Greatest Keyboard Player Of All-Time

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121Roger Powell

One of the more overlooked musicians in this poll, Roger Powell worked with Robert Moog, and helped demo ARP synths in the early '70s before he eventually replaced three keyboardists in Todd Rundgren's Utopia. Powell created the Powell Probe which was one of the first mobile keyboards with a strap that allowed you the freedom to move about on stage. Powell also played keyboards on tour with David Bowie in 1978, and worked with many bands that Rundgren produced, including Meat Loaf's 'Bat Out Of Hell' album.

122David FosterDavid Walter Foster is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger, who has won 16 Grammys.
123Leon Russell

Hands down the greatest keyboardist of all times. He played on about 50% of songs heard on the radio for about 25 years which includes every single beach boys recording. He invented Joe Cocker FFS. He played with and was referred to as the best by his peers which included Elton John. You'd better recognize.

124Paul Shaffer

Completely self-taught, a musical genius who can play just about anything by ear. Not only a veteran of the original cast of "Saturday Night Live," and 32 years as the band leader for David Letterman, Paul Shaffer is the industry's go-to guy for large-scale stage shows, such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony. Paul doesn't miss a beat, as the great James Brown said, even with "the pressure of time."

125Greg Phillinganes

He is just amazing. Created many riffs for Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Toto, George Benson, and many others. He has a creativity to develop sounds. His techinique comes from clássica piano. Great feeling, swing time. He is complete!

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127Billy Ritchie

Billy Ritchie was not only one of the great Keyboard players, he has been well attested by history, he was the first to play a leading role in a Rock band, replacing guitars. When Keith saw 1-2-3 at the Marquee, early in 1967, it pointed the way that The Nice and ELP would follow. There is no such thing as "the best" - all leading players who are good have something of their own to offer, and have deficiencies that others do not have, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But obviously quality is something tangible, and something that can be applauded. Lists like these tend to be 'fame' lists, not people placed there on merit alone. Many fine keyboard players appear here on this list, but it has to be said that only Billy Ritchie and Keith Emerson held the power of the band alone without guitars, that was at least one of their shared strengths.

The best of all - should be number one. Was certainly the first lead Rock keyboard player, copied by Emerson and many others.

128Greg Hawkes

The Cars were a great group. Hawkes made them a Classic.

One of the leaders of the synthpop movement. Listen to "Just What I Needed" sometime to see his skills.

Multi talented,incredible keyboard player,master of many instruments,great singer.

129Johannes Schmoelling

Great keyboard player from Tangerine Dream. Excellent pianist and composer. Now a solo artist and member of Loom.

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130Richard Silverthorn

Keyboardist and electronics wizard from the chronically under exposed Bristol band Mesh

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131Jason Rebello

Awards at 19 and a Grammy winning song over 20 years later. One of the top keyboard players in the world. On the wish list of many top artists. Sting, Jeff Beck, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Pee Wee Ellis, Joss Stone, Madeline Peyroux, Manu Katche, Charlene Soraia, Desree, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson, Omar and currently MC for Clare Teal. Incidentally he's also an incredible jazz pianist and has played with the best. Wayne Shorter, Bud Shank, Gary Burton, Branford Marsallis, Tommy Smith, Jean Toussaint and Tim Garland to mention a few. Dare you to find someone who isn't a fan...

132Thomas Dolby

Considered the father of modern electronic music, Dolby's "Golden Age of Wireless" album was a tour de force in the early 80s with hits like "She Blinded Me With Science", "One of Our Submarines", and "Europa and the Pirate Twins". His follow up album "The Flat Earth" featured "Hyperactive" and "Dissidents". He played with Howard Jones, and Stevie Wonder in a Grammy Award appearance. He performed as keyboardist for David Bowie and Lene Lovich. He performed keyboards for the rock group "Foreigner" in their album "7". In later years, his albums featured cooperative songs with George Clinton, Eddie Van Halen, and Edie Reader.
After a successful solo tour in 2004, he released the album "A Tour of the Floating City". He is now a music professor emertias at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

133Kit Watkins

He was one of the keyboardists in Happy The Man, and played the best Minimoog solos imaginable.

The master of the minimoog.
His solos in Happy The Man and Camel are brilliant. He has an excellent sense of rhythm and melody, and they come out in his flowing solos.

134Kate Bush
135Michael Boddicker
136Alan Clark

Check his keyboarding on "Telegraph Road". - Powerfultekin

137Johnny Greenwood
138Liz Story
139Dietrich Buxtehude
140Gary Brooker

An innovative player with Procul Harem who rarely wrote lyrics but created music around them. A super talent who etched lasting memories of his keyboard prowess

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