Daughters of Pop Music

In 1962, perhaps the biggest mistake in the history of popular music was made by the record company, Decca Records. They made the decision to go with The Tremeloes (pictured above) instead of another band called The Beatles. Not that The Tremeloes aren't good, but ouch!

“We don’t like their sound, and ‘guitar music’ is on the way out” was the quote from Decca executive Dick Rowe of The Beatles". Certain songs from The Decca Audition are included on The Beatles Anthology.

Brian Poole of the Tremeloes has a daughter who went on to a somewhat successful recording career as half of a duo called Alicia's Attic. I listened to a few of their songs on YouTube and hated it... different strokes for different folks, I guess.

This got me trying to think of other famous daughters with musician fathers. Here's some more I thought of. If you can remember others that I left out, let me know.

Mike d'Abo was the lead singer of Manfred Mann who sang "Mighty Quinn" and composed "Handbags and Gladrags" which became the opening to the BBC series "The Office". His daughter is Olivia d'Abo, who played Karen, the sister of Fred Savage on "The Wonder Years". Damn, I wish they'd stop bickering over song royalties and get this incredible show out on DVD!

Ione Skye (Say Anything..) is the daughter of Scottish musician, Donovan.

Liv Tyler is, of course, the daughter of Steven Tyler (Aerosmith). However, for the majority of her childhood, she thought she was the daughter of Todd Rundtgren.

Jenna Elfman is NOT the daughter of Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo.

Ami Dolenz, daughter of Micky Dolenz (The Monkees) had a shorlived acting career in such movies as She's Out of Control (pictured below with Matthew Perry), Witchboard, and Mr. Mom.

Here's a picture of Marty Wilde with Julie Andrews. He was a pretty big teen idol in England for awhile along with Cliff Richard. Who was his daughter?

You guessed it, Kim Wilde. Marty actually wrote her hit "Kids in America".

Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks is the daughter of accomplished country musician Lloyd Maines, and Natalie Cole is the daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole.

My favorite daughter of a musician would have to be none other than Nancy Sinatra. See an earlier post I did on "Some Velvet Morning" for more on Frank's little girl. Here she is singing "Sugar Town" after arriving via hot air balloon.

And finally, Shirley Manson. Her mother was a big band singer (Muriel Manson), but not necessarily famous. Her father wasn't a famous musician either, but he is a respected geneticist. Since I also work in the field of genetics, I thought I'd give him a shout out.

(Note: another daughter of a famous scientist is Markie Post; although, he is not in the field of genetics but rather physics).

Again, please comment if you can think of any others - unless your going to remind me of Ozzy's girl or Wilson-Phillips.


  1. Olivia Newton-John is the granddaughter of Nobel Prize winning physicist Max Born...

  2. Debbie Boone. Sure, she was a one-hit wonder but it was the biggest single of an entire decade.