All In The Family: 20 Artists You Didn’t Realize Are Related

20 Artists You Didn't Realize Are Related

By Frank Donovan

  • 1 Dionne Warwick and Whitney Houston
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    Whether by blood or marriage, many of our favorite artists have equally famous musical family members. Take Dionne Warwick and Whitney Houston. Their mothers were sisters, so the two singers were cousins. Houston’s mother was a member of gospel group the Drinkards, which Warwick’s mother managed. They sang back-up for Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley.

  • 2 Mick Jones and Mark Ronson
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    After Ronson’s parents got divorced, his mom married Foreigner frontman Mick Jones, who proceeded to pen the 1984 power ballad “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

  • 3 Brandy, Ray J, and Snoop Dogg
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    Brandy is Ray J’s older sister, and the two are first cousins with Snoop Dogg.

  • 4 Melissa Etheridge and David Crosby
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    Etheridge and her partner Julie Cypher were able to have children with the help of sperm donor Crosby.

  • 5 Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh
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    The Beatles’ Starr and the Eagles’ Walsh are married to sisters Marjorie and Barbara Bach–making the men brothers-in-law.

  • 6 Meg White and Patti Smith
    When White was married to Jackson Smith from 2009 to 2013, Patti Smith was her mother-in-law.

  • 7 Ravi Shankar and Norah Jones
    Jones’ father was the late sitarist Ravi Shankar.

  • 8 Bob Dylan and Jakob Dylan
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    The Wallflowers’ Jakob Dylan is the son of folk legend Bob Dylan.

  • 9 Brian, Carnie, and Wendy Wilson
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    The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson is the father of Carnie and Wendy of the group Wilson Phillips.

  • 10 Chynna, John, and Michelle Phillips
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    Chynna Phillips, one third of Wilson Phillips, is the daughter of The Mamas and the Papas’ John and Michelle Phillips.

  • 11 Loudon Wainwright III and Rufus Wainwright
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    Singer-songwriter Rufus is the son of folk singer Loudon Wainwright III.

  • 12 Nas and Olu Dara
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    Nas’ father is a renowned jazz musician who even played on some of his son’s tracks, including “Life’s a Bitch.”

  • 13 Berry Gordy and LMFAO
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    Motown label founder Berry Gordy’s son and grandson are LMFAO’s RedFoo and Sky Blu.

  • 14 Master P and Lil’ Romeo
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    The two rappers are father and son

  • 15 Johnny Cash and Roseanne Cash
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    Roseanne followed in her dad Johnny’s footsteps by becoming a successful country/blues singer-songwriter

  • 16 Tim Buckley and Jeff Buckley
    Jeff’s father Tim was also a singer-songwriter.

  • 17 Don Cherry, Eagle Eye Cherry, Neneh Cherry
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    Jazz trumpeter Don Cherry was Eagle Eye’s father and Neneh’s stepfather.

  • 18 Leonard Cohen and Adam Cohen
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    Leonard passed his musical genes to son and singer-songwriter Adam of Low Millions.

  • 19 Ben Taylor, James Taylor, and Carly Simon
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    Ben Taylor has 100% musical genes, with James Tyler and Carly Simon as his parents.

  • 20 Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson
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    Kelly Clarkson’s mother-in-law is Reba McEntire. Lucky!