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Etymology



One day I woke up and asked myself, “May I have the etymology please?” And then I set on the road to trace the origin of names and on the way I met William Blake. I heard the grateful story from the dead himself, how he is forever indebted to the living. I crossed over the doors of perception, aided by the blind Blues man. At times the purple haze became too heavy, as heavy as the lead metal. And so I rested in the child’s garden of grass. The clear water of credibility and the pink sadness of reality merged and became one. But the journey reiterated the values of being humble, and by large the sensation of “feeling good” was good enough for me.

Here’s to Sound and her creators.


ABBA

Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Abba is “father” in Hebrew but the band claims that to be unintentional – rather it is an acronym for the first names of the band members.


The Beatles

To start with John Lennon formed a group with Pete Shotton. They called themselves the Black Jacks for less than a week, before changing their name to The Quarry Men. After many evolution they settled on “The Beatles” John said once, “From this day on you are Beatles with an A” !

How The Beatles Did Not Get Their Name


Creedence Clearwater Revival

Potola Jr. High, in the East Bay San Francisco Suburb of El Cerrito had a rock band called The Blue Velvets. they came together when John Fogerty and Doug Clifford discovered a mutual love of the blues, R&B and rock and roll. John bought an 80 dollar Sears Silvertone guitar and amp with a loan co-signed by his mom, earning the $88 to pay it back by delivering newspapers. He retreated to his room in the basement of his mother’s house and taught himself how to play. Doug balanced a used snare drum on a flower pot stand and played with two sticks he had lathed down from a couple of old pool cues.

The band’s energy and audacity impressed Fantasy records co-founder Max Weiss. He signed them as a rock group rather than just for their instrumentals. He also suggested they change their name, the Blue Velvets sounding so passe and 50s. They chose The Visions. Between the time they recorded “Little Girl (Does Your Mama Know)” b/w “Don’t Tell Me No Lies” and the release of the 45, Beatlemania happened. Hoping to capitalize on this, without having to go to England and sign a Merseybeat band, Weiss released the record as “The Golliwogs” a sobriquet the band would live with for the next three and a half years.

They changed the name to Creedence Clearwater Revival, after a friend of a friend of Tom’s, Credence Nuball. The first name, with its connotations of believability and integrity, appealed to the group. Clearwater also had two meanings. It came initially from a beer commercial, but also resonated with the burgeoning environmental movement of the time. Revival, however, had one meaning. It was the band’s aspiration, that after four years as the Golliwogs, after ten years of playing together, this new change in their fortunes would take the band where they all knew it could go. John would often say, “The most important part was revival.”

CCR History


The Doors

From William Blake’s poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, a line which reads, “If the doors of perception are cleansed, everything would appear to man as it truly is, infinite.”

The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell


Eagles

Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner. The band was hugely influenced by the Byrds, they all wanted an American sounding name, Henley wanted something Native American, Eagles was born fitting all 3 needs.

Don Henley grew up in Lindale, Texas. Lindale’s school mascot is the eagles.


Grateful Dead

Refers to a series of Old English folk tales with the same basic theme. A traveler enters a village and finds the villagers desecrating, or refusing to bury the body of a dead man because he died owing creditors money. The traveler pays the dead man’s debts and sees to a decent burial. Later in his travels the man is saved by a mysterious event, which is credited to the dead man’s grateful spirit. Hence, the Grateful Dead. The band was originally the Warlocks, and picked Grateful Dead out of a dictionary after realising there was another band called the Warlocks.


Jefferson Airplane

The initial idea came from Marty Balin (born Martyn Jerel Buchwald in Cincinnati, OH, January 30, 1942), a San Francisco-raised singer. He interested three investors in converting a pizza restaurant on Fillmore Street into a 100-seat venue called the Matrix, and he began picking potential bandmembers from among the musicians at a folk club called the Drinking Gourd. His first recruit was rhythm guitarist/singer Paul Kantner (born Paul Lorin Kantner in San Francisco, CA, March 17, 1941), who in turn recommended lead guitarist/singer Jorma Kaukonen (born Jorma Ludwik Kaukonen in Washington, D.C., December 23, 1940). Balin, who possessed a keening tenor, wanted a complementary powerful female voice for the group and found it in Signe Toly (born Signe Ann Toly in Seattle, WA, September 15, 1941). The six-piece band was completed by bass player Bob Harvey and drummer Jerry Peloquin.

The group’s unusual name was suggested by Kaukonen, who had once jokingly been dubbed “Blind Thomas Jefferson Airplane” by a friend in reference to the blues singer Blind Lemon Jefferson.

After his work with Paramount, he switched record labels and began working with OKeh Records. From there, he recorded ‘Matchbox Blues’ in 1927, a song about a mean spirited woman. It was only one of two Okeh recordings, probably because of his contractual obligations with Paramount. Matchbox Blues is listed in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll. Blind Lemon Jefferson is considered by many to be the founder of the Texas Blues sound.

From the 1970 book “A Childs Garden Of Grass” by Jack S. Margolis and Richard Clorfene ::

“Jefferson airplane” is slang for a used paper match split to hold a marijuana joint that has been smoked too short to hold without burning the fingers – an improvised roach clip.


Jethro Tull

The following is an imaginary interview of the sort which I do several times a day at the peak of promotional activity, and where the most common topics eat up valuable time, thereby reducing the number of interesting and original questions and answers which might have been fitted in.

Hopefully you, the journalist, will find these Q and A’s useful. A little pre-interview preparation in reading these pages as well as taking a look at the general contents of the site should, hopefully, save us both some time and trouble. Forgive my presumptions. Just trying to be helpful.

