List of Famous Keytarists People

List of Famous Keytarists

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List of famous keytarists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top keytarists in the world? This includes the most prominent keytarists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable keytarists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic keytarists 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 keytarists.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including "Weird Al" Yankovic and Imogen Heap.

From reputable, prominent, and well known keytarists to the lesser known keytarists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the keytarist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous keytarists ever?" and "What are the names of famous keytarists?" then you're in the right place. (56 items)

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    Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic is an American singer, songwriter, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, music video director, film producer, and author. He is known for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts, original ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: USA, Downey, California
    • Profession: Television director, Record producer, Keytarist, Television producer, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, UHF, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Eek! The Cat, + more
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    John Frank Tesh is an American pianist and composer of pop music, as well as a radio host and television presenter. His ten-year-old "Intelligence for Your Life" radio show reaches 14.2 million listeners/week, and is syndicated by Teshmedia on 400 stations in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. In addition he ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Garden City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Journalist, Pianist, Musician, Radio personality, + more
    • Credits: Soapdish, The Bodyguard, Shocker, Love Affair, He Said, + more
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    Chick Corea
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    Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea is an American jazz and fusion pianist, keyboardist, and composer. Many of his compositions are considered jazz standards. As a member of Miles Davis' band in the 1960s, he participated in the birth of the electric jazz fusion movement. In the 1970s he formed Return to ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Chelsea
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist, Keytarist, Pianist, Bandleader, + more
    • Credits: Classic Rhythm & Blues: Vol. 3, Classic Rhythm & Blues: Vol. 2, Chick Corea & Gary Burton: Interaction, Jam Miami: A Celebration of Latin Jazz, Classic Rhythm & Blues: Vol. 4, + more
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    Thomas Dolby is an English musician and producer best known for his 1982 hit "She Blinded Me with Science" and 1984 single "Hyperactive!". He has also worked extensively in production and as a session musician, as a technology entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, and as the Music Director for the TED ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: London, England
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Keytarist, Entrepreneur, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Howard the Duck, We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, Rockula, Gothic, Roger Waters: The Wall: Live in Berlin, + more
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    Todd Rundgren
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    Todd Harry Rundgren is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and record producer. Hailed in the early stage of his career as a new pop star, supported by the certified gold solo double LP Something/Anything? in 1972, his career has produced a diverse range of recordings, both as a solo artist ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Recording Engineer, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Dumb and Dumber, Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey, Daft Punk's Electroma, Flash Frames, Under Cover, + more
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    Jan Hammer
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    Jan Hammer is a composer, pianist and keyboardist. He first gained his most visible audience while playing keyboards with the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early 1970s, as well as his film scores for television and film including "Miami Vice Theme" and "Crockett's Theme", from the popular 1980s program, ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Record producer, Jazz Pianist, Keytarist, Songwriter, Pianist, + more
    • Credits: Secret Admirer, Cocaine Cowboys, A Night in Heaven, Dark Angel, Knight Rider 2000, + more
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    Donald Fagen
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    Donald Jay Fagen is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the co-founder and lead singer of the rock band Steely Dan. Following the initial breakup of Steely Dan in 1981, he launched a long-running, if sporadic, solo career in 1982, spawning four albums to date. The fourth album, Sunken ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Keytarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Bright Lights, Big City, You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat, Traveling Light, Steely Dan: Two Against Nature
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    Richard Christopher "Rick" Wakeman is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known for his solo albums, contributing to the BBC comedy series Grumpy Old Men and for Rick's Place, his former radio show on Planet ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Perivale, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Keyboard player
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    Jean Michel Jarre is a French composer, performer, and music producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient, and new-age genres, and known as an organiser of outdoor spectacles of his music featuring lights, laser displays, and fireworks. Jarre was raised in Lyon by his mother and grandparents, ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Lyon, France
    • Profession: Performer, Record producer, Musician, Composer, Artist
    • Credits: Agneepath, Children's Island, Strike, Jean Michel Jarre: Oxygene Moscow: The Portrait, The Burned Barns, + more
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    George Duke was an American musician, known as a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He worked with numerous acclaimed artists as arranger, music director, writer and co-writer, record producer and as a professor of music. He first made a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1946-2013)
    • Birthplace: San Rafael, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Record producer, Keytarist, Pianist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Never Die Alone, 200 Motels, Good Fences, Casino Lights '99, George Duke Band: Live: Tokyo, + more
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    Howard Jones is an English musician, singer and songwriter. Jones had ten top 40 hit singles in the UK between 1983 and 1986, including six which reached the top ten, and his 1984 album Human's Lib went to number one. Around the world, Jones had 15 top 40 hit singles between 1983 and 1992. He has been ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Southampton, England
    • Profession: Keytarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer, Keyboard player
    • Credits: Ringo Starr & His New All-Starr Band, Howard Jones: Live: Salt Lake City, 20 Years Ago Today: The Story of Live Aid, The Champions of Troy: Complete History of USC Trojan Football
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    Imogen Jennifer Heap is an English singer-songwriter and composer. She is known for her work as part of the musical duo Frou Frou and her solo albums, which she writes, produces, and mixes. She has produced four solo albums. Her 2009 album, Ellipse, was a North American chart success that earned Heap ...more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: London Borough of Havering, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Keytarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer, + more
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    Chick Corea
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    Chick Corea Elektric Band is a jazz fusion band, led by pianist Chick Corea. Following the demise of Return to Forever, Corea established the musical ensemble in 1986. Following a long hiatus, the band reunited to produce To the Stars in 2004. The band's debut album can be described as "jazz-rock", ...more

