Musical performing groups with names that might have been law firm names

Every now and then I reflect upon my musical listening habits back in about the 1970’s.  Some of the musical performing groups that I listened to at that time were named like law firms:

(When I say “named like a law firm” my unstated assumption is that it has to have been a string of actual surnames of members.  This disqualifies “Captain & Tenille” because Captain’s surname was actually “Dragon”.  And it disqualifies “Earth, Wind & Fire” and “Blood, Sweat & Tears”.)

It was only years later that I learned about, and came to love, the brilliant jazz vocal music of the group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross which started in 1957.  Maybe it was that group that started the idea of being named like a law firm.

3 Replies to “Musical performing groups with names that might have been law firm names”

  1. Simon & Garfunkel
    Seals & Crofts
    Blood, Sweat & Tears
    Captain & Tenille
    Earth, Wind & Fire
    Mumford & Sons

    1. Thank you very much for posting. You are quite right Simon & Garfunkel and Seals and Crofts belong on the list. Thanks to you I have added those band names to my now-canonical list.

      I feel that “Captain & Tenille” does not qualify. The Captain was so nicknamed because he wore a captain’s hat. His surname was “Dragon”, an offspring of the famous Carmen Dragon. Blood, Sweat & Tears was of course a riff on Winston Churchill’s famous speech, and although it sounds a bit like a string of surnames, my (unstated) rule was that it had to be surnames. The same for Earth, Wind & Fire which I have assumed is a riff on the ancient four elements earth, air, fire and water.
      I guess as for “and sons” this is a common construct for names of businesses that are not law firms. But I don’t think law firms usually use “and sons”.
      I recently read Toni Tenille’s autobiography and was fascinated. I read it all in one sitting. For me it was a page turner.

      Yet another thing to try to be canonical about is keeping track of which bands used the ampersand and which used “and”. I hope I got it right.

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