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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 the justices in alternative musical careers.

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

JusticeBand / PerformerRock and Roll Justice

001.1James Wilson

001.3James Wilson Pickett

002.1John Jay

002.03The John O’Jays

003.1William Cushing


004.1John Blair, Jr.

Blair Supply

005.1John Rutledge

005.2Percy Rutsledge

006.1James Iredell

0063Tommy James and the Iredells

007.1Thomas Johnson

Tom Joneson

008.1William Paterson

008.1Paterson Airplane

009.1Samuel Chase

5473385298_a0d46c90f8_bChubby Chaser
010.1Oliver Ellsworthozzie-5798441106_ff9390b99f_zOllie Ellsbourne
011.1Bushrod Washington011.2Bushrod Stewart

012.1Alfred Moore

Freddie en The DreamersAlfreddie and the Dreamers

013.1John Marshall

013.3The John Marshall Tucker Band
014.1William JohnsonWilliam Johnsonic Youth
015.1Henry Brockholst Livingston015.2Henry Brockholst Living Colour
016.1Thomas Todd016.2Big Head Thomas Todd
017.1Gabriel Duvall017.2The Duvallman Brothers Band
018.1Joseph Story018.2Peter, Paul, and Story
019.1Smith Thompson019.2The Smith Thompson Twins
020.1Robert Trimble020.2Justin Trimblelake
021.1John McLean021.3Wu-Tang McClean
022.1Henry Baldwin022.2Henry and the Baldfish
023.1James Moore Wayne023.2Etta James Moore Wayne
024.1Roger B. TaneyIke_Tina_Turner_Midnight_Special_1974Ike and Tina Taney
025.1Philip Pendleton Barbour025.3The Barbournaked Ladies
026.1John Catron026.2John Catron Jovi
027.1John McKinley027.3The McKinks
028.1Peter Vivian Daniel028.3Fine Young Daniels
029.1Samuel Nelson029.2Nine Inch Nelson
030.1Levi WoodburytravelwilsThe Traveleviing Woodburys
031.1Robert Cooper Grier031.3Griers for Fears
032.1Benjamin Robbins CurtisThe Curetis
033.1John Archibald CampbellThe John Archies Campell
034.1Nathan Clifford034.4Nathan Cliff Richard and the Shadows
035.1Noah Haynes SwayneDerek and the Dominoahs
036.1Samuel Freeman Miller036.2Samuel Free Miller

037.1David Davis

037.2The Spencer David Davis Group
038.1Stephen J. Field038.2Buffalo Stephenfield
039.1Salmon P. Chase039.3Phish
040.1William Strong40.2Sonny Boy Williamstrong
041.1Joseph P. Bradley041-2.2Echo and the Bradleymen
042.1Ward Hunt042.3Grand Hunt Railroad
043.1Morrison WaiteVan_Morrison_(1972)Van Morrison Waite
044.1John Marshall HarlanVan_HalenVan Harlan
045.1William Burnham Woods800px-Earth_Wind_and_FireEarth, Woods, and Fire
046.1Stanley Matthews046.2Stanley Dan
047.1Horace Gray047.3Gray City Rollers
048.1Samuel Blatchford048.3The Blatch Eyed Peas
049.1Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar049.3L.L. Qool J.
050.1Melville Fuller050.2The Melvillage People
051.1David Josiah Brewer051.2David Brewer and Shipley

052.1Henry Billings Brown

bstationHenry Billings Brownsville Station
053.1George Shiras, Jr.chilitesThe Shi-Lites

054.1Howell Edmunds Jackson

Howlin_Wolf_1972Howellin’ Wolf
055.1Edward Douglass WhitewhitesnEdward Douglass Whitesnake

056.1Rufus Wheeler Peckham

Rufus_with_Chaka_KhanRufus and Pekha Kahn
057.1Joseph McKennaFleetwood_Mac_(1977)Fleetwood McKenna

058.1Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Rupert_HolmesOliver Rupert Holmes, Jr.
059.1William R. DaydevoDayvo
060.1William Henry MoodyMoody_Blues_923-9509The William Henry Moody Blues
061.1Horace Harmon LurtonHorace Harmon Melvin and the Blue Notes
062.1Charles Evans HughesguessThe Guess Hughes

