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TRENDING List of Famous Multi-instrumentalists

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List of famous multi-instrumentalists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top multi-instrumentalists in the world? This includes the most prominent multi-instrumentalists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable multi-instrumentalists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic multi-instrumentalists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned multi-instrumentalists.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, including Prince and Stevie Wonder.

From reputable, prominent, and well known multi-instrumentalists to the lesser known multi-instrumentalists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the multi-instrumentalist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous multi-instrumentalists ever?" and "What are the names of famous multi-instrumentalists?" then you're in the right place. (624 items)
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Multi-instrumentalists
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Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records. Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a commercial ...more

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Age: 36

Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter Actor

Credits: Men in Black, The Great Gatsby, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Ali

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#54 on The Best Singers of All Time

#13 on The Best Current Female Singers

#19 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#23 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Multi-instrumentalists
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Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting ...more

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Age: 74

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson, Record producer Television director, + more

Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, American Hustle, Vanilla Sky

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#37 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#7 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#9 on The Best Singers of All Time

#84 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Multi-instrumentalists
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Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the frontman of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion. He is known as the "Demon of Screamin'" ...more

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Age: 69

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor Singer, + more

Credits: American Idol, Charlie's Angels, Shanghai Noon, Sex and the City

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#8 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#48 on The Best Singers of All Time

#24 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

#8 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Multi-instrumentalists
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Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. Her career began as a child performer on the radio, then recording a few singles from the age of 13. Relocating to Nashville at age 18 in 1964, ...more

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Age: 71

Birthplace: Sevierville, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: The Porter Wagoner Show, Transamerica, Moulin Rouge!, Sweet Home Alabama

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#73 on The Best Singers of All Time

#42 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#10 on The Top Country Artists of All Time

#33 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Multi-instrumentalists
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Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, MBE is a British singer and songwriter. Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace in 2006. In 2007, she received the Brit Awards "Critics' Choice" award and won the BBC Sound of 2008. Her debut album, 19, was also ...more

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Age: 28

Birthplace: Tottenham, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor Composer, + more

Credits: Skyfall, I Love You, Man, I Am Number Four Wild Child

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#8 on The Best Singers of All Time

#1 on The Best Current Female Singers

#5 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#88 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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Nelly Furtado is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Multi-instrumentalists
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Nelly Kim Furtado is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold 20 million albums worldwide and more than 20 million singles, bringing her total sales to over 40 million records around the world. Furtado first gained fame with her debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, which spawned two successful singles, ...more

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Age: 38

Birthplace: Victoria, Canada

Profession: Television presenter, Record producer, Guitarist, Musician Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Princess Diaries, John Tucker Must Die, Brokedown Palace

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#44 on The Best Current Female Singers

#68 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

#44 on The Sexiest Artists of All Time

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Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Multi-instrumentalists
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Robert James Ritchie, known by his stage name Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and actor. His 1998 studio album Devil Without a Cause sold 13 million copies worldwide. He is a five-time Grammy Award nominee and has sold 25 million albums in the ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Romeo, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Rapper, Musician, Singer-songwriter Actor, + more

Credits: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Road Trip, Any Given Sunday, Coyote Ugly

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#45 on Celebrities Who Just Seem Crazy to You

#20 on Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President

#16 on The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

#38 on New American Idol Judge Picks

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Sting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Multi-instrumentalists
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Sting


Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known on stage as Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and philanthropist. He was principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band The Police from 1977 to 1983, before launching a solo ...more

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Age: 65

Birthplace: Wallsend, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter Actor, + more

Credits: Léon: The Professional, The Emperor's New Groove, Cold Mountain, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

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#26 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#49 on The Best Singers of All Time

#56 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#23 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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