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Rock Moms, Rock Kids

Like mother, like child


There were the groups -- The Mamas and the Papas, Mothers of Invention, Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys. There were the songs -- "Your Mother Should Know," "Mother and Child Reunion," "Your Mama Can't Dance."

But nothing pays simultaneous tribute to rock and motherhood like recognizing these rockin' moms and their kids who followed in their professional footsteps. Here's to the moms who rock, and their contributions to the musical gene pool.

Mom: Carole King

Carole King
Carole King photo by Matthew Stockman / Getty Images
Kids: Louise Goffin and Sherry Goffin Kondor

The songwriting team of Carole King and Jerry Goffin produced a huge catalog of hit songs. Their nine-year marriage produced two successors to the family business.

Louise Goffin is a singer-songwriter with a five album discography. She is heard in duet with her mother on the Gilmore Girls TV show theme, "Where You Lead."

Sherry Goffin Kondor -- who performed (along with sis Louise) with mom during her Living Room Tour in 2004 -- has recorded an album of children's music, founded the band Sugar Beats and manages pop artist Jesse McCartney.

Mom: Carly Simon

Carly Simon and Ben Taylor
Carly Simon and Ben Taylor photo by Joe Corrigan / Getty Images
Kids: Ben Taylor and Sally Taylor

In music, there's nothing quite like the sound of family harmony, especially when the family includes the likes of James Taylor and Carly Simon. Mom enlisted her two talented children by Taylor, Ben and Sally, to join her on her 2005 tour.

When not performing with mom, son tours and records with the Ben Taylor Band. Daughter writes and sings and has three solo albums to her credit.

Mom: Michelle Phillips

Chynna and Michelle Phillips photo by Vince Bucci / Getty Images

Kid: Chynna Phillips

Michelle was the mama and John Phillips was the papa in both their professional and personal lives. Like mother (The Mamas and the Papas) like daughter Chynna (Wilson Phillips) -- both found their musical success came when they performed with a group, and both have also pursued acting careers.

Mom: Marilyn Rovell

The Honeys
Marilyn Rovell, Diane Rovell and Ginger Blake were The Honeys. Image courtesy Collector's Choice

Kids: Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson

Mom was part of a sister act, performing with Diane Lovell (and their cousin, Ginger Blake) as The Honeys in the '60s and '70s. Marilyn Lovall was married to Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, and that union produced daughters Carnie and Wendy, who themselves became a sister act, teaming up with Chynna Phillips (see above) to form the popular Wilson Phillips trio in the '90s.

Mom: Yoko Ono

Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono photo by Tim Mosenfelder / Getty Images
Kid: Sean Lennon

Mom has a catalog of 23 albums, seven of them with husband John Lennon. With that kind of genetic background, it seems inevitable that son should be a singer, songwriter and musician. He also has acting and film producing credits on his resume.

Mom: Bonnie Bramlett

Bonnie Bramlett photo by Carlo Allegri / Getty Images
Kid: Bekka Bramlett

Delaney & Bonnie and Friends were a successful musical collaboration in the late '60s and early '70s. Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett also co-produced daughter Bekka, who grew up to pursue a musical career that includes replacing Stevie Nicks as Fleetwood Mac's female vocalist in the '90s.

Mom: Jessi Colter

Jessi Colter and Shooter Jennings photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Kid: Shooter Jennings

Both mom (widow of the late Waylon Jennings) and son have left their musical footprints primarily in the country genre, but both have crossed over to pop/rock: mom with '70s hits like "I'm Not Lisa" and son with Southern Rock band Stargunn.

Mom: Sharon Osbourne

Sharon and Kelly Osbourne photo by Larry Busacca / Getty Images
Kid: Kelly Osbourne

Mom's musical career has been behind the scenes, as a manager and promoter. She has had three kids with Heavy Metal stalwart Ozzy Osbourne, including Kelly, who has released three relatively successful (especially overseas) solo albums.

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