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The Religious Affiliation of the
100 Greatest Rock Musicians


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The list of musicians below is from: Jim (editor), "Greatest Artists of Rock" (last updated 26 September 2005) on Digital Dream Door website (viewed 21 November 2005).

This page notes: "Criteria: These artists were ranked for their Cultural and Musical Impacts, as well as their Influence on the rock world in general, and their Popularity... There is nothing 'Official' about these lists. They are compiled by the 'editor' using the stated criteria, and revised considering the competent suggestions of visitors to this website only."



1 Beatles Anglican/Catholic (John Lennon); Catholic (Paul McCartney); Catholic/Hindu (George Harrison); Transcendental Meditation, etc.
2 Elvis Presley Assemblies of God
3 James Brown Protestant
4 Rolling Stones Catholic (Mick Jagger); Charlie Watts (Jewish)
5 Bob Dylan Jewish; temporarily "born-agan Christian"
6 Chuck Berry Baptist (lapsed)
7 The Who  
8 Led Zeppelin  
9 Stevie Wonder  
10 Jimi Hendrix  
11 Ray Charles  
12 The Beach Boys  
13 Pink Floyd atheist (Nick Mason)
14 Aretha Franklin Baptist
15 Little Richard Seventh-day Adventist
16 Marvin Gaye  
17 Bruce Springsteen Catholic
18 David Bowie Buddhist
19 Fats Domino  
20 Black Sabbath Seventh-day Adventists
21 Queen mostly non-religious (Brian May); Zoroastrian (Freddie Mercury)
22 Buddy Holly Baptist (lapsed)
23 Bob Marley Rastafarian
24 Sam Cooke Baptist (lapsed)
25 Elton John  
26 Neil Young  
27 U2 Anglican and reportedly "born-again Christian" (Bono); "born-again Christian" (Adam Clayton); Catholic/"born-again Christian" (Larry Mullen Jr.)
28 The Doors Jewish (Robby Krieger); spiritual (Jim Morrison); spiritual (Ray Manzarek)
29 Run-DMC Christianity
30 Bo Diddley  
31 Jerry Lee Lewis Assemblies of God (lapsed)
32 BB King  
33 Sly & The Family Stone Jehovah's Witness (Larry Graham)
34 The Clash Jewish (Mick Jones)
35 Prince Seventh-day Adventist; Jehovah's Witness
36 The Grateful Dead Episcopalian/Catholic/Urantian (Jerry Garcia); Jewish (Mickey Hart)
37 The Velvet Underground Jewish (Lou Read)
38 Nirvana Catholic (Dave Grohl); Jewish (Pat Smear)
39 Michael Jackson Jehovah's Witness; Nation of Islam
40 The Supremes Baptist (Diana Ross)
41 The Temptations Baptist (David Ruffin)
42 Madonna Catholic; Kabbalah
43 Public Enemy  
44 The Kinks Catholic (Ray and Dave Davies)
45 Otis Redding Baptist
46 The Everly Brothers  
47 Van Halen Catholic (Alex and Eddie Van Halen); Jewish (David Lee Roth)
48 Elvis Costello Catholic
49 Simon & Garfunkel Jewish (Paul Simon); Jewish (Art Garfunkel)
50 Cream  
51 Frank Zappa Catholic; Reichian
52 Roy Orbison Church of Christ (Stone-Campbell); Baptist
53 Eric Clapton  
54 George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic  
55 The Allman Brothers Band  
56 Janis Joplin Church of Christ (Stone-Campbell)
57 The Ramones Jewish (Joey Ramone, Tommy Ramone)
58 Crosby, Stills, & Nash (& Young)  
59 Fleetwood Mac Jewish (Peter Green)
60 AC/DC  
61 The Byrds "born-again Christian" (Roger McGuinn)
62 Joni Mitchell  
63 The Eagles  
64 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Christianity
65 R.E.M. Buddhist (Michael Stipe); atheist (Mike Mills, Peter Buck)
66 Creedence Clearwater Revival  
67 Johnny Cash Baptist
68 Van Morrison atheist father; eclectic mother; nominal Anglican; Scientologist (lapsed)
69 Aerosmith Jewish (Joey Kramer); Steven Tyler (Catholic)
70 Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions  
71 The Drifters  
72 The Police  
73 Metallica Buddhist (Kirk Hammett); "born-again Christian" (Dave Mustaine)
74 Pearl Jam atheist (Eddie Vedder)
75 Deep Purple  
76 Bill Haley & His Comets lapsed Baptist (Bill Haley)
77 The Band Jewish (Robbie Robertson)
78 Santana Hinduism/Sri Chinmoy Fellowship (Carlos Santana)
79 Yes Jewish (Trevor Rabin and manager Brian Lane); Baptist (Rick Wakeman)
80 Jefferson Airplane Jewish (Spencer Dryden, Marty Balin, Jorma Kaukonen)
81 King Crimson  
82 Al Green Baptist
83 The Isley Brothers Seventh-day Adventists
84 The Moody Blues Urantian
85 The Sex Pistols Catholic (Johnny Rotten)
86 N.W.A. Islam (MC Ren)
87 Talking Heads Quaker (David Byrne)
88 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Jewish (Stan Lynch, Howie Epstein)
89 Billy Joel Jewish Catholic atheist
90 The Bee Gees Vegan (Robin Gibb)
91 The Yardbirds  
92 The Four Tops  
93 Radiohead Vegan (Thom Yorke)
94 Patti Smith Buddhist
95 Guns 'N' Roses  
96 Chicago  
97 Rush Jewish (Geddy Lee); Objectivist (Neil Peart)
98 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band  
99 Rick Nelson  
100 Earth, Wind, & Fire Christianity (Philip Bailey)

