Italian-American musicians

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  1. Richie Sambora

    Richie Sambora


    Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora (born July 11, 1959) is an American rock guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter who was the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years. Sambora and lead singer Jon Bon Jovi formed the primary songwriting unit of the band. He has also released three solo albums: Stranger in This Town in 1991, Undiscovered Soul in 1998, and Aftermath of the Lowdown, released in September 2012.

  2. Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen


  3. Blu Cantrell

    Blu Cantrell


    Blu Cantrell (born Tiffany Cobb; March 16, 1976) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter.

  4. Zacky Vengeance

    Zacky Vengeance


    Zachary James Baker (born December 11, 1981), better known by his stage name Zacky Vengeance, is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist, and founding member for the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

  5. Don McLean

    Don McLean


    Donald "Don" McLean III (born October2, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter best known for the 1971 album American Pie, containing the songs "American Pie" and "Vincent".

  6. Anna Moffo

    Anna Moffo


    Anna Moffo (June 27, 1932 – March 9, 2006) was an American opera singer, television personality, and award-winning dramatic actress. One of the leading lyric-coloratura sopranos of her generation, she possessed a warm and radiant voice of considerable range and agility. Because of her physical appearance she was nicknamed "La Bellissima". Winning a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Italy, she became very popular there after performing leading operatic roles on three RAI television productions in 1956. Moffo returned to America for her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on October 16, 1957. In New York, her Metropolitan Opera debut took place on November 14, 1959. She performed at the Met for over seventeen seasons. Although Anna Moffo's original recordings were made for EMI Records, she later signed an exclusive contract with RCA Victor. In the early 1960s, she hosted her own show on Italian television, was acclaimed for her beauty, appeared in several operatic films, and other dramatic non-singing roles. In the early 1970s she extended her international popularity to Germany through operatic performances, TV appearances, and several films...all while continuing her American operatic performances. Due to an extremely heavy workload, Moffo suffered a serious vocal-breakdown in 1974, from which she never fully recovered. In later years, she gave several master classes through the Met. Her death at age 73 was preceded by a decade-long battle with cancer.

  7. Peter Criss

    Peter Criss


    George Peter John Criscuola (born December 20, 1945), better known as Peter Criss, is an American musician and actor, best known as the co-founder, original drummer, and occasional vocalist of the hard rock band Kiss. Criss established the "Catman" character for his Kiss persona.

  8. Johnny Rivers

    Johnny Rivers


    Johnny Rivers (born John Henry Ramistella, November 7, 1942, New York City) is an American rock 'n' roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. His repertoire includes pop, folk, blues, and old-time rock 'n' roll. Rivers charted during the 1960s and 1970s but remains best known for a string of hit singles between 1964 and 1968, among them "Memphis" (a Chuck Berry cover), "Mountain of Love", "The Seventh Son", "Secret Agent Man", "Poor Side of Town" (a US #1), "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" (a Motown cover), and "Summer Rain".

  9. Steve Vai

    Steve Vai


    Steven Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960) is an American guitarist, songwriter, singer, and producer who has sold over 15 million albums. After starting his career as a music transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, he recorded and toured in Zappa's band from 1980 to 1982. He began a solo career in 1983, and has released eight solo albums and won three Grammy Awards.

  10. Bobby Rydell

    Bobby Rydell


    Bobby Rydell (born Robert Louis Ridarelli, April 26, 1942) is an American professional singer, mainly of rock and roll music. In the early 1960s he was considered a teen idol. Well known tracks include "Wild One" and "Volare", and he appeared in the movie Bye Bye Birdie in 1963.

  11. Warren Cuccurullo

    Warren Cuccurullo


    Warren Bruce Cuccurullo (born December 8, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rock musician who first worked with Frank Zappa during the 1970s, then, he was a founding member of Missing Persons in the 1980s, finally in 1986, he joined Duran Duran, becoming a long term member of the band until 2001.

  12. Antonella Barba

    Antonella Barba


    Antonella Maria Barba (born November 26, 1986) is an American singer who placed in the top 16 on the sixth season of American Idol. She was eliminated before the top 12 were chosen.

  13. Joe Satriani

    Joe Satriani


    Joseph "Joe" Satriani (born July 15, 1956) is an American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, with many of his former students achieving fame, such as Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Rick Hunolt, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogan, and Alex Skolnick; he then went on to have a successful solo music career. He is a 15-time Grammy Award nominee and has sold over 10 million albums, making him the biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time.

  14. Lou Christie

    Lou Christie


    Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco (born February 19, 1943), known professionally as Lou Christie, is an American singer-songwriter best known for three separate strings of pop hits in the 1960s, including his 1966 hit, "Lightnin' Strikes".

  15. Mark Tremonti

    Mark Tremonti


    Mark Thomas Tremonti (born April 18, 1974) is an American musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge. He is a founding member of both bands, and has also collaborated with many other artists over the years. He formed his own band, Tremonti, in 2012, releasing the album All I Was. The band's sophomore album, Cauterize, was released on June 9, 2015.

  16. Steven Van Zandt

    Steven Van Zandt


  17. Tony Visconti

    Tony Visconti


    Anthony Edward "Tony" Visconti (born April 24, 1944) is an American record producer, musician and singer. Since the late 1960s, he has worked with an array of performers; his lengthiest involvement with any artist is with David Bowie: intermittently from Bowie's 1969 album Space Oddity to 2013's The Next Day, Visconti has produced and occasionally performed on many of Bowie's albums.

  18. Santo & Johnny

    Santo & Johnny


    Santo & Johnny were an American rock and roll music duo from Brooklyn, New York, comprising brothers Santo and Johnny Farina.

  19. Don Costa

    Don Costa


    Dominick P. "Don" Costa (June 10, 1925 – January 19, 1983) was an American recording artist, arranger, conductor, and record producer. He discovered singer Paul Anka, and is perhaps best known for conducting and arranging several hit albums by Frank Sinatra, including Sinatra and Strings and My Way.

  20. A.J. Croce

    A.J. Croce


    Adrian James "A.J." Croce (born September 28, 1971 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania) is an American singer-songwriter. He is the son of singer-songwriters Jim Croce and Ingrid Croce.

  21. Johnny Desmond

    Johnny Desmond


    Johnny Desmond (November 14, 1919 – September 6, 1985), born Giovanni Alfredo De Simone, was an American popular music singer.

  22. Jeff Porcaro

    Jeff Porcaro


    Jeffrey Thomas "Jeff" Porcaro (April 1, 1954 – August 5, 1992) was an American drummer, songwriter, and producer best known for his work with the rock band Toto. Porcaro was one of the most recorded session musicians in history, working on hundreds of albums and thousands of sessions. While already an established studio player in the 1970s, he came to prominence in the United States as the drummer on the Steely Dan album Katy Lied. Allmusic has characterized him as "arguably the most highly regarded studio drummer in rock from the mid-'70s to the early '90s", further stating that "It is no exaggeration to say that the sound of mainstream pop/rock drumming in the 1980s was, to a large extent, the sound of Jeff Porcaro."

  23. Felix Cavaliere

    Felix Cavaliere


    Felix Cavaliere (born November 29, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, music producer and musician.

  24. Lennie Tristano

    Lennie Tristano


    Leonard Joseph Tristano (March 19, 1919 – November 18, 1978) was an American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and teacher of jazz improvisation.

  25. Mat Maneri

    Mat Maneri


    Mat Maneri (born October 4, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American composer, improviser and jazz violin and viola player, specifically derivatives such as the five-string viola, the electric six-string violin, and the baritone violin. He is the son of the saxophonist Joe Maneri.

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