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?



Lulu Hurst

publication date: Saturday, September 12, 2020

category: Illusions

clue: This illusionist from a southern U.S. state had a brief but wonderful career demonstrating feats of strength on stage.

explanation: Hurst performed as the "Georgia Wonder," pretending to perform impossible acts of strength. more…

difficulty: very hard

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


Gretna VanFleet

publication date: Friday, September 11, 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, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, and Ryan Case


John "Dropkick" Murphy

publication date: Thursday, September 10, 2020

category: Medicine

clue: His wrestling career gave him his violent nickname, but this medical doctor spent much of his life devoted to helping alcoholics at his Massachusetts facility, who needed a place to get sober before rehab existed.

difficulty: medium

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

player landmarks: This was the first goo solved by Josh Biederman.


Jethro Tull

publication date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

category: Inventions

clue: This British agriculturalist invented a horse-drawn seed drill and a horse-drawn hoe, revolutionizing the industry.

difficulty: easy

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


Molly Hatchet

publication date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

category: Paranormal

clue: The South still tells stories about a ghost who decapitates her male victims, based on a real story from the 1800s of a prostitute who murdered her client with a particular weapon.

difficulty: medium

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


Crazy Horse

publication date: Monday, September 7, 2020

category: Military

clue: This Lakotan general rode his distinctive horse into battle many times in the Black Hills War, and into American history.

difficulty: easy

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


Franz Ferdinand

publication date: Sunday, September 6, 2020

category: Royalty

clue: History remembers this Austria-Hungarian heir for his association with World War I, but he didn't live to see it.

explanation: Ferdinand's assassination sparked the international crisis that became World War I. more…

difficulty: very easy

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


Other Themes in Fall 2020

X-Men Unlimited

Since its debut comic book in 1963, Marvel's X-Men franchise has grown expontentially in size and popularity, with countless mutant super-heroes and super-villains revolutionizing the genre and launching a hit series of movies and TV shows. Now, they're taking over the goo game: For the month of October, each goo is inspired by an X-Men character. Can you solve for X? Go »