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Real or Fake?: Blues Names Edition

Real or Fake?: Blues Names Edition

By Dave Argentar

One of the great things about being a blues musician, in addition to getting paid to tell people how much your life blows, is that you often wind up with a cool nickname. Without any blues clues from us, see if you can tell which of these blues names are real and which are fake then write down your answers in the comments:

  1. Howlin’ Wolf
  2. Sugar Blue
  3. Stinkmouth Turner
  4. Lead Belly
  5. Hungry Jack Dupree
  6. Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater
  7. Rodney “Ritalin” Reese
  8. Barbecue Bob
  9. Smoky Babe
  10. Burpin’ Squirrel
  11. Chunky Stump
  12. Magic Slim
  13. Navin Johnson
  14. Junior Wells
  15. Ironing Board Sam
  16. Guy “Smiley” Edwards
  17. Tiny Elvis
  18. Seasick Steve
  19. Sponge Bob
  20. Blind Lemon Jefferson
  21. Wink Martindale
  22. Hound Dog Taylor
  23. Platypus Pete
  24. Muddy Waters
  25. “Bleeding Gums” Murphy
  26. Greasy Spoon
  27. Catfish Keith
  28. Leon “Depressed-Because-My-Woman-Ran-Off-With-Another-Man-And-Took-My-Dog-And-My-Money-And-Wow-I-Should-Write-A-Song-About-That” Crockett

They Got The REAL Blues:  1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 18, 20, 22, 24, 27

They Got The FAKE Blues:  3, 5, 7, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28 (though Wink Martindale was a real game show host, Guy Smiley was a Muppet game show host, “Bleeding Gums” Murphy was a real blues musician if you consider The Simpsons real, and Navin Johnson was a real jerk. As for Sponge Bob, we’re really hoping you got that one right.)

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Topics: Life
Tags: games, music, nicknames, real or fake, blues

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