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Billy Idol

Billy Idol Billy Idol was born on 30th November, 1955 in Stanmore, Middlesex, England, UK the son of a salesman is an English rock musician.

Biography and Career

He attended Tideway School in Newhaven, Sussex. The name Billy Idol was inspired by a schoolteacher's description of Broad as "idle". His family emigrated to the United States in 1958, but returned to the U.K. in 1962, settling in Bromley, Kent. In October 1975, Idol went to Sussex University to do an English degree and lived on campus (East Slope) but left after year one (1976).

He is better known by his stage name Billy Idol. He first achieved fame in the punk rock era as a member of the band Generation X.

He then embarked on a successful solo career, aided by a series of stylish music videos, making him one of the first MTV stars. Idol continues to tour with guitarist Steve Stevens and has a worldwide fan base.

He then went on to join the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans. Idol first joined the punk rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees (before the band had decided on that name) in 1976, but soon quit and joined Chelsea in 1977 as a guitarist. However, he and Chelsea bandmate Tony James soon quit that group and co-founded Generation X, with Idol switching from guitarist to lead singer.

Generation X signed to Chrysalis Records and released three albums and performed in the 1980 film, D.O.A., before disbanding. Idol moved to New York in 1981 and began working as a solo artist working with Steve Stevens, Phil Feit and Steve Missal, for Billy's debut solo album titled "Billy Idol" that was released in July 1982. He instantly became an MTV staple with "White Wedding" and "Dancing with Myself". The latter had originally been recorded with Generation X.

In 1983, in an effort to introduce Idol to American audiences not yet as familiar with him as those in England, Idol's label released "Dancing With Myself" in the U.S. in conjunction with a music video (directed by Tobe Hooper, produced by Jeffrey Abelson, and conceptualised by Keith Williams) that played in heavy rotation on MTV for six months.

That video, in fact, sparked a new era of feature film directors trying their hand at music videos. Along with "White Wedding," the "Dancing With Myself" and "Eyes Without A Face" videos helped make Idol a household name in America.

General Appearance

Birth Name : William Michael Albert Broad
Height : 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Why do we like Billy Idol?

We like Billy Idol for his work in "White Wedding".

Why is Billy Idol famous?

Billy Idol is famous as an English rock musician

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The Doors
Mad Dog Time
The Wedding Singer
The Filth and the Fury
Hey! Is Dee Dee Home?
Cat Tale
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Bam Presents H.I.M.
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Inside the Playboy Mansion
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Retrosexual---The `80s
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Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Hey Is Dee Dee Home
The Punk Rock Movie
Billy Idol Filmography

Billy Idol Videos
Billy Idol - White Wedding


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Category: Musicians  - ( Musicians Archive)

Date Added: 03 January '09

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