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James Newell Osterberg

Born: 1947 AD
Currently alive, at 74 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Singer, Songwriter

1947 – He was born on the 21st day of April this year in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He began his music career as a drummer in different high school bands in Ann Arbor, Michigan. One band was the Iguanas, where he acquired the name Iggy.


1967 – They started their debut as band this year.


1968 – A year after their debut, the band were signed to Elektra Records. The Stooges’ first two albums, The Stooges, on which Iggy was credited as Iggy Stooge produced by John Cale, and Fun House, sold poorly, although they had a lasting influence on the burgeoning punk movement.


1977 – After the second breakup of the Stooges, Iggy Pop made some recordings with James Williamson, but these weren’t released until this year.


1979 – He released his New Values, this album was something of a Stooges reunion, with James Williamson producing and latter-day Stooge Scott Thurston playing guitar and keyboards.


1980 – During the recording of Soldier, Iggy Pop and Williamson quarreled over production – the latter apparently wanted a big, Phil Spector-type sound – and Williamson was fired.


1982 – He released what would be his final album for some time, Zombie Birdhouse, on Chris Stein’s Animal label, with Stein himself producing. Commercially, the album was no improvement on his Arista works.


1983 – His fortunes changed. David Bowie recorded a cover of the song "China Girl’, which had originally appeared on The Idiot, on his blockbuster Let’s Dance album. Bowie’s version was a worldwide hit single and as co-writer of the song, Pop received substantial royalties.


1985 – He recorded some demos with guitarist Steve Jones, previously of the Sex Pistols. He played these demos to David Bowie, who was sufficiently impressed to offer to produce an album for Pop: 1986’s New Wave-influenced “Blah Blah Blah”.


1987 – He appeared along with Bootsy Collins on a mostly instrumental album by Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.


1990 – He recorded Brick by Brick, produced by Don Was, with members of Guns N’ Roses and The B-52s as guests, as well as backup vocals by many local Hollywood groups. Also this year, he starred in the controversial opera The Manson Family.


1992 – He collaborated with Goran Bregovi on the soundtrack for the movie Arizona Dream by Emir Kusturica. Also in 1992, he collaborated with the NYC industrial band White Zombie.


1995 – He again found mainstream fame when his 1977 song "Lust for Life" was featured prominently in the film Trainspotting.


1997 – He remixed Raw Power to give it a rougher, more hard-edged sound; fans had complained for years that Bowie’s official ‘rescue effort’ mix was muddy and lacking in bass.


2000 – He supplied vocals for the 1999 Death in Vegas UK Top 10 hit single Aisha. He also supplied vocals on the song "Rolodex Propaganda" by At the Drive-In in this year.


2003 – His first full-length biography was published by Omnibus Press. Gimme Danger – The Story of Iggy Pop was written by Joe Ambrose. Pop did not collaborate on the biography or publicly endorse it.


2004 – He opened Madonna’s Reinvention World Tour at Slane Castle, Dublin.


2005 – He appeared, along with Madonna, Little Richard, Bootsy Collins, and The Roots in an American TV commercial for the Motorola ROKR phone.


2006 – He and the Stooges played in Australia and New Zealand for the Big Day Out.


2007 – His music will be featured in a movie adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s best-selling novel Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance.