8 massive band names before they were famous
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.
1. Tom and Jerry > Simon and Garfunkel
As 15-year-old teeny bopper rockers they went by 'Tom and Jerry' (Not named after the cartoon cat and mouse, sadly).
2. The Quarrymen > The Beatles
'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'.
3. The Rattlesnakes > The Bee Gees
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'.
4. Smile > Queen
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'.
5. The Pendletones > The Beach Boys
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'.
6. The Primettes > The Supremes
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.
7. The Salty Peppers > Earth, Wind and Fire
After originally sounding like a bad recipe, Maurice White changed the name to the astrology inspired 'Earth, Wind and Fire'.
8. The Detours > The Who
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'