THE GRATEFUL DEAD
“The Grateful Dead” got it’s name from an ancient Egyptian prayer spotted by Jerry Garcia in an encyclopedia which included the phrase “When the souls of the grateful dead are cleansed…”.
One of the band members had a friend whose dog was named Thomas Jefferson Airplane.
The Springfield “Buffalo” was a farm tractor that Neil Young was sitting on one day.
Founding member Syd Barrett named the band after his favorite blues record by a duo named “Pink Anderson and Floyd Council”.
The band was named after a Jacksonville High School gym teacher named “Leonard Skinner” who was known to punish students with long hair.
When Keith Moon found out that “The Yardbirds” were being regrouped by Jimmy Page as “The New Yardbirds” he exclaimed : “The’re going to go down like a lead zeppelin !”.
“Jethro Tull ” was a farmer in 18th century England.
THE JAMES GANG
This group was named after the “Jessie James” gang.
Jim Morrison named the band after an Audulos Huxley poem about mescaline entitled “The Doors of Perception”.
An “REO Speedwagon” was the name of a flat bed truck manufactured during the 1920’s.
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD
“Grand Funk Railroad” is named after the “Grand Trunk ” railroad company in Michigan.
“Steely Dan” was the name of Dildo in the William Burroughs novel “The Naked Lunch”.
“Duran Duran” was the name of a character in the 1968 movie “Barbarella” starring Jane Fonda.
“Uriah Heep” was a fictional character from a Charles Dickens novel.
THE MARSHALL-TUCKER BAND
“Marshall Tucker” was a piano tuner.
THE ROLLING STONES
“The Rolling Stones” were named after the Muddy Waters song “Rollin’ Stone”.
“Fleetwood Mac” was named after the drummer “Mick Fleetwood” and the bassist “John McVie”.
“Steppenwolf” was named after a Herman Hess novel.