By Britt Bickel

It’s not uncommon for many artists to adopt a stage name to perform under, but have you ever wondered what their real names were? No, Sting and Bono were not born with those names, but surprisingly, Neil Diamond was!

We put together a list decoding some of the most famous artist stage names, and after seeing some of their real names, it’s no wonder why they changed them!

Artists’ real names:

  • Pat Benatar = Patricia Andrejewski
  • Tony Bennett = Anthony Dominick Benedetto
  • Bo Diddley = Otha Ellis Bates McDaniel
  • The Big Bopper = Jiles Perry Richardson
  • Bono = Paul David Hewson
  • Sonny Bono = Salvatore Philip Bono
  • David Bowie = David Robert Jones
  • Chubby Checker = Ernest Evans
  • Cher = Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere
  • Alice Cooper = Vincent Furnier
  • Elvis Costello = Declan McManus
  • Bob Dylan = Robert Zimmerman
  • Mickey Dolenz = George Michael Braddock
  • Cass Elliot = Ellen Naomi Cohen
  • Engelbert Humperdinck = Arnold Dorsey
  • Elton John = Reginald Kenneth Dwight
  • Freddie Mercury = Farrokh Bulsara
  • George Michael = Yorgos Panaylotou
  • Joni Mitchell = Roberta Anderson
  • Ringo Starr = Richard Starkey
  • Sting = Gordon Sumner
  • Donna Summer = Donna Gaines
  • Frankie Valli = Frank Castelluccio

Can you think of any more artists who use stage names? Add yours to the list!


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