The Beatles:
John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr

The Rolling Stones:
Mick Jagger
Keith Richards
Charlie Watts
Ron Wood
Brian Jones (guitar, 1961-1969)
Bill Wyman (bass, 1962-1992)
Dick Taylor (bass, 1961-1962)
Ian Stewart (piano, 1961-1962; road manager until 1985)
Mick Taylor (guitar, 1969-1974)

The Who:
Pete Townshend - guitar, primary composer, piano; synthesizer on studio recordings
Roger Daltrey - vocals, harmonica
Keith Moon - drummer
John Entwistle - bass guitar, brass instruments
Kenney Jones - drummer (joined after Moon's death in 1978)
John "Rabbit" Bundrick (keyboardist, 1978+)
Simon Townshend (second guitar, backup vocals, 2002+)

Led Zeppelin:
Robert Plant
Jimmy Page
John Bonham
John Paul Jones

The Beach Boys:
Brian Wilson
Carl Wilson
Dennis Wilson
Mike Love
Alan Jardine

Pink Floyd:
Roger Waters
Syd Barrett
Bob Klose
David Gilmour
Nick Mason
Richard Wright

Black Sabbath:
Ozzy Osbourne
Tony Iommi
Geezer Butler
Bill Ward

Queen:
Freddie Mercury
Brian May
Roger Taylor
John Deacon

U2:
Bono (Paul David Hewson) - vocals and guitar
The Edge (David Howell Evans) - guitar, pianos and vocals
Adam Clayton - bass
Larry Mullen Jr. - drums and vocals

The Doors:
Jim Morrison - lead vocals
John Densmore - drums
Robby Krieger - guitar
Ray Manzarek - organ, piano, keyboard bass

Run-D.M.C.
Joseph Simmons
Darryl McDaniels
Jason Mizell

Sly and The Family Stone:
Sly Stone
Freddie Stone
Larry Graham
Rose Stone
Cynthia Robinson
Jerry Martini
Gregg Errico
Little Sister
Rusty Allen
Pat Rizzo
Andy Newmark

The Clash:
Joe Strummer
Mick Jones
Paul Simonon
Topper Headon

The Grateful Dead:
Jerry Garcia (1965-1995)
Bob Weir (1965-1995)
Phil Lesh (1965-1995)
Bill Kreutzmann (1965-1995)
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (1965-1973)
Mickey Hart (1967-1971, 1975-1995)
Tom Constanten (1968-1970)
Keith Godchaux (1971-1979)
Donna Jean Godchaux (1972-1979)
Brent Mydland (1979-1990)
Vince Welnick (1990-1995)