Regards,

IA

Back in February, 1968, we had many different names which usually changed every week, since we were so bad that we had to pretend to be some new band in order to get re-booked in the clubs where we aspired to find fame and fortune. Our agent, who had studied History at college, came up with the name Jethro Tull (an eighteenth century English agricultural pioneer who invented the seed drill). That was the band name during the week in which London’s famous Marquee Club offered us the Thursday night residency. So it stuck. Is it too late to change? I thought so.


King Crimson

The name was suggested by the band’s songwriter, Peter Sinfield – “The name King Crimson was mine – I wanted something like Led Zeppelin, something with a bit of power to it. Anything better than Giles, Giles, and Fripp. King Crimson had arrogance to it.”

The guitarist Robert Fripp is quoted in a booklet accompanying the Essential King Crimson box set, “The name King Crimson is a synonym for Beelzebub, which is an anglicized form of the Arabic phrase B’il Sabab. This means literally the man with an aim and is the recognizable quality of King Crimson.”

 
The band’s debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King, was released in October 1969 on Island Records. The lineup was:
Robert Fripp – Guitar. Michael Giles – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals. Greg Lake – Bass Guitar, Vocals. Ian McDonald – Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Vibes, Keyboards, Mellotron, Backing Vocals. Peter Sinfield – Sounds and Visions.

The cover was by Barry Godber

For me this is the birth of progressive rock. Yes there were other albums before that. You could say Sgt. Peppers or Moody Blues Days Of Future Passed have a claim to laying down a blueprint of progressive rock but ITCOTCK really is the first time you have such technical prowess allied to musical experiments, great songwriting, and a conceptual feeling all tied together in one record.

I think musicianship is the key here. Bands like The Beatles and the Moody Blues attempted very ambitious psuedo-progressive albums before, but Crimson was the first time you had a band that were able to go that one step further in terms of their musicianship. They were young guys full of ideas and ambition and I really think you have to say that this is the true point at which progressive rock is born, and some would say never bettered.

Some people snigger at the idea of progressive rock but for me when progressive rock was at its peak in the 69 – 74 period it was the most experimental, most credible, most ambitious music that has ever been made. The guys were reaching for the stars and very often got there.

             ~ Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson. From king-crimson.com


Led Zeppelin

Jimmy Page was drinking with The Who’s Drummer Keith Moon and Bassist John Entwistle, who were complaining about their band mates Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. They joked about the two of them starting a band with Jimmy, and Keith Moon said “Yeah, that will go over like a lead zeppelin”. When Jimmy formed his own band, he remembered this and thought “Lead Zeppelin” would be good, both from that conversation and the heavy/light contradiction similar to the band named Iron Butterfly. They decided to drop the “a” so Americans wouldn’t mispronounce it.


Pink Floyd

Playing under multiple names, including “Tea Set”, when the band found themselves on the same bill as another band with the same name, Syd Barrett came up with the alternative name The Pink Floyd Sound, after two blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. For a time after this they oscillated between The Tea Set and The Pink Floyd Sound, with the latter name eventually winning out. The Sound was dropped fairly quickly, but the definite article was still used regularly until 1970. The group’s UK releases during the Syd Barrett era credited them as The Pink Floyd as did their first two U.S. singles. 1969’s More and Ummagumma albums credit the band as Pink Floyd, produced by The Pink Floyd, while 1970’s Atom Heart Mother credits the band as The Pink Floyd, produced by Pink Floyd. David Gilmour is known to have referred to the group as The Pink Floyd as late as 1984.

Pink Anderson Floyd Council


Uriah Heep

From a character in the Dickens novel ‘David Copperfield’. After using several names during their developing years, manager Gerry Bron suggested “Uriah Heep”, based on the ‘horrible little character from Charles Dickens’ novel, “David Copperfield”.

In 1967 Mick Box, twenty years old, formed a local Walthamstow band by the name of The Stalkers, a semi-pro outfit playing on the local circuit. The Box/Byron relationship flourished from the start, they decided to give up their day jobs and go professional. A new band by the name of Spice (Byron changing his surname in the process from the original Garrick) was formed.

Gerry Bron signed them to his Hit Record Productions Ltd (who had a deal with Philips Records), for the purposes of recording. Later on he became their manager. It was Bron who suggested the name Uriah Heep. The time was around Christmas of 1969 and Charles Dickens’ name was everywhere, it being the hundredth anniversary of his death.

From David Copperfield :: [Uriah’s face] was quite as cadaverous as it had looked in the window, though in the grain of it there was that tinge of red which is sometimes to be observed in the skins of red-haired people. It belonged to a red-haired person—a youth of fifteen, as I take it now, but looking much older—whose hair was cropped as close as the closest stubble; who had hardly any eyebrows, and no eyelashes, and eyes of a red-brown, so unsheltered and unshaded, that I remember wondering how he went to sleep. He was high-shouldered and bony; dressed in decent black, with a white wisp of a neckcloth; buttoned up to the throat; and had a long, lank, skeleton hand, which particularly attracted my attention, as he stood at the pony’s head, rubbing his chin with it, and looking up at us in the chaise.

In Hebrew the word Uriah means “God is Light”




All the information was assimilated from the wonderful wonderful web. I tried to be as exhaustive as possible in citing the source urls.

Wikipedia  |   ClassicBands.com  |   DigitalDreamDoor.Nutsie.com  |   HeathenWorld.com  |   ThinkQuest.com

The Beatles origin

History of Creedence Clearwater Revival

Jefferson Airplane  |   The Child’s Garden of Grass

The helpful Mr. Anderson

The LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin

Fred Barnard’s Ink and Wash Drawing of Uriah Heep  |   Who is Uriah Heep  |   Heep Story by Kirk Blows


March 25th, 2010 at 3:10 pm