Musicians From New York

New York has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include ASAP Rocky, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Lenny Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and others.

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 1 
The Notorious B.I.G.
(One of the Greatest Rappers of All Time)

The Notorious B.I.G.
30
Birthdate: May 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: March 9, 1997

The Notorious B.I.G. was a rapper and songwriter and is considered one of the best ever. His debut album Ready to Die in 1994 was critically acclaimed. He was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in September 1996. His album Life After Death was released two weeks after his death. 

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Jay-Z
(Most Influential Hip-hop Artists in History)

Jay-Z
34
Birthdate: December 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Jay-Z is an American rapper and songwriter and is one of the world's best-selling music artists. His debut album Reasonable Doubt was hugely successful in 1996 and since then he has gone on to release many more acclaimed and successful albums. He has been charged with assaulting a record executive and was given a three-year probation sentence in January 2000.

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Billy Joel
(Singer, Composer)

Billy Joel
26
Birthdate: May 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus

Popularly known as the Piano Man, Billy Joel is a singer-songwriter and musician. Having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, Billy is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He is also America's third best-selling solo artist and the sixth best-selling recording artist. He is also known for his multiple relationships with popular women.

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John Williams
(Composer)

John Williams
16
Birthdate: February 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius

John Williams is an American composer, pianist, trombonist, and conductor. Widely considered the greatest film composer ever, John Williams has played a significant role in the American film industry by composing music for films, such as the Jurassic Park films, Star Wars saga, the Indiana Jones films, and Schindler's List. He has also influenced several other composers like Marcus Paus.

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Carole King
(Composer)

Carole King
13
Birthdate: February 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Carole King is an American singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, King has contributed immensely to the success of other singers and is widely regarded as one of the most successful female songwriters of the 20th century. In 2013, she became the first woman to be honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

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Neil Diamond
(Singer-songwriter)

Neil Diamond
9
Birthdate: January 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Neil Diamond has sold more than 125 million records and has had 10 Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary chart-topping singles. The Lifetime Achievement Grammy-winner was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His song Sweet Caroline was preserved in the National Recording Registry for being culturally relevant.

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Lou Reed
(Musician)

Lou Reed
9
Birthdate: March 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: October 27, 2013
Lou Reed redefined the glam rock genre with his album Transformer. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee initially wrote sings for Pickwick Records and performed with the Velvet Underground. He then released 20 solo albums. His parents had made him go through electro-shock therapy to “cure” his bisexuality.
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Steven Tyler
(The Lead Singer of The Boston-Based Rock Band 'Aerosmith')

Steven Tyler
11
Birthdate: March 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries

Popularly known as the Demon of Screamin, Steven Tyler is the lead singer of the famous rock band Aerosmith. Known for his high-energy performances, Tyler is named in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Singers. Also a well-known philanthropist, Tyler launched a non-profit organization called Janie's Fund and has helped raise more than $2.4 million for the organization.

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Stephen Sondheim
(American composer)

Stephen Sondheim
4
Birthdate: March 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 26, 2021

Stephen Sondheim is an American lyricist and composer. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most prominent figures in musical theatre, Sondheim is credited with reinventing the American musical. In 1981, he founded Young Playwrights Inc. to encourage young people to write for the theatre. An openly gay composer, Sondheim also serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community.

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Rick Rubin
(Record Producer)

Rick Rubin
6
Birthdate: March 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces

A record producer, Rick Rubin is the former co-president of Columbia Records and a co-founder of Def Jam Recordings. By promoting the musical groups  Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and Public Enemy, he helped popularize hip hop music. He has been named on Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

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Tom Morello
(Musician)

Tom Morello
9
Birthdate: May 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini

Tom Morello is an American musician, rapper, singer, actor, songwriter, and political activist. Morello is best known for his association with Rage Against the Machine, which he co-founded with Zack de la Rocha. Renowned for his creative and unique guitar playing style, Tom Morello was ranked among the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.

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RZA
(Rapper)

RZA
6
Birthdate: July 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Rapper RZA leads the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan and previously performed with Gravediggaz, under the name “The RZArector.” He is also known for his directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists; his appearance in films such as American Gangster; and his BAFTA-nominated music in Kill Bill: Volume 1.

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George Gershwin
(Composer, Pianist)

George Gershwin
4
Birthdate: September 26, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 11, 1937

George Gershwin was an American pianist, composer, and painter. His work Porgy and Bess is widely regarded as an American cultural classic and one of the 20th century's most important American operas. Many of his compositions have been used in films and television series. His life and work inspired the 1945 biographical movie, Rhapsody in Blue.

