Musicians from Westchester and the Hudson Valley
Many music stars have called Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley home over the years.
STEVEN TYLER: The Aerosmith frontman was raised in Yonkers, where he was kicked out of Roosevelt High School for drug use. (Sept. 24, 2011)
ADAM “MCA” YAUCH: The Beastie Boys singer attended Bard College in Poughkeepsie for two years.
BEYONCÉ AND JAY-Z: In 2008, hip-hop's power couple reportedly bought a 15,000-square-foot home in Scarsdale. (May 2, 2011)
PAUL SHAFFER: The longtime leader of David Letterman’s band lives in Bedford. (June 12, 2011)
Carly Rose Sonenclar will perform her first NYC concert at The Best Buy Theatre in Times Square on Aug. 10.
MARY J. BLIGE: The “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” grew up in a housing development in Yonkers and dropped out of Roosevelt High School during her junior year. (Feb. 26, 2012)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: The Motown band, which won a Grammy Award for the 1969 hit "It's Your Thing," owned a home in Palisades.
JENNY OWEN YOUNGS: The indie rocker, whose YouTube cover of Nelly’s "Hot in Here" went viral in 2007, graduated from Purchase College with a degree in studio composition.
COHEED AND CAMBRIA: The prog rock band grew up in Rockland and played early gigs in Nyack.
SEAN "DIDDY" COMBS: "Diddy" grew up in Mount Vernon. He has gone on to conquer recording, producing, fashion and reality television. (Feb. 18, 2012)
THE ALL WAYS: The alternative pop-rock band members and contestants on season seven of "America’s Got Talent," are from Nyack.
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III: The Grammy-Award winning American folk singer and songwriter best known for his song "Dead Skunk," grew up in Bedford.
BOB DYLAN: Dylan lived in Woodstock in the late 1960s. But strangely enough, he did not play at the nearby Woodstock festival. (Jan. 12, 2012)
DAVID MARKS: It’s a good thing Marks left The Beach Boys before they famously sang that they wished they all could be California girls – Marks married a North Salem girl and moved there in the early 2000s. (Feb. 12, 2012)
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT: The singer-songwriter was born in the Village of Rhinebeck and attended Millbrook School, the inspiration for his song “Millbrook.” (Nov. 1, 2011)
HEAVY D: The “overweight lover,” Heavy D, grew up in Mount Vernon. The Jamaican-born rapper, whose real name was Dwight Myers, died in November 2011. (Oct. 1, 2011)
MASE: The rapper-producer attended Purchase College on a basketball scholarship before dropping out to pursue music.
ROB THOMAS: The Matchbox Twenty singer and his family live in Bedford. (June 21, 2011)
AL B. SURE: The romantic singer, who grew up in Mount Vernon, topped the R&B charts in 1988 with “Nite and Day.” He’s gone on to write and produce for Usher, Faith Evans, Jodeci and others. (April 28, 2011)
DAVE MATTHEWS: The singer of “So Much to Say” and “Crash into Me” spent part of his childhood living in Yorktown Heights. (April 13, 2011)
BETTE MIDLER: The three-time Grammy-winning singer of “Wind Beneath My Wings” and her husband, Martin von Haselberg, own a ranch in Millbrook. (April 12, 2011)
DARYL HALL: Half of the duo Hall & Oates, Hall lives in Dutchess County, where he restores 18th-century homes and hosts a monthly webcast with big-name musical guests. (April 10, 2011)
YOKO ONO: Ono’s family moved from Japan to Scarsdale after World War II, and she attended Sarah Lawrence College. Ono has recorded dozens of albums, both as a solo acoustic act and with her late Beatles hubby, John Lennon. (June 29, 2010)
JESSE MCCARTNEY: The Ardsley-born pop star/actor had hit singles in 2004 with “Beautiful Soul” and in 2008 with “Leavin’.” (June 13, 2010)
KARA DIOGUARDI: DioGuardi, who is from New Rochelle, has written songs for superstars such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Pink. She was a judge on “American Idol” in 2009 and 2010. (June 9, 2010)
FAITH HILL AND TIM MCGRAW: The country music superstars reportedly own a home in Millbrook. (April 18, 2010)
MATISYAHU: The Jewish reggae star was raised in White Plains and attended White Plains High School. (April 2, 2010)
TREY ANASTASIO: The frontman for the jam band Phish bought his Snedens Landing cottage from “Sopranos” actress Lorraine Bracco in 2009. But in February 2012, Anastasio reportedly placed the home back on the market. (March 15, 2010)
RIC OCASEK: A life in Millbrook is apparently just what The Cars’ frontman needed. He lives there with his supermodel wife, Paula Porizkova. (Feb. 10, 2010)
PETE SEEGER: The folk icon, best known for writing "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" and "Turn, Turn, Turn!", lives in Beacon. (Sept. 3, 2009)
VAN MORRISON: The “Brown Eyed Girl” singer lived in Woodstock during the late 1960s and wrote all but one of the the songs for his album “Tupelo Honey” there. (Feb. 27, 2009)
DAVID BOWIE: Ziggy Stardust and his supermodel wife, Iman, have a second home in Woodstock. (Nov. 13, 2008)
THE B-52s: The group that brought us "Love Shack" may have got its start in Athens, Ga., but during the 1980s, the band members lived together in Mahopac. Today, singer Kate Pierson owns Kate’s Lazy Meadow Motel in Mount Tremper. (May 26, 2008)
DON MCLEAN: Before he was lamenting the day the music died, the “American Pie” singer was growing up in Port Chester. (March 21, 2008)
BRANFORD MARSALIS: The saxophonist and short-lived musical sidekick to Jay Leno used to live in New Rochelle with his family. (Feb. 17, 2008)
BJÖRK: The eccentric Icelandic singer-songwriter lived in Palisades but put her 3,000-square-foot, six-bedroom home up for sale in 2009. (Feb. 3, 2008)
KEITH RICHARDS: The Rolling Stones guitarist used to live in the hamlet of South Salem in the 1970s. (Aug. 21, 2007)
VANESSA WILLIAMS: The former Miss America, who was born in Tarrytown and grew up in Millwood, scored a No. 1 single in 1992 with “Save the Best for Last." (March 24, 2006)
DMX: The rap star — whose real name is Earl Simmons — was born in Mount Vernon and grew up in Yonkers. (Sept. 25, 2003)
LAURA BRANIGAN: The singer of the ‘80s pop hit “Gloria” was born in Brewster. She died in 2004. (May 21, 2002)
JOHNNY CASH: “The Man in Black” was neighbors with Bob Dylan in Woodstock during the late 1960s. Cash died in 2003. (April 16, 1997)
LINDA MCCARTNEY: The late wife of Sir Paul, Linda McCartney was raised in Scarsdale. Paul (right) and Linda teamed up in the band Wings, which delivered 12 top 10 singles. (Jan. 1, 1990)
THE BAND: The late Levon Helm (second from left) and his bandmates — who once backed up Bob Dyland and later recorded their own classic rock anthems such as “The Weight” and “Up on Cripple Creek” — lived together and wrote music in a big pink house in West Saugerties in the 1960s.
ELLA FITZGERALD: The “First Lady of Song” was raised in Yonkers. A bronze statue stands there today honoring the jazz vocalist, who died in 1996. (Feb. 17, 1954)
BENNY GOODMAN: The “King of Swing” was a longtime resident of Pound Ridge before he died in 1986. (June 6, 1950)
CAB CALLOWAY: The jazz great, who is seen in this undated photo performing with Lena Horne, moved his family to Greenburgh in the 1950s. Calloway died in 1994.