Rock icon Jon Lord, who co-wrote “Smoke on the Water,” passed away last week. He was influential over several genre of music throughout his life, but he will best be remembered as a founder of the group Deep Purple.
With the band, Lord managed to record several other huge singles, such as “Hush,” “Woman from Tokyo” and a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Kentucky Woman.” They also made several million-selling albums, including Machine Head, Who Do We Think We Are, and Burn.
In addition to their successful discography, Deep Purple remains one of the few bands that actually took its name after a song. It is somewhat surprising that a hard rock band chose for its name a 1933 song made famous in the big band era and written by songwriter Peter Darose.
Here are other well-known bands who got their names from song titles.
John Wesley Harding
Wes Tace is basically a one-man band, whose lyrical talents make him worthy of naming himself after a Bob Dylan song and album.
This modern rock band shares the name of a classic album and track by Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull.
Founded in the 60s as part of the British Invasion, this long-lived band named itself after the song “Moody Indigo” by Duke Ellington.
This legendary band paid homage to Muddy Waters, who recorded the blues tune “Rollin’ Stone.”
Billion Dollar Babies
After Alice Cooper went on his own to record Welcome to My Nightmare, the remaining members went on to record their debut Battle Axe under the name of the band’s most famous album.
Boys II Men
The pop group named after a song by New Edition found chart success in the 90s.
Death Cab for Cutie
Ben Gibbard’s beloved indie band got its unusual name from a song written by Vivian Stanshall and Neil Innes.
Panic at the Disco
The alternative band derives its name from a song title by the group Name Taken.
Thom Yorke and his group dug into the vast discography of rock legend David Byrne to find their name. The song comes from the Talking Heads True Stories album.
The new band formed by rock veteran Paul Robert Laine turned to Beatles guitarist George Harrison for their name. It is the title track from Harrison’s best-known album, as well as serving as the name of his record label.