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Stars don't always pass on their talent, but when they do, the results can be remarkable. Case in point: the legendary Bob Marley and his son Ziggy, who has topped the reggae chart with five albums since his father's death in 1981. And he's not the only child of a celebrated musician to achieve fame—in or outside the music field—on his or her own. Here, for Ziggy Marley's 50th birthday, are 25 recording artists and their famous sons and daughters.
Bob Marley and Ziggy Marley
Reggae icon Bob Marley's 11 children have taken various paths. His daughter Cedella is a fashion designer, his son Rohan played professional football, and another son, Damian, is an accomplished reggae musician. But the most famous of them is first-born son Ziggy, a five-time Grammy winner with five No. 1 reggae albums who maintains a surprisingly down-to-earth perspective. "I didn't grow up thinking, 'Oh man, I am the son of this great legend," he says. "That perception is not a part of my reality."
Paul McCartney and Stella McCartney
The youngest daughter of Paul and Linda, Stella McCartney showed her first runway collection in Paris in 2001. Today she's renowned designer, a global fashion leader who made headlines in spring 2018 by buying her French parent company Kering's stake in her brand and creating Megan Markle's wedding reception dress. Though famous in her own right, Stella says that being Sir Paul's daughter carries certain responsibilities: "I am very aware of my family name. I'm very aware of the legacy that that carries with it."
Steven Tyler and Liv Tyler
Born Liv Rundgren, actress Liv Tyler spent her early years believing she was the daughter of rocker Todd Rundgren, then partner to Liv's mother, Bebe Buell. But at the age of eight, Liv learned that her biological father was actually Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. The star of such movies as "Stealing Beauty" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Liv maintains a close relationship with both dads. Of Steven Tyler, she says, "I love him, although I'm definitely critical of him sometimes, like when his pants are too tight."
John Lennon, Julian Lennon and Sean Lennon
Shortly before his 1980 murder, John Lennon recorded "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)," an ode Sean, his son with Yoko Ono. Sadly, Lennon's first son, Julian—born in 1963, on the eve of Beatlemania—didn't receive much attention from his dad. (It was Paul McCartney who wrote "Hey Jude" to comfort Julian during Lennon's divorce from first wife Cynthia.) Yet both sons inherited his John's musical genes—Julian scoring several hits in the 1980s and Sean fronting a number of rock groups and recording as a solo artist. "John wasn't a great father to me," says Julian. "But he was a great musician."
Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus
A number of Billy Ray Cyrus' six children are musicians, but it's Destiny Hope Cyrus—known to the world as Miley—whose fame has eclipsed her "Achy Breaky Heart" dad's. From her wholesome "Hannah Montana" days to her notoriously raunchy performance at the 2013 VMA Awards to her more mature 2017 album "Younger Now," Miley continues to surprise. "As a dad, I see Miley really just functioning on a joy for life," Billy Ray says. "I don't know how to break it down more than just the fact that I see a joy in her spirit..."
Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra
No one could match Ol' Blue Eyes, but his daughter Nancy grabbed her share of the spotlight in the 1960s with two No. 1 hits— "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," which became her signature song, and "Somethin' Stupid," a duet with dad. She even co-starred with Elvis in the 1968 movie "Speedway." Unlike her brother Frank Sinatra Jr., Nancy was more than just a satellite of her famous father. "I didn't just want to be Frank's daughter who sang 'Boots,'" she said. "I take my music very seriously..."
Quincy Jones and Rashida Jones
The daughter of legendary record producer Quincy Jones—the man known as "Q"—and "Mod Squad" star Peggy Lipton, Rashida Jones has made her own mark as an actor, starring in such TV gems as "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office." In 2018, Rashida co-produced and directed a documentary about her famous dad titled simply "Quincy." As she puts it, "I have a father who came from nothing and conquered the world."
Hank Williams, Hank Williams, Jr. and Hank Williams III
First came country legend Hank Williams. "Luke the Drifter" begat Southern rocker and Monday Night Football voice Hank Williams, Jr. Then "Bocephus" begat country punk outlaw Hank Williams III, aka Hank 3. And there you have it—the Holy Trinity of Hank. "You got to have smelt a lot of mule manure before you can sing like a real hillbilly," the original Hillbilly Shakespeare once said. It also helps to have the last name Williams—and the first name Hank.
