(FROM ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM) Their names are forever etched in our collective memory – or are they? As you'll see in our list of 72 Musicians Who Are Totally Lying About Their Names, plenty of famous folks aren't actually called the same thing by their mother.
There are many reasons, beyond just thinking a new name is way cooler than the one your parents came up with. Sometimes, there is someone else called the same thing. (This is a very big deal in Hollywood: The Screen Actors Guild actually requires a one-of-a-kind title, so a man also born Michael Douglas became Michael Keaton.) Other times, artists decide to shorten their names to make them more memorable. Occasionally, nicknames just stick.