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Mar 10 2008

“Who’s THAT?!?” or “What if artists kept their own names?”

Filed under: music — Tags: , , , — MonkeyPrincess @ 13:54
Have you ever wondered what an artist’s name REALLY is?
Have you ever wondered WHY they change their names like they do, these artist?
Well, check this “little” list out – SOME of these original names really wouldn’t have WORKED if they really wanted a career!!!

  • Akon – Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam
  • Adam Ant – Stuart Leslie Goddard
  • Afrika Bambaataa – Kevin Donovan
  • Pat Benatar – Patricia Andrejewski
  • Marc Bolan (T-Rex) – Marc Feld
  • Michael Bolton – Michael Bolotin
  • Bono (U2) – Paul David Hewson
  • Eric Carr (KISS) – Paul Charles Caravello
  • Cher – Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere
  • Eric Clapton – Eric Patrick Clapp
  • Patsy Cline – Virginia Patterson Hensley
  • Al Kooper (Blood Sweat & Tears) – Alan Peter Kuperschmidt
  • Alice Cooper – Vincent Damon Furnier
  • Ice Cube – Oshea Jackson
  • Dido – Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong
  • Snoop Dogg – Cordazer Calvin Broadus
  • Enya – Eithne Ni Braona
  • Flavor Flav (Public Enemy) – William Jonathan Drayton Jr.
  • Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – Michael Peter Balzary
  • Boy George – George Alan O’Dowd
  • Vanilla Ice – Robert Van Winkle
  • Billy Idol – William Michael Albert Broad
  • Alicia Keys – Alicia Augello Cook
  • Chaka Khan – Carole Yvette Marie Stevens
  • Liberace – Wladziu Lee Valentino
  • Ludacris – Christopher Brian Bridges
  • Ricky Martin – Enrique Jose Martin Morales
  • Meat Loaf – Marvin Lee Aday
  • Freddie Mercury – Farrokh Bulsara
  • Ozzy Osbourne – John Michael Osbourne
  • Iggy Pop – James Jewell Osterberg, Jr.
  • Busta Rhymes – Trevor Tahiem Smith
  • Little Richard – Richard Wayne Penniman
  • Cliff Richard – Harry Rodger Webb
  • Sade – Helen Folasade Adu
  • Shaggy – Orville Richard Burrell
  • Gene Simmons (KISS) – Chaim Klein Witz
  • Slash (Guns & Roses) – Saul Hudso
  • Snoop Dog – Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.
  • Cat Stevens – Steven Demetre Georgiou (1979 – Yusuf Islam)
  • Sting – Gordon Matthew Sumner
  • Donna Summer – LaDonna Adrian Gaines
  • Ice T – Tracy Marrow
  • Tiny Tim – Herbert Buckingham Khaury
  • Timbaland – Timothy Z. Mosley
  • Tina Turner – Anna Mae Bullock
  • Shania Twain – Eileen Regina Edwards
  • Bonnie Tyler – Gaynor Hopkins
  • Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) – Edward Louis Severson III
  • Sid Vicious – John Simon Ritchie
  • Xzibit – Alvin Nathaniel Joiner IV

I’m not a really big fan of…, let’s say Akon for example, but if I WAS, I don’t think I’d be able to ask for the latest CD with him if he had stuck to his REAL name. What a tongue twister!
And Chaim Klein Witz REALLY doesn’t sound like someone who spews blood and sticks his tongue out on stage, now does it?!?
Artist names CAN be a good thing!!!

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