In 1975 Bob Dylan wrote a great song called Hurricane, based on the injustices done to boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. A great song.
But few people know that Dylan went through many drafts based on other, little-known, people from many different walks of life before arriving at a song he could feel comfortable with. For instance...
His first choice for the tune was a pretty young prostitute he'd met in a bar in New Orleans. That song was titled: Wanda "Warm Front" Brown.
Then he thought Tiny "Tornado" White would make for a great subject for a song but that was before the Ajax people threatened to sue.
Next he considered writing a song about Bobby "Blizzard" King but the folks at Dairy Queen said uh-uh.
Not to be deterred Bob then came up with some lyrics about Bob "Hail The Size of Golf Balls" Bryant but decided a song about worshiping little white orbs just wouldn't swing.
Then he penned a ditty about Peter "Ice Pellets" Jenkins but his publisher gave him the cold shoulder.
The tune Robbie "Rainy Season" Jones was a washout.
And an attempt to set music to Dan "Dust Storm" Dandy was simply swept aside.
He came really close with Tony "Tornado" and Dawn but something like that had already been done.
Then one day he was eating a rueben sandwich at Carter's Restaurant on the south side of Chicago with Jim Croce who was trying to spit into the wind and the rest is musical history!