Billy Idol's Birthday: 11/30
Posted 11/30/2012 12:00:00 AM

Billy Idol’s Birthday – November 30th, 1955

 

Conversation Starters

  • Happy Birthday to Billy Idol! What is your favorite song from Billy?
  • Today is Billy Idol’s Birthday! Which of his albums do you have in your collection?
  • Billy Idol celebrates a birthday today! If you could place Billy into any band as their new front-man, which band would you choose?

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: November 30th, 1955
  • Age: 57
  • Location: Stanmore, Middlesex, England, UK
  • Full Name: William Michael Albert Broad
  • When Billy was three his family moved to Long Island, New York but returned back to the UK four years later
  • Has a son, Willem Wolf Broad in June of 1988

Fast Facts

  • Billy got the name “Idol” from a school teacher that described Billy as “Idle”
  • Billy joined the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans in 1976-1977; he would travel from town to town watching the band play
  • In the 1977, Billy joined the band Chelsea as a guitarist; the band didn’t last long and soon Billy and band mate Tony James left to form the group Generation X
  • Idol became the frontman of the group, and Generation X became one of the first punk bands to appear on the BBC music program Top of the Pop
  • Generation X signed a record deal with Chrysalis Records and released three albums together; they also performed in the film D.O.A.
  • After Generation X disbanded, Idol moved to New York in 1981 and started his solo career at working with ex-Kiss Manager, Bill Aucoin
  • In 1981, Idol released his first solo EP Don’t Stop on Chrysalis Records with the help of Steve Stevens, Steve Missal and Phil Feit
  • The EP included the hit track “Dancing with Myself,” which was originally meant for Generation X’s last album. Idol’s cover of “Mony Mony” was on the EP as well
  •  Idol released his first full-length solo album Billy Idol in July of 1982
  • As part of a “second British Invasion” run by MTV, Idol became popular with his hits “Dancing with Myself” and “White Wedding”
  • In 1983, Billy was being introduced to American audiences when “Dancing with Myself” was released with a music video in the US and played on MTV non stop
  • Rebel Yell, Idol’s sophomore album, was released in 1983, which featured the hit tracks “Eyes Without a Face” and “Flesh For Fantasy”
  • Idol took some time to release his next album Whiplash Smile in 1986; the album sold well with tracks like “Sweet Sixteen,” “ Don’t Need a Gun” and “To Be a Lover”
  • Billy recorded the music video for “Sweet Sixteen” in Coral Castle in Florida, the song was about the builder of the castle and his lost love
  • Guitarist Steve Stevens left Idol after the release of Whiplash Smile
  • In 1989, Idol appeared as cousin Kevin as part a of the live version of The Who’s rock opera Tommy, which aired on HBO; Idol also guest performed with the Who on “Bell Boy” from the album Quadrophenia
  • In February of 1990 in Hollywood, CA, Billy was in a bad motorcycle accident which almost resulted in the loss of his leg
  • Idol release Charmed Life in May of 1990 and a music video was made for “LA Woman” even though Billy was still having trouble walking at the time
  • Idol released Cyberpunk in June of 1993; the album was recorded using a Mac computer and was the first to list the artist’s e-mail (idol@well.sf.ca.us) on the cover
  • Billy made a cameo appearance in the film The Wedding Singer in 1998; he also had a small part in the movie The Doors
  • In April of 2001, VH1 aired Billy Idol – Behind the Music; Idol and Stevens also took part in VH1’s Storytellers and the two reunited and played a series of shows before recording the special
  • Billy released Devil’s Playground in March of 2005; it was his first studio album in 12 years and he played at a variety of shows including the Warped Tour, Download Festival and Voodoo Music Experience to promote it
  • Idol made an appearance on Viva La Bam in 2006 when he helped Bam Margera put a sunroof in his Lamborghini and performed live for Bam’s mother‘s birthday
  • In December of 2006, Billy released a Christmas album entitled Happy Holidays: A Very Special Christmas Album
  • In July of 2009, Idol performed at Congress Theater in Chicago for the TV series Soundstage; the performance was released on DVD  in November of that year
  • In July of 2012, Idol performed with his band in Portugal, along with the Cult, Garbage, Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand and Gogol Bordello at Marés Vivas festival

Awards/Honors

  • 1985 – “Rebel Yell” – Nominated for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
  • 1987 – “To Be A Lover” – Nominated for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
  • 1991 – “Cradle of Love” – Nominated for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance

Discography

  • Don’t Stop – October, 1981
  • Billy Idol – July, 1982
  • Rebel Yell – November, 1983
  • Whiplash Smile - September, 1986
  • Charmed Life – May, 1990
  • Cyberpunk – June 29th, 1993
  • Devil’s Playground – March 22nd, 2005
  • Original Sound – September 18th, 2006
  • Happy Holidays: A Very Special Christmas Album – December 4th, 2006

Chart History

-Billboard Hot 100

  • “Mony Mony” – #1 – November, 1987
  • “Cradle of Love” – #2 – August, 1990
  • “Eyes Without a Face” – #4 – July, 1984
  • “To