The Story Of Pink Anderson And Floyd Council: The Duo Who Inspired Pink Floyd’s Name

Pink Floyd is among the first British psychedelic bands and a leading musical figure of the progressive rock genre. The band was founded back in 1964 by Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, and Bob Klose. After a successful music career that spanned 50 years, in 2014, Pink Floyd sadly stepped off the music scene, leaving behind unforgettable classic hits.

Known for their remarkable compositions, meaningful lyrics, and elaborate live shows, Pink Floyd was influenced by hard rock, blues, country, folk, and electronic music. Like any other rock band in those days, they knew blues’ influence on rock and roll. In fact, the band’s name ‘Pink Floyd’ was inspired by two blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

Pink Floyd was called ‘Tea Set’ before, but in 1965 Syd Barrett decided to change their name after meeting another band during one of their gigs. Barrett knew Anderson and Council because he had their blues records in his collection. Let’s learn more about these two blues musicians.

The Life Story Of Pink Anderson

Pinkney ‘Pink’ Anderson was a blues singer and guitarist born in Laurens, South Carolina, in 1900. In 1914, he joined Dr. William R. Kerr to entertain the crowds while the doctor was trying to sell a mixture he claimed had medicinal qualities. Anderson also worked with the blues singer Blind Simmie Dooley and recorded with him in 1928. In the 1950s, the musician toured with Leo ‘Chief Thundercloud’ Kahdot and the harmonica player Arthur ‘Peg Leg Sam’ Jackson.

In May 1950, the folklorist Paul Clayton recorded Anderson’s music at the Virginia State Fair. He then recorded an album in the early 1960s, performed some live shows, and appeared in the film ‘The Bluesmen.’ After a heart stroke in the late 1960s, Anderson had to reduce his musical activities. Although some folklorists tried to record him in the 1970s, they failed. In the early 1970s, Anderson went on his final tour with his student Roy Book Binder and died in October 1974 of a heart attack.

The Life And Career Of Floyd Council

Floyd Council was also a blues singer and guitarist who was a practitioner of the Piedmont Blues. Also known as ‘The Devil’s Daddy-In-Law,’ Council was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1911. He embarked on his musical career on the streets of Chapel Hill, where he was performing with his two brothers. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Council performed with Blind Boy Fuller in the Chapel Hill area, and they recorded twice in the mid-1930s.

In the late 1960s, Council suffered a heart stroke. This resulted in partially paralyzing his throat muscles and slowing his motor skills. Therefore, the folklorist Peter B. Lowry’s attempts to record him in 1970 were futile. Council then died of a heart attack just like Pink Anderson back in 1976.

Syd Barrett Named The Band Pink Floyd After Pink Anderson And Floyd Council

As mentioned before, Pink Floyd’s former frontman Syd Barrett was inspired by the names of Pink Anderson and Floyd Council when naming the iconic band Pink Floyd. Both Anderson and Council were successful blues musicians, but today, their music remains in the dusty pages of history.

As it appears, the only thing that is common between the pair is that they worked with Blind Boy Fuller. In fact, this was the reason Syd Barrett knew them because he saw their names in the liner notes of Fuller’s 1962 album. He then decided it makes sense to bring together their names, and the duo now lives in the name Pink Floyd.