Keys' Mother Aborted Stripper Name
R+B superstar Alicia Keys almost named herself Alicia Wild when starting out in the music business - until her mother pointed out it made her sound like a stripper. Keys was born Alicia Augello-Cook and wanted a catchier name for herself, when she saw the word 'wild' in a dictionary. But her mum had other ideas. Keys tells American magazine Newsweek, "She said, 'It sounds like you're a stripper.'" So the singer decided to name herself Alicia Keys instead. She explains, "It's like the piano keys. And it can open so many doors."