Johnny Cash and Rosanne Cash
"Think about all of the families where the father is a doctor and the son is a doctor—or generations of coal miners," says singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, whose father is another country legend. "Why did they go into that line of work? Tradition? Or was it in their genes? I think it's both." Since the 1980s, Rosanne has excelled at her father's line of work, crossing musical genres with a string of chart-topping singles and winning four Grammys along the way.
Frank Zappa, Moon Unit Zappa and Dweezil Zappa
An interviewer once asked Frank Zappa how he could saddle his kids with names like "Moon" and "Dweezil." "What's your name, pal?" Zappa snapped. Learning that it was "Bob," Zappa let it rip like a weasel: "Bob? Your name is BOB? That's the most ridiculous name in the world, BOB." In fact, Moon and Dweezil turned out quite well, thank you. Since defining "Valleyspeak" in Frank's 1984 hit "Valley Girl," Moon has worked as a stand-up comic and actress (most recently in "Curb Your Enthusiasm"). Dweezil heads the touring group "Zappa Plays Zappa," which does their own renditions of his dad's original material.
Serge Gainsbourg and Charlotte Gainsbourg
French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg may have been the hippest person who ever lived—that is, until his daughter Charlotte came along. Her first single—a duet recorded with Dad when she was 12 years old—was titled "Lemon Incest" It was a big hit in France, and Charlotte went on to become, like her mother Jane Birkin, an actress as well as a singer. (Charlotte played the title roles in both 1996's "Jane Eyre" and 2013's "Nymphomaniac.") Asked about the way Serge got her career started, she said, "My father loved me and he wanted to work with me and he didn't care what people would say."
Tim Buckley and Jeff Buckley
Singer-songwriter Tim Buckley had a relatively small cult following before his death from a heroin overdose in 1975 at the age of 28. Yet the music he left behind influenced many—most notably his son Jeff, who drowned in 1997 at the age of 30 while night swimming in the Mississippi River. Jeff Buckley's beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" became a posthumous No. 1 hit. Sadly, Jeff never really knew his dad outside of his music. "The only thing my father ever gave me," he said, "was a fleeting glimpse."
Lennie Kravitz and Zoe Kravitz
The daughter of rocker Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, Zoe Kravitz made her acting debut in the 2007 film "No Reservations" before breaking through in 2011's "X-Men: First Class." More recently, she starred in the acclaimed HBO series "Big Little Lies." "I'm lucky having parents that have been in show business for a while, and they don't care about the shiny stuff so much," says Zoe. "They raised me in that way—to stay grounded, not to chase the shiny, pretty things."
Brian Wilson, Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson
In the early 1990s, Carnie and Wendy gave their musical genius dad, Brian Wilson, a run for his hit-making money as two-thirds of the pop trio Wilson Phillips (Chynna Phillips was the third member). Three singles from their debut album topped the charts, and they landed on the cover of Rolling Stone. Then, after selling millions of records, they broke up. And while the Wilson sisters never recaptured their early success, both remain active in music, hosting talks shows, TV reality programs and even recording with their father.
Ozzie Nelson, Ricky Nelson, and Matthew and Gunnar Nelson
The Nelsons are one of the longest-running musical families around. Patriarch Ozzie first hit it big as leader of a swing orchestra in the 1930s. He parlayed that success into a radio show, the precursor to the TV series "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." His son Ricky emerged as the show's star, a teen idol who had a string of hits ("Poor Little Fool," "Travelin' Man") on his way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And though Ricky died in a plane crash in 1985, his twin sons Gunner and Matthew continued in the family business, scoring a major success with their debut triple-platinum 1990 album, "After the Rain."
Lionel Richie and Nicole Richie
The adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie, Nicole blazed a reality TV trail in the early 2000s with childhood pal Paris Hilton on the hit series "A Simple Life." Since then, Nicole has made her mark as a fashion designer, an author and a co-star on the NBC sitcom "Great News." In 2010, she was featured on the charity single, "We Are the World 25 for Haiti." "I was four years old when my dad recorded the original 'We Are the World," she noted, "and 25 years later I got to do it again. It was so exciting to again help make a change."
Waylon Jennings and Shooter Jennings
As the son of outlaw country star Waylon Jennings and singer Jessi Colter, Waylon "Shooter" Jennings lived the first few years of his life in a crib on his parents' tour bus surrounded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. By age five, he was playing drums. A few years later he took up both piano and guitar, occasionally joining his dad onstage. He now has eight outlaw country albums of his own. "If you are close to your parents or a grandparent, you watch as they get old and you learn so much from that," Shooter says. "And it makes you want to learn more while you have time."
