Question 1: Which is the biggest musical family? Simple. Question 2: Which is the most famous musical family? Maybe you know that too. More difficult to answer is question 3: Is the biggest musical family then also the most famous musical family? Is there any difference at all? However, let's get back to the headline: Which musical families can you think of at all, which ones have you heard of? The Kellys, the Jacksons? And there are the Straussens, you might know that there is a Johann Strauss, father and a Johann Strauss, son. But otherwise?
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Question 3 is the most difficult question to answer. Question 2 is also not quite so easy to answer. But easier. But to question 1 in the section above: There the answer is so obvious and crystal clear possible, it doesn't even need an extensive website page. It's the Bachs! They are the biggest musical family on Earth and of all time. Which is the most famous musical family in the world can be determined by a wide variety of criteria. It is the combination of the criteria "fame of the "light figure"" of the family, quantity of people who know this family and thirdly, it is also the "quality of the musicians in the second and third row". My husband's Bach portal dedicates a very special FAQ to this combination and in great, great detail with a whole "doctoral thesis" right at the front of his website "Bach on Bach". So if you want to know which musical family is the most famous, please click there. If you want to know whether there are actually 85 well-known or famous families of musicians, then you are "in good hands" with a click here. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
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It is much more complicated when the question is "Which is the biggest, most famous musical family? Because then, in addition to the degree of fame, the number of musicians in the rows 1 to 10 also plays a role. And that results in a "weird competition" of fame vs. number of musicians. And who wants to decide if, for example, the Mozarts are much more famous than the Jacksons, but the Jacksons are many more musicians. It also makes sense to take a look at the Bach FAQ 126 at "Bach on Bach" or at the "famous musician families of the world", here, also on this website.
Daniel Jerome "Dan" Kelly formed a band in 1974. However, although it is not a "beer-serious" competition here, he "may" not be counted as a musician. He performed publicly as a storyteller, but just not with an instrument and not as a singer. And neither for his first, nor for his second wife does it apply to us and today and here that both wives also did not make music. However, both unions produced 12 children who, together with their father, then made up the Kelly Family. They first appeared in public in 1974 as the "Kelly Kids" in Spain, then later all over Italy ... in the famous VW T1 minibus. The next destination was Vienna in Austria in 1976. In 1977 Ireland was the stage. In 1978 her life took them first to Cologne, then to Stuttgart, both Germany. Then to Hamburg. In 1980, the Kelly Family had their first No. 1 hit in the Netherlands and Belgium. After that, the Kellys made music in Europe and the USA.
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So the oldest generation of Kellys – with no family members – is free of musicians.Of the 13 children of the next Kelly generation, 11 are musicians. And that brings us to this second and then the third generation: Daniel "Danny" Kelly, Jr. was disabled and never a member of the band. Of the 13 children of the next Kelly generation, 11 are musicians. And that brings us to this second and then the third generation: Daniel "Danny" Kelly Jr. was disabled and never a member of the band. Carolin Kelly (1), born in 1959 was musically involved in the beginning, and therefore she counts, although she later worked as a nurse in New York. According to my research, she is not married and has no (musical) children. Patricia Kelly, born 1962 drowned at the age of 1. Kathleen Anne "Kathy" Kelly (2), born 1963, is a full-blooded musician. She gave birth to a son in 1992, but he is not a musician. Paul Kelly (3) was born in 1994 and is also a musician. John Kelly (4) saw the light of day in 1967 and is also clearly a musician. He married a Spanish soprano (12) in 2001, thus expanding the potential of the musical family. She is also the daughter of a flamenco guitarist (13) and that again makes a point. Maria Patricia Kelly (5) joined the band in 1969 and later became the contact person for the press and media. Of course, she is also a band member. Her younger son Ignatius "Iggi" Kelly (14) performed on the "Voice Kids" and is therefore – in case of doubt, for us and for this "competition" – also a musician. Jimmy Kelly (6) was born in 1971 and plays several instruments. Jimmy Kelly is married and has three children, but they are not musicians. Joey Kelly (7) enlarges the family troupe from 1972 and has married a musician Tanja Niethen (15), singer in the