17 Celebs Who Changed Their Names Before Stardom

Changing your name to further fame is an age-old tradition. Whether a new name is guaranteed to make you more memorable, or if your birth name is long or difficult to pronounce or spell, celebrities will make the switch in order to become, well, celebrities. Would you remember a name like Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.? Probably not. But you’ll be sure to remember a name like John Denver. Here are 17 country celebs who have changed their name.

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