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Not so common last names in popular music

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Alvaro Martín Gómez A., Dec 8, 2005.


  1. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Hi everybody.

    After the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's untimely death, I've just realized how lucky he was of having that last name. What I mean is: If you Google "Lennon", what do you think is it going to appear first? It seems as if the only Lennon family in the world was his. Another examples: McCartney, Frehley, DiAnno, Wooten and Patitucci. "Sheehan" gives Billy's page as the first result, but that's a common last name, isn't it? As counterexamples, "Harris" won't return Iron Maiden's bassist, neither "Simmons" for Gene. The examples above are the ones I can think of right now. Any others? (the big old masters like Bach, Beethoven or Chopin don't apply. I'm talking about "current" but "not so common" american or european last names) Thank you for your input!
     
  2. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    You do realize that "Gene Simmons" is a fictitious, made-up name, right? He came from a traditional Jewish family . . . his name at birth was Chaim Witz.

    Paul Stanley was born Stanley Eisen.

    I Ace Frehley was born Paul Frehley, so you can consider that last name. ;)
     
  3. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    As an old Kiss fan (who never joined the Kiss Army :( ), I knew about their real names. I'd add that Peter Criss' real last name is "Crisscoula" and Eric Carr was the name chosen by the late drummer Paul Caravello. :)
     
  4. plexibass

    plexibass

    Jun 30, 2005
    entwistle
     
  5. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    Humperdinck
     
  6. Uhh, Pastorius maybe?
     
  7. BassGod

    BassGod

    Jan 21, 2004
    Kilmister.
     
  8. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Hetfield.
     
  9. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    Iommi
     
  10. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Zawinul!
     
  11. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Montréal
    Marsalis?
     
  12. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Wooten
     
  13. Johnson?
     
  14. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Shmucklanger















    Aright, I made it up! That's because someone beat me to Humperdink!
     
  15. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I think there is a lot to be said about 'uncommon' names in music. First and last. A unique name helps with marketing and image and that stuff. So many actors and musicians adopt stage names, maybe partially to protect their identity, but also to give their product a little more zing. There is definitely a correlation between fame and unique names. Not that they beget one another, but there is a link.


    um... bo diddley
     
  16. Jimbo

    Jimbo

    Dec 4, 2000
    Philadelphia, PA
    federline

    :bag:

    -jimbo
     
  17. purfektstranger

    purfektstranger

    Apr 10, 2003
    Canada
    Zivinovich ( aka Lifeson)
     
  18. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Which apparently translates to "he who doesn't realize when he has it good", or "idiot".
     
  19. plexibass

    plexibass

    Jun 30, 2005
    the only good music paper here in atlanta, "stomp and stammer" just calls him "a**face"
     
  20. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Of, course, in Mr. Diddley's case, his name was made up. I can't remember what, but a "bo diddley" is actually something else.

    His real name is Ellas McDaniel.

    Bob Dylan = Robert Zimmerman

    I think the name change fad didn't really get buried for good until the world heard the name Art Garfunkel, Previously known as Jerry Landis, Partner to Paul Simon's Tom Graph.