Musicians From Washington

Washington has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Jimi Hendrix, Layne Staley, Courtney Stodden and others.

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 1 Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: April 8, 1994

Gaining fame as a member of the rock band Nirvana, singer-songwriter and musician Kurt Cobain was often heralded as a spokesman of Generation X. He is considered to be one of the most influential musicians in the history of alternative rock. He enjoyed tremendous professional success, but his personal life was troubled. He died of suicide at just 27.

 2 Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix
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Famous As: Most Influential Electric Guitarists & Greatest Instrumentalist in the History of Rock Music.
Birthdate: November 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 18, 1970

One of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. As his career progressed, he became the first musician to use stereophonic phasing effects in recordings. Rolling Stone ranked him as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time. He died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 27.

 3 Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell
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Famous As: Lead vocalist of the Rock Bands 'Soundgarden' & 'Audioslave'
Birthdate: July 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 18, 2017

Singer, songwriter, and musician Chris Cornell rose to fame as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. One of the key figures of the 1990s grunge movement, he also had a successful solo career. Unfortunately, he suffered from depression and died of suicide at the peak of his career.

 4 Duff McKagan

Duff McKagan
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 5 Layne Staley

Layne Staley
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: April 5, 2002

Layne Staley was an American musician best known for his tenor voice and distinct vocal style. The original lead singer of the band Alice in Chains, Layne Staley is credited with the success of the rock band in the early-1990s. His untimely demise at age 34 has inspired several songs, such as Bleeding The Orchid, and a couple of biographies.

 6 Macklemore

Macklemore
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Rapper Macklemore shot to fame as part of the duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. They were the first duo in Billboard Hot 100 chart history to have their first two singles, Thrift Shop and Can't Hold Us, featured at the number one position. They won four Grammys in 2014.

 7 Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter,
Birthdate: January 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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 8 Lil Mosey

Lil Mosey
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 25, 2002
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Lil Mosey is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. Known for his melodic flow of music, Mosey has released singles, such as Blueberry Faygo, which featured on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number eight. The song has been certified platinum in the US and Australia and 4× platinum in Canada.

 9 Kenny G

Kenny G
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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: June 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini

Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, better known as Kenny G, is a best-selling jazz saxophonist who has sold over 75 million records and even owns a line of saxophones. He is also a certified pilot and a skilled golfer who has participated in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am seven times.

 10 Jerry Cantrell

Jerry Cantrell
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Famous As: Known as the founder, lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist, and main songwriter of rock band Alice in Chains
Birthdate: March 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces

 11 Carol Kaye

Carol Kaye
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries

 12 Ginuwine

Ginuwine
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra

 13 Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Actor, Writer, Musician, Blogger, Television actor
Birthdate: September 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra

 14 Alison Sudol

Alison Sudol
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 15 Judy Collins

Judy Collins
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus

 16 Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile
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Famous As: Folk Rock Singers
Birthdate: June 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini

 17 Courtney Stodden

Courtney Stodden
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Famous As: Media Personality
Birthdate: August 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo

Courtney Stodden gained fame as a model and singer, before she made headlines for marrying actor Doug Hutchison, 34 years her senior, at age 16, with her mother’s consent. She later appeared on reality shows such as Couples Therapy, Celebrity Big Brother, and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here.

 18 Michael Winslow

Michael Winslow
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo

 19 Ryan Lewis

Ryan Lewis
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Famous As: Hip-hop Artist & DJ
Birthdate: March 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries

 20 Phil Elverum

Phil Elverum
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini

 21 Mark Lanegan

Mark Lanegan
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: February 22, 2022

 22 Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 23 Jennifer Warnes

Jennifer Warnes
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces

 24 Gregg Rolie

Gregg Rolie
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini

Gregg Rolie is a singer and keyboardist. He gained international popularity as the frontman of the bands Santana and Journey. He was a co-founder of both as well. He currently performs with his Gregg Rolie Band and also collaborates with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Rolie has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. 

 25 Stone Gossard

Stone Gossard
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer

 26 Jake Shears

Jake Shears
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra

 27 Nate Mendel

Nate Mendel
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 28 Buzz Osborne

Buzz Osborne
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: March 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries

 29 Sean Kinney

Sean Kinney
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini

 30 Dylan Carlson

Dylan Carlson
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Famous As: Musician, best known as the guitarist and founder of the drone metal/post-rock group Earth, and the main contributor to his solo project Drcarlsonalbion
Birthdate: March 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces

 31 Eldon Hoke

Eldon Hoke
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 19, 1997

 32 Warrel Dane

Warrel Dane
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces

 33 Kishi Bashi

Kishi Bashi
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 34 Brandy Clark

Brandy Clark
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
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 35 Matty Mullins

Matty Mullins
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer

 36 Dale Crover

Dale Crover
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra

 37 Malay

Malay
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Famous As: Producer for John Legend in the album Evolver (2008) and Frank Ocean in channel ORANGE (2012)
Birthdate: September 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo

 38 A.B. Quintanilla

A.B. Quintanilla
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Famous As: Record Producer
Birthdate: December 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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 39 Scott Rockenfield

Scott Rockenfield
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini

 40 Phil Driscoll

Phil Driscoll
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Famous As: Trumpeter
Birthdate: November 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 41 Jenny Conlee

Jenny Conlee
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Famous As: Musician, Accordionist
Birthdate: December 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 42 Chiwoniso Maraire

Chiwoniso Maraire
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: July 24, 2013

 43 William Bolcom

William Bolcom
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 26, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini

 44 Jason Webley

Jason Webley
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini

 45 Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor
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Famous As: Record Producer, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo

 46 Ricky Horror

Ricky Horror
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo

 47 Mark Morris

Mark Morris
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: August 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo

 48 Tamara Gee

Tamara Gee
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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: October 11, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra

 49 Lanny Ross

Lanny Ross
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 19, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 25, 1988

 50 Trey Azagthoth

Trey Azagthoth
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Famous As: Know as Best Death Metal Guitarist in the World
Birthdate: March 26, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries