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Idol, Billy (orig. William Michael Albert Broad)

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Born: 1955 AD
Currently alive, at 59 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Musicians, Singer, Songwriter

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1955 – He was born on the 30th day of November this year in Middlesex, England.

 

1976 – He  lived in Worthing, England before attending Sussex University for only one year before joining the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans. Idol first joined the punk rock band Siouxsie & the Banshees (before the band had decided on a name) in this year, but soon quit.

 

1977 – This year, he joined Chelsea as a guitarist. However, he and Chelsea bandmate Tony James soon quit that group and co-founded Generation X, with Idol switching from guitar to lead singer.

 

1983 – With an effort to introduce Idol to American audiences not yet as familiar with him as those in England, "Dancing With Myself" was released in the U.S. in conjunction with a music-video (directed by Tobe Hooper, and produced by Jeffrey Abelson) that played in heavy rotation on MTV for six months. That video, in fact, sparked a whole new era of feature film directors trying their hand at music videos.

 

1984 - Idol's second LP, Rebel Yell was a blockbuster success, and established Idol's superstar status in the United States with hits like "Eyes Without a Face", "Flesh For Fantasy", and the title cut; Idol also became very popular in Europe thanks to this album and its singles, particularly in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and later in his native UK.

 

1986 - He did not release a new album until this year; Whiplash Smile sold very well and proved to be a smash, including the hits "To Be A Lover", "Don't Need A Gun" and the Country-flavored "Sweet Sixteen".

 

1990 - Idol and Perri broke up in this year. They have a son named Willem Wolfe Broad together. Just before the release of Charmed Life in this year, Idol was in a motorcycle accident in which he almost lost his leg. The album had been named prior to Idol's accident. The album sold extremely well (led by "Cradle of Love", from The Adventures of Ford Fairlane film), but Idol decided to take a break and acted in The Doors, directed by Oliver Stone.

 

1993 - The follow-up to Charmed Life was this year’s Cyberpunk, which was a flop in the States, and Idol sank into drug addiction, nearly dying of a GHB overdose in 1994.

 

1998 - Idol returned to the popular eye in this year, when he played himself in The Wedding Singer, an Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore 80s romantic comedy, where "White Wedding" was used as the title track.

 

2001 - Idol appeared on VH1 Storytellers and issued a successful Greatest Hits CD in this year. Also in this year, recording of VH1 Storytellers Idol refutes that, saying his sister's wedding was simply inspiration for the song, which quickly took on its own form. Years after the video, Idol's sister is still married with three children.

 

2006 - Billy guested on his keyboardist Derek Sherinian's solo album Blood of the Snake, covering the 1970 Mungo Jerry hit, "In the Summertime". A video was also made featuring Idol and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. Also In November of 2006, Idol released a Christmas album called Billy Idol: Happy Holidays.


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