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

This list features people like David Bowie and Elton John.

From reputable, prominent, and well known organists to the lesser known organists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the organist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous organists ever?" and "What are the names of famous organists?" then you're in the right place. 
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his five-decade career Elton John has sold ...more

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom

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

Credits: The Lion King, American Hustle, Almost Famous, Australia

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#19 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#9 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#13 on The Best Singers of All Time

#95 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Organists
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David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the world of popular music for over four decades, and is renowned as an innovator, particularly for his work in ...more

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter Musician, + more

Credits: Labyrinth, Basquiat, The Hunger, The Man Who Fell to Earth

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#12 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#4 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#10 on The Best Singers of All Time

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

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range. As a songwriter, he composed many hits for Queen, including ...more

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Age: Died at 45 (1946-1991)

Birthplace: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter Singer, + more

Credits: Metropolis, Ted, Shaun of the Dead, Moulin Rouge!

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#1 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#1 on The Best Singers of All Time

#39 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#1 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of the most creative and loved musical performers of the late 20th century. Wonder signed with Motown's Tamla ...more

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Age: 66

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Pianist, Musician Film Producer, + more

Credits: Silver Linings Playbook, Die Hard, I Am Legend, I Robot

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#22 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#29 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#7 on The Best Singers of All Time

#10 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (1685-1750)

Birthplace: Eisenach, Germany

Profession: Musician, Harpsichordist, Composer, Cantor Organist, + more

Credits: The Godfather, Se7en, The Silence of the Lambs, The Pianist

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#37 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#56 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#16 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#49 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Organists
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William Martin "Billy" Joel is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States. His compilation album Greatest Hits Vol. ...more

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Age: 67

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter Lyricist, + more

Credits: The Wolf of Wall Street, The Hangover Part II, The Hangover Part III, 13 Going on 30

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#28 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#62 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#34 on The Best Singers of All Time

#60 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Organists
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George Harrison, MBE was an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the band's primary songwriters, most of their albums included at ...more

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Age: Died at 58 (1943-2001)

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter Musician, + more

Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Let It Be, The Concert for Bangladesh, George Harrison: Living in the Material World

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#60 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#58 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#68 on The Best Singers of All Time

#27 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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James Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Organists
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James Brown is a film score composer. ...more

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Age: Died at 73 (1933-2006)

Birthplace: Barnwell, South Carolina, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper, Musician Bandleader, + more

Credits: The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Going My Way, Objective, Burma! Sands of Iwo Jima

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#51 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#82 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#97 on The Best Singers of All Time

#49 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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