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The Quick 10: 10 Musical Honorifics

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Sure, you know about the Godfather of Soul and the King of Pop (do you think he's really still the King of Pop?). But there are honorifics out there for pretty much every type of music you can imagine. Sometimes their nicknames are given by fans, and sometimes they're given by the press. Either way, be sure to let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments - or if you have a nomination for category not mentioned.

1. The Prince of Wails, the Nabob of Sob, Mr. Emotion "“ Johnnie Ray. A crooner in the "˜50s, Johnnie Ray had hits like "Cry," "Such a Night" and "Just Walkin' in the Rain." He was known for his stage theatrics "“ he would fall on the floor, sob, and punch his piano. I guess you can see where "Mr. Emotion" comes from.

weller2. The Modfather - Paul Weller. Weller is a singer-writer-guitarist, and is the man behind the "˜70s and "˜80s bands The Jam and The Style Council and is credited, obviously, with reviving the Mod movement. Oasis has said that they count Paul Weller among their biggest influences.

3. The Queen of Country - Reba McEntire. She was declared the Queen of Country by Entertainment Weekly, but I don't know "“ what about good old Dolly?

4. The Queen of the Power Ballad "“ Celine Dion.

I'm not a fan, but it's hard to argue with the fact that the lady does a lot of ballads that chart pretty high. The moniker was given to her recently by the Boston Herald, which said that "This lady handles the high notes like Dean Martin used to treat his liquor: She can hold it for what seems like forever and makes it look easy."

5. The Godfathers of Punk "“ The Who and The Ramones. The Who received their title from The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll; I believe The Ramones is a fan-based nickname. I'm a Ramones girl, myself, but I would never deny the influence of The Who.

mahalia6. The Queen of Gospel/The Queen of Spiritual Singers "“ Mahalia Jackson. Little Richard bestowed this honorific upon her; she was really the first gospel singer to achieve superstardom. She's also well-known for singing just prior to Martin Luther King, Jr's I Have a Dream speech.

7. The Prince of Motown and the Prince of Soul "“ Marvin Gaye. The King, I believe, is Smokey Robinson.

8. The Architect of Rock and Roll "“ Little Richard. Self-proclaimed, no less. But can you blame the guy? With titles like "Tutti Frutti," Long Tall Sally," "Rip it Up" and "Good Golly, Miss Molly," I think he's earned bragging rights. Even the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown, said that Little Richard was the first artist ever to put some funk in rock and roll.

9. The Godfather of Grunge "“ Neil Young. He earned this nickname from Tower Records in 1991 for his influence on bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Sonic Youth. Kurt Cobain even quoted a Neil Young lyric in his (alleged) suicide note.

10. King of the Blues - B.B. King. C'mon, it's built right into his name. Some of the most talented musicians ever have called him their inspiration "“ Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, among them.

Some other honorifics include:

King of Reggae "“ Bob Marley
King of Funk "“ Rick James
Kings of the South "“ Ludacris and T.I.
Kings of Country "“ Garth Brooks, George Strait, Roy Acuff
Kings of R&B "“ R. Kelly, Usher
King of Bhangra "“ Malkit Singh
King of Skiffle "“ Lonnie Donegan
King of Swing "“ Benny Goodman

Chairman of the Board "“ Frank Sinatra
The Boss - Springsteen

Godfather of Heavy Metal "“ Ozzy Osbourne
Godfather of Punk (singular, not a whole band) "“ Iggy Pop, Pete Townshend
Godmother of Punk "“ Patti Smith
Godfather of Rocksteady "“ Alton Ellis

Queen of Soul "“ Aretha
Queens of Pop "“ Madonna, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey
Queen of Tejano "“ Selena
Queen of Urban Pop "“ Aaliyah
Queen of Rock and Roll "“ Tina Turner
Queen of Blues "“ Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington
Queen of Jazz "“ Ella Fitzgerald
Queen of Hip Hop Soul "“ Mary J. Blige
Queen of Hip Hop "“ Lauryn Hill
Queen of Clubs "“ Danni Minogue
Queen of Latin Pop "“ Gloria Estefan
Queen of Disco "“ Donna Summer
Queens of Folk "“ Joan Baez, Sandy Denny, Vinjamuri Anasuya Devi (Indian Folk)

Teen Queen of Japanese Pop "“ Namie Amuro

Princesses of Pop "“ Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue
Princess of Hip Hop and R&B "“ Ashanti
Crown Prince of Reggae "“ Dennis Brown

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25 Benefits of Adopting a Rescue Dog
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According to the ASPCA, 3.3 million dogs enter shelters each year in the United States. Although that number has gone down since 2011 (from 3.9 million) there are still millions of dogs waiting in shelters for a forever home. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month; here are 25 benefits of adopting a shelter dog.

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How Urban Legends Like 'The Licked Hand' Are Born
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If you compare the scary stories you heard as a kid with those of your friends—even those who grew up across the country from you—you’ll probably hear some familiar tales. Maybe you tried to summon Bloody Mary by chanting her name in front of the mirror three times in a dark bathroom. Maybe you learned never to wonder what’s under a woman’s neck ribbon. Maybe you heard the one about the girl who feels her dog lick her hand in the middle of the night, only to wake up to find him hanging dead from the shower nozzle, the words “humans can lick too” written on the wall in the dog’s blood.

These ubiquitous, spooky folk tales exist everywhere, and a lot of them take surprisingly similar forms. How does a single story like the one often called “Humans Can Lick Too” or "The Licked Hand" make its way into every slumber party in America? Thrillist recently investigated the question with a few experts, finding that most of these stories have very deep roots.

In the case of The Licked Hand, its origins go back more than a century. In the 1990s, Snopes found that a similar motif dates back to an Englishman’s diary entry from 1871. In it, the diary keeper, Dearman Birchall, retold a story he heard at a party of a man whose wife woke him up in the middle of the night, urging him to go investigate what sounded like burglars in their home. He told his wife that it was only the dog, reaching out his hand. He felt the dog lick his hand … but in the morning, all his valuables were gone: He had clearly been robbed.

A similar theme shows up in the short story “The Diary of Mr. Poynter,” published in 1919 by M.R. James. In it, a character dozes off in an armchair, and thinks that he is petting his dog. It turns out, it’s some kind of hairy human figure that he flees from. The story seems to have evolved from there into its presently popular form, picking up steam in the 1960s. As with any folk tale, its exact form changes depending on the teller: sometimes the main character is an old lady, other times it’s a young girl.

You’ll probably hear these stories in the context of happening to a “friend of a friend,” making you more likely to believe the tale. It practically happened to someone you know! Kind of! The setting, too, is probably somewhere nearby. It might be in your neighborhood, or down by the local railroad tracks.

Thrillist spoke to Dr. Joseph Stubbersfield, a researcher in the UK who studies urban legends, who says the kind of stories that spread widely contain both social information and emotional resonance. Meaning they contain a message—you never know who’s lurking in your house—and are evocative.

If something is super scary or gross, you want to share it. Stories tend to warn against something: A study of English-language urban legends circulating online found that most warned listeners about the hazards of life (poisonous plants, dangerous animals, dangerous humans) rather than any kind of opportunities. We like to warn each other of the dangers that could be lurking around every corner, which makes sense considering our proven propensity to focus on and learn from negative information. And yes, that means telling each other to watch out for who’s licking our hands in the middle of the night.

Just something to keep in mind as you eagerly await Jezebel’s annual scary story contest.

[h/t Thrillist]


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