Did you ever wonder where the term “Uncle Sam” came from? Today’s your lucky day! Uncle Sam (notice the initials) was invented by a meat packer during the U.S. War of 1812. When soldiers were given their ration of meat, they asked “who is this from?” The container was labeled U.S., so Samuel Wilson coined the phrase, “It’s from your Uncle Sam”. Before long the name was used in Yankee Doodle Dandy and I Want You posters. The word “Uncle” has been used in phrases like “cry uncle” when wrestling, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, and even found it’s way into popular music. What are the TOP 10 artists or song titles to use world UNCLE?
10. Uncle Lucious little known Austin, TX jam band with a dash of Southern rock
9. Uncle Luke (aka Luke Skywalker from the 2 Live Crew) Currently a high school football coach in his hometown of Miami, Luther Campbell’s song “The U” was dedicated to The University of Miami and used in ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary
8. Uncle Tupelo An alternative country rock band from the late 80’s to early 90’s, influential style
7. Uncle Sam 90’s R&B singer who hit the Top 10 with “I Don’t Ever Want To See You Again”
6. “Uncle Salty” Aerosmith song The B-Side to Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion”, from their epic 3rd LP, Toys In The Attic)
5. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” Warrant song The hardest rock song from 80’s Glam Rockers, Warrant, to ever hit the charts. An 80’s MTV video on heavy rotation.
4. “Uncle John’s Band” Grateful Dead song One of the 500 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songs that shaped rock and roll. An essential Dead concert staple.
3. Uncle Charlie Wilson The lead singer of the Gap Band took on the moniker, Uncle Charlie, for his solo career. He’s been a constant presence on the R&B charts.
2. “Uncle Albert” Paul McCartney and Wings song #1 song in September 1971. The full title is “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” and it became Paul’s first #1 hit in the 70’s.
1. Uncle Kracker From playing turntables for Kid Rock’s early band to his debut CD in 2000, Uncle Kracker has five Top 10 singles includes “Smile”, “In A Little While”, and “When The Sun Goes Down” with Kenny Chesney