What’s My Name: 15 Bands Named After Real People (Who Aren’t In The Group)

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Dave Matthews Band, Van Halen. These are amazing groups, but clearly they didn’t spend much effort in the name department. Obviously they all take their moniker from a member of the band! But then there are are some groups who go a different route, taking someone else’s name! That’s a bold move…

Whether it’s a childhood friend, gym teacher, a blues musician, distant relative or historical figure, you’d be surprised how many bands owe their signature to a person who isn’t even in the group! Head up to the gallery above to get the scoop behind how 15 classic bands borrowed the name from others. Find out the true identity behind Pink Floyd, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Let’s hope they at least sent ’em a thank you card!

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