a lot of them!
Mark Beech became a national newspaper journalist, his list of
interview “victims” gradually extended to top politicians,
artists and many top musicians, as well as their family,
friends, managers, concert promoters, roadies, groupies, and
anyone else he could think of along the way.
resulted in articles on Barbara Cartland and Margaret Thatcher
(some mistake?) to Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson,
Sir Paul McCartney, and just about any other star whose name can
be casually dropped in conversation at parties. Or included on
web sites like this. Hey, The
A-Z of Names in Rock is about names. What do you expect?
(no, not them)
explains: “I was writing about former Police man Sting when
the subject of his name came up. A friend of mine suspected
that, in keeping with Sting’s serious image, his moniker
probably signified something deeply profound or pretentious. At
the very least, she had suggested, it must be a reference to
“sting” as in a bank robbery? An insect name, as per The
Beatles or The Crickets?
I had heard it was something to do with a jumper.”
confirmed it was merely a silly nickname because of a black and
yellow horizontally-striped Breton-type top, which was all he
could afford in his career’s earliest days.
It made him look like a bee or a wasp.
Hence the name.