May 292012

Guess who -- and no, it's not the Guess Who

Today we initiate a new chapter in the ongoing RTH series “Scavenger Hunt.” As you know, the basic idea here is to use the awesome rock-nerd brainpower of the Hall to find images or other relevant media on the Internet that enlighten and entertain, according to the whim of the contest quizmaster, i.e., me. I set the category within which one must search, and today, it’s that old chestnut: unusually excellent and otherwise noteworthy photos or videos of famous rockers before they were famous. You may either identify the artist you’ve re-discovered by name, or add to the fun by asking the Hall to chime in with an ID. I’ll start the proceedings off with the band featured above, which I choose not to identify.

I look forward to your responses.


PS – Remember this helpful hint by tonyola, if you want to post a photo from a site that includes the artist’s name in the URL:

If you want to hide the url, download the picture then upload it to


  355 Responses to “Scavenger Hunt: Before They Were Famous”

  1. diskojoe

    That’s the Band from the 50s-early 60s. I recognize Garth Hudson & Robbie Robinson at the end.

  2. hrrundivbakshi

    You are correct, sir!

  3. BigSteve

    Levon & the Hawks to be precise. That’s Levon with the blond hair in the middle. The guy on the far left, whose name escapes me right now, was an additional horn player they had in this period.

    I just finished reading Levon’s memoir last week. As other’s have found, his bitterness towards Robbie Robertson in the last chapters is somewhat unpleasant, but I still recommend the book highly.

  4. alexmagic

    Aw, I was hoping the guy on the left was Moulty, and he was standing that way to hide his hook.

  5. misterioso

    Can we add to Dylan’s resume–on this his 71st birthday–that he saved these guys from an at best dubious fate?

  6. HVB, in terms of the guessing game aspect I’m not sure all know how to or are even able to post images within a comment. We can post links, but the URLs may give away the identity of the artist. I think this is a good excursion, but we’ll have to see how to best make it work. Thanks.

  7. cherguevarra

    Here’s a video I ran across recently:

    Also, I had posted an early photo of the Scorpions here a while back:

  8. hrrundivbakshi

    Is that Jimmy Page?

  9. How about this go-getter?

  10. hrrundivbakshi

    Gary Busey as a young Buddy Holly!

  11. cliff sovinsanity

    Little Jimmie Morrison

  12. cherguevarra

    Lou Reed?

  13. tonyola

    Who is this serious-looking guy?

  14. tonyola

    Frank Zappa!

  15. hrrundivbakshi

    That’s Roy Wood!

  16. tonyola

    Oh, good one. Looks different without the facial hair, doesn’t he?

  17. Our Minister of Fun and Games, hrrundivbakshi, has asked that I post this photo. The guy in the middle is the one we need to identify.

  18. Yes, I was afraid no one could guess that. I should have known the folks we’re dealing with.

  19. cherguevarra

    Ok try this one:

  20. cherguevarra

    Bryan Ferry?

  21. Wow, that makes sense…but innnncorrect!

  22. cherguevarra

    No, but good guess. Lemme know when you need a hint.

  23. ladymisskirroyale

    That smells English.

  24. This kid’s middle school yearbook must have read, “Most likely to grow up an Undertone.”

  25. cherguevarra

    Eric Burdon?

  26. trigmogigmo

    Pete Townshend?

  27. Can’t be with that modest nose. Pete has an imposing honker.

  28. Who’s the guy on the right?

  29. I don’t think color photography had been invented when Eric was that young.

  30. Man, that face is so familiar. I’m going to kick myself if someone else gets it…

  31. tonyola

    Nope, not him.

  32. No, but he is British. His career, as you know it, began in the late-1960s.

  33. cherguevarra

    I actually looked up the history of color photography before I made my guess, which has no bearing on the likeliness of my being incorrect anyway!

  34. Clapton? I think it’s someone who’s done time in the presence of Ray Cooper. Was Clapton ever capable of smiling so enthusiastically?

  35. This kid’s really bugging me. He looks like a kid I would have been friends with, like a kid who’s mom would have packed him extra orange wedges and peanut butter crackers, which he would share with other boys. But Joey Woodward never became a rock star, as far as I know.