Bill Hudson and Kate Hudson
Anybody remember the 1970s group the Hudson Brothers? Well, Bill Hudson (the guy on top in this photo) was one of them. And he also happens to be actress Kate Hudson's dad (with, of course, Goldie Hawn). Kate famously played a rock groupie in 2000's "Almost Famous." More evidence that what goes around comes around. Unfortunately, all does not seem to be copacetic between father and daughter. Said Bill: "I have five birth children and I now consider myself a father of three. I no longer recognize [actor] Oliver and Kate as my own. I would ask them to stop using the Hudson name. They are no longer a part of my life."
Loudon Wainwright III and Rufus Wainwright
Best known for the 1972 novelty hit "Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)," Loudon Wainwright III has recorded over 20 albums. His son Rufas (whose mother was singer Kate McGarrigle) was named 1998's Newcomer of the Year by Rolling Stone after the release of his self-titled debut album. With music closer to Cole Porter than his folk-singing father, the openly gay Rufus has recorded seven albums of original songs, written a classical opera and set Shakespeare's sonnets to music. Loudon, who considers himself a flawed dad, calls fatherhood "an amazing process. It's like songwriting—it's a complete mystery to me."
Diana Ross and Tracee Ellis Ross
Best known for her starring role as Joan Clayton in the comedy series "Girlfriends" and as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in "Black-ish," Tracee Ellis Ross has so far stayed away from the recording studio—perhaps wisely, given that her mom is the legendary Motown diva Diana Ross. "I'm extremely blessed to have the extraordinary mother that I have," says Tracee. "And I don't mean "Diana Ross." I mean my mother. My mom paved a road that didn't exist."
Ravi Shankar and Norah Jones
Born and raised in India, Ravi Shankar was a master of classical sitar who influenced the rock musicians such as George Harrison, Roger McGuinn and David Crosby. Norah Jones took inspiration from artists ranging from Billie Holiday to Hank Williams. But while Shankar was rarely present in his Grammy-winning daughter's life, she acknowledges his influence—to a degree. "Maybe I'm genetically inclined to music," she says. "But the music I make is so far removed from Indian classical music. I grew up in Texas!"
Robin Thicke and Alan Thicke
Alan Thicke, who died in 2016, is best remembered as Jason Seaver on the long-running sitcom "Growing Pains." But he was also a successful TV theme song composer, writing music for such shows as "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Facts of Life." Since the 2000s, Thicke's son Robin (whose mother is Gloria Loring) has forged a music career of his own, with a series of chart-topping R&B hits. Yet he maintains that his father's fame hasn't helped him. "It affects the way people see me," Robin says. "People still visualize my dad and that affects the music."
Nat "King" Cole and Natalie Cole
Never to be forgotten, both died too soon—Nat "King" Cole in 1965, at the age of 45, and his daughter Natalie in 2015, when she was 65. So it's appropriate that both are perhaps best remembered for their hit versions of the song "Unforgettable" (Natalie's version, a virtual duet with her father, won a Grammy). "Nothing had been attempted like that before," she said of the recording. "To lift Dad's voice, literally, off of that track and put it on a brand-new one, and then line it up, match it up, get the phrasing right. I remember listening—everyone listening—and we were just enthralled."
Elvis Presley and Lisa Marie Presley
As the only child of the King of Rock and Roll, Lisa Marie Presley would naturally gravitate toward music. Yet she didn't release her first album—the well-received "To Whom It May Concern"—until she was 35 and already divorced from King of Pop Michael Jackson. Since then, Lisa Marie has recorded sporadically, focusing instead on raising her four children and managing her father's estate. Explaining her slow start, Lisa Marie said, "I knew that because of who I am, and the situation I'm in, that I'd attract more critics than your average person, and that was intimidating. But I got out there and paid my dues."
Bob Dylan and Jakob Dylan
All six of Bob Dylan's children seem to have escaped the celebrity kid curse, and that includes Jakob, who gained fame as frontman for the Wallflowers and has distinguished himself as a musician separate from his Nobel Prize-winning father. "When I was a kid, he was god to me for all the right reasons," Jakob says. "Other people have put that tag on him in some otherworldly sense. I say it as any kid who admired his dad and had a great relationship with him. He never missed a single Little League game I had. He's collected every home-run ball I ever hit."
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