Musical Genius

by ASAx2345 | last updated - 18 Sep 2011 | Public

A compilation of my favorite musicians in various musical careers.

In case you don't know who some of these guys are, I've but brief descriptions of them.

1. Frank Sinatra

Actor | The Manchurian Candidate

Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. ...

2. John Lennon

Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was raised by his mother's older sister Mimi Smith. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, ...

3. George Gershwin

Music_department | Shall We Dance

He was born Jacob Gershowitz, 26 September 1898, in Brooklyn, New York, of Russian-Jewish immigrants. As a boy he could play popular and classical works on his brother Ira's piano by ear. In 1913 he quit school to study music and began composing for Tin Pan Alley; by 1919 he had his first hit "...

4. Leonard Bernstein

Soundtrack | New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts

Renowned composer ("West Side Story", "Candide", "On The Town"), conductor, arranger, pianist, educator, author, TV/radio host, educated at the Boston Latin School and Harvard University (BA) with Walter Piston. Edward Burlingame Hill and A. Tillman Merritt. He studied piano with Helen Coates, ...

5. Carlos Santana

Soundtrack | La Bamba

Carlos Santana is a guitarist, composer, singer and band-leader who helped to shape the concept of "world music" by his experiments with blending many styles of music from a multitude of ethnic sources.

He was born Carlos Augusto Alves Santana on July 20, 1947, in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico....

6. Isaac Slade

Soundtrack | Jumper

Isaac Slade was born on May 26, 1981 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He has been married to Anna Slade since April 16, 2006. They have one child.

Best known as the lead vocalist, pianist, and writer for The Fray, best known for their songs "How to Save a Life", "Over My Head", "You Found Me", and "Never Say Never".

7. John Ondrasik

Soundtrack | August Rush

John Ondrasik was born on January 7, 1965 in California, USA as Vladimir John Ondrasik III. He is married to Carla Berkowitz. They have two children.

Best known as the solo pianist Five for Fighting ("100 Years", "Superman (It's Not Easy)", "Chances", "The Riddle").

8. Steve Perry

Soundtrack | Monster

Steve Perry was born on January 22, 1949 in Hanford, California, USA.

Best known for being the lead singer of Journey from 73-87, and also had a very successful solo career.

9. Jonathan Cain

Soundtrack | Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

Jonathan Cain was born on February 26, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Jonathan Leonard Friga.

Journey's pianist.

10. Neal Schon

Soundtrack | Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

Neal Schon was born in Midwest City, Oklahoma on February 27th, 1954 to Matthew and Barbara Schon. Neal dropped out of school when he was 15 to join Carlos Santana's rock group Santana. Four years later Carlos Santana and his band split up, so Neal and Gregg Rolie formed Journey. Journey released ...

Journey's guitarist.

11. Billy Joel

Soundtrack | Oliver & Company

Billy Joel was born on May 9, 1949 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as William Martin Joel. He has been married to Alexis Roderick since July 4, 2015. They have two children. He was previously married to Katie Lee, Christie Brinkley and Elizabeth Weber.

12. Elton John

Soundtrack | Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (...

13. Steven Tyler

Soundtrack | Wayne's World 2

Steven Tyler was born on March 26, 1948 in Yonkers, New York, USA as Steven Victor Tallarico. He was previously married to Teresa Barrick and Cyrinda Foxe.

14. Joe Elliott

Soundtrack | Rock of Ages

Joe Elliott was born on August 1, 1959 in Sheffield, England as Joseph Thomas Elliott.

Lead singer of Def Leppard.

15. Rick Savage

Soundtrack | Rock of Ages

Rick was born on December 2, 1960. Rick was with his high school girlfriend Joy Major until the Hysteria tour. He had a brief relationship with stylist Julianna Roberts during that tour. He started seeing Dara Corcoran in 1990 and married her on November 25, 1993. They seperated in 1995. He filed ...

Def Leppard's guitarist

16. Edward Van Halen

Composer | Sacred Sin

Edward Van Halen was born on January 26, 1955 in Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands. He has been married to Janie Liszewski since June 27, 2009. He was previously married to Valerie Bertinelli.

17. Guy Berryman

Soundtrack | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Guy Berryman was born on April 12, 1978 in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland as Guy Rupert Berryman. He has been married to Joanna Berryman since 2004. They have one child.

Lead singer and pianist of Coldplay, best known for "Clocks", "Speed of Sound", "Viva la Vida", and "The Scientist".

18. Paul McCartney

Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sir Paul McCartney is a key figure in contemporary culture as a singer, composer, poet, writer, artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, and holder of more than 3 thousand copyrights. He is in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for most records sold, most #1s (shared), most covered song, "Yesterday," ...