  36. How about this adorable boy?
    Beautiful Boy

  37. hrrundivbakshi

    Hamish Stuart!

  38. hrrundivbakshi

    That’s hilarious!

  39. Another courtesy of HVB:

  40. hrrundivbakshi

    This comment may come back to haunt you.

  41. I know, I fear it’s going to be Angus Young or, worse yet, one of your heroes from ZZ Top. Serves me right!

  42. hrrundivbakshi

    Not Eric Burdon — but I can see the resemblance. This kid is one of those “of COURSE that’s who that is” subjects.

  43. hrrundivbakshi

    This one should be easy, I think. He looked a lot like this all growed up, too.

  44. tonyola

    Interesting guess, but it’s someone a little better known to rock fans.

  45. Is it little Jimmy Page?

  46. hrrundivbakshi


  47. hrrundivbakshi

    Freddie Mercury?

  48. Ian Hunter?

  49. tonyola

    Oh, you’re good. That’s Ian all right.

  50. tonyola

    Otis Redding?

  51. hrrundivbakshi


  52. hrrundivbakshi

    Hmm. No, I doubt it. Seems he had those outrageous choppers from boyhood:

  53. Good guess in that this rocker was not born in the US or UK.

  54. Late 60s? So not Denny Laine?

  55. Noddy Holder (sic)?

  56. Oops, never mind.

  57. cherguevarra

    Hint; he’s more famous as a producer than as an artist, being mostly a one-hit-wonder in the minds of most.

  58. Another from hrrundivbakshi:

  59. alexmagic

    If it wasn’t for the non-US/UK disclaimer, I was going to say either Brian Johnson as a baby or Noddy Holder circa 2012.

  60. And here’s one from me to you:

  61. hrrundivbakshi

    Oh! Joe Strummer!

  62. hrrundivbakshi

    Courtney Love?

  63. underthefloat

    I was about to take a wild guess of Phil Lynott.

  64. James Hetfield?

  65. underthefloat

    I think I have it. Tom Waits?

  66. No peeking at the full url when it appears in the link.

  67. Funny you say that because as the years go on, I think that Hetfield is slowly poaching Waits’ Look

  68. Ha! I just went looking for a childhood picture of this guys and this picture came up. I would not have guessed this.

  69. hrrundivbakshi

    Johnny Cash?

  70. underthefloat

    Yes, Got to be Cash

  71. underthefloat

    Hey, you are so right about that!

  72. Can I trust you guys not to look at the url in the link? If so, who’s this?

  73. hrrundivbakshi

    Here’s another clue for you all: this kid looks unusually happy and well-balanced in this shot.

  74. underthefloat

    To strange. I just did a search and was looking to post this exact photo. So, I’ll refrain from answering. The additional photo I found of him at about 4 or 5 years old is so clearly him…

  75. If you want to hide the url, download the picture then upload it to

  76. underthefloat

    Wild guess: Steve Marriott

  77. hrrundivbakshi

    Who’s this rocker?

  78. hrrundivbakshi

    Nope. Think more f*cked up.

  79. Gary Glitter!

  80. hrrundivbakshi

    Not Gary Glitter. You might say this guy lived the antithesis of the Gary Glitter persona. (By which I mean stage persona, not sexual deviant persona.)

  81. underthefloat

    I keep wanting to say Sid Vicious but that can’t be right….

  82. hrrundivbakshi

    DINGDINGDINGDING! That *is* right, Underthefloat!

  83. underthefloat

    Good, I got one right anyway. I thought of him earlier but didn’t pull the trigger…

  84. Nope, it’s neither Strummer nor Lynott. The boy is with his mom. His mom is a fox. Clearly the boy must have inherited his looks from his father, although the adult version of this little angel is known for both is taste in women and make-up.

  85. Yes. She even looks like bad news in a white dress with ruffles.

  86. hrrundivbakshi


  87. hrrundivbakshi

    Come on, guys — take a cloooose look at this young musical genius. I’m sure you’ll recognize him!

  88. That’s your boy Prince, isn’t it?

  89. hrrundivbakshi

    Yes indeed!

