Best 15 Bands With Blue In the Name
Blue Oyster Cult Will Live Forever Because Of "Don't Fear the Reaper"
Some Play Blues, Some Do Rhythm and Blues, and Some Just Rock
Silver could have found its mark in music history, had those four guys from Liverpool not dropped that adjective before they simply became The Beatles. Other bands have since included that color in their names, such as the disco group Silver Convention, the Eighties New Wave band Silver Condor and the indie rock outfit Silver Sun Pickups, but none has come anywhere close to the success as the Fab Four.
Even had Ringo and his mates kept the name Silver Beatles, that color would still not be the most popular when it comes to rock music. That honor goes to blue, which is by far the most used color found in what groups decide to call themselves.
Here are fifteen of the most recognized music artists or bands with either blue or its plural form in their names.
1. Deep Blue Something
This quartet had a huge hit sharing a title with both a classic film and Truman Capote novel, Breakfast At Tiffany's, which appears on their Home album.
2. The Blues Brothers
John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd began this duo as a skit for Saturday Night Live, after which it blossomed into a Grammy-nominated music act as well as an unforgettable film.
3. The Moody Blues
Although there have been many versions, Justin Hayward and John Lodge are the two who have been responsible for their biggest hits, such as "The Story In Your Eyes", "Tuesday Afternoon" , "Nights in White Satin" and "I'm Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band."
4. Blues Image
These guys twice told the skipper to set off on the water, which led to their only hit "Ride Captain Ride (On Your Mystery Ship)."
5. The Shocking Blue
Rather than picking Pluto or Saturn or even Mars, the group went with "Venus" and it rocketed up the charts in the late Sixties.
6. Blue Swede
Scandinavia has given rock numerous good acts, including this group whose version of "Hooked on a Feeling" shot its way into the Top Ten in 1973.
7. The Screaming Blue Messiahs
Part of the New Wave scene of the mid Eighties, the Messiahs has endured because of the smash hit "Smash the Market Place."
8. Bobby Blue Bland
Not only has he been described as a masterful blend of B.B. King and Nat King Cole, but the late Roxk and Roll Hall of Famer has Alston been dubbed the "Sinatra of the Blue."
9. The Blue Magoos
Psychedelic Lollipop, the album which "We Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" was spawned, pretty much tells you that the group was among the forerunners of the mid Sixties genre of rock that uses the same adjective.
10. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
Teddy Pendregrass became the best known member of this R and B band, which had classics like "The Love I Lost" and "If You Don't Know Me By Now."
11. Blues Traveller
John Popper's unique voice and gruff appearance helped folks identify with this alt rock outfit, who brought out enduring singles such as "Runaround", "The Mountains Win Again" and "But Anyway."
12. Climax Blues Band
Although it was not typical of the band's more blues-oriented material, "Couldn't Get It Right" became their only Top Ten single.
13. John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers
Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Peter Green are just five of the many legends who spent time with this English blues outfit in the early Sixties.
14. Blue Oyster Cult
An otherwise hard rock band, BOC wil, forever be associated with the mega hit "Don't Fear the Reaper."
15. The Bluebells
Contemporaries of Roddy Frame's Aztec Camera, this early Eighties group scored its biggest hit with their cover version of Bananarama's "Young at Heart."