Examples of LastNameBasis in music.
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* Every ''{{Starflyer 59}}'' release since 2001 lists the last name and first initial of each band member, rather than their full names. Apparently the band would also address each other by last name during tours.
* Many duos (and sometimes trios) are billed under their last names such as SimonAndGarfunkel, Loggins and Messina, Crosby, Stills, (and) Nash, (and [[NeilYoung Young]]), and EmersonLakeAndPalmer, among others.
** Before they hit it big, The Indigo Girls, Emily Saliers, and Amy Ray, once considered calling themselves "Saliers and Ray".
* Folk singer Harry Nilsson, was initially billed under his last name, Nilsson.
* HikaruUtada was billed on her U.S. albums as simply "Utada".
* (Scott) Weiland, formerly of StoneTemplePilots, although he even started being billed under his full name.
* Electronic musician Isao Tomita (perhaps best known for [[JackHorkheimerStarGazer his electronic rendition of Arabesque No.1]]), is/was usually billed on his albums (at least in the U.S.) as simply "Tomita".
* The majority of most classical composers, such as [[LudwigVanBeethoven (Ludwig Van) Beethoven]], [[WolfgangAmadeusMozart (Wolfgang Amadeus) Mozart]], (Johann Sebastien) Bach, (Johannes) Brahms, (Pyotr Illych) Tchaikovsky, and many others.
* (Stephen) {{Music/Morrissey}}.
* (Amie Ann) {{Duffy}}.
* On {{Michael Jackson}}'s ''Off The Wall'' album, {{Paul McCartney}} who wrote the song "Girlfriend" was credited only as [=McCartney=]. Elsewhere, songwriters are credited with their first initial and last name.
* (Carlos) {{Santana}} - [[EgocentricTeamNaming also the name of the band]].