  90. hrrundivbakshi

    Come on… you should know that I would know this one.

  91. BigSteve

    Not Page.

  92. trigmogigmo

    Ooh, that sure looks like him.

  93. underthefloat

    Gene Simmons?

  94. hrrundivbakshi

    We deserve a clue!

  95. mockcarr

    Billy Gibbons?

  96. hrrundivbakshi


  97. underthefloat

    Could she be a Pretender?

  98. Here a rocker that everyone should know:

  99. hrrundivbakshi

    Mr. Moderator!

  100. mockcarr

    Oh, yes, she’s the great Pretender.

  101. Now that I think of it, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this picture before. Your answer makes me think it’s someone else in that British Rock Guitar Royal Family, like Jeff Beck. I love how the kid and the young woman are both totally into their teenage superpowers to the point of being oblivious to each other.

  102. GENE SIMMONS it is! underthefloat is on fire.

  103. You’re dead meat, cdm!

  104. His band was huge in the 70s and is now a legacy act.

  105. Thomas Dolby?

  106. Is that also the Mod?

  107. Come on, guy, I’m just messing around…

  108. I know, I am too. I got a good laugh out of that. The “photo session” from which that shot derived is one of the many pathetic memories from my youth.

  109. No, my thighs have never been that thin.

  110. Good luck with this one:

  111. hrrundivbakshi

    This is absolutely my favorite discovery thus far. There’s something about the vast difference — and yet the striking congruity — between this yearbook shot and the rock star we all know that I love.

  112. underthefloat

    I thought Page was a good guess. This seems like a Brit Rock kid to me to…but my only guess is Steve Miller. Another out of left field guess…

  113. hrrundivbakshi

    No sir.

  114. underthefloat

    Dave Edmunds?

  115. BigSteve

    He is British. From that generation, but a different, proggier kind of guitar hero.

  116. This picture is kind of freaking me out.

  117. underthefloat

    Greg Lake?

  118. Personally I thought it was a mashup photo of Difford and Tillbrook

  119. tonyola

    It is Fripp, and the girl is his sister, Patricia – a noted speaker and executive speaking coach. This might be the only picture of Robert playing the guitar standing up.

  120. A clue: he’s not a guitarist and he’s never been seen before as the sensitive, thoughtful chap he seems to be in this photo.

  121. Based on that clue and his specs, that’s the name that keeps coming to mind, but I barely know what Dolby looks like as an adult.

    This one’s haunting me. I was just at dinner with my lovely wife for our 21st anniversary and out of the blue I started thinking about this photo.

  122. If that’s Fripp, which I can see now that tonyola has stated it, that is the most AMAZING photo we’ve uncovered, even more amazing than I already thought it was. Good to know that’s his sister in a sexy pose that he’s ignoring.

  123. Funny how some people look American while others look English. To me, this kid looks American. I can’t quite place him, though. He looks like he was listening to Grand Funk Railroad at the time of this picture.

  124. What I like about this photo is how much the kid could pass for a brother of our beloved E. Pluribus Gergely:

  125. cherguevarra

    Not Thomas Dolby, though this person’s big hit does have a loose connection to Dolby.

  126. cliff sovinsanity

    An easy one.
    Who are the two young lads on the left in this pic?

  127. cliff sovinsanity

    An easy one
    Who are the two young lads on the left in this pic?

  128. Here’s another good one passed along by the man, the myth…HVB!

  129. cliff sovinsanity

    Ignore that post. It’s posted below.

  130. cliff sovinsanity

    Reverend Horton Heat?

  131. That’s those Oasis brothers, no? So there’s a third kid in that family, a Jimmy Gallagher? Get him in one of their bands.

  132. cliff sovinsanity

    All visual clues point to Rod Stewart.

  133. If it’s not the Gallagher boys it’s got to be the Brothers Finn. That’s a great shot!

  134. cliff sovinsanity

    I was going to say, Linda Blair’s stand in on the set of The Exorcist.

  135. ladymisskirroyale

    Mr. Royale thinks maybe Gene Vincent.

