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Chorus of music legends sports striking nicknames

Sep 14, 2019 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

In the world of popular music, it's not unusual for famous people to be better known by their nicknames than their birth names. Rock bassist Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner wore a yellow and black striped sweater when he played with the Phoenix Jazzmen during college vacations. They thought he looked like a wasp. You know him today as Sting.

Bono was born Paul David Hewson. The rock guitarist and singer received a series of nicknames as a teen and finally settled on Bono Vox, Latin for "good...