Which 1960's Musician are you most closely connected to?

+22 votes

This week we're featuring recording artists of the 1960's in the Connection Finder to mark the release of Respect, the new biopic about Aretha Franklin.

Featured alongside Aretha in the Connection Finder are other musicians:

Who are you most closely connected to? If you're one of the 23,343,000 of us who are connected to each other on our big tree you can check with the Connection Finder.

You can check for shared ancestors with the Relationship Finder. Are you a cousin to any of them? Your Relationship Finder Quick Links page (see your profile pull-down menu under "Relationships") has quick links for several notable groups.

New special feature: Check out how you're connected to other musicians by searching the musicians category and the various subcategories like Famous Musicians of the 20th Century, Singer-Songwriters, and Jazz Musicians using the green MyConnections button in the upper right hand corner of the page.

Let us know how you're related below! If you want to share your connection on social media with cousins and friends, click the "get shareable image" below the results, e.g. Aretha Franklin and Mama Cass. Then just upload it along with the URL of your direct connection. (Please refrain from sharing your connection on the featured profiles themselves, though. It clutters conversations on research and collaboration. Thanks!)

P.S. Help us choose and improve profiles for next week's feature on  Pseudonyms!

WikiTree profile: Aretha Franklin
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (614k points)
edited by Abby Glann

17 Answers

+12 votes
I am most closely connected to Slim Dusty at 23 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (194k points)
+14 votes

22 degrees from my favorite Leonard Cohen. I absolutely love hearing him sing        heart I'm Your Man heart.

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (710k points)
+12 votes
22 degrees from Richard Monsour
25 degrees from Leonard Cohen
25 degrees from Johnny O'Keefe
27 degrees from Gordon Kirkpatrick
27 degrees from Bob Dylan
27 degrees from Paul McCartney
30 degrees from France Gall
31 degrees from Mama Cass Cohen
38 degrees from Mary Servaes
39 degrees from Aretha Franklin
42 degrees from Jan Johansson
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 9 (98.5k points)
+11 votes
I don't check "degrees" but the first time I can recall, I have no familial relationship to anyone on the list!
by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (279k points)
Same here, those are mostly people whose trees go back far.
+12 votes
My closest connection is 19 degrees from Johnny O'Keefe.

Everyone else ranges from 20 to 45 degrees of connection.

BTW Paul McCartney is just 11 degrees from Princess Diana.
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
+12 votes
I guess my ancestors weren't musically inclined.  All of them are really distant.
by Susanna Yeakel G2G6 Mach 2 (27.4k points)
+12 votes
Richard Monsour at 26 degrees.
by Cecil McLaury G2G Crew (560 points)
+12 votes
23 degrees from Richard Monsour.
by Roger Stong G2G6 Pilot (888k points)
+10 votes
Most closely connected at 21 degrees from Bob Dylan.  No blood relatives in this group.  I think that's the first time that has happened!
by Cheryl Cruise G2G6 Pilot (152k points)
Usually means sparse graphs. An opportunity for volunteers!
Hi Cheryl.

You and I are 27 degrees apart, through your husband and then six (6) further marriages.
+7 votes

I am mostly closely connected to Bob Dylan at 26 degrees of separation.

Updated connections on 2 Apr 2022

by Tommy Buch G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
edited by Tommy Buch
+9 votes
Is there a way to see how we are related to someone BY BLOOD, not just the distant IN-LAW CONNECTIONS? I got excited seeing I'm related to PAUL MCCARTNEY & ARETHA FRANKLIN! But when i looked, it was thru a distant inlaw connection. That, to me, isnt really "related to".
by Tina Keene G2G Crew (470 points)
The Connection finder finds connections through marriages, etc.

The Relationship finder will do the blood relationships.

If you start your search for connection/relationship from a category page like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, there is a button in the upper right corner marked "My Connections."  It will give you two groups:

1.) "Ancestors and Cousins" with the distance measured in "generations."  (for cousins, count both up and down the tree)  In this group, you really are genetically related!

2.) "Connections" with the distance measured in degrees.  This group includes connections by marriage to in-laws, sometimes multiples.  People in this group are referred to as "some kin."

+8 votes

I have no familial relationship to anyone on the list!

by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Pilot (176k points)
+6 votes
Johnny O'Keefe (20)

Slim Dusty (21)

Mick Jagger (21) - his family is connected to mine via just one marriage, that of Elizabeth Hendra and John Arthur.
by Geoffrey Tobin G2G6 Mach 1 (19.3k points)
+4 votes

Ancestors and Cousins

  • No blood relations


  • 23 degrees - Leonard Cohen
  • 23 degrees - Dick Dale
  • 24 degrees - Aretha Franklin
  • 24 degrees - Bob Dylan
  • 25 degrees - Mama Cass
  • 26 degrees - Paul McCartney
  • 26 degrees - Johnny O'Keefe
  • 27 degrees - Slim Dusty
  • 30 degrees - France Gall
  • 36 degrees - Jan Johansson
  • 37 degrees - Mary Servaes

by Shonda Feather G2G6 Pilot (205k points)
+4 votes

32 degrees from Aretha Franklin
36 degrees from Paul McCarthy
19 degrees from Johnny O'Keefe
17 degrees from Slim Dusty
29 degrees from Dick Dale
32 degrees from Mama Cass
41 degrees from Mary Servaes
42 degrees from Jan Johansson
32 degrees from Bob Dylan
32 degrees from Leonard Cohen 

by Roy Tonkin G2G6 Pilot (703k points)
+3 votes
Closest connection is Bob Dylan at 24 degrees.
by Cindy Alexander G2G6 Mach 1 (13.5k points)
+1 vote
Dick Dale -19 degrees    Bob Dylan -26  Funny, I feel closer when I listen to them.
by K Smith G2G6 Pilot (171k points)

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