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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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    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: age 68
    • Birthplace: England, London
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Dog Day Afternoon, Brüno, Lethal Weapon 3, The Road to El Dorado, Tommy, + more
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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: age 68
    • Birthplace: England, London
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Prestige, Labyrinth, Zoolander, The Last Temptation of Christ, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, + more
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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: Legenden
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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: age 65
    • Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: John Q, The Woman in Red, America: A Tribute to Heroes, Bikini Beach, The Adventures of Pinocchio, + more
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    Johann Sebastian Bach
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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: Cries and Whispers, Autumn Sonata, Amour, The Sacrifice, Battle In Heaven, + more
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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: age 66
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, + more
    • Credits: Oliver & Company, America: A Tribute to Heroes, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, Last Play at Shea, Elton John: One Night Only: The Greatest Hits, + more
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    George Harrison
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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: The Simpsons, Life of Brian, A Hard Day's Night, Time Bandits, Yellow Submarine, + more
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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 Blues Brothers, Rocky IV, Blues Brothers 2000, Doctor Detroit, Holy Man, + more
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    Brian Wilson is an actor.more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California, Inglewood
    • Profession: Bassist, Arranger, Record producer, Pianist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Monkey's Uncle, Love & Mercy, Tales of the Rat Fink, Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey, The Union, + more
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    Robert James Smith is an English musician. He is the lead singer, guitarist, lyricist and principal songwriter of the rock band The Cure, and its only constant member since its formation in 1976. NY Rock describes him as "pop culture's unkempt poster child of doom and gloom," and asserts that some of ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Blackpool, England
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Lyricist, + more
    • Credits: CyberWorld, The Cure: Trilogy, Rolie Polie Olie: Springy-Time Fun, The Cure: Greatest Hits, The Cure: Rock Case Studies, + more
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    Count Basie
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    William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1904-1984)
    • Birthplace: Red Bank, USA, New Jersey
    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Blazing Saddles, Cinderfella, Hit Parade of 1943, Norman Granz' Jazz in Montreux: Ella and Basie '79, Norman Granz' Jazz in Montreux: Count Basie Jam '75, + more
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    Gregory LeNoir "Gregg" Allman is an American rock and blues singer-songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist and a founding member, with his brother Duane, of The Allman Brothers Band. In the early 1970s, the Allman Brothers Band enjoyed huge success: their album Live at Filmore East is widely regarded as one ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, Nashville, USA
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Rush, Rush Week, Earth vs. The Radiators: The First 25, The Allman Brothers Band: Live at Great Woods, The Best of the Jammys: Vol. 2
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    Antonín Dvořák
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    Antonín Leopold Dvořák was a Czech composer. Following the nationalist example of Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed aspects, specifically rhythms, of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. Dvořák's own style has been described as 'the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1841-1904)
    • Birthplace: Nelahozeves, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Composer, Organist
    • Credits: Allegro Non Troppo, Sleeping Betty, Intimate Lighting, Humoresque, Hidden Talent
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    James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single "Fire and Rain" and had his first No. 1 hit the following year with "You've ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Funny People, Badlands, Two-Lane Blacktop, No Nukes, The Love We Make, + more
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    Greg Graffin
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    Gregory Walter Graffin is an American punk rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, college lecturer, and author. He is most recognized as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and only constant member of the noted Los Angeles band Bad Religion, which he co-founded in 1979. He also embarked on a solo ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Racine, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Professor, Musician, Lecturer, Singer-songwriter, + more
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    Lionel Hampton
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    Lionel Leo Hampton was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Hampton worked with jazz musicians from Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, and Quincy Jones. In 1992, he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 94 (1908-2002)
    • Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Bandleader, Actor, Composer, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Pennies from Heaven, A Song Is Born, The Timex All-star Swing Festival, Mister Rock and Roll, Lionel Hampton & the Golden Men of Jazz, + more
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    Barbara Harbach is a composer, harpsichordist, organist and teacher. Since 2004, she has been Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She founded Women in the Arts-St. Louis to highlight women's work and gain more performances for musicians and composers. A number of her pieces have ...more

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    • Profession: Professor, Harpsichordist, Composer, Organist
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    Isaac Hayes
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    Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and producer. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a record producer, teaming with his partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. Hayes, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1942-2008)
    • Birthplace: Covington, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: South Park, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Escape from New York, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, + more
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    Anton LaVey
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    Anton Szandor LaVey was an American author, occultist, and musician. He was the founder of the Church of Satan as well as the author of The Satanic Bible and the founder of LaVeyan Satanism, a synthesized system of his understanding of human nature and the insights of philosophers who advocated ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1930-1997)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Writer, Organist
    • Credits: Satanis, Speak of the Devil: The Canon of Anton Lavey
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    Sun Ra was an American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his "cosmic philosophy," prolific musical output, and performances. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1979. Controversial because of his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1914-1993)
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Musician, Bandleader, Actor, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Space Is the Place, Cry of Jazz, Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise, The Magic Sun
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