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Where did the band Franz Ferdinand get its name?

How quick we forget our World War I history! The Scottish band from Glasgow takes its name from the ill-fated Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Students of history will remember that Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 (coincidentally their 14th wedding anniversary) at the hands of a Serbian national, Gavrilo Princip. Their assassination was the spark that ignited World War I. As for how the band came to choose it for their name, they were reportedly watching horse racing on television one day. One of the entrants was named “Archduke,” which got the members discussing various historical archdukes, leading inevitably to Franz Ferdinand. The band consists of Alex Kapranos (vocals/guitar), Nick McCarthy (guitar/keyboards), Bob Hardy (bass) and Paul Thomson (drums). They released their self-titled debut album in 2004. Since then, they have released three additional albums, including 2013’s “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.” In 2015, Franz Ferdinand announced they had joined Sparks, the American duo composed of brothers Ron and Russell Mael, to form the superband, FFS. 

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Whatever happened to Lobo? He had a hit in the early '70s with “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo.”

Kent LaVoie, a.k.a. Lobo, was born in Tallahassee, Fla., in 1943. He joined his first band in 1961 and continued to play in various bands, one of which included Gram Parsons, until he released his first solo recordings in the early '70s. His first hit was “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” which reached No. 5 in 1971. Before the song was released, he used the name Lobo rather than his real name for fear that he would be typecast as a novelty act. His biggest pop hit came the next year when “I’d Love You to Want Me” reached No. 2. Although he reached the top 10 on the pop charts three times, his greatest success was on the Adult Contemporary charts where he had seven top 10 hits including four that reached No. 1. His last appearance on the A/C charts was in 1979 when “Where Were You When I Was Falling in Love” topped the charts. He recorded sporadically throughout the '80s and '90s and achieved success in Asia where he toured and released CDs exclusively for the Asian market. 

What’s the name of that song? Where are they now? What does that lyric mean? Send your questions about songs, albums, and the musicians who make them to MusicOnTheRecord@gmail.com. Bradford Brady and John Maron are freelance music writers based in Raleigh, N.C.

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