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Quiz: Do you know these Musicians’ Real Names?

Musicians, actors, anyone in the public eye must consider at some point whether their real name is holding them back. Rap artists (I almost said ‘singers’ ? ) seem particularly prone to taking stage names—there’s a few examples below. But the practice is not confined to rap, and is in fact quite widespread. See how many of these singers’ stage names you can match with their birth name. Let us know how you get on, and don’t forget to upvote if you enjoy the quiz 🙂

  • Question of

    50 Cent

    • Curtis Jackson
    • Jack Curtis
    • Jackson Curt
  • Question of


    • Beyoncé Bowles-Garter
    • Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
    • Beyoncé Foles-Tartare
  • Question of


    • Matthew Marshall
    • Matthew Matherson
    • Marshall Mathers
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    Ice Cube

    • O’Shea Jackson
    • Jack O’Shea
    • Shane Ojack
  • Question of

    Barry Manilow

    • Manny Barilow
    • Barry Mancus
    • Barry Pincus
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    • Alison Morris
    • Ellis Morrison
    • Alecia Moore
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    Norah Jones

    • Geetali Shankar
    • Norah Geetanjali
    • Ravi Shankar
  • Question of

    Sting (of the Police)

    • London Somers
    • Gordon Sumner
    • Summer Cordon
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    • Tracy Marrow
    • Tracy Pumpkin
    • Tracy Zucchini
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    • Madonna Baccarella
    • Madonna Ciccone
    • Madonna Corleone
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    Joni Mitchell

    • Andrea Robertson
    • Audrey Roberts
    • Roberta Anderson
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    Ringo Starr (of the Beatles)

    • Stephen Richards
    • Richard Richardson
    • Richard Starkey
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    Dean Martin

    • Dino Martini
    • Martin Dinetto
    • Dino Crocetti
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    Bono (of U2)

    • Hugh Paul
    • Paul Hughes
    • Paul Hewson
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    Debbie Harry (of Blondie)

    • Angela Merkel
    • Angela Turnbull
    • Angela Tremble


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    • I’m sure you observed that some of the incorrect answers were meant to help point you in the right direction, even if you didn’t know the correct answer in the first place 🙂 Not a bad score, and thanks for participating!

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