Velvet Underground:
Walter Powers (1970-1972, bass guitar, backing vocals)
Lou Reed (1965-1970, vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica)
Maureen Tucker (1965-1972, drums, percussion, vocals)
Doug Yule (1968-1973, vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, guitar, drums)

Nirvana:
Kurt Cobain - vocals, guitar
Krist Novoselic - bass
Aaron Burckhard - drums (1987)
Dale Crover - drums (1987-1988, 1990)
Dave Foster - drums (1988)
Chad Channing - drums (1988-1990)
Jason Everman - guitar (1989)
Dan Peters - drums (1990)
Dave Grohl - drums (1990-1994)
Pat Smear - guitar (1993-1994)

The Supremes:
Florence Ballard (1959 - 1967)
Mary Wilson (1959 - 1977)
Diana Ross (1959 - 1970)
Betty McGlown (1959 - 1960)
Barbara Martin (1960 - 1961)
Cindy Birdsong (1967 - 1972, 1973 - 1976)
Jean Terrell (1970 - 1973)
Lynda Laurence (1972 - 1973)
Scherrie Payne (1973 - 1977)
Susaye Greene (1976 - 1977)

The Temptations:
Otis Williams (1960 - present)
Elbridge "Al" Bryant (1960 - 1963)
Melvin Franklin (1960 - 1994)
Eddie Kendricks (1960 - 1971, 1982 reunion)
Paul Williams (1960 - 1971)
David Ruffin (1964 - 1968, 1982 reunion)
Dennis Edwards (1968 - 1977, 1980 - 1984, 1987 - 1989)
Ricky Owens (1971)
Richard Street (1971 - 1993)
Damon Harris (1971 - 1975)
Glenn Leonard (1975 - 1982)
Louis Price (1977 - 1980)
Ron Tyson (1983 - present)
Ali-Ollie Woodson (1984 - 1987, 1989 -1998)
Theo Peoples (1992 - 1998)
Ray Davis (1994 - 1996)
Harry McGilberry (1995 - 2003)
Barrington "Bo" Henderson (1998 - 2003)
Terry Weeks (1998 - present)
G.C. Cameron (2003 - present)
Joe Herndon (2003 - present)

Public Enemy:
Carlton Ridenhour (Chuck D)
William Drayton (Flavor Flav)
Richard Griffin (Professor Griff)
Norman Rogers (Terminator X)

The Kinks:
Ray Davies
Dave Davies
Jim Rodford
Bob Henrit
Ian Gibbons

Everly Brothers:
Don Everly
Phil Everly

Van Halen:
Eddie Van Halen - guitar (1974-present)
Michael Anthony - bass (1974-present)
Alex Van Halen - drums and percussion (1974-present)
David Lee Roth - vocals (1974-1985)
Sammy Hagar - vocals (1985-1996)
Gary Cherone - vocals (1996-1999)

Cream:
Ginger Baker
Eric Clapton
Jack Bruce

The Allman Brothers Band:
Duane Allman (1969-1971) - guitar
Gregg Allman (1969-present) - vocals, keyboards, guitar
Dickey Betts (1969-2000) - guitar, vocals
Berry Oakley (1969-1972) - bass, vocals
Butch Trucks (1969-present) - drums
Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (1969-1980; 1989-present) - drums
Chuck Leavell (1972-1976) - keyboards
Lamar Williams (1972-1976) - bass
Dan Toler (1978-1982) - guitar
David "Rook" Goldflies (1978-1982) - bass
David Toler (1980-1982) - drums
Mike Lawler (1980-1982) - keyboards
Warren Haynes (1989-1997; 2000-present) - guitar, vocals
Allen Woody (1989-1997) - bass
Johnny Neel (1989-1990) - keyboards
Marc Quinones (1991-present) - percussion
Oteil Burbridge (1997-present) - bass
Jack Pearson (1997-1999) - guitar
Derek Trucks (1999-present) - guitar

