Supreme Court of Rock and Roll

What if the members of the U.S. Supreme Court were rock and roll musicians?  What would their names be?  What bands would they join?  This list imagines who the justices might have been had they considered alternative careers in music.

To examine the companion list, Constitutional Law of Rock and Roll, click here.

Justice Band / Performer Rock and Roll Justice

James Wilson

James Wilson Pickett

John Jay

The John O’Jays

William Cushing

The Cushing Pumpkins

John Blair, Jr.

John Blair Supply

John Rutledge

005.2 Percy Rutsledge

James Iredell

Tommy James and the Iredells

Thomas Johnson

B.J. Thomas Johnson

William Paterson

Paterson Airplane

Samuel Chase

Chubby Chaser

Oliver Ellsworth

Ollie Ellsbourne
011.1Bushrod Washington 011.2 Bushrod Stewart

Alfred Moore

Alfreddie and the Dreamers
013.1John Marshall The John Marshall Tucker Band

William Johnson

014.2 Johnson ‘n’ Roses
015.1Henry Brockholst Livingston 015.2 Henry Brockholst Living Colour
016.1Thomas Todd 016.2 Big Head Thomas Todd

Gabriel Duvall

017.2 The Duvallman Brothers Band
018.1Joseph Story 018.2 Peter, Paul, and Story
019.1Smith Thompson 019.2 Aerosmith Thompson
020.1Robert Trimble 020.2 Justin Trimblelake
021.1John McLean Wu-Tang McClean
022.1Henry Baldwin 022.2 Henry and the Baldfish
023.1James Moore Wayne 023.2 Lil James Moore Wayne
024.1Roger B. Taney 024.2 Ike and Tina Taney
025.1Philip Pendleton Barbour The Barbournaked Ladies
026.1John Catron 026.2 John Catron Jovi
027.1John McKinley The McKinks

Peter Vivian Daniel

Fine Young Daniels
029.1Samuel Nelson 029.2 Nine Inch Nelson

Levi Woodbury

030.2 The Levi Cranberries
031.1Robert Cooper Grier 031.2 Griers for Fears
032.1Benjamin Robbins Curtis Run BRC
033.1John Archibald Campbell JAC/DC

Nathan Clifford

Nathan Cliff Richard and the Shadows
035.1Noah Haynes Swayne Derek and the Dominoahs
036.1Samuel Freeman Miller Bobby Freeman Miller

David Davis

037.2 The Spencer David Davis Group
038.1Stephen J. Field 038.2 Buffalo Stephenfield

Salmon P. Chase

040.1William Strong Sonny Boy Williamstrong
041.1Joseph P. Bradley 041-2.2 Echo and the Bradleymen
042.1Ward Hunt Grand Hunt Railroad
043.1Morrison Waite 043.2 Van Morrison Waite
044.1John Marshall Harlan 044.2 Van Harlan
045.1William Burnham Woods 800px-Earth_Wind_and_Fire Earth, Woods, and Fire
046.1Stanley Matthews 046.2 Stanley Dan
047.1Horace Gray Gray City Rollers
048.1Samuel Blatchford The Blatch Eyed Peas
049.1Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar L.L. Qool J.
050.1Melville Fuller 050.2 The Melvillage People
051.1David Josiah Brewer 051.2 David Brewer and Shipley

Henry Billings Brown

  Henry Billings Brownsville Station
053.1George Shiras, Jr. The Shi-Lites

Howell Edmunds Jackson

Howellin’ Wolf
055.1Edward Douglass White Edward Douglass Whitesnake

Rufus Wheeler Peckham

056.2 Rufus and Pekha Kahn
057.1Joseph McKenna Fleetwood McKenna

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Oliver Rupert Holmes, Jr.
059.1William R. Day Dayvo
060.1William Henry Moody The William Henry Moody Blues

Horace Harmon Lurton

The Amazing Rhythm Horaces
062.1Charles Evans Hughes The Guess Hughes

Willis Van Devanter

063.2 Martha and the Vandevanters

Joseph Rucker Lamar

064.2 Joe Lamarley and the Wailers
065.1Mahlon Pitney 065.2 Pitney Spears
066.1James Clark McReynolds Hamilton, Joe Frank & McReynolds
067.1Louis Brandeis 067.2 Boston
068.1John Hessin Clarke John Petula Clarke

William Howard Taft

Meat Loaf
070.1George Sutherland The Georgia Sutherlites
071.1Pierce Butler Iron Butlerfly
072.1Edward Terry Sanford Edward Terry Sanford-Townsend Band
073.1Harlan F. Stone Sly and the Harlan Stone

Owen Roberts

The Black Crowen Roberts
075.1Benjamin N. Cardozo 075.2 Ben Folds Five Cards
076.1Hugo Black Hugo Black Sabbath
077.1Stanley Forman Reed 800px-Lou_reed Stanlou Reed
078.1Felix Frankfurter Frankfurter Goes to Hollywood

William O. Douglas

William O. Donaldson and the Heywoods
080.1Frank Murphy Frankie Murphy and the Four Seasons
081.1James F. Byrnes Pearl Jam F. Byrnes
082.1Robert H. Jackson 082.1 The Robert Jackson 5
083.1Wiley Blount Rutledge Blount, Sweat, and Tears
084.1Harold Hitz Burton The Talking Hitz
085.1Fred M. Vinson 665px-Freddie_Mercury_performing_in_New_Haven,_CT,_November_1978_cropped Fred Mercury Vinson
086.1Tom C. Clark 086.2 The Tom Clark Five
087.1Sherman Minton 087.2 Sherman’s Hermits
088.1Earl Warren Earl Warren Zevon

John Marshall Harlan II

Harlan Harlan
090.1William J. Brennan, Jr. Hank Williams J. Brennan, Jr.
091.1Charles Evans Whittaker 800px-Average_White_Band_031 Average Whittaker Band
092.1Potter Stewart Red_Hot_Chili_Peppers_-_Rock_in_Rio_Madrid_2012_-_11 The Red Hot Chili Potters
093.1Byron White 093.2 The Byron White Stripes
094.1Arthur Goldberg The Go-Goldbergs
095.1Abe Fortas 095.2 The Psychedelic Fortas

Thurgood Marshall

096.2 George Thurgood and the Delaware (and Kansas and South Carolina and Virginia) Destroyers
097.1Warren E. Burger 097.2 The Warren B-52s

Harry Blackmun

Procol Harry
099.1Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Gary Lewis and the Powellboys

William Rehnquist

100.2 REH Speedwagon

John Paul Stevens

101.2 John Paul Revere and the Raiders

Sandra Day O’Connor

428px-Sinéad_O’Connor Sinead Day O’Connor
103.1Antonin Scalia 103.2 Nino Simone
104.1Anthony Kennedy The Dead Anthony Kennedys
105.1David Souter 105.2 SU2
106.1Clarence Thomas 106.2 Clarence Clearwater Revival
107.1Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ruth Bader Gin Blossoms

Stephen Breyer

Breyer Straits
109.1John G. Roberts   Johnnie Robertson
110.1Samuel Alito 110.2 Sam the Sham and the Alitos
111.1Sonia Sotomayor 111.2 Sonny and Chertomayor
112.1Elena Kagan Elena Light Orchestra

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