2. Bob Dylan Changed His Name in Honor of A Previous Chelsea Hotel Guest
Bob Dylan, whose actual name is Bob Zimmerman, changed his last name to Dylan after the late Chelsea Hotel guest, poet Dylan Thomas. Like Spugen, Thomas also died in the Chelsea Hotel, said to be from alcohol poisoning but recent theories suggest it was from pneumonia. Like the residents of the Chelsea Hotel, Bob Dylan was also inspired by the space itself. Dylan references the Chelsea Hotel in several songs including Sara and wrote the album Blonde on Blonde at the hotel.