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Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls and Gerry Marsden of Gerry & the Pacemakers

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Gunga Saain - Pakistani drummer

Sam Salter - L.A.-born R&B singer

Dan Sartain - Alabama-born indie rocker

Phil Schaap - Jazz DJ at WKCR-FM in New York

Al Schmitt - Grammy-winning producer/engineer, won 20 Grammys

Ralph Schukett - Utopia keyboardist

Miles Seaton - Akron/Family multi-instrumentalist 

Shock G (nee Gregory Jacobs) - Digital Underground rapper

Patrick Sky (nee Patrick Lynch) - '60s folk singer

Dr. Lonnie Smith - Florida-based jazz organist

Johnny Solinger - replaced Sebastian Bach as Skid Row's lead singer

Phil Spector - legendary songwriter and producer of The Beatles and others, won one Grammy 

Michael Stanley - fronted Cleveland's Michael Stanley Band 

Corey Steger - Underoath guitarist

Robby Steinhardt - Kansas violinist/vocalist

Tom Stevens - Long Ryders bassist

Ike Stubblefield - session keyboard player with Motown groups and others

Supa Gates (nee Aaron Williams) - Brooklyn rapper

Sylvain Sylvain (nee Sylvain Mizrahi) - New York Dolls guitarist

 

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Quindon Tarver - Texas-born pop singer

Gene Taylor - Austin-based keyboardist

Jack Terricloth - New Jersey punk/cabaret singer

Tha Red Baron (nee Thomas Brill) - Connecticut rapper

B.J. Thomas (nee Billy Joe Thomas) - Houston-based pop singer, won five Grammys

Dennis Thomas - original member of Kool & the Gang, played alto saxophone

Brian Travers - UB40 co-founder and saxophonist

Trinity (nee Wade Brammer) - Jamaican DJ and producer

Turn Me Up Josh (nee Joshua Samuel) - Houston-based hip-hop producer

12 O'Clock (nee Odion Turner) - member of Brooklyn Zu hip-hop group

 

U - V

U-Roy (nee Ewart Beckford) - reggae artist known for "toasting"

Hilton Valentine - The Animals guitarist  

Mary Wilson of The Supremes and Neville "Bunny" Livingston of The Wailers.

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Eric Wagner - lead singer with doom-metal band Trouble

Charlie Watts - Rolling Stones drummer, member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Chuck E. Weiss - singer-songwriter, subject of Rickie Lee Jones song

Andy Williams - Casting Crowns drummer

Mary Wilson - The Supremes singer/co-founder 

WizDaWizard (nee Wisdom Williams) - South Florida rapper

Woadie2Live - Dallas-area rapper

Poco’s Paul Cotton and Rusty Young

X-Y-Z

Sophie Xeon - trans EDM artist-producer

Rusty Young - Poco pedal-steel guitaris/singer

YNT Juan (nee Juan Garcia) - Connecticut rapper

 

2021 total: 149

This article was originally posted on January 25, 2021. It's regularly updated.

 

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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of CelebStoner.com, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.