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The famous electric bassist was born as John Francis Anthony Pastorius III.

Is it known how he got nicknamed Jaco?

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Jaco was a big fan of baseball and often watched games. He got his nickname from Jocko Conlan. He was first nicknamed 'Jocko' after the aforementioned player, but later, he received a note from a friend of his friend who had misspelled 'Jocko' to 'Jaco', because he didn't know how it was spelled.

I first saw this on an article about Jaco's life (which I cannot find right now), but wikipedia states pretty much the same.

  • If I recall correctly, Jaco himself tells the anecdote in an interview, and I think he mentions that the fellow who called him “Jaco” was a Frenchman, although I don’t recall his name. – Bradd Szonye Feb 26 '15 at 3:36
  • the name of the french man who misspelled Jocko is Alex Darqui. – Massimo Selvi Sep 14 '16 at 19:11

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