Bruce Brubaker met Meredith Monk and was inspired to come up with a list of alliteratively-named artists such as Federico Fellini, Don DeLillo and Tommy Tune. Perhaps because I’m the son of William Weeks, five artists immediately popped into my head: Alvin Ailey, Stephen Spender, Countee Cullen, James Weldon Johnson and Max Morath (look him up).
I wonder whether George Gershwin fits because, strictly speaking, he doesn’t actually alliterate (as a prosodic device, alliteration is based on the repeated sound, not the letter itself). But then I also started thinking of jazz and blues artists whose nicknames make them alliterate — Pinetop Perkins, Sunnyland Slim and a rare triple case, Bobby “Bigmouth” Brown — and wondered whether these qualified, too. If so, Herbert “Blues Boy” Hubbard may be the only artist to double-alliterate in his name.
- Later additions: Scott Spencer, Joe Jackson, Richard Russo