American musicians of Norwegian descent

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  1. Josh Groban

    Josh Groban


    Joshua Winslow "Josh" Groban (born February 27, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and he was charted in 2007 as the number-one best selling artist in the United States, with over 22.3 million records in the nation. To date, he has sold over 25 million records worldwide.

  2. Grace Slick

    Grace Slick


    Grace Slick (née Wing; born October 30, 1939) is an American singer, songwriter, artist, and former model, best known as one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, as well as for her work as a solo artist from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s.

  3. Lisa Marie Presley

    Lisa Marie Presley


    Lisa Marie Presley (born February 1, 1968) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She is the daughter of musician-actor Elvis Presley and actress and business magnate Priscilla Presley, and is Elvis' only child. As sole heir to her father's estate, Presley is the owner of Graceland, the Memphis mansion where her father lived, now a major tourist attraction. She has conducted a long career in the music business and has issued several albums and videos. Her work as a vocalist and lyricist has ranged across rock, country, blues and folk.

  4. Jackson Browne

    Jackson Browne


  5. Don Moen

    Don Moen


    Donald James "Don" Moen (born June 29, 1950) is an American singer-songwriter, pastor, and producer of Christian worship music.

  6. Iggy Pop

    Iggy Pop


    Iggy Pop (/ˈɪɡi pɒp/; born James Newell Osterberg, Jr.; April 21, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. He is the vocalist of influential proto-punk band The Stooges, who reunited in 2003, and has been known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics.

  7. Leif Garrett

    Leif Garrett


    Leif Garrett (born Leif Per Nervik; November 8, 1961) is an American singer, actor and television personality. He became famous in the late 1970s as a child pop star and teen idol, but received much publicity later in his adult life for his drug abuse and legal troubles.

  8. David Soul

    David Soul


    David Soul (born David Richard Solberg; August 28, 1943) is an American-British actor and singer, perhaps best known for his role as Detective Kenneth "Hutch" Hutchinson in the ABC television series Starsky & Hutch from 1975 to 1979. He became a British citizen in 2004.

  9. Tom Waits

    Tom Waits


    Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding like "it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car." With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musicals and has acted in supporting roles in films, including Paradise Alley and Bram Stoker's Dracula. He also starred in Jim Jarmusch's 1986 film Down by Law. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart.

  10. Peggy Lee

    Peggy Lee


    Peggy Lee (born Norma Deloris Egstrom; May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002) was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress, in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist and performer. She wrote music for films, acted, and created conceptual record albums—encompassing poetry, jazz, chamber pop, and art songs.

  11. Joshua Homme

    Joshua Homme


    Joshua Michael "Josh" Homme (/ˈhɒm.i/ HOM-ee; born May 17, 1973) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He is the founder and only continuous member of the rock band Queens of the Stone Age, in which he sings and plays guitar, as well as occasionally playing piano, drums, and bass. He also serves as the band's primary songwriter.

  12. Peter Tork

    Peter Tork


    Peter Tork (born Peter Halsten Thorkelson, February 13, 1942) is an American musician and actor, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of the Monkees.

  13. Mike Ness

    Mike Ness


    Michael James "Mike" Ness (born April 3, 1962) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and chief songwriter for the punk rock band Social Distortion, which was formed in 1978. Mike Ness' songs are represented by Downtown Music Publishing.

  14. Beck



    Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell; July 8, 1970), known by the stage name Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his lo-fi, sonically experimental style, and he became well known for creating musical collages of a wide range of styles. His later recordings encompass folk, funk, soul, hip hop, alternative rock, country and psychedelia. He has released 12 studio albums, as well as several non-album singles and a book of sheet music.

  15. Nick Hexum

    Nick Hexum


    Nicholas Lofton Hexum (born April 12, 1970) is an American musician and songwriter, currently the vocalist and guitarist for the multi-platinum alternative rock band 311 and for The Nick Hexum Quintet.

  16. Lynn Anderson

    Lynn Anderson


    Lynn Rene Anderson (September 26, 1947 – July 31, 2015) was a multi-award-winning American country music singer known for a string of hits throughout the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, most notably her 1970 iconic, worldwide megahit "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden". Anderson's crossover appeal and regular exposure on national television helped her to become one of the most popular and successful country singers of the 1970s.

  17. Linda Eder

    Linda Eder


    Linda Eder (/ˈɛdər/; born February 3, 1961) is an American singer and actress. She made her Broadway debut in the musical Jekyll & Hyde, originating the role of Lucy, for which she was nominated for the Drama Desk Award. Eder has performed in concert halls across the country including Carnegie Hall and Radio City Musical Hall. She has released 15 solo albums.

  18. Matt Sorum

    Matt Sorum


    Matthew William Sorum (born November 19, 1960) is an American drummer and percussionist. He is best known as both a former member of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he recorded three studio albums, and as a member of the supergroup Velvet Revolver. Sorum is currently a member of the touring project, Kings of Chaos, and is a former member of both The Cult and Y Kant Tori Read. Sorum was also a member of Guns N' Roses side-projects, Slash's Snakepit and Neurotic Outsiders, and released a solo album, Hollywood Zen, in 2004.

  19. Dave Ellefson

    Dave Ellefson


    David Warren "Dave" Ellefson (born November 12, 1964) is a bassist and founding member of the American thrash metal band Megadeth. He has also been referred to as "Junior" to differentiate him from Dave Mustaine. Ellefson currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to playing bass guitar in Megadeth, Ellefson also has various side projects which include Temple of Brutality, F5, and Killing Machine.

  20. David Johansen

    David Johansen


    David Roger Johansen (born January 9, 1950) is an American rock, protopunk, blues, and pop singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known as a member of the seminal protopunk band The New York Dolls. He is also known for his work under the pseudonym Buster Poindexter.

  21. The Andrews Sisters

    The Andrews Sisters


    The Andrews Sisters were an American close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. The group consisted of three sisters: contralto LaVerne Sophia (July 6, 1911 – May 8, 1967), soprano Maxine Angelyn "Maxene" (January 3, 1916 – October 21, 1995), and mezzo-soprano Patricia Marie "Patty" (February 16, 1918 – January 30, 2013). Throughout their long career, the sisters sold well over 75 million records (the last official count released by MCA Records in the mid-1970s). Their 1941 hit "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" can be considered an early example of rhythm and blues or jump blues.

  22. Bobby Vee

    Bobby Vee


  23. Al Jourgensen

    Al Jourgensen


    Alejandro Ramírez "Al" Jourgensen (born October 9, 1958), is a Cuban-American musician and music producer, best known as the founder and frontman of the industrial metal band Ministry. He is sometimes credited as Alain Jourgensen, Alien Jourgensen, Uncle Al, Hypo Luxa (his alias as a producer), Dog, Alien Dog Star and Buck Satan. He is a member and/or founder of several industrial rock bands, performing as a singer, guitarist or keyboard player.

  24. Sophie Auster

    Sophie Auster


    Sophie Auster (born July 6, Brooklyn, New York City) is an American singer/songwriter and actress. She is the daughter of authors Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt.

  25. Myron Floren

    Myron Floren


    Myron Floren (November 5, 1919 – July 23, 2005) was an American musician best known as the accordionist on The Lawrence Welk Show between 1950 and 1980. Floren came to prominence primarily from his regular appearances on the weekly TV show, where Lawrence often referred to him as "the happy Norwegian".

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