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Leon Russell = Russell Bridges

Jerry Jeff Walker = Ronald Crosby

Just a sidenote, Leon Wilkeson of Lynyrd Skynyrd's full name is Leon Russell Wilkeson. It's no coincidence Leon Wilkeson was also a huge Leon Russell fan. In another bit of trivia it was Leon Russell who coined the term" Swampers" in reference to the Muscle Shoals studio session players where both Leon and Skynyrd recorded.

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Slash was Saul Hudson

John Paul Jones was/is? John Baldwin.

I have seen recent court documents - I forget which action it was for, which listed him as Baldwin, so it is still his legal name.

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Howlin' Wolf - Chester Arthur Bennett

Albert King - Albert Nelson

Jonny Lang - Jon Gordon Langseth

Kid Rock - Robert James Ritchie

Lightnin' Hopkins - Sam Hopkins

Sonny Boy Williamson II - Aleck "Rice" Miller

Little Walter - Marion Walter Jacobs

Bo Diddley - Ellas Otha Bates

Freddie King - Frederick Christian

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Why the hell would you change your name to Humperdinck? :blink:

You have to watch the Eddie Izzard dvd Dressed to Kill (I expect you tube will have it), as he does talk about how he would of loved to be in the room when Arnold George Dorsey came up with that name, its very funny :)..

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Apologies if some are a re-post:

Cat Stevens - Born Steven Demetre Georgiou, now Yusuf Islam.

Dean Martin - born Dino Paul Crocetti.

Clay Aiken - Clayton Holmes Grissom

Tori Amos - Myra Ellen Amos

Fiona Apple - Fiona Apple Maggart

Frankie Avalon - Francis Thomas Avallone

Ginger Baker - Peter Edward Baker

Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd) - Roger Keith Barrett

Pat Benatar - Patricia Andrejewski

Tony Bennett - Anthony Dominick Benedetto

Jon Bon Jovi - John Francis Bongiovi Jr.

Michelle Branch - Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch-Landau

Jackson Browne - Clyde Jackson Browne

Eric Carr (KISS) - Paul Charles Caravello

Joe Cocker - John Robert Cocker

Alice Cooper - Vincent Damon Furnier

Elvis Costello - Declan Patrick McManus

Peter Criss (Kiss) - George Peter John Criscuola

John Denver - John Henry Deutschendorf

Rick Derringer - Richard Zehringer

Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees) - George Michael Braddock

Buddy Rich - Bernard Rich

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