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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.

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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 success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide. She became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Fallin'" becoming the second American recording artist to win five Grammys in one night. Her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003 and was ...more

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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 partnership with Lennon is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. After the band's break-up, he pursued a solo career and formed Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine. McCartney has been recognised as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a ...more

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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'" due to his high screams and his wide vocal range. He is also known for his on-stage acrobatics. During his high-energy performances, he usually dresses in bright, colorful outfits with his trademark scarves hanging from his microphone stand. In the 1970s, Tyler rose to prominence as the frontman of Aerosmith, which released such milestone hard rock albums as Toys in the Attic and Rocks. In the ...more

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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, her first commercial successes were as a songwriter. She rose to prominence in 1967 as a featured performer on singer Porter Wagoner's weekly syndicated TV program; their first duet single, a cover of Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing on My Mind", was a top-ten hit on the country singles chart and led to several successful albums before they ended their partnership in 1974. Moving towards mainstream ...more

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