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How Famous Rock Stars Got Their Nicknames: Part Two

Let's talk about the brightest names in the world of rock...

The most interesting nicknames of famous rock stars and their history: part 2…

We all have idols in the world of rock music ... And surely at least once in your life you wondered how, in fact, this or that rock star got his nickname? After all, for example, fans often call John Bonham "Bonzo", but this word has nothing to do with his name ... Moreover, the pseudonym "Monkey King" has nothing to do with the name of Ian Brown ... But today we are here, to lift the veil of secrecy! So: this is a selection of popular rock idols and their equally popular nicknames with a detailed history of their origin! Let's go!

Jerry Lee Lewis: "The Killer"

Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis

The rock 'n' roll genre is full of bright personalities... One of these is Jerry Lee Lewis, known as one of the first truly wild rock figures! Before his career was shattered by his controversial marriage to a 13-year-old cousin, Lewis was a rising star with a bright future… He later switched genres and turned to country music, where he began to find success again. But his rock albums are still a success, and many people like his energetic personality, reflected in his work.

Known as "The Killer", Lewis has had that nickname since his high school days! Some fans believe this was due to his incredibly exciting and energetic live performances, with fans saying that he "killed the show" after his set was over. Others believe that the nickname came from his stage antics, where he was known to set the piano on fire once or twice... But in truth, Lewis's nickname came from a popular slang term. Many people used the term "killer" as part of greeting each other, and after a while, Lewis's friends started calling him "murderer". This nickname stuck, and he carried it with him throughout his musical career, and many still refer to the famous musician and pianist as "the killer", and not by his name.

Ted Nugent: "Motor City"

Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent

As a renowned guitarist and impressive vocalist, Ted Nugent has definitely earned his place in rock history. He started his career with the Amboy Dukes, who quickly became favorites for their unique music and interesting instrumentals. Throughout his career, Nugent had many ups and downs, and his political views were interspersed with his musical activities ... However, despite his eternal struggle with himself, undeniable talent managed to lead Ted to success ...

Many fans assumed that the famous "Motor City" moniker was due to Nugent's extravagant style and outlandish stage charm, and they were partly right. The nickname came from his flamboyant stage personality and passion for music! In fact, the musician invented his own personality known as "Gonzo". This image represents a wild man creating passionate music...

John Entwistle: "Bull"

John Entwistle
John Entwistle

With a career spanning over 40 years, John Entwistle is a rock icon who brought joy to many hearts during his tenure with the Who… He was even voted the greatest bass player of all time in a 2011 Rolling Stone poll! Perhaps Entwistle was one of the leading forces behind the Who's success, and many fans said that after his death, the group would never be the same again ... But that's another story. It is noteworthy that during his career this legend received mainly two nicknames: “Thunder fingers” and “Bull”.

The pseudonym "Bull" especially took root ... But why? The most common theory is that Entwistle got his nickname because of his incredibly strong physique and powerful stage presence. Another more obscure theory is that the nickname originated from the musician's ability to eat, drink, and apparently outperform all of his bandmates in every way! In truth, John was referred to as "Bull" in part because of his physique, but also because of his ability to stand still throughout the performance.

John Bonham: "Bonzo"

John Bonham
John Bonham

In the history of music, not every rock legend was a vocalist or guitarist… John Bonham is known all over the world as one of the greatest drummers! It is believed that his talent has become one of the driving forces behind the success of the world famous band Led Zeppelin! As one of the most influential drummers in the history of rock, Bonham is known for his incredibly fast drumming skills, unique sound and ability to completely immerse himself in music ... During his short but successful musical career, Bonham had several nicknames: "Percy", "Led Wallet and Bonzo.

He was known as "Percy" because his voice was higher than the usual male tone... He was supposedly called "Led Wallet" because of his frugality and dislike for reckless spending. But the moniker "Bonzo" is the name most people remember him by... Many theories claim that the name came from his wild appearance and energetic stage personality. Wikipedia also says that Bonham was named after a dog from a popular British comic book...

Ian Brown: The Monkey King

Ian Brown
Ian Brown

The Eighties was a glorious decade for the alternative rock genre and many artists flourished during this time. Ian Brown was one of them: he made a huge impact with his Stone Roses! However, in the 1990s, the group broke up, despite the resounding success, and Brown began a solo career. Since then, the musician has continued to stay in the spotlight and gain new fans around the world as a solo artist…

Among the many amazing nicknames, "The Monkey King" is perhaps the most popular and underestimated ... According to legend, Brown got it because of his stupid clown actions both on and off stage. However, the truth is that this pseudonym was given to him by the rock band Dodgy! So, the comic name “King Monkey” quickly became popular, and, importantly, was well remembered by Brown himself ...

Doug Clifford: "Cosmo"

Doug Clifford
Doug Clifford

Doug Clifford is best known as one of the founders of Creedence Clearwater Revival. After several years of international success, the band disbanded and Clifford decided to start a solo career, which was a resounding success! He later decided to reform the group and thus Creedence Clearwater Revisited was born. And although this project was not so successful, Clifford continued to win fans and recognition around the world ... Throughout his musical career, he was known only under one pseudonym, which is often mentioned in news articles and reports ... This, of course, is about the nickname " Cosmo!

There is some mystery to the "Cosmo" moniker, with one theory stating that it originated after Clifford released his solo album Cosmo. However, the truth sounds much more interesting ... According to numerous sources, including an interview with Clifford himself, this name was given to him by ... hippies at one of the home parties! Clifford admitted in an interview that he once lived in a dilapidated Victorian house, which no one looked after ... According to him, this allowed the residents of the house, including himself, to hold the best parties of that period! At one of these, Clifford was asked what the "C" in his middle name meant, but before he could answer, a hippie present said it meant "Cosmo." Since then, this nickname has forever stuck with the singer!

Don Felder: "Fingers"

Don Felder
Don Felder

After being fired from the Eagles in 2001, Don Felder embarked on an incredibly successful solo career. Named one of the best guitarists in rock music, he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2016.

As is the case with many musical legends, Felder has a nickname: he is known as "Fingers"! Many fans associate this name with Felder's incredible guitar playing... Indeed! Don got his nickname from former bandmate Glenn Fry, who was reportedly very impressed with his insane playing abilities...

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