All right, everybody follow along.
Once upon a time, there was a blues singer named Anita White, who for the past twenty years has fronted her own blues band, and has performed on stage under the name “Lady A.”
Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, a country trio who called themselves Lady Antebellum… you know, these guys…
They decided that, after using the name “Lady Antebellum” for 20 years or so, they decided to drop the “Antebellum” portion of their name (as in they didn’t want the association of antebellum pre-Civil War slavery in their name any more), and decided to shorten their brand to “Lady A.”
Which is all well and good, but apparently nobody told the singer Lady A in Washington State.
And yes, the two entities had a bit of a tiff over it.
So who really holds the rights to the name “Lady A”?
How about this… I say neither of them. Because before this Lady A and the other Lady A, there as a third Lady A.
THIS Lady A.
As in Lady Aberlin. As in Betty Aberlin, one of the co-stars on the educational series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Here’s the link that proves it.
Trust me, Lady Aberlin, part of the Royal Court of King Friday XIII, Queen Sarah Saturday and Prince Tuesday, the benevolent monarchs of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. At some point in time, King Friday christened her as “Lady A” on the series for a time, although I haven’t found that YouTube clip yet.
Of course, when I do search for clips about Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, I always find my way back to this one. Probably the most heartbreaking and emotional children’s TV clip I’ve ever experienced.
In a world of Lady Elaine Fairchildes and X the Owls and Henrietta Pussycats, I was a Daniel Striped Tiger. Not that one from the cartoon Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, I mean this true model. The one who lived in a clock and still wore a wristwatch.
In fact, it was Lady Aberlin herself – er, Betty Aberlin – who brought up the idea that while the two musical Lady A’s were battling it out, technically she was Lady A before either of them were even lower case a’s.
And she mentioned it on – well, this is 2020 – her Twitter account.
Wait, Betty Aberlin has a Twitter account? Heck, I gotta follow this.
And I responded back to her tweet.
And if you know who in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe totes a Boomerang Toomerang Soomerang, especially on days outside of her normal ventures from the Museum-Go-Round … well, Betty Aberlin had a great response to my response.
That’s right, people. Don’t mess with the residents of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. You don’t want a royal edict from his great and powerful Majesty, King Friday XIII, now do you? Well, do you? Yeah, I thought not.
So here’s the way to split this. You can have “Miss Lady A” for the blues singer, “The Lady A” for the band, and Betty Aberlin can remain as the original “Lady A.”
Works for me. Should work for all concerned.
Now if you’ll excuse me… I have to catch the Trolley. Speedy Delivery, speedy delivery… 😀