publication date: Friday, September 11, 2020 (part of Fall 2020)

category: Music

clue: She's a bluegrass musician who plays the piano, organ, dulcimer, and violin, but she's far more famous in rock & roll as the family friend who inspired the name of a 2010s band before they blew up in popularity and left small-town Michigan behind.

explanation: VanFleet inspired the name of the band Greta Van Fleet. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, and Ryan Case

In the Name of Rock & Roll: A rock band is a hard thing to name. Some bands turn to history. Others just open the phone book. To celebrate the sixth anniversary of Rock Block, here are seven people who famously inspired the names of rock bands, much like Lynyrd Skynyrd named their band after their despised gym teacher Leonard Skinner. Can you remember the words to all seven of these legendary rock namesakes?

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