Category Archives: funny names in music

Bing! Hildegard von Bingen

Maybe Hildegard von Bingen is about as funny in German as Sally F. Johnson is in English. In other words, not very funny. But in response to that objection all I have to say is . . . Bing! Anyway, … Continue reading

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Vassilis Tsitsanis, Master Of Bouzouki (Or Long-Necked Plucked Lute)

Happy Spring, dear readers, and καλως ΗΡΘΑΤΕ (kalos IRTHATE) to you! That’s Greek for welcome and entirely fitting for today’s funny-named Greek bouzouki player, Vassilis Tsitsanis.  Born and died on the same day of January 18th (1915 – 1984), Tsitsanis was a … Continue reading

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Sol Hoʻopiʻi: Steel Guitar Virtuoso And 21st Child

Have you ever read those articles about birth order? You know, the ones that say things like this? Frankly, I don’t think any of these would apply to today’s funny-named musician; Sol Hoʻopiʻi was born Child Numero 21 to his … Continue reading

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk

When we say someone plays a lot of instruments it usually doesn’t mean playing them at the same time. Unless it’s Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935-1977). But this wasn’t a street performer gimmick. Rahsaan was a legend, a prodigiously talented jazzman, an inspired … Continue reading

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Blixa Bargeld Just Needs To Be Held

Hello, dear readers of Funny Names! Today we learn about an odd fellow indeed. On this very day in 1959 (the same year that the US would grant statehood to both Alaska and Hawaii and then ne’er again add a … Continue reading

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