Greatest Keyboard Player Of All-Time

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81 Howard Jones

Started as a "one-man band" when he received two keyboards in the mail, when he only ordered one. Went on to take the 80s synth-pop world by storm!

Classically trained and taught people too. Great on a synth as well as a piano this guys needs to be in the top ten of not top in my eyes.

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82 James Gilmour

One of the best Keyboarder I have seen, studied music and plays the most complicated music parts perfectly live, often on 2 keyboards at the same time.

Saga's keyboardist extraordinaire is one of the most talented of all them on this list. He definitely should be in the top 10!

83 Gary Numan

The greatest exponent of the keyboard in musical history.

Why is Gary no 78, he should be in the top 10.

84 Kate Bush Kate Bush

What a shame she's below Tori Amos, who probably wouldn't even be on this list I'd not for Kate Bush.

Her beautifully rhythmic playing of keyboards also showed with other instruments as well as her programing prowess. Not to mention a 4 1/2 octive vocal range!

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85 Kevin Codfert (Adagio)

Listen to anything on the album underworld and you will understand. - deadgrass27

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86 Bill Paine

Bill Paine of Little Feat has to be one of the top five rock piano players of all time. Incredible virtuosity.

Great keyboard player and band leader. If only you can spell his name correctly. Billy Payne

87 Romel Ali

He is from Bangladesh. Played piano with Air Supply and many other renown bands of the world.

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88 Jan Hammer

Jan belongs in the top three, along with Chick and Keith -- what's wrong with you people?!

89 Brian Eno Brian Eno Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, writer, and visual artist.
90 Greg 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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92 Rick Davies (Supertramp)

This is insane.. Davies' subtleties set him apart from most, and his hooks are insane.

Listen to "Another Man's Woman" live and you will hear.

93 Ray Charles Ray Charles Raymond Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.

He should be higher. The fact he was blind and still played like a pro showed a lot. Also, his voice! It's lovely! - TheAwesomeBrosVotes

Mixed differend styles in his soul. He influenced a lot of musicians like Joe Cocker (Unchain my heart, let's go get stoned), Beatles an so on...
Best is hear his music and enjoy...

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94 Amy Lee Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.
95 Tomita
96 Billy 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.

Practically none of the keyboard players on this list would be doing what they do but for Billy Ritchie, who was the first to put keyboards at the front of the band.

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

97 Oliver Palotai
98 Prince Rogers Nelson

This is a man who would spend HOURS listening to the same 3 notes played over and over on a loop to become one with the music of the original artist. THEN he wrote his own original works given to him by God. This is an artist who died during his tour of "Piano and a Microphone". Who ELSE can do a solo tour with just a piano & a mic?

Astonishingly good keyboard player. And song writer. And guitarist. And singer. And drummer. And bass player. And dancer. And composer. I could do this all day.

Genius at everything he touched.

99 Johann Sabastian Bach

Are you kidding me? Bach shouldn't be in this list. Geniuses should be in a list apart

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