The Ramones:
Joey Ramone - vocals
Johnny Ramone - guitar
Dee Dee Ramone - bass guitar (1974-1989)
Tommy Ramone - drums (1974-1978)
Marky Ramone - drums (1978-1983, 1987-1996)
Richie Ramone - drums (1983-1987)
Elvis Ramone - drums (1987)
C.J. Ramone - bass (1989-1996)

Crosby, Stills, and Nash (later "and Young"):
Neil Young
David Crosby
Stephen Stills
Graham Nash

Fleetwood Mac:
John McVie
Stevie Nicks
Mick Fleetwood
Christine McVie
Lindsey Buckingham

AC/DC:
Dave Evans - vocals (1973-1974)
Colin Burgess - drums and percussion (1973-1974)
Angus Young - guitar (1973-present)
Rob Bailey II - bass (1973-1974)
Larry van Kriedt - Bass, saxophone (1973-1975)
Malcolm Young - guitar (1973-present)
Brian Johnson - vocals (1980-present)
Cliff Williams - bass (1977-present)
Phil Rudd - drums and percussion (1975-1983,1994-present)
Bon Scott - vocals (1974-1980)
Noel Taylor - drums and percussion (1974)
Peter Clack - drums and percussion (1974-1975)
Mark Evans II - bass (1975-1977)
Simon Wright - drums and percussion (1984-1989)
Chris Slade - drums and percussion (1989-1994)

The Byrds:
Roger McGuinn (prev. Jim McGuinn) - vocals
Gene Clark - vocals
David Crosby - vocals
Chris Hillman - bass
Michael Clarke - drums
John York - bass
Gene Parsons - drums
Clarence White - guitar
Skip Battin

The Eagles:
Glenn Frey - guitar/keboard/vocal (founder)
Don Henley - drum/vocal/guitar (founder)
Bernie Leadon - guitar/mandolin/banjo (foudner)
Randy Meisner - bass (founder)
Don Felder - guitar/vocal (1974-2001)
"Average" Joe Walsh - guitar/vocal (1975+)
Timothy B. Schmit - bass/vocal (1977+)

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles:
Smokey Robinson (1955-1972)
Ronnie White (1955-1983; 1993-1995)
Pete Moore (1955-1978)
Clarence Dawson (1955)
James Grice (1955)
Emerson Rogers (1956)
Bobby Rogers (1956-1983; 1993-present)
Claudette Rogers (Robinson) (1956-1964)
Billy Griffin (1972-1978; late 1990s)
Dave Finley (1978-1983; 1993-present)
Sidney Justin (1993-c.2000)
Tee Turner (1996-present)
Mark Scott (2005-present)

R.E.M.:
Michael Stipe
Mike Mills
Peter Buck
Bill Berry (1980-1997)

Creedence Clearwater Revival:
John Fogerty
Tom Fogerty
Doug Clifford
Stu Cook

Aerosmith:
Steven Tyler - vocals (1973-present)
Joe Perry - guitar/vocals (1973-present)
Brad Whitford - guitar (1973-present)
Tom Hamilton - bass (1973-present)
Joey Kramer - drums and percussion (1973-present)
Jimmy Crespo - guitar (1979-1984)
Rick Dufay - guitar (1980-1984)

Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions:
Curtis Mayfield (1958-1970)
Jerry Butler (1958-1960)
Sam Gooden (1958-1983)
Arthur Brooks (1958-1962)
Richard Brooks (1958-1962)
Fred Cash (1960-1983)
Leroy Hutson (1970-1973)
Ralph Johnson (1973-1976)
Nate Evans (1976-1979)
Reggie Torian (1973-1983)

