Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Stories Behind the Music -- Johnny and the Moondogs

Johnny and the Moondogs -- A household name right? After all, you have all heard Johnny and the Moondogs on the radio, you might even have a CD.  The name still doesn't ring a bell? I bet it will, let me explain.

In late 1959, there was a guy band in Great Britain, pretty much unknowns, and they decided to compete on a TV show called Carrol Levi's Star Search. Normally the band went by another name -- The Quarry Men. It seems that nobody knows, or at least nobody is telling, why the band went with the Moondog moniker for that appearance. 

In reality, it took the band another year before they came up with their permanent name. If you still have no clue who I am talking about, or if you just don't want to think about it, click on the link below and you will find the true identity of these individuals who blazed a trail and made millions in pop music. 

 Johnny and the Moondogs Live, a few years later

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  Steven L. Smith

 Bellingham WA Home Inspections


Steven L. Smith

If you enjoy nostalgia and music of yesteryear, click on Elvis' gold record to visit This Day In History. To explore The Stories Behind The Music blog posts click on the electric guitar. 







Comment balloon 3 commentsSteven L. Smith • October 27 2008 10:40AM


Interesting ..... I kind of like the name "Johnny and the Moondogs" better than "the Beatles".

Sean Allen

Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) over 10 years ago


I kind of like that name too. I guess, at one point, the were going to use beetles, as we Buddy Holly. He ended up with Crickets

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 10 years ago

There you had them again....those beautiful Beatles!!  I do love them and their old videos.  Thanks for showing!!

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 10 years ago