Why Some Band Names Take "The" and Others Don't

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    ^ that was like a Wile E. Coyote move, where he kind of hovered in mid-air before falling. Ouch!


    Anyway, it definitely 'The Beatles' right? As opposed to my cover band, which is just 'Paperbacks'.
     
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    "...we probably don’t call it The Led Zeppelin because we simply think of Led Zeppelin as the name of the band, and don't think of it as describing the band, but we probably do call them The Eagles because we’d say “Don Henley is an Eagle.”"

    I guess it's incorrect to say "Don Henley is in The Eagles", which is how I would say it, as opposed to "Don Henley is an Eagle".

    P.S. I know I shouldn't giggle at The Edge gif, but I can't stop.
     
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    Jimmy Page is in Led Zeppelin. Don Henley is in Eagles.

    It does sound awkward, purely because pretty much everyone has always called them The Eagles. And I'm not going to change now! Usually when a band name starts with "The" the name is plural. And when it doesn't, the name is singular. It's not The Led Zeppelins, and it's not Led Zeppelins either. Of course that's just usually and there are a lot of exceptions.

    I'm with Joey "The Lips" Fagan. Band names should have "The" in front of them. (I can't a "Facetious Alert" smiley, but pretend there is one and I just used it.)
     
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    I've read many times about Eagles not taking 'The' but Glenn Frey is noted for his falsely-humble, the-audience-obviously-knows-us introduction 'We're The Eagles from Los Angeles, California.'

    I've seen British music journos often refer to 'The Cream' even though the band themselves never used 'The.'
     
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    the zep is perfectly fine
    The led zeppelin? you sound like my dads
     
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    Who said "the led zeppelin"? Besides as an example of how it's not said, I mean.

    By the way, to the OP, I believe it's "Grammar Girl" not "The Grammar Girl."
     
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    eagles sounds a lot more wrong than the led zep
    Im never going to say eagles I dont care what the glen fry says
    james gangs is where its at anyway

    If someone told me "eagles are playing tonite!"

    I would ask them to clarify, "you mean The eagles?"

    for all I know Eagles is a cover band.
     
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    In the radio biz you can generally tell who was 'hip' in the day, today, by whether they use "The" when naming artists.

    Those who were, or are, or whatever, say "The" and sometimes argue to almost no end to being correct.
     
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    i wonder if 10cc is plural.
     
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