....And I think "Grinnell Giggers" should be stricken from the list - it's a band name.
Wow! I didn't know that. I always thought that was someone's name.
Thanks all for the updates. Some of these, I can't believe I didn't think to include. Some others I've never heard of. Others, I just didn't find the names weird enough, or the names themselves (as in John Dilleshaw) are more prosaic, and only the nickname ("Seven-foot Dilly") is really odd. I will update my original post to reflect some of these additions and remove Mr. Giggers.
Some of these, I can't believe I didn't think to include. Some others I've never heard of. Others, I just didn't find the names weird enough, or the names themselves (as in John Dilleshaw) are more prosaic, and only the nickname ("Seven-foot Dilly") is really odd. I will update my original post to reflect some of these additions and remove Mr. Giggers.
Keep 'em coming!
Also, going back to one of the other lists, Gid Tanner's first name really was James (his son is Gordon), and his middle name was Gideon. Also, Seven-foot Dilly is not at all an odd nickname once you've seen a photo of Mr. Dilleshaw. He was a large, large man (and played guitar upside-down like Elizabeth Cotten!).
Well, you folks managed to name six men that I have known personally...that shows you how old I am. I would add a couple more off the top of my head: Cotton Combs and Riley Baugus. I used to tell Riley that he has the perfect name for an old-time musician.
A few from the MO/Ark Ozarks and Little Dixie area of Missouri:
Greenberry Horton...Ark banjo player related to Johnny Horton(how boring names became post WWII) Eldon Derryberry...Mo fiddler Alvie Dooms...still alive and picking, Bob Holt's favorite guitar backup...a great man Cecil Goforth...Mo fiddler, source musician for Hartford Vesta Johnson...pushing 90 and still fiddling! Cyril Stennit...Little Dixie fiddler Taylor McBaine...another Mo fiddler Casey Jones...not the engineer!; a Mo fiddler Dwight Lamb...mighta been from Iowa, but they like his tunes in North Mo. Ollie Gilbert...SHE was a ballad singer from Ark Jimmy Driftwood...I know, a stage name, but a good one Lee Stoneking...SW Mo fiddler famous for cutting the ear off of a drunken heckler at a square dance. Luke Highknight...from Ark, probably the 1st person recorded playing banjo/harmonica together back in the 1930s.
Yes! Wonderful, evocative names in Missouri/Arkansas too!
No list of old-time names could be complete without including Myrtle Vermillion, who along with Hub Mahaffey and John Dykes comprised Dykes Magic City Trio, one of the best old-time bands that ever existed! If I could go back in time and see one band, I think it would be them.
Banjo maker Stanley Hick's mother, and fiddler, Buna Vista Hicks.
Some people 'correct' the spelling to Buena Vista, but it really was Buna Vista, and pronounced Byoona Vista. She went by her nickname, "Buny"...no, not Bunny, Byoony. I lived in Colorado for a while, and found it very strange the way that locals pronounced the name of their town, in Buena Vista. Maybe there is a connection.
Wasn't going to get into this, since there are some pretty interesting names in the TN branch of my own family. However, I respectfully submit the name of a fiddler recorded by collector Peter Hoover: drum roll...
quote: Originally posted by sugarinthegourd
One of my favorite thing about Old-Time music are the wonderful names that these musicians had. Over the past year or so I assembled a list of some of my favorites, which I will paste below.
What other great names am I missing? Once we have a "complete" list of candidates maybe I will have a poll to see which name is the favorite.
This list can't be complete without Razor Wolfenbarger.
By the way, though Prince Albert Hunt's legal name was Archie Albert--according to his grandson he got the "Prince" part from being called "Prince of the Fiddlers" locally, after the fashion of King of the Fiddlers Arthur Smith--his grandson is officially named Prince Albert Hunt III. Not sure about Prince, Jr., whether that was his legal name or just what folks called him.
I updated my original post to include my favorites from the list. I mostly included people I have heard of, Tink Queer being the exception.
I tend to lean towards "Manco Sneed" as the best old-time musician name of all time, though he does have some stiff competition. One of these days, Bosco will have to tell me what his name means in Japanese (I have a feeling I should not ask my female Japanese employee).