  136. ladymisskirroyale

    Who’s this hottie?
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  137. cliff sovinsanity

    Yes it’s the brothers Gallagher. I thought Noel was the dead giveaway.

  138. Nick Cave?

  139. cherguevarra


  140. hrrundivbakshi


  141. hrrundivbakshi

    Nope nope

  142. hrrundivbakshi

    No sir! Your clue: he used his highland musical chops much later in life in a searing indictment of the rock music lifestyle.

  143. That has to be Simon LeBon of Duran Duran.

  144. cherguevarra


  145. ladymisskirroyale


  146. Slim Jade

    An easy one. Just imagine her in Keith Richards’ garb.

  147. trigmogigmo

    That photo needs a little cropping, because it reveals the answer in both corners. I can see the resemblance now!

  148. trigmogigmo


  149. trigmogigmo

    I believe he was born and raised in California, and that’s where his career launched.

  150. trigmogigmo

    Correction: raised in California, not born there.

  151. trigmogigmo

    This one might be easy if you hone in on familar features that did not change.

  152. Slim Jade

    Ha! He’s always had to floss with a piece of rope, that Flea.

  153. Ah, I didn’t see the answer in the bottom left corner. I did think the “S” showing in the right corner might be a necessary clue. It’s Stevie Nicks. The look in someone’s eyes never changes, but I realized I never spent much time looking at her eyes. It was hard for me to see any resemblance without flowing skirts and feathered roach clips involved.

  154. I’m thinking it’s your near-Holy Trinity-worthy hero Bon Scott.

  155. HINT: Imagine this guy in Patti Smith’s garb.

  156. BigSteve

    Cdm wins the no-prize.

  157. BigSteve

    But Fripp thought his rock&roll kick looked lame, and the embarrassment caused him to resolve to play sitting down for the rest of his life.

  158. BigSteve

    He certainly doesn’t look Jewish.

  159. BigSteve


  160. BigSteve

    Jeff Lynne?

  161. Slim Jade

    Howsabout this lad with his dad?

  162. ladymisskirroyale

    Another hint, please.

  163. ladymisskirroyale

    Ray Manzarek?

  164. ladymisskirroyale


  165. ladymisskirroyale

    Well, the dad looks like Tom Jones…So the son is a mashup of Tom and Sgt. Pepper.

  166. Weird, it looks a little like a teenage Pete Townshend with a late-’70s Keith Moon as his dad.

  167. YES! The Trinity is complete.

  168. Slim Jade


  169. Slim Jade

    You of all people should recognize him!

  170. Slim Jade
    To me, this one is easy cuz he still has that stare.

  171. Martin Chambers?

  172. hrrundivbakshi

    Usually seen growling from under a hat.

  173. hrrundivbakshi

    Andy Partridge!

  174. hrrundivbakshi


  175. cliff sovinsanity

    It also looks like Dave Alvin, though based on the clues it’s probably not.

  176. cliff sovinsanity

    Is it Mark E. Smith?

  177. Elvis Costello, now I think about it.

  178. Slim Jade

    Nope. When this was taken, he went by the name Gillis.

  179. cherguevarra


  180. Slim Jade

    Yes, sir!

  181. underthefloat

    Henry Rollins?

  182. cherguevarra


  183. delmore

    Jerry Penfound

  184. delmore

    Jack White

  185. O went by the red hair and the early 60’s look of the era.

  186. cherguevarra

    Who is our rockin’ hero on the right side of this photo?

  187. ladymisskirroyale

    Leonard Nimoy!

  188. ladymisskirroyale

    Correct, Godzilla.

  189. cherguevarra


  190. Slim Jade

    I’m thinkin’ Anthony Keidis…but no.

  191. hrrundivbakshi

    Richard thompson

  192. Slim Jade

    If I could play like this kid, I’d be this happy too!

  193. Slim Jade

    Hah! Billy Zoom does kinda grapple with the guitar like that, doesn’t he?

  194. Holy Hell! He looks like a normal kid!!!



  195. BigSteve

    RT went to school with, and was in a band with, Hugh Corrnwell of the Stranglers. I wonder if that’s him on the left. Looks like him.

