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Strummer, Joe

Born: 1952 AD
Died: 2002 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Singer

1952 – He was born on the 21st day of August in Ankara, Turkey.


1961 – He and his older brother David, 10, began boarding at the City of London Freemen’s School in Surrey.


1970 – He moved on to London’s Central School of Art & Design, where he briefly flirted with the idea of becoming a professional cartoonist.


1971 – He was married to Pamela Moolman, a South African citizen, so she could obtain British citizenship.


1973 – He moved to Newport, Wales to attend the Newport College of Art, but soon dropped out.


1974 – He moved back to London where he met up again with Tymon Dogg.


1975 – He changed his name from "Woody" Mellor to Joe Strummer, and insisted that his friends call him by that name.


1976 – He was approached by Bernie Rhodes and Mick Jones. Jones was from the band London SS and wanted Strummer to join as lead singer.


1977 – His band signed on the 25th day of January this year with CBS Records and was now a three-piece after Levene was fired from the band and Chimes quit. Drummer Topper Headon later became the band’s full-time drummer.


1980 – He was arrested for hitting a violent member of the audience with his guitar during a show in Hamburg, Germany.


1983 – He was issued in the infamous "Clash Communiqué". He fired Mick Jones.


1985 – He decided to carry on and added new members. "The Clash Mark Two" released the album “Cut the Crap.”


1987 – He starred in the film Walker, directed by Alex Cox, as a character named "Faucet”, wrote, and performed on the film’s soundtrack.


1989 – He began producing solo records with a band called The Latino Rockabilly War.


1990 – He also made a brief appearance in Aki Kaurismäki’s film I hired a contract killer as a guitarist in a pub, singing two songs (burning lights, afro-Cuban be-bop).


1991 – He replaced Shane MacGowan as singer of The Pogues for a tour after MacGowan’s departure from the band.


1994 – He joined Czech-American band Dirty Pictures on stage in Prague at “Rock for Refugees”, a benefit concert for people left displaced by the war in Yugoslavia.


1995 – He married Lucinda Tait. This final marriage lasted until Strummer’s death.


1997- He had worked with noted producer and engineers Lee Perry & Marty Munsch on a significant amount of remixed Clash and 101’ers reissue dub material.


1999 – He and his band signed with Mercury Records, and issued their first album.


2001 – He and his band signed with Californian punk label Hellcat Records and released their second album, "Global A Go-Go".


2002 – He died on the 22nd day of December this year in his home at Broomfield in Somerset, the victim of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect.