It was recently reported that the sort name guidelines and sort name code don’t really match for cases where an artist name is in the style of “Artist X & The Artist Y”. The guideline claims that:
Group artist names beginning with an article (a, an, the, etc.) have the article moved to the end of their sort name.
Where a real person’s name appears in a group artist’s name, the artist’s sort name should be the sort name for that person, followed by the remainder of the group artist’s name.
That seems a bit inconclusive (should “the remainder of the group artist’s name” be sorted too or just printed as is?), but examples are as such:
Hootie & the Blowfish has sort name “Hootie & the Blowfish”
Bob Marley and the Wailers has sort name “Marley, Bob and the Wailers”
Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine has sort name “Estefan, Gloria and the Miami Sound Machine”
The sort name guessing code will consistently turn these into “Artist X &/and Artist Y, The”. This does seem like a better case for when the artist name is a combination of the names of two artists (“Marley, Bob and Wailers, The” seems more correct to me) but it does have its exceptions: “Hootie & the Blowfish” is just the full band name, so “Hootie & Blowfish, The” would probably be incorrect, and the suggested example of “Clarence Foster and The Internal Revenue Service” seems to be a band name that contains a person name and I’m not sure which version would apply better.
What do people think we should we do with this, in any case?