Artist names you're unsure of how to pronounce

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by warewolf95, Oct 14, 2017.

  1. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Resident

    Perth Australia
    Dionne Warwick apparently had to constantly correct people's pronunciation of her name. I heard her once in interview saying "Mah name is..." and proceed to say it how she wanted it said: "Dee-yon War-wick". Accent on the first syllable in each word. The 'e' is silent, and the second 'w' is not silent. She got very tired of being called "Dee-own-ee Worrick".

    The history of her name is rather curious. She was born with the surname Warrick, but when it was misspelled "Warwick" on a concert program she decided she liked that better and changed her name accordingly. Later on she changed it again, to "Warwicke", adding the extra letter on the advice of an astrologer. She dropped the 'e' a few years later and reverted to "Warwick", claiming that the extra letter had brought her nothing but bad luck.
  2. Jamey K

    Jamey K Internet Sensation

    Me-shell N-deego-cello
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  3. lastdamdown

    lastdamdown Forum Resident

    Hillsboro, OR
    A-buh or AH-buh?
  4. DaveinMA

    DaveinMA Forum Resident

    I agree, but a guy from Boston agreeing about word pronunciations probably isn't helping.
  5. whodanny

    whodanny The Who ! THAT'S WHO !!

    It's pronounced "Thingummy". :tiphat:
  6. izgoblin

    izgoblin Forum Resident

    That's how New York-born Italians would say "Mangione", so you're likely right.

    In proper Italian, 'gi' is pronounced as 'j' and the final 'e' is silent. So if Chuck were from Italy, he'd likely pronounce it "Man-JOAN". But he ain't, so what the heck am I on about? :)
  7. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Dayman, fighter of the Nightman

    Bakersfield, CA
    Until I had heard One From The Vault, I had no idea how to pronounce Godchaux. Thanks Bill.
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  8. Maltman

    Maltman Somewhat grumpy, but harmless old man.

    Vancouver Canada
  9. Michael Macrone

    Michael Macrone Forum Resident

    San Francisco, CA
    This is news to me, and I grew up in an Italian family and studied the language.
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  10. PhilBorder

    PhilBorder Forum Resident

    Sheboygan, WI
    It's Be-At-Els
  11. BwanaBob

    BwanaBob Forum Resident

    Maryland, USA
    Ferry/ Fairy - Merry /Mary. Ferry rhymes with Merry; Fairy rhymes with Mary. Ferry and Fairy do not rhyme/ are pronounced differently. And I'll stick by statement, if you cannot distinguish those words you are auditorily challenged. I'd still buy you a beer though.
  12. NorthNY Mark

    NorthNY Mark Forum Resident

    Canton, NY, USA
    I suspect that it isn't so much that people can't distinguish the two sounds, but rather, more that the degree to which the distinction is emphasized vocally differs by region. In the US Midwest, for instance, the sounds in those particular words are much closer together than they are in NYC, New Jersey, Philadelphia, etc. What seems to you like a natural distinction between specific vowels sounds like a colorful accent to others when they hear what sounds like an exaggeratedly short "e" in words like "merry." I guess my point is just that it may not be as absolute as you are making it out to be.
  13. marmooskapaul

    marmooskapaul Forum Resident

    Laetitia Sadier---from Stereolab
  14. shepherdfan

    shepherdfan Forum Resident

    Eugene, OR
    Boat-loads of Classical artists, performers and composers. LOL!
  15. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Resident

    Perth Australia
    Thank you Mark. :) At least someone here is able to understand what I was saying. Accents vary widely, yet some people insist on taking the view that their way of speaking is the only "correct" way.
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  16. Manalishi

    Manalishi With the 2-pronged crown

    New Hampshire
    Don Van Vliet (vlee-et or vleet?)
    Perry Farrell (fuh-rell or farrell rhymes with barrel)
  17. Emilio

    Emilio Forum Resident

    I guess you can call him Kee-ko low ray ro and it will be an acceptable pronunciation. The actual Brazilian pronunciation is tricky for English-speaking people, especially "Loureiro". But if you want to give it a try, listen to it here, at 00:10. The Brazilian "r" (I mean a single "r" between vowels) sounds like "dd" in "daddy".
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  18. TheLazenby

    TheLazenby Forum Resident

    I've always been told it's not "Ag-neth-a", it's "Ag-nyet-a."
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  19. christian42

    christian42 Forum Resident

    Lund, Sweden
    Then you've been misinformed.
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  20. Picca

    Picca Forum Resident

    Modena, Italy
    In Italian no vocal is silent.
  21. Zeppelin fan

    Zeppelin fan Well-Known Member

    Roy Clark
  22. rocknsoul74

    rocknsoul74 Forum Resident

    What about Chvrches?
  23. Wright

    Wright Forum Resident

    I heard the first syllable is pronounced ang, like the director Ang Lee.
  24. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    In the '80s they actually applied a hype sticker to one of his LPs that said "pronounced 'Coburn'."
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