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In celebration of the recently-completed Festival of Lights, we count down the Ten Greatest Jewish Rock Stars ever. Mazel tov to the winners - let us raise a glass of Manischewitz Concord Grape in their honor!

10. Beastie Boys

9. KISS’ Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley

8. David Lee Roth

7. Slash

6. Robbie Robertson

5. Mick Jones

4. Marc Bolan

3. Joey Ramone

2. Bob Dylan

and the Number 1 Jewish Rock Star of All Time?

1. Lou Reed

Honorable mentions: Mark Knofpler, Sylvain Sylvain, Richard Hell, Donald Fagen & Walter Becker (Steely Dan), Carole King, Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult), Neil Diamond, most of the J. Geils Band, Al Kooper, Dee Snider (half Jewish), Perry Farrell, Geddy Lee, numerous members of Red Hot Chili Peppers…..

Additions? Re-orderings? Let’s hear ‘em….

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Comment by MzAmar on December 23, 2010 at 1:52pm

If anyone has an interest in reading up on Jewish rock stars I would recommend this book:

Also you are missing Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie!

Comment by michael neustadt on December 18, 2010 at 8:43pm

what about the Maccabeats and their song "candlelight"? it's new this year, but an instant classic

Comment by Deborah R Millstein on December 16, 2010 at 3:26pm

Robbie Robertson is Jewish, I didn't know that. Does this mean I could have asked him to marry me & my mother would have been happy.  I'm devastated right now.

Comment by Debra Seibert on December 16, 2010 at 1:46pm

What happened to Geddy Lee (Rush)?

Comment by Roy Anderson on December 15, 2010 at 5:58pm

What? No Handsome Dick Manitoba?

Comment by Cary Berkelhamer on December 15, 2010 at 3:01pm

How 'bout Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys? He also ran for governer of Texas. Rita Lee of Os Mutantes. David Freiberg of QuickSilver Messenger Service. Curt Boettcher of The Millennium. Dave Marks of The Beach Boys. Also Daryl Dragon of Capt. and Taneil. Mick Abrahams from Jethro Tull & Bloodwyn Pig. Lowell George of Little Feat. Phil Spector. Zal Yanovsky of Lovin Spoonful. The Isreali band RockFour. Ted Templeman from Harpers Bizarre. Al Kooper. Seth Sewersky.

Comment by Jon Bard on December 15, 2010 at 2:40pm

Juice Newton!   :)

Comment by Bill Stoller on December 15, 2010 at 2:25pm

Here's an additional "Fully-Circumcised, Sons of Abraham" list (females notwithstanding):

Mike Bloomfield
Leslie West (Mountain)
Leonard Cohen
Carly Simon
Robby Krieger
(The Doors)
Jim Steinman (Meatloaf)
Paula Abdul
Elliot Easton (The Cars)
Phil Ochs
Juice Newton
Bette Midler
Joey Kramer (Aerosmith)
Cass Elliot (Mama Cass...Mamas and the Papas)
Jack Black (Tenacious D)
Marty Friedman (Megadeath)
Art Garfunkel (Simon & Garfunkel)
Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel)
Randy Newman
Lenny Kravitz
Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson)
Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane)
Peter Green (Fleetwod Mac)
Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park)
Arlo Guthrie

Counting Crows: Adam Duritz
Wallflowers: Jakob Dylan, Rami Jaffe
The Bangles: Susanna Hoffs (the hot Bangle)


...and don't forget producer Jerry Wexler, songwriters Leiber & Stoller, promotor Bill Graham.

Special Schmaltz Wing:

Sammy Davis Jr
Barbra Streisand
Barry Manilow
Bette Midler

 Burt Bacharach

 Kenny G

William Shatner (see Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds cover)

and my favorite Hasidic rapper/dub reggae artist: Matisyahu


Shalom Y'all

Comment by Jon Bard on December 15, 2010 at 2:24pm

In that case, I nominate Buddy Hackett.

Comment by Steve on December 15, 2010 at 2:05pm

You're missing a legend Jon ;)


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