band Bellini, with whom he has four children, none of them, however, are musicians. And Barby Kelly (8) is the next prospective musical addition from 1975. In 1977 Michael Patrick "Paddy" Kelly (9) is born and later becomes musical director of the Kelly Family. Plus solo artist later. Maite Kelly (10) was born in Berlin in 1979 and played bass in the band, plus she is also a solo artist. Maite Kelly was married and has 3 daughters, none of whom is a musician. Angelo Kelly (11) is the last child of the second Kelly generation. He married Kira Kelly and had five children with her. On Wiki – and I assume this Wiki is written and updated by real Kelly fans – it says that Angelo Kelly is musically supported by his wife and children Gabriel Jerome Kelly(16), Helen Josephine (17), Emma Maria (18), Joseph Ewan Gregory Walter (19) and finally William Emanuel (20). ✓
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This means that the first generation of Kellys has zero musicians, the second generation – with Joey Kelly's wife – are 12 musicians and the third generation expands the troupe – until we hear otherwise – by five to 17 (Angelo's kids) plus "Iggi" makes 18 plus John Kelly's wife's father, the "career changer", who is also a musician. That ... makes 19. > ✓
With a number of 19 artists in a musical family, the Kellys are 100 per cent in the top ten. Let's check the number of musicians in the other families: There are the Jacksons, together with the Presleys there are nine musicians. The Straussens in Vienna? A whole x musicians. The Schumanns? Also, five. The world-famous Mozarts: Nine family members were musicians. The Liszts and the Wagners are related to each other and as a musical family – together – also make nine musicians. And then there are the Bendas, Schunkes and – especially – the Richters. So these are – to this day – the "Top 8 Music Families" of all time. The Kellys are and remain right at the top. ✓
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However, one musical family spoils the Kellys' first place and relegates them to second place, and that is ... you guessed it ... the Bachs from Thuringia. Johann Sebastian Bach alone listed 51 musicians in his "Origin of the Bachish Musical Family", but two of the persons listed are not musicians. Once apart from the fact that the list does not list any women who were musicians, it of course also does not list any persons named after 1935, the date when he "compiled" the list. In short, today there are around 200 musicians in Europe and the USA who make the Bachs – or as they used to be called ... the Bache – undoubtedly the greatest musical family in the universe and of all time. And certainly the most famous. And here – a little further down – they are, all of them, really all of the musical families, known, famous and unknown ranked by the number of musicians and listed by the number of musicians. The following result and ranking is a combination of the Wikipedia editor's compilation and my own research. However ... I don't adopt Wikipedia's organ builders, because I don't think that building instruments "entitles" you to be included in a list of the greatest musical families. My list ... my rules of the game. With a smile. As always. And on top of that: Only three musicians of a family and then also relatively unknown are not allowed in my list either, so there are only about half of the musician families listed on Wiki in my list. But there are a few more obviously forgotten ones. Well-known and famous and many musicians ... that has to be the case for the ranking in my "Musicians' Families Top 25". ✓
The first composer and the third: They are well known by now! Right? Bach and Mozart. The third one you don't necessarily have to know as a student: Gounod. And the fourth? Almost no one knows him: His name was Charpentier. ✓
On a much more prominent page of my website, there is a similar "weird" contest where mainly famous classical music families are invited to participate and also uninvited again and also only have to share places with the Jacksons/Presleys, the Kellys and the Sinatras. On it, the family members are listed in more detail, as is the case with the Kellys above. > ✓
There's a third page on the subject right here in the neighborhood, it's FAQ 123, and it's for all those who really want to explore all the famous and well-known musical families around the world and throughout the ages. With links to further information. And sorted once by the alphabet and the next time by the scope, that is, the size of the dynasty, the clan, the musical family. Click here to get there. > ✓
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: He was the super genius in a relatively large family of musicians. ✓
Schubert: As a musician, he was "all alone, so to speak". No one else in his family was a musician. To the shop. ✓
None of the superstars above (... Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven) belonged to a large and at the same time famous musical family.
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