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Strummer, Joe (orig. John Graham Mellor)

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Born: 1952 AD
Died: 2002 AD, at 50 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Singer

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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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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