Encyclopedia Of Pop Music Aliases, 1950-2000 by Bob LeszczakEncyclopedia Of Pop Music Aliases, 1950-2000 by Bob Leszczak

Encyclopedia Of Pop Music Aliases, 1950-2000

byBob Leszczak

Hardcover | December 11, 2014

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Recording Artists don't always enjoy success with their first release. A hit record relies on any number of factors: the right song, a memorable performance, a healthy promotional budget, great management, a spot of luck, and even some intangibles. Take choice of a name. For a single artist, duo, vocal group or band, the name can carry a lot of weight. Some recording artists changed their name to appeal to an entirely different demographic, like when country superstar Garth Brooks recorded as Chris Gaines to score on the pop charts. The Beefeaters became the Byrds-and they spelled the band name with a "y" in the wake of the meteoric success of the Beatles, whose letter "A" turned the image of a nasty bug into something intriguing. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel amassed a litany of aliases-Simon went by True Taylor, Jerry Landis, and Paul Kane; Art Garfunkel as Artie Garr; together they were Tom & Jerry before finally using their very ethnic-sounding given names. Bob Leszczak has amassed several hundred examples of musical pseudonyms in The Encyclopedia of Pop Music Aliases, 1950-2000, describing the history of these artists from their obscure origins under another name to their rise to prominence as a major musical act. Music trivia buffs, rock historians, and popular music fans will uncover nugget after nugget of eye-opening information about their favorite acts and perhaps learn a thing or two about a number of other acts. Leszczak goes the extra yard of gathering critical data directly from many of these famous recording artists through in-person interviews and archival research. Whether skipping around randomly or reading from cover-to-cover, readers will find The Encyclopedia of Pop Music Aliases, 1950-2000 a must-have for that music library.
Bob Leszczak, author of Single Season Sitcoms, 1948-1979: A Complete Guide (McFarland Publishing, 2012), was also the writer and producer of Solid Gold Scrapbook, a weekly five-hour music trivia radio show for the United Stations Radio Network. For more than three decades, he's been an oldies radio on-air personality. He is author of t...
Title:Encyclopedia Of Pop Music Aliases, 1950-2000Format:HardcoverDimensions:494 pages, 9.22 × 6.37 × 1.58 inPublished:December 11, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

(Sampling only.)Billy Abbott and the Jewels, previously The CorvellsThe Ad-Libs, previously The CreatorsJewel Akens, previously The Four Dots / The RainbowsArthur Alexander, previously June Alexander Tony Allen, previously The Lions / Bobby StarrThe Alley Cats, previously Africa / The UntouchablesThe Allman Brothers, previously Hour GlassThe Angels, previously The Delicates / Dusk / Jessica James and the Outlaws / The StarletsThe Archies, previously The Cuff Links / Ron Dante / The DetergentsAshford And Simpson, previously Valerie and NickAtlanta Rhythm Section, previously The Candymen .

Editorial Reviews

Given the frequency with which artists nowadays change their recording names as well as form new groups, author Bob Leszczak is surely to be congratulated for compiling this veritable mine of information covering almost 400 artists active in this period. . . .For anyone, like this reviewer, whose youth was misspent in perusing the pages of the weekly popular music press, such as Record Mirror and New Musical Express, this volume will bring back many memories as well as reveal facts about individual artists of which only the most avid fans were aware at the time. . . .This volume should be of interest to both listeners to such programmes, as well as to those responsible for compiling and presenting the programmes. . . .[T]he volume is a 'must' for any such presenter. . . .[T]his volume is extremely comprehensive. It should be on the shelves of anyone addicted to quizzes and will doubtless aid in resolving many a bet between friends.