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    • Profession: Bandleader, Composer, Jazz Pianist, Keyboard player, Keytarist
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    Ryan Leslie
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    Anthony Ryan Leslie, professionally known as Ryan Leslie, is an American record producer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and rapper from Washington, D.C. He is founder of the Disruptive Multimedia and NextSelection Lifestyle Group. Leslie has produced singles for a number of artists in a ...more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Keytarist, Songwriter, Rapper, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Love + Hate
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    Neil Stephen Cicierega is an American comedian, actor, filmmaker, puppeteer, singer, musician, and animator. He is the creator of the genre of Flash animation known as "Animutation", and has released several albums as a musician under the name of "Lemon Demon" and a series of mashup albums more recently ...more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Keytarist, Comedian, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
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    Dave Stewart is a film director.more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: England, Sunderland
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Showgirls, Around the World in 80 Days, Hackers, Alfie, The Ref, + more
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    Tetsuya Komuro, born November 27, 1958 in Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan, also known as TK, is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. He is recognized as the most successful producer in Japanese music history and introduced dance music to the Japanese mainstream. He was also a former ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Fuchu, Japan
    • Profession: Record producer, Keytarist, Guitarist, Audio Engineer, Professor, + more
    • Credits: Vampire Hunter D, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, Baober in Love, Carol, Heaven and Earth
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    Geoffrey "Geoff" Downes is an English rock songwriter, record producer, and musician, mainly a keyboardist. He is mainly known as a member of the New wave duo The Buggles, legendary progressive rock band Yes, and supergroup Asia. Downes created The Buggles with Trevor Horn in 1977. After three years of ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Stockport, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Keytarist, Songwriter, Musician, Composer, + more
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    Jordan Rudess is an American virtuoso keyboardist and composer best known as a member of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater and the progressive rock supergroup Liquid Tension Experiment.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Keytarist, Songwriter, Musician, Keyboard player
    • Credits: Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York, Dream Theater: Live at Budokan, Dream Theater: Chaos in Motion, Moogfest 2006: Live
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    Keith Noel Emerson is an English keyboardist and composer. He was formerly a member of the Keith Emerson Trio, John Brown's Bodies, The T-Bones, The V.I.P.'s, P.P. Arnold's backing band, The Nice, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, one of the early supergroups. Emerson first found success with The Nice in the ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Todmorden, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Organist, + more
    • Credits: Nighthawks, Inferno, Godzilla: Final Wars, The Church, Moog, + more
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