This may be one of those highly specific Last Man Standings, with only 5 possible answers. I can only think of a few instances of this happening, but you rarely fail to impress me. And please, read closely to get the rules straight.
We’re looking for artists who, after their professional, credited career started, changed their name on album covers, billboards, recording credits and other documented places. (Get ready for some rules…)
- Multiple name changes by the same artist DO count separately; please list them one per post, according to our usual “Don’t Bogart that thread” guidelines
- Newly acquired nicknames do NOT count if the artist still has an underlying name he or she is credited by
- Attempts to go by a new name – one that was documented on a record credit – that didn’t stick DO count
- Your knowledge of the artist’s real name or stage name before earning any credits does NOT count – this is about documented changes in how an artist is billed/credited
- Credits on demo recordings that were not released commercially do NOT count (same goes for credits on bootlegs)
- Variations in spelling DO count
- A official return to an earlier variation on an artist’s name (ie, A to B, then back to A) DOES count as separate credit. If you’d like to earn that credit, please post the information in the right order, in a separate post
- It will be the judges’ discretion whether the addition or dropping of a diminutive or nickname in an artist’s name counts or not
- This is about artists – human beings, NOT bands (eg, anyone trying to point out that Slade was originally known as Greenslade will be served a yellow card or put in the penalty box)
- The judges reserve the right to add new rules as discussion ensues.
Let me know if we need a separate thread to debate the rules. Because the field of possible answers is so tight, I won’t prime the pump with an example. As always, DON’T BOGART THIS THREAD. Limit yourself to one entry at a time.