Musicians From Illinois

Illinois has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include R. Kelly, Juice WRLD, Quincy Jones, Lil Durk, Polo G and others.

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 1 Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder.
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Famous As: Musician & Singer
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.

 2 Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones.
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Famous As: Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer, Film Composer
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.

 3 Patti Smith

Patti Smith.
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Famous As: Singer & Musician
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.

 4 R. Kelly

R. Kelly.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn

One of the best known R&B artists, R Kelly, who’s sung many chart-topping songs and has sold millions of records, has been accused of sexual abuse by many women. He and is facing several state and federal charges in the US. He was arrested in July 2019 on charges of sex trafficking and child pornography.

 5 Krist Novoselic

Krist Novoselic.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus

 6 Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield.
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
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.

 7 Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper.
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Famous As: Rapper
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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 8 Ray Manzarek

Ray Manzarek
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Famous As: American musician
Birthdate: February 12, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 20, 2013

 9 Miles Davis

Miles Davis.
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Famous As: Jazz Trumpeter
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. 

 10 John Prine

John Prine
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: April 7, 2020

 11 Jonathan Cain

Jonathan Cain
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Famous As: Musician
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. 

 12 Chief Keef

Chief Keef.
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Famous As: Rapper, Singer, Record Producer, Composer
Birthdate: August 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo

Chief Keef is a hip-hop sensation who has revolutionized the drill and trap sub-genres. His track I Don’t Like was remixed by Kanye West and was featured on the Billboard Rap Top 20. He was dropped by the label Interscope for several legal issues and then formed his own label.

 13 Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan.
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 14 Michael Peña

Michael Peña.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Michael Peña is best known as Kiki Camarena from Netflix's Narcos: Mexico. He has also played significant roles in End of Watch, American Hustle, Ant-Man, and Crash. He delivered an award-winning performance in the HBO film Walkout and also scored a Billboard-charting song, Beast, with his band Nico Vega.

 15 Dennis DeYoung

Dennis DeYoung
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 16 Peter Wentz

Peter Wentz.
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter, Bassist
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.

 17 Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 18 Lil Durk

Lil Durk.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra

Lil Durk is an American singer-songwriter and rapper. He is credited with founding a rap collective and record label called Only the Family (OTF). Over the years, Lil Durk has faced many legal issues, including his arrest for unlawfully carrying a weapon. He has also been involved in feuds with other rappers, such as Tyga, The Game, and Tay600.

 19 Roger McGuinn

Roger McGuinn
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer

 20 Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo

 21 Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein.
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Famous As: Poet
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.

 22 Polo G

Polo G.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 6, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Polo G is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record executive. Polo G, who became famous for his Chicago drill sound, gradually adopted a more melodic style. Renowned for his vivid storytelling, Polo G's lyrics often reflect on subjects, such as mental health and racism. In 2020, he announced the launch of ODA Records, his own record label.

 23 Peter Cetera

Peter Cetera.
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Famous As: Singer
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. 

 24 Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon.
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Famous As: Rock Singer-songwriter
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.

 25 Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh
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Famous As: Fashion designer
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.

 26 Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa
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Famous As: American drummer
Birthdate: January 15, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 16, 1973

 27 David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: March 3, 2018

 28 Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 16, 2007

 29 SmokePurpp

SmokePurpp.
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Famous As: Rrapper & Pproducer
Birthdate: May 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus

 30 Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Bandleader, Conductor, Jazz musician, Keyboardist, Actor, Musician, Pianist, Film score composer
Birthdate: April 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries

 31 Mike Bloomfield

Mike Bloomfield
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Famous As: singer, musician, guitarist, pianist
Birthdate: July 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: February 15, 1981

 32 Patrick Stump

Patrick Stump.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Record Producer, Composer
Birthdate: April 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus

 33 Marie Fredriksson

Marie Fredriksson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 9, 2019

 34 Paul Adelstein

Paul Adelstein
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus

 35 Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 36 Marla Gibbs

Marla Gibbs
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini

 37 Jimmy Chamberlin

Jimmy Chamberlin
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: June 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini

 38 Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron
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Famous As: Singer, Writer, Composer, Poet, Pianist
Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: May 27, 2011

 39 Donny Hathaway

Donny Hathaway
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Conductor, Musician, Pianist, Record producer
Birthdate: October 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 13, 1979

 40 Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman.
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Famous As: Bandleader and clarinetist
Birthdate: May 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: June 13, 1986

 41 Jeremih

Jeremih
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, Record producer, Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: July 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer

 42 Michael Flatley

Michael Flatley
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: July 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer

 43 Tony Williams

Tony Williams
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: December 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: February 23, 1997

 44 Jodi Benson

Jodi Benson
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Voice actor, Musician, Stage actor
Birthdate: October 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra

 45 Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries

 46 Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus

 47 James Iha

James Iha
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries

 48 Mel Tormé

Mel Tormé
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Composer, Novelist, Songwriter, Autobiographer, Jazz musician, Television actor, Writer
Birthdate: September 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 5, 1999

 49 Juice WRLD

Juice WRLD.
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Famous As: Rapper
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.

 50 Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan.
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Famous As: Musician
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.