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Band names that are JUST a surname (of someone in the band)


The ones I can think of at the.moment are: Seals & Crofts, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Van Halen, Bonham, Saraya, Nelson. Were there many others and was this a 70s folk / 80s hair metal trend?
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:41 PM
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Santana. Fleetwood Mac (sorta; one and a half surnames for that one).
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Danzig. (Granted, Danzig isn't the name he was born with, but still...)
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Megadeth. Named for their first drummer, Frank Megadeth.

And of course Slayer is named after Hans Slayer, their accordionist.

And I shouldn't need to tell you all about Mr. Anthrax's band...
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Can't believe I forgot some of those those. But it did remind me that "Slaughter" (feat. Mark Slaughter, for real), is another one.
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Emerson Lake & Palmer

There are lots of brothers & sisters, but I don't think that qualifies
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Megadeth. Named for their first drummer, Frank Megadeth.

And of course Slayer is named after Hans Slayer, their accordionist.

And I shouldn't need to tell you all about Mr. Anthrax's band...
Then there were the Beatle brothers, Leif & Click.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:21 PM
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Speaking of crappy and creepy blond dudes, Hanson.
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(Danielle, Este, and Alana) Haim
(Alison) Goldfrapp
(Chris) Daughtry

I guess not (Daryl) Hall & (John) Oates, since their first names are apparently officially part of the band name.
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I'm not sure if Guns ( Tracii Guns) n Roses (Axl Rose) meets the criteria. And I don't think L.A. Guns (Tracii Guns) does.

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Dio, named for singer Ronnie James Dio.
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The easiest way is to, you know, just have a really cool last name and use that. You know like Van Halen, or Dokken, or to a lesser extent,... Z'Nuff.
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Old 06-06-2019, 06:12 AM
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Allman Brothers.
Ah yes: Greg Allman and Joyce Brothers.
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Would a duo count as a band in this instance? I'm thinking Difford and Tilbrook, the song-writing partners in Squeeze, who toured under that name after the band carked.

This would open the flood-gates for Loggins and Messina, Congo Norvill [Kid Congo Powers from the Cramps + somebody Norvill], and and .... yep, floodgates.
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Woah, some great names here!

I'm thinking that duos would count if only the last names are used (Seals and Crofts)...

Not sure.if Bon Jovi counts since it's a twist on his real name. Also thinking that for example "The Carpenters" or "Allman Brothers" would not count, but a name like "Carpenter" or "Allman" would. Thanks for the suggestions.
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After he left Deep Purple the lead singer, Ian Gillan, formed the Ian Gillan Band who later (1978) changed their name (and the lineup) to just Gillan. Had a few hit singles in the UK.

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Paul Di'Anno, the lead singer when Iron Maiden first found fame, later fronted a band called Di'Anno.

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During his break from Judas Priest, lead singer Rob Halford fronted a band called Halford.

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Dolenz, Jones, Boyce, and Hart was the official name used by two of the Monkees and their songwriters.
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Guitarist Paul Sampson (died tragically young of cancer at just 49) formed the band Samson. Not hugely famous in themselves but the drummer Clive Burr and lead singer Bruce Dickenson later joined Iron Maiden.

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I've got a double!

The keyboard player and the drummer of Deep Purple (Jon Lord and Ian Paice) together with singer Tony Ashton produced one album as Paice, Aston, Lord.

However Tony Ashton's big claim to fame is the hit 'Resurrection Shuffle' from his band Ashton, Gardner and Dyke.

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Having first found fame in 10cc, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme had further success as a duo Godley & Creme.

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Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe

There was no "and" in their official name.
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The band King had a couple of British hits including 'Love and Pride' and were named after singer Paul King.

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The short-lived Mason, Capaldi, Wood, and Frog. And yes, the stage name of the fourth member was Wynder K. Frog.
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Trying to think of artists or groups outside of rock. How about Bell Biv Devoe? Named for Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe.
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Welsh singer (now turned actress I believe) Aimee Anne Duffy recorded as just Duffy.

As a musician she has worked with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler who himself, after leaving Suede, formed a duo with David McAlmont called McAlmont & Butler.

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Another one occurring to me is Coverdale/Page.

This thread also provides some pretty hilarious examples of short lived vanity projects.
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:17 AM
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Lots more duos: Ashford & Simpson, Brooks & Dunn, Fripp & Eno, Peters & Lee.
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Dawes.
Dawes is a surname, but not of anybody in the band. It's just the name of the band.

My surprising contribution to the thread: Kongos. Four brothers, that's their actual last name.
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My surprising contribution to the thread: Kongos. Four brothers, that's their actual last name.
Dang, I forgot about them!
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Ah yes: Greg Allman and Joyce Brothers.
Now you've done it. Some researcher 1,000 years from now will see your post and think Dr. Joyce Brothers was in the Allman Brothers Band.

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