Willis Van Devanter

063.2Martha and the Vandevanters

Joseph Rucker Lamar

064.2Joe Lamarley and the Wailers
065.1Mahlon Pitney065.2Pitney Spears
066.1James Clark McReynoldshamjoeHamilton, Joe Frank & McReynolds
067.1Louis Brandeis067.2Boston
068.1John Hessin Clarkepetula-clarkJohn Petula Clarke

William Howard Taft

Meat_Loaf_in_performance_(New_York,_2004)Meat Loaf
070.1George SutherlandgasatThe Georgia Sutherlites
071.1Pierce ButlerironbIron Butlerfly
072.1Edward Terry SanfordEdward Terry Sanford-Townsend Band
073.1Harlan F. StoneSly and the Harlan Stone
074.1Owen RobertsbcrowThe Black Crowen Roberts
075.1Benjamin N. Cardozo075.2Ben Folds Five Cards
076.1Hugo BlackbsabbathHugo Black Sabbath
077.1Stanley Forman Reed800px-Lou_reedStanlou Reed
078.1Felix FrankfurterfrankgoesFrankfurter Goes to Hollywood
079.1William O. Douglas
William O. Donaldson and the Heywoods
080.1Frank MurphyFrankie Murphy and the Four Seasons
081.1James F. Byrnes3546205020_56f7d0a127_bPearl Jam F. Byrnes
082.1Robert H. Jackson082.1The Robert Jackson 5
083.1Wiley Blount RutledgeBlood,_Sweat_&_TearsBlount, Sweat, and Tears
084.1Harold Hitz BurtonThe Talking Hitz
085.1Fred M. Vinson665px-Freddie_Mercury_performing_in_New_Haven,_CT,_November_1978_croppedFred Mercury Vinson
086.1Tom C. Clark086.2The Tom Clark Five
087.1Sherman Minton087.2Sherman’s Hermits
088.1Earl WarrenEarl Warren Zevon
089.1John Marshall Harlan IIduranHarlan Harlan
090.1William J. Brennan, Jr.Hank Williams J. Brennan, Jr.
091.1Charles Evans Whittaker800px-Average_White_Band_031Average Whittaker Band
092.1Potter StewartRed_Hot_Chili_Peppers_-_Rock_in_Rio_Madrid_2012_-_11The Red Hot Chili Potters
093.1Byron White093.2The Byron White Stripes
094.1Arthur GoldberggogosThe Go-Goldbergs
095.1Abe FortasThe Abe Fourtops
096.1Thurgood Marshall
096.2George Thurgood and the Delaware (and Kansas, South Carolina, and Virginia) Destroyers
097.1Warren E. BurgerThe Flying Burger Brothers
098.1Harry BlackmunprocolProcol Harry
099.1Lewis F. Powell, Jr.indexGary Lewis and the Powellboys
100.1William RehnquistMr. Rehnquister
101.1John Paul Stevens101.2John Paul Revere and the Raiders
102.1Sandra Day O’Connor
Clipboard02Sinead Day O’Connor
103.1Antonin Scalia103.2Nino Simone
104.1Anthony KennedyDead_kennedysThe Dead Anthony Kennedys
105.1David Souter105.2SU2
106.1Clarence Thomas106.2Clarence Clearwater Revival
107.1Ruth Bader GinsburgginblossomsRuth Bader Gin Blossoms
108.1Stephen Breyer
3556672308_065bc7c765_bBreyer Straits
109.1John G. RobertsJLJJohn G. Hates Jazz
110.1Samuel Alito110.2Sam the Sham and the Alitos
111.1Sonia Sotomayor111.2Sonny and Chertomayor

Elena Kagan
electric_light_orchestra_by_aerokay-d4aedguElena Light Orchestra

Neil Gorsuch
Tupac_Amaru_Shakur2Tupac Shakorsuch

Brett Kavanaugh
The Bretenders

Amy Coney Barrett

Ketanji Brown Jackson
Ketanji Brown Jackson Browne