The band Boston was designed and invented form an engineers perspective… that engineer is Tom Sholt. Sholtz is a graduate of MIT, with his formative years spent playing piano with Beethoven, Chopin, and Tchaikovsky… until he heard the Kinks.
Then he picked up the guitar when he heard Jeff Beck.
Then Jimi Page.
The band continued to play under the name Pigeons as they recorded their first album and played local clubs. According to Carmine Appice, from his book Stick It, the band was playing a club on Long Island, when they were on a break, they started talking to a waitress named Dee Dee. She mentioned that her grandfather used to call her Vanilla Fudge… The band looked at one another and said… "Yeah, that’s it." The band’s name would be Vanilla Fudge.