Bands Known By Initials

In rock ‘n’ roll history there have been many bands whose name and names were reduced and universally recognized by shortened lettered names. Let’s check out some popular preliminary nicknames of bands.

Creedence Clearwater Revival (likewise referred to as CCR) began churning out classic rock ‘n’ roll singles quickly after the John Fogerty led band formed in 1967. With their “swamp-rock” sound and style, the group amassed seventeen leading 40 hits like “Bad Moon Rising,” “Green River,” and the wedding event band staple “Proud Mary.” The group disbanded in 1972 and any hopes of a CCR reunion were quashed with the death of band member Tom Fogerty in 1990.

Another 60’s band that had huge office success was Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, likewise understood as CSN & Y. Band members David Crosby (officially of the Byrds), Graham Nash (of Hollies fame), Stephen Stills and Neil Young (both with Buffalo Springfield), blended their flawless consistencies into a successful and long profession. With hits such as the Nash led “Teach Your Children,” Neil Young’s antiwar demonstration song “Ohio” and a Joni Mitchell composition “Woodstock” about the famous rock celebration, CSN & Y combined their special acoustic-folk and progressive acid rock noise to be a classic example of the 1960’s psychedelic period. Additionally, after Young left the group, Crosby, Stills and Nash (also called CSN) continued to launch ariose pop/rock songs with 1977’s “Just A Song Before I Go” and “Wasted On The Way,” which was launched in 1982. The group still explores, sometimes joined by Young.

Hard-rocking Bachman-Turner Overdrive, or merely BTO consisted of Randy Bachman (formally of the Guess Who), fellow Guess Who alum Chad Allen, C.F. “Fred” Turner and Randy’s bro drummer Robbie. Profiting from the arena rock/pop rock period of the mid 70’s, BTO had a successful but brief career with chart songs such as “Takin’ Care Of Business,” “Let It Ride” and the number one single “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” a tune which was intended for an audience of one- Randy’s brother Gary Bachman who had a speech impediment-stuttering. They tape-recorded the tune for enjoyable however requiring another tune to finish the lp “Not delicate,” Randy Bachman was pressed to include the joking stuttering lyrics and the tune invested twelve weeks on the Billboard charts in 1974.

There are many other rock ‘n’ roll bands that were understood by initials as well as their “offered” name and I will consist of a couple more that I know of. A comparable sounding name ELP was a supergroup consisting of keyboard genius Keith Emerson, bassist Greg lake (of the band Nice) and drummer Carl Palmer (a former member of The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown).

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