  196. Looks like a child of one of the “Eight is Enough” kids


  197. trigmogigmo

    Strange trivia: He once roomed with then-unknown Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

  198. trigmogigmo

    He sure gave his hairdo a makeover!

  199. cherguevarra

    RT is correct, as you seem to know anyway…

  200. cherguevarra


  201. I already posted that, complete with a URL exposing the artist’s name. I thought it was too perfect to hide:)

  202. Slim Jade

    Charlie Watts, no doubt.

  203. Slim Jade


  204. Slim Jade

    I have the feeling this performer hates that this photo exists

  205. Is that Michael Stipe on a bender?

  206. Who’s this puppy lover?

  207. cherguevarra

    D’oh, hard to keep it all straight, don’t know how I missed it.

  208. cherguevarra

    Too easy?

  209. Not for me – I was wondering if I should guess Yoko Ono!

  210. Here’s another fine young man:

  211. underthefloat

    Alice Cooper?

  212. underthefloat


  213. Slim Jade

    No, this is a singer who, at the time, was publishing books on the New York Dolls and James Dean.

  214. Slim Jade

    Definitely before he was famous:

  215. Yep – hope he didn’t eat that puppy.

  216. You’re good at this, my friend.

  217. This wouldn’t fool anyone, but I love this shot of a footloose-and-fancy-free David Thomas:

  218. underthefloat

    Thanks Mod. I really enjoy this… good fun.

  219. ladymisskirroyale

    An extra from “Rent”?

  220. ladymisskirroyale

    Gosh, I thought it was Janis Joplin.

  221. No, but he did feed it to his boa constrictor.

  222. trigmogigmo

    My first reaction was Morrissey or Robyn Hitchcock. Stipe’s long hair was waaaay too curly for this.

  223. trigmogigmo

    OK, another clue. He’s no longer with us. His main instrument is piano.

  224. Who did this cute widdle baby girl grow up to be?

  225. Or this lad (the two have a connection)?

  226. tonyola

    Warren Zevon

  227. Slim Jade

    Correct, and heaven knows he’s miserable now.

  228. Slim Jade

    …in his Whitesnake phase.

  229. Slim Jade

    At the time this musician was photographed, he and I were the DJ’s in a punk dive bar in Port Chester, NY.

  230. Slim Jade

    Patrick Carney? I’m going with the glasses and the Akron shirt.

  231. trigmogigmo

    Correct, Tony!

  232. I think I know this story, so I can’t answer. Love that photo!

  233. cherguevarra

    Holy crap, is that Moby with hair?!

  234. Slim Jade

    Yes indeed.
    Voluminous hair, I’d call it.
    This is when he went from the premier Joy Division fan to House music maven.

  235. Slim Jade

    I’m thinkin’ the connection is Ohio, which would make this….Poison Ivy!!

  236. tonyola

    He looks like he’s auditioning for the lead role in the Poughkeepsie-in-the-Park production of Hamlet.

  237. Looks like Geddy Lee to me.

  238. Bingo!

  239. Nope….a *closer* connection to Ivy (She’s from Sacramento, CA., btw.)

  240. Well, might as well give this one up. Here they both are in a more familiar setting:

  241. hrrundivbakshi

    I wonder if the school janitor was featured in the high school yearbook from whence this photo came.

  242. hrrundivbakshi

    Cue Nelson Muntz laugh.

  243. hrrundivbakshi

    Cue Nelson Muntz laugh, but even louder.

  244. BigSteve

    More like his Jackie Rogers Jr. phase.

  245. It’s just a wild guess, but I’m gonna say…Seal?

  246. underthefloat

    David Johanson’s coat from the New York Doll’s era?

  247. cherguevarra

    First answer is what I was going for, but I like the 2nd option too!

  248. Mike Love?

  249. hrrundivbakshi

    NO! This guy is extremely NOT Tom Waits.

  250. hrrundivbakshi

    Come on, people! Take a look at those eyes, and imagine them glowering over a mic atop a short tripod stand. Imagine this man, directing his band with whoops, hollers, and the occasionally well-timed whistle. He may look like a Gemini astronaut here, but this guy was a genuine workin’ man’s workin’ man!