The Drifters:
Clyde McPhatter
Gerhart Thrasher - tenor
Andrew Thrasher - baritone
Bill Pinkney - second tenor
Willie Ferbee - bass
Walter Adams - guitar
Jimmy Oliver - guitar
David Baughn
Johnny Moore
Bobby Hendricks
Jimmy Ricks
Tommy Evans
Charlie Hughes
Jimmy Millinder
Charlie Thomas
Doc Green - baritone
Elsbeary Hobbs - bass
James "Poppa" Clark
Ben Nelson - baritone
James Poindexter
Rudy Lewis
Johnny Lee Williams
William Van Dyke
George Grant
Eugene Pearson
Johnny Terry
Dan Bainbridge
William Brent
Rick Sheppard
Bill Fredricks
Charles Baskerville
Milton Turner
Don Thomas (real name "Charlie" Thomas, but not same as earlier band member)
Butch Leake
Grant Kitchlings
Clyde Brown
Billy Lewis
Joe Blunt
Ray Lewis
Louis Price
Jonah Ellis
George Chandler
John Thurston
Joe Cofie
Tony Jackson
Keith John
Peter Lamaar
Roy Hemmings
Patrick Alan
Rohan Delano Turney
Jason Leigh
Victor Bynoe

The Police:
Sting (Gordon Matthew Sumner) - vocals, bass
Stewart Copeland - drums
Andy Summers - guitar
Henry Padovani - guitar (early line-up)

Metallica:
Bob Rock - bass guitar; producer
Cliff Burton - bass guitar
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar, vocals
James Hetfield - vocals, rhythm guitar
Jason Newsted - bass guitar
Kirk Hammett - lead guitar
Lars Ulrich - drums
Lloyd Grant - lead guitar
Robert Trujillo - bass guitar
Ron McGovney - bass guitar

Pearl Jam:
Mike McCready - lead guitar (1990-)
Jeff Ament - bass guitar (1990-)
Eddie Vedder - lead vocals, guitar (1990-)
Stone Gossard - rhythm guitar (1990-)
Matt Cameron - drums (1998-)
Dave Krusen - drums (1990-1991)
Matt Chamberlain - drums (1991)
Dave Abbruzzese - drums (1991-1994)
Jack Irons - drums (1994-1998)

Deep Purple:
Ian Gillan
Steve Morse
Don Airey
Roger Glover
Ian Paice

Bill Haley and His Comets:
Marshall Lytle
Johnny Grande
Bill Haley
Billy Williamson

The Band:
Robbie Robertson - guitar
Richard Manuel - piano, harmonica, drums, saxophone
Garth Hudson - organ, piano, clavinet, accordion, synthesizer, saxophone
Rick Danko - bass guitar, violin, trombone
Levon Helm - drums, mandolin, guitar, bass guitar

Santana:
Carlos Santana - guitar/vocals
Tom Frazier - guitar
Mike Carabello - percussion
Rod Harper - drums
Gus Rodrigues - bass guitar
Gregg Rolie - organ/vocals

Yes:
Alan White - drums
Bill Bruford - drums
Billy Sherwood - guitar, keyboards
Chris Squire - bass guitar
Geoff Downes - keyboards
Igor Khoroshev - keyboards
Jon Anderson - vocals
Patrick Moraz - keyboards
Peter Banks - guitar
Rick Wakeman - keyboards
Steve Howe - guitar
Tony Kaye - keyboards
Trevor Horn - vocals
Trevor Rabin - guitar, vocals

Jefferson Airplane:
Marty Balin
Paul Kantner
Jorma Kaukonen
Signe Toly Anderson
Jerry Peloquin
Bob Harvey
Skip Spence
Jack Casady
Spencer Dryden
Grace Slick

King Crimson:
Robert Fripp - lead guitar, occasional mellotron or piano (1968-present)
Adrian Belew - guitar, vocals (1981 - present)
Tony Levin - bass, Chapman Stick, backing vocals (1981-1999, 2003-present)
Pat Mastelotto - percussion (1994 - present)
Greg Lake - vocals (1968-70), bass (1968-69)
Peter Giles - bass (1969-70)
Gordon Haskell - bass, vocals (1970)
Boz Burrell - bass, vocals (1971-72)
John Wetton - bass, vocals (1972-74)
Trey Gunn - Touchstyle basses (1994-2003)
Michael Giles - percussion (1968-70)
Andy McCulloch - percussion (1970)
Ian Wallace - percussion (1971-72)
Jamie Muir - percussion (1972-73)
Bill Bruford - percussion (1972 - 1997)
Peter Sinfield - lyrics, lighting (1968-71)
Ian McDonald - reeds, woodwinds, mellotrons (1968-69, sideman in 1974)
Mel Collins - sax, flute (1970-71)
David Cross - violin, viola, mellotrons, keyboards (1972-74)

