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List of Famous Organists

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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. (576 items)
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    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: 68
    • 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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    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 the ...more

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    • Age: 68
    • 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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    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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    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 label ...more

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    • Age: 65
    • 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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    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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    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. 1 & ...more

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    • Age: 66
    • 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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    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 least ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1943-2001)
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, Eurasia, Lancashire, North West England, United Kingdom, + more
    • 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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    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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