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It's hard to imagine The Beatles were ever called anything else! But this list proves bands don't always go with their first choice.
As 15-year-old teeny bopper rockers they went by 'Tom and Jerry' (Not named after the cartoon cat and mouse, sadly).
'The Quarrymen' was the name of John Lennon’s first band, which Paul and George later joined. They went through a couple of other names before settling on 'The Beatles'.
It's hard to imagine these kings of disco as 'The Rattlesnakes', but that's what they started as in the late 50s. They were later renamed the 'BGs', which turned into 'The Bee Gees'.
Roger Taylor and Brian May originally played as 'Smile'. Freddie Mercury was a fan who eventually joined them and suggested changing the name to the bolder 'Queen'.
A pun on a type of shirt that was popular at the time, the 'Pendletones' name was actually already taken! So cashing in on the surf craze of the time, a promoter called them 'The Beach Boys'.
Set up as a sister group to a male singing group called 'The Primes', Berry Gordy insisted they change their name when they signed to Motown. Diana Ross didn't actually like it, thinking 'The Supremes' sounded masculine.
After originally sounding like a bad recipe, Maurice White changed the name to the astrology inspired 'Earth, Wind and Fire'.
Named by Roger Daltery, they had to change their name when they found there was already a Detours. Pete Townshend suggested ‘The Hair', but thankfully they went with the less ridiculous 'The Who'