They called it “The Name Game,” a silly, fun participation song that was all the rage in 1965, when R&B singer Shirley Ellis made it a #3 hit on the US charts.
You simply take anybody’s name, slip it into the basic format, and off you go. Party on, Garth! “Garth, Garth, bo-Barth, banana-fana-fo-Farth, fee-fi-mo-Marth, GARTH!”
So, as Shakespeare once asked, “What’s in a name?” In the world of popular music, there are dozens of examples of performing artists who conjured up new names for themselves. They did this on their own, if their ego was big enough…or an agent or record company insisted on a catchier stage name than the clunky or boring given name they’d been carrying around.
Some of the examples I’m offering up to you will be well known. Others, you might be surprised about. In either case, I’m here to expose these stars’ real names as part of my own Name Game.