In the previous post I stated, â€œIâ€™m trying to think of a singer who uses only one name who either doesnâ€™t stink or isnâ€™t an asshole.â€ I cited Cher, Sting, Bono and Beyonoce as examples. A couple commenters asked, what about Dion? Elvis? Excellent observations, which serve to demonstrate that my theory is far from watertight, as neither Dion nor Elvis stink â€“ far from it. I am a fan of both.
Having conceded that my theory may itself stink up the room a bit, it is interesting to note that â€œDionâ€ may well trace his mononym to originally having performed with the group, the Belmonts, collectively known as â€œDion and the Belmonts.â€ Iâ€™m guessing that record producers didnâ€™t think that â€œDion DiMucci and the Belmontsâ€ rolled off the tongue as easily as â€œDion and the Belmonts.â€ Anyway, once the group split, it made sense for Dion to remain simply â€œDion.â€
As for Elvis, I am old enough to remember when Elvis Presley first appeared on TV on a program called â€œStage Show,â€ hosted by big banders, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey. (Yes, this was before he appeared on the Ed Sullivan show.) He wasnâ€™t billed as â€œElvisâ€ back then, but rather as â€œElvis Presley.â€ Only when the country went positively nuts over him, and some news types referred to him as â€œElvis the Pelvis,â€ people began to drop the â€œPresleyâ€ part of his name. I suppose having a rather unusual first name helped that process along.
So, Elvis seems to fall into the category of persons originally using a first and last name, but becoming one-namers by the sheer force of fame. Frank Sinatra comes to mind. He is known simply as â€œSinatraâ€ (at least in New Jersey). Oprah (ugh) also falls into this category.
Am I over-thinking this? Why, yes; I believe I am.
Oh â€¦ one more thing, and then Iâ€™ll stop. I promise. In the category of one-named singers who stink or are an asshole, how could I have forgotten Madonna? Major stinkeroo and assholery right there.