  251. This went unanswered above but I’ve changed the link to remove the artist’s name. (Thanks to tonyola for the tip about tinypics)

    This was the first of many Looks for this chap.

  252. hrrundivbakshi

    Marc Bolan.

  253. Ronnie Van Zandt?

  254. hrrundivbakshi

    Yes, indeedy! Isn’t that high school shot great? I hope he started growing his hair before he started going bald.

  255. Great photo. I’ve read that he was a real ball busting taskmaster with the band, and you can get a sense from this photo that he was going to get top quality results from his team, whether that team was a band or the South East Sales and Marketing Division for Amalgamated Plumbing Supplies.

  256. Now that I understand the clue, I shall reward your efforts to help us out with a Pince Nez: The band was named for the gym teacher, not the janitor.

  257. hrrundivbakshi


  258. He would have rated pretty highly if he were in that “Who Would You Hire” poll from a few years ago.

  259. underthefloat

    That these two were in a band together is very interesting to me……

  260. Baby Bowie…right after one of his diaper ch-ch-ch-changes.

  261. hrrundivbakshi

    Sorry — I really wanted this thread to die peacefully, but I’ve happened upon a startling cache of portraits I simply must share. Who, for example, is this?

  262. hrrundivbakshi

    Totally diggin’ this rocker’s flowing 70s mane!

  263. hrrundivbakshi

    Lastly, there’s this one. Question: would you have been buds with this kid? He looks pretty deece to me; coulda counted on him to make a beer run with his older brother’s ID.

  264. hrrundivbakshi

    This kid, in contrast, was obviously a total dickhead:

  265. Correct, Mr Bittman. BTW, I went you an email about the gbv mix. Do you own anything by them? Let me know and I’ll tailor the mix accordingly.

  266. James Hetfield

  267. Ha! I had him saved and forgot to post it. I won’t say anything.

  268. This one is bugging me.

  269. I like his teenage anti-Hitler mustache.

  270. ladymisskirroyale

    An extra from “Dazed and Confused.” Looks like half my high school class.

  271. ladymisskirroyale


  272. Slim Jade

    Charlie Watts?
    Nah, just kidding.


  273. Slim Jade

    Chris Cornell?

  274. Tommy Lee?

  275. They do have some similarities. Call me crazy.

  276. Slim Jade

    Freddie Prinz!

  277. ladymisskirroyale

    Recognize this cute, cuddly widdle baby?

  278. This kid’s got his shit together!

  279. tonyola

    I looked and looked at this picture, then finally the eyebrows hit me – bingo! Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart.

  280. Kirk Hammet?

  281. hrrundivbakshi


  282. hrrundivbakshi


  283. hrrundivbakshi

    You’re both correct — but you haven’t answered my question. Would you have hung with the dude or not?

  284. hrrundivbakshi

    Gotta be Bjork.

  285. I could have hung out with him a bit because I interacted with all cliques (stoners, jocks, new wave kids, D&D dorks) but wouldn’t commit to anyone in particular. But ultimately, his intensity and his abysmal taste in music would have kept me from hanging out with him too long for any given a period of time.

  286. Looking through some of the high school age photos, I’m thinking I could have hung out with Slash.

  287. Slim Jade

    My distaste for this guy is delightfully vindicated by this horrendous and embarrassing pic:

  288. hrrundivbakshi


  289. Slim Jade

    Yucky, ain’t he?

  290. Slim Jade

    How about the guitarist on the right?

  291. cherguevarra

    Here’s a link to a web page with 50 photos of interest, some of which have already been posted here:

    If Mr. Mod (or somebody) wants to delete this post and start adding these photos to the game, maybe that’s an option too. Or just take a look and be entertained.

  292. Thread killer! 🙂

    I’m joking. This has been a very fun thread, and it won’t surprise me if it finds a way to keep chugging.

  293. Nope. This guy’s been seen with lots of stuff on his face, but I’ve never seen him with a ‘stache and killer sideburns before.

  294. Holy Hell. Hetfield and James Young were separated at birth?!


  295. Name this future guitar slinger:

  296. Slim Jade

    Uh…Buckethead. Am I missing something?

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