Top Ten Rock Musicians Who Changed their Last NameAs the name implies, this list is about famous rock musicians who changed their last name but kept their first name as part of their stage name. As always, feel free to add more examples; if you do, please tell me what their original last name was and (if possible) some information on where they got the idea to change it.
The Top Ten
Steven Tyler's real name is actually Steven Tallarico; most people don't know this. - Gg2000
Bowie's birth name was originally David Jones. After calling himself Davey Jones for a couple years, he changed his last name to Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from The Monkees. - Gg2000
His original name was John Baldwin. A friend of his, original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, suggested the new name after seeing a poster for the movie John Paul Jones while he was in France. - Gg2000
His full name is Michael Anthony Sobolewski; he had it legally shortened in 1978 after Van Halen started to take off. - Gg2000
I think most music fans know by now about "Johnny Rotten" and how John Lydon changed his name back as soon as the Sex Pistols were finished. - Gg2000
Everybody knows that the Ramones adopted the same last name as part of their image, but Johnny and Tommy Ramone were the only two original members who kept their first name. His original name was John Cummings. - Gg2000
His birth name was John Genzale; the other guitarist in the New York Dolls, Sylvain Sylvain, also changed his name (from Sylvain Mizrahi). - Gg2000
Lonnie Mack, one of the original pioneers of blues rock, shortened his name from Lonnie McIntosh. - Gg2000
Original name : John Francis Bongiovi it’s Italian. - DaringXx
His birth name was William George Perks Jr. He said he took the name Wyman from a friend he met while serving in the Royal Air Force; he first changed it to Lee Wyman, and then changed it again to Bill Wyman. - Gg2000
Woah I didn't know - Ananya
Peter shortened his name from Peter Greenbaum. - Gg2000
His birth name is John Martin Maher. He started spelling it as Marr at the age of 14 to make it easier to pronounce and to avoid any confusion with Buzzcocks drummer John Maher. - Gg2000
Born Robert Zimmerman. Since Bob is a common nickname for Robert, I thought this would fit the concept of the list.
Dylan taken from the poet Dylan Thomas - Billyv
Yes it does. Thanks, Billy. I must have forgotten about him the first time I did this list. - Gg2000
The guitarist for the band Television. He changed his name from Thomas Miller to Tom Verlaine because he took inspiration from French poet Paul Verlaine. He was also inspired by the story of how Bob Dylan changed his name as a form of inspiration from Dylan Thomas. - Gg2000
Changed his last name from Garfield to Rollins. He never stated why when asked. I have two theories but take them with a grain of salt. Theory #1 He didn’t want to carry the name of that his father passed to him due to the resentment he has towards him (abandoning him and his mom and not being involved in his life). Theory #2 Angry tough guy “Rollins” didn’t want the name of a famous fat cat cartoon character (Lol). - THC13
To whoever keeps voting for Elton: please stop. Elton John changed his entire name completely (from Reginald Dwight to Elton John). This list is about people who only changed their last name, not the whole thing. - Gg2000
Elton John changed his last name, Dwight to John. He also changed his Christian name, Reginald to Elton.
I specifically wanted this list to be about changing last names, not last and first names. There's other lists that already cover both last and first names. - Gg2000