Top 10 Most Dedicated Musicians of All Time

This list consists of those musicians who were very dedicated towards music. They were music addicts. It's not about talented, technical or trained musicians. But about those musicians who had passion for music.

The Top Ten

1 Rory Gallagher William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.

Initially he wasn't on top of my list. But I was accessing through a site one day, when I found an article about him, “The Irish guitarist who might have been autistic”. I clicked on it and started reading.
And what I found about him that,
A famous quote goes about him, “He was married to his strat”. Rory Gallagher was very passionate about music. He valued music more than anything in his life.
He valued music so much that, he never had any kind of romantic relationship nor did he ever marry. He also didn't leave any children behind. For him relationships and friendship would obstruct his musical career. Many people think that he might have been an autistic.
Beside that he also approached with least commercial possible. His brother says, “There were lots of Rory songs between 1973-78 which could be played on radios. But none of them were played”. But still Rory never sold out.
The last one, which I am not sure, but for the most part, he wasn't addicted to ...more - zxm

2 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.

He was first on my list until I re-merged it. Anyway, Jimi Hendrix was also very dedicated. Especially about guitar. He was very passionate about playing guitar that he kept his guitar close to him all the time. He practiced for 12-15 or ever 19 hours. According to Johnny Winter, “He really liked to play [About Hendrix}”. Jimi Hendrix jammed everywhere, played everywhere he went. Its not just about his guitar playing but also about his love for guitar. Nothing ever stopped his guitar playing until his death in 1970. - zxm

3 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.

So cool. - CedreticFomento

Ronnie James Dio was also very dedicated. Especially towards heavy metal music. Dio hated the idea of commercial music and he was also guilty of releasing some. The most well known conflict was with Ritchie Blackmore in 1978, when Blackmore wanted to go commercial but Dio didn't. Then Blackmore fired Dio. After that Dio worked with Black Sabbath and then formed his own band.
Dio never liked any pop sub-culture of music or Rockstar lifestyle. He was a massive criticizer of glam metal bands for their outrageous lifestyles.
Dio entered to heavy metal in mid 70s and until then heavy metal conquered him. He stuck with metal till the end.
Dio wasn't also accused of taking recreational drugs or strongly being addict to it. - zxm

4 John Mayall John Mayall is an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over fifty years.

I'm really glad to see John Mayall on this list, as he doesn't get much media coverage. I like what you said about him always finding a great guitar player. When Clapton left, he brought in Peter Green. When Peter left, he brought in Mick Taylor. He always did find awesome guitar players. - Gg2000

John Mayall’s very passionate about music. He started playing blues in the early 60s or ever before. But he never stopped playing blues. I heard one guy saying, “when Eric Clapton left the Bluesbreaker we all thought that’s it. But John Mayall still pulls the best guitarist for his band”.
Which is actually true. John Mayall always finds a good guitarist to play for him. He never stopped. And he is 85. He still is playing music.
While many other musicians like Jimmy Page, who kinda stopped, Mayall never stopped. - zxm

5 Robert Johnson Robert Leroy Johnson was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians.

Robert Johnson was also very passionate about music. According to Son House, Robert was a very bad guitar player. But in later life he became a very good guitar player.
Although there are many stories about him. One is that he was so passionate that he sold his devil. Which is a legend. But excluding that, he worked hard. Otherwise he would never be able to be a great musician suddenly. - zxm

6 Niccolò Paganini

Niccolò Paganini was also very passionate about his music. He described his guitar as his constant companion in his childhood. He also played many instruments. Like Robert Johnson, there’s a legend about him selling his soul to devil for violin. Truth or not, he liked what he did and worked hard. - zxm

7 Duane Allman Howard Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.

Duane Allman also stuck to his guitar all the time. - zxm

8 Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

I’d say he is more of an weirdo than dedicated. But he never stops playing. And he like, played every genre out there. His number of albums is already reaching to 300. He is most likely a nerd who loves music very much. - zxm

9 Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.

He isn't a musician, I agree. He is only a singer. He didn't compose songs, don't play any instrument, so he doesn't belong in to this list.

MJ wrote songs. Pavarotti was only a singer, not a musician at all!

He isn't a musician, he is just an opera singer.

As much or more of a musician than MJ.

10 Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

The Contenders

11 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave more.
12 Steven Wilson Steven John Wilson is an English musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, most closely associated with the progressive rock genre. He is best known for his band Porcupine Tree.

Very much like Rory Gallagher but in lesser accounts - zxm

13 Rick Allen Richard John Cyril "Rick" Allen is an English drummer who has played for the hard rock band Def Leppard since 1978. He overcame the amputation of his left arm in 1985 and continued to play with the band, which subsequently went on to its most commercially successful phase.

Great list this needed to be made.

A drummer whose arm was amputated but he didn't stop. - Metal_Treasure

14 Tony Iommi Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle more.
15 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, born in Salzburg.
16 Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor.
17 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.

Not only does he keep touring, he's constantly re-arranging and experimenting with various approaches. - Billyv

18 Steve Harris Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
19 Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.
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