, record producer, and actor. Rawls sold over 40 million records during his illustrious career. He was also renowned for his charity work; in 2004, he was honored by the popular philanthropic organization United Negro College Fund for his work with the organization for more than 25 years.