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Nile Rodgers
(Guitarist, Composer, Songwriter, Record producer, Film score composer)

Nile Rodgers
6
Birthdate: September 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo

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Steve Vai
(Guitarist, Songwriter)

Steve Vai
5
Birthdate: June 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Three-time Grammy-winning guitarist and singer Steve Vai began his career as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa and played for his band till he launched his solo career. Guitar World named him the “10th Greatest Guitarist. His music was featured in music videos such as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

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Jimmy Iovine
(Record executive, media proprietor best known as the co-founder of Interscope Records)

Jimmy Iovine
5
Birthdate: March 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces

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Buddy Rich
(Musician)

Buddy Rich
4
Birthdate: September 30, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: April 2, 1987

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Lenny Kravitz
(Rock Singer)

Lenny Kravitz
8
Birthdate: May 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini

A well-known singer-songwriter, Lenny Kravitz won the Grammy Award for four consecutive years from 1999 to 2002 under the same category - Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. In 2003, he founded a New York City-based company called Kravitz Design Inc. From being an award-winning musician to a successful entrepreneur, Lenny Kravitz is truly a multi-talented individual.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda
(Actor, Singer-songwriter)

Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Birthdate: January 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
The multiple award winning actor, composer, lyricist, singer and playwright, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has transformed Broadway musicals like never before by combining classic musical theatre with modern musical forms like hip-hop and salsa. His creation Hamilton, a hip-hop musical on Alexander Hamilton, is one of the biggest musicals of all time.

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Nas
(Rapper)

Nas
4
Birthdate: September 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo

Widely considered one of the greatest rappers ever, Nas has seven platinum and multi-platinum albums under his belt in the US. In 2006, he was ranked fifth on MTV's The Greatest MCs of All Time list. In 2012, he was ranked second on the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time list published by The Source. He is also an entrepreneur.

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ASAP Rocky
(Rapper)

ASAP Rocky
10
Birthdate: October 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Rapper ASAP Rocky gained fame with his debut mixtape, LiveLoveA$AP. He released two consecutive Billboard 200-topping albums, Long. Live. ASAP and At. Long. Last. A$AP. Fans loved his Grammy-nominated single Fuckin' Problems. He also produces using the pseudonym Lord Flacko and is part of the hip-hop collective A$AP Mob.

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John Frusciante
(Lead guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers who helped write such songs as "Scar Tissue" and "Give it Away)

John Frusciante
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Birthdate: March 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces

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Macaulay Culkin
7
Birthdate: August 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo

Former actor, Macaulay Culkin, rose to prominence as a child star after he appeared in the film Home Alone. At the height of his fame, he was listed on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Kid-Stars. He quit acting as a teenager and returned to the entertainment world years later. Currently, he runs a podcast called Bunny Ears.

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Harry Nilsson
(Former Singer-songwriter known for Everybody's Talkin' and Without You, both of which won Grammy Awards)

Harry Nilsson
5
Birthdate: June 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 15, 1994

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DMX
(Rapper)

DMX
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Birthdate: December 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

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Mary J. Blige
(Singer-songwriter)

Mary J. Blige
4
Birthdate: January 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Mary J. Blige is a popular singer-songwriter and actress. Having sold 80 million records worldwide, she is one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Referred to as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary is credited with influencing the fusion of R&B and hip hop. She often gets featured in lists like The 100 Greatest Women in Music.

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Johnny Ramone
(Guitarist)

Johnny Ramone
4
Birthdate: October 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: September 15, 2004

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Joe Satriani
(Guitarist is a 15-time Grammy Award nominee and has sold over 10 million albums, making him the bestselling instrumental rock guitarist of all time)

Joe Satriani
5
Birthdate: July 15, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer

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Marc Anthony
(Top-Selling 'Salsa' Artist of All Time)

Marc Anthony
4
Birthdate: September 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo

Marc Anthony is a singer-songwriter, television producer, and actor. He is the top-selling salsa artist in history, for which he entered the Guinness Book of Records. Also a well-known philanthropist, Marc Anthony helped launch the Maestro Cares Foundation, which helps orphans and teenagers around the world.

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Sean Combs
(Rapper)

Sean Combs
9
Birthdate: November 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Three-time Grammy-winning hip-hop legend Sean Combs, known to fans as Puffy, Puff Daddy, or Diddy, started off as a talent director with Uptown and then launched his own record label. His debut album, No Way Out, was certified 7Xplatinum, and his song I'll Be Missing You topped the Billboard charts. 

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Post Malone
(Rapper, SInger-songwriter)

Post Malone
15
Birthdate: July 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer

Much appreciated for his introspective songwriting, singer-songwriter, Post Malone ,is the first-ever solo artist to top both the Billboard Rap Airplay and Adult Contemporary charts as a lead artist. His music covers a range of genres including country, grunge, rap, and R&B. He has been accused of  "appropriating" African-American culture and has been called a “culture vulture".

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Luther Vandross
5
Birthdate: April 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: July 1, 2005

Luther Vandross was an American record producer and singer-songwriter. As a background vocalist, Vandross contributed to the success of several songs recorded by artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Judy Collins. Regarded as a singer with one of the greatest voices in recorded history, Luther Vandross' works have influenced many artists like D'Angelo, Jaheim, Ne-Yo, John Legend, and Usher.

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Rick James
(American Singer-Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist and Record Producer.)

