Real Names vs. Stage Names – Famous Musicians

Often times musicians present themselves with stage names by which they are known to their fans and supporters. There are many examples of artists, performers entertainers, actors and even sport celebrities around the world who use pseudonyms but we rarely have a reason to doubt the authenticity of someone’s name. Not that it’s much of a challenge to find information nowadays but it can be really surprising to discover your favorite musician’s real name is actually seventeen letters long.

Hardcore fans usually know this kind of stuff but we seriously doubt you’re a hardcore fan of all the people listed below. If you are, we’re sorry, you’re awesome. Anyway, we said to ourselves, hey, why don’t we make this info accessible for our readers? They’re nice people after all. That means you, you’re nice. So yeah, we made this for you, no charge:


1. Alice Cooper was born Vincent Damon Furnier

Alice Cooper

2. Marilyn Manson was born Brian Warner

Marilyn Manson

3. Freddie Mercury was born Faroukh Bulsara

Freddie Mercury

4. Billy Idol was born William Michael Albert Broad

Billy Idol

5. Bob Dylan was born Robert Zimmerman

Bob Dylan

6. Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight

Elton John

7. Moby was born Richard Melville Hall


8. Slash was born Saul Hudson


9. Stevie Wonder was born Steveland Morris

Stevie Wonder

10. Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock

Tina Turner

Can you think of any other examples of famous musicians using stage names? Le us know in the comment section below.

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  1. Robert

    Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

  2. Leslie Charles

    Billie Ocean was born Leslie Charles

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