Rockstar dads and their musical kids

Does talent come from genetics? The jury is out on whether musical ability is nature vs. nurture – however, lots of famous musicians do have children who are also successful musicians! Here are some famous musicians whose kids are also finding success in their musical careers. 


Eddie and Wolfgang Van Halen

“Eddie Van Halen at the New Haven Coliseum 2” by Carl Lender is licensed under CC BY 2.0.




Wolfgang Van Halen, the son of legendary Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen and actor Valerie Bertinelli, performed in Van Halen (playing bass) alongside his dad until Eddie’s death in 2020. He has played in heavy metal band Tremonti, and also put out two albums under his solo project, Mammoth WVH.

John and Jason Bonham

“John Bonham – Led Zeppelin – photo: Dina Regine” by Dina Regine is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

“Jason Bonham 2009” by Toglenn is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, is a drummer himself, and has played on several occasions with the band’s surviving members. He led the group Bonham in the 1980s and 1990s, and is a member of supergroups Black Country Communion and Sammy Hagar and the Circle.









John, Julian and Sean Lennon

“Julian Lennon” by Greg2600 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

“Sean Lennon” by Kingkongphoto & from Laurel Maryland, USA is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.













Julian and Sean Lennon are two of late Beatle John Lennon. Julian, who inspired Beatles songs like “Hey, Jude”, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “Good Night”, has put out seven solo albums as well as fine art collections of photography and children’s books. 

Sean Lennon has put out two solo albums and played with bands including Cibo Matto, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, The Claypool Lennon Delirium and his parents’ group Plastic Ono Band. 


Glenn and Deacon Frey

“The Eagles in concert – 2010 Australia – Glenn Frey” by jeaneeem is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

When The Eagles’ Glenn Frey died in 2016, his son Deacon stepped in for guitar and vocals on his dad’s songs at only 24.

Lenny and Zoe Kravitz

“Actress Zoe Kravitz (L) and musician Lenny Kravitz with the LG Electronics Kompressor Vacuum on The 25th Spirit Awards Blue Carpet held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on March 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.” by LGEPR is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Lenny Kravitz’ daughter Zoe is an actress and model, as well as a musician. She’s the front person for R&B and electropop duo LOLAWOLF, which has put out three albums .

Bob and Jakob Dylan

“Bob Dylan (Bring it All Back Home Sessions)” by ky_olsen is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

“Jakob Dylan Minnesota” by SydKat is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.





Bob Dylan’s son Jakob, the youngest of five, is a singer/songwriter who rose to fame in his band The Wallflowers. He also has a solo career of his own.





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