• MUSIC STARS WHO CHANGED THEIR NAMES

MUSIC STARS WHO CHANGED THEIR NAMES

John Mellencamp

Mellencamp reluctantly started out his career as John Cougar by the persuasion of his management, telling him "Mellencamp" would be too hard to market. After his breakthrough in 1982, he added on his birth name to become John Cougar Mellencamp. Then starting in 1991, the musician dropped the Cougar completely.

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MUSIC STARS WHO CHANGED THEIR NAMES

With stage names vs. birth names, musicians certainly have the most fun coming up with strange titles and confusing spelling. Here's the latest on those artists who have made the switch - and back again!

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