Rick James
4
Birthdate: February 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 6, 2004

Rick James was an American multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and record producer. He is credited with forming several bands, including The Mynah Birds and Stone City Band. His career was hampered by his controversial personal life and drug addiction problems; he was convicted of kidnapping and torturing women on two separate instances under the influence of crack.

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Method Man
(Rapper And Member Of Hip Hop Collective 'Wu-Tang Clan')

Method Man
5
Birthdate: March 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces

Method Man is part of the hip-hop duo Method Man & Redman and Wu-Tang Clan. His collaborative single with Mary J. Blige, I'll Be There for You, won a Grammy. He has also appeared on the show Method & Red, in HBO series such as Oz, and in several films.

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Crispin Glover
4
Birthdate: April 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Crispin Glover is known for his Saturn Award-nominated performances in Back to the Future and Willard. He is mostly seen in roles of eccentric men. Fans loved him in American Gods and as Andy Warhol in the movie The Doors. He owns the production and publishing company Volcanic Eruptions

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Alicia Keys
(Singer, Actress)

Alicia Keys
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Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys has been active in the music industry since the mid-1990s. Her debut album was a super hit and earned her five Grammy Awards. She is one of the best-selling artists in the United States and has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. She is also known for her humanitarian work, philanthropy, and activism.

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David Cassidy
(Actor, Singer)

David Cassidy
8
Birthdate: April 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 21, 2017

Actor-singer and teen idol David Cassidy soared to fame with his iconic role of Keith Partridge in the long-running musical sitcom The Partridge Family. Known for hits such as Cherish and Daydreamer, he was often mobbed by girls in his youth. He spent his later life struggling with alcoholism and dementia.

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Ansel Elgort
(Best Known for His Role as Augustus Waters in the Movie 'The Fault in Our Stars')

Ansel Elgort
5
Birthdate: March 14, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces

Actor, singer, and DJ, Ansel Elgort, started taking acting classes as a child and made his debut when he was a teenager. Gaining international fame with his role in the film The Fault in Our Stars, he was named one of the best actors under 20 years of age. As a singer, he has released several singles.

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Carly Simon
(Singer-songwriter)

Carly Simon
4
Birthdate: June 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Carly Simon began as part of the Simon Sisters, with her sister Lucy. She won a Grammy with her first album and has since delivered many chartbusting tracks, including Nobody Does It Better from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. She has also written several children’s books.

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Joan Chandos Baez
4
Birthdate: January 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Singer, songwriter, musician, and activist Joan Baez has been active in the music world for over six decades. She emerged as a major musical figure in the counterculture era of the 1960s. Her music encompasses various genres like pop, folk-rock, country, and gospel music. She is involved in civil rights, human rights, and environmental activism as well.

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Busta Rhymes
(Rapper)

Busta Rhymes
5
Birthdate: May 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus

 42 
Madison Beer
(Singer-songwriter)

Madison Beer
4
Birthdate: March 5, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces

American singer Madison Beer broke into the top 50 list of many music charts in the US when she featured in a new single in February 2015 by DJ Mako titled I Won't Let You Walk Away. Some of her other notable songs are Dead, Say It to My Face, Home with You, Good in Goodbye, Selfish, Stained Glass and Baby.

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Fiona Apple
(Singer-songwriter)

Fiona Apple
5
Birthdate: September 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo

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Anthony Ramos
(Actor, Singer-songwriter)

Anthony Ramos
4
Birthdate: November 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Anthony Ramos is a renowned stage actor, best known for his roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the musical Hamilton. He shared the Grammy for the Best Musical Theater Album with his Hamilton co-stars. Ramos was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2016. 

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Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
(Composer, Pianist & Conductor)

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
9
Birthdate: June 17, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: April 6, 1971

Four-time Grammy-winning Russian composer and pianist Igor Stravinsky is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He is remembered for his ballets The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring. He broke the traditional flow of music and incorporated his own style.

 46 
Nick Carter
(Musician)

Nick Carter
7
Birthdate: January 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Nick Carter is an American singer, musician, and actor. Best known for his association with the popular vocal group the Backstreet Boys, Carter achieved popularity as a teen idol throughout the mid and late-1990s. Also known for his charity work, Nick Carter has been playing an important role in raising awareness about the environment and its oceans.

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Walter Becker
(Guitarist, Record producer)

Walter Becker
4
Birthdate: February 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces

 48 
Mos Def
(Rapper, Actor)

Mos Def
4
Birthdate: December 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

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Norah Jones
(Singer-Songwriter)

Norah Jones
6
Birthdate: March 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries

Norah Jones is an American singer, pianist, and songwriter. Having sold over 50 million records worldwide, Jones is one of the most successful and best-selling singers of her generation. She was ranked 60th on the artists of the 2000s decade list published by Billboard magazine. Norah Jones has won several prestigious awards including multiple Grammy Awards and Billboard Music Awards.

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Gerry Goffin
(Lyricist, Singer, Songwriter)

Gerry Goffin
3
Birthdate: February 11, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: June 19, 2014