The Isley Brothers:
Ronald Isley
Ernie Isley
O'Kelly Isley
Rudolph Isley
Vernon Isley
Marvin Isley
Chris Jasper

The Moody Blues:
Ray Thomas
Michael Pinder
Denny Laine
Graeme Edge
Clint Warwick
John Lodge
Justin Hayward

The Sex Pistols:
Johnny Rotten
Steve Jones
Glen Matlock
Paul Cook

N.W.A. (NWA):
Dr. Dre/Andre Young
Eazy-E/Eric Wright
Ice Cube/O'Shea Jackson (left in 1989)
MC Ren/Lorenzo Patterson
Yella/Antoince Carraby

Talking Heads:
David Byrne
Chris Frantz
Tina Weymouth
Jerry Harrison

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers:
Tom Petty
Mike Campbell - guitar
Benmont Tench - keyboards
Ron Blair - bass
Steve Ferrone - drums
Scott Thurston - guitar, harmonica, bass
Howie Epstein - bass
Stan Lynch - drums

The Bee Gees:
Barry Gibb
Robin Gibb
Maurice Gibb

The Yardbirds:
Keith Relf - harmonica, vocals
Chris Dreja - guitar; later bass guitar
Jim McCarty - drums
Paul Samwell-Smith - bass guitar
Anthony "Top" Topham - guitar
Eric Clapton - lead guitar
Jeff Beck - lead guitar
Jimmy Page - bass guitar; lead guitar
Alan Glen - harmonica

The Four Tops:
Abdul "Duke" Fakir
Lawrence Payton
Levi Stubbs
Renaldo "Obie" Benson

Radiohead:
Thom Yorke
Jonny Greenwood
Ed O'Brien
Colin Greenwood
Phil Selway

Guns 'N' Roses:
Axl Rose - lead vocals, piano (1985-present)
Dizzy Reed - keyboards (1990-present)
Robin Finck - lead guitar (1997-present)
Tommy Stinson - bass (1998-present)
Brian Mantia - drums (2000-present)
Richard Fortus - rhythm guitar (2002-present)
Rob Gardner - drums (1985)
Tracii Guns - lead guitar (1985)
Steven Adler - drums (1985-1990)
Izzy Stradlin - rhythm guitar (1985-1991)
Gilby Clarke - rhythm guitar (1991-1994)
Slash - lead guitar (1985-1996)
Matt Sorum - drums (1990-1997)
Duff McKagan - bass (1985-1998)
Josh Freese - drums (1997-2000)
Paul Tobias - rhythm guitar (1994-2002)
Buckethead - lead guitar (2000-2004)
Tracey Amos - vocals (1991-1993)
Teddy Andreadis - harmonica, keyboards, vocals (1991-1993)
Roberta Freeman - vocals (1991-1993)
Diane Jones - vocals (1991-1993)
Anne King - horns (1991-1993)
Lisa Maxwell - horns (1991-1993)
Cece Worrall - horns (1991-1993)
Chris Pitman - keyboards, vocals (1998-present)

Chicago:
Walter Parazaider - saxophone
James Pankow - trombone
Lee Loughnane - trumpet
Terry Kath - guitar
Robert Lamm - keyboard
Danny Seraphine - drums
Peter Cetera - bass
Donnie Dacus - guitar/singer/songwriter
Bill Champlin - keyboard/guitar/singer
Chris Pinnick - guitar
Jason Scheff - bass/vocal
Dawayne Bailey - guitar
Tris Imboden - drums
Keith Howland - guitar

Rush:
Geddy Lee - bass, vocals, synthesizers (1968-present)
Alex Lifeson - guitar (1968-tresent)
Neil Peart - drums (1974-tresent)
John Rutsey - drums (1968-1974)

Earth, Wind, and Fire:
Maurice White
Verdine White
Ronnie Laws
Larry Dunn
Ralph Johnson
Philip Bailey

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