19. Hayley Williams

Soundtrack | Twilight

Hayley Williams was born on December 27, 1988 in Meridian, Mississippi, USA as Hayley Nichole Williams. She later moved to Franklin, Tennessee, USA. At the age of 15, she joined / created the band Paramore, and has toured with them ever since. As of 2015, her other band mate is Taylor York. They ...

Lead singer of Paramore, probably best known for "Misery Business", and "The Only Exception".

20. Jason Wade

Soundtrack | Shrek

Jason Michael Wade was born in Camarillo, California. He was brought up in a Christian family along with his older sister Jamie. His parents were missionaries, and he traveled with them to Hawaii, Japan, Thailand, Sinagpore and Hong Kong, before finally returning to the US after four years away. ...

Lead singer of Lifehouse, best known for "Hanging By A Moment", "Everything", "You and Me", and "All In".

21. Axl Rose

Soundtrack | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, W. Axl Rose is the pure embodiment of decadent late 1980s rockerdom. Brash, slightly misogynistic and notoriously wild, Rose grew up in a maniacally dysfunctional household - molested by his own father at age two; beaten by his abusive stepfather.

When Axl was ...

22. Slash

Soundtrack | Terminator Salvation

Saul Hudson, mainly known as Slash, was born on July 23, 1965, and was raised in Stoke-on-Trent. Both his parents worked in the entertainment business, his mother being a clothing designer (she did some of David Bowie's costumes) and his father being an art director for a record company. When Slash...

23. Ozzy Osbourne

Soundtrack | Little Nicky

Born in Birmingham, England, after leaving school and having many odd jobs he ended up in a band with Geezer Butler. This group then split leading Ozzy and Geezer to join Tony Iommi and Bill Ward in a new band that went under several names (including Earth) that ended up being called Black Sabbath ...

24. Bono

Soundtrack | Across the Universe

Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Dublin, Ireland on May 10, 1960, to Iris (Rankin) and Brendan Robert Hewson. He has been the lead singer of the rock band U2 since 1976. U2 has won 22 Grammy Awards to date, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Lauded by fans and critics ...

U2

25. Hans Zimmer

Composer | Gladiator

German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood's most innovative musical talents. He featured in the music video for The Buggles' single "Video Killed the Radio Star", which became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to ...

Inception and the Dark Knight had the best soundtracks I have ever heard

26. Howard Shore

Music_department | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Howard Shore is a Canadian composer, born in Toronto. He was born in a Jewish family. He started studying music when 8-years-old, and played as a member of bands by the time he was 13-years-old. He was interested in a professional career in music as a teenager. He studied music at the Berklee ...

Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Silence of the Lambs

27. Steve Jablonsky

Composer | Transformers

Steve Jablonsky was born on October 9, 1970 in the USA. He is known for his work on Transformers (2007), Desperate Housewives (2004) and Deepwater Horizon (2016).

Best known for composing the music for Transformers and Desperate Housewives.

I like him with the exception of the Dark of the Moon soundtrack with was clearly ripped off of Inception's.

28. Ramin Djawadi

Composer | Game of Thrones

Ramin Djawadi was born on July 19, 1974 in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is a composer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Iron Man (2008) and Westworld (2016). He is married to Jennifer Hawks.

Composer for Iron Man

29. Michael Giacchino

Composer | Star Trek

Michael Giacchino is an American composer of music for films, television and video games.

Giacchino composed the scores to the television series Lost, Alias and Fringe, the video game series Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and many films such as The Incredibles (2004), Star Trek (2009), Up (2009), ...

Composer for Star Trek, Up, The Incredibles, and Lost

30. Trent Reznor

Soundtrack | The Social Network

Trent Reznor is an American songwriter/musician/producer and sole member of multi-platinum act Nine Inch Nails, and now an Academy Award winning film composer. He began creating music as a child in Western Pennsylvania, first on piano and then taking up other instruments. He eventually moved to ...

Se7en, The Social Network, Wanted, Lost Highway, Man on Fire, Final Destination.

31. Trevor Rabin

Composer | Deep Blue Sea

Trevor Rabin was born in South Africa in 1954. He began playing guitar at the age of 12 after having had piano lessons since he was a toddler. In 1972 he formed the band Rabbit becoming the most successful rock act ever to emerge from South Africa. Rabin left Rabbit to pursue a solo career in ...

Hot Fuzz, Get Smart, The Guardian, National Treasure

32. Mark Mancina

Composer | Twister

Known for his wide-ranging talents, Mark Mancina's film scores traverse almost every genre: drama, action, comedy, suspense, and period epic. His dark, edgy music for the Oscar-winning Training Day (2001), is a benchmark score that expanded the boundaries of scoring street-wise drama, and is widely...

Training Day, August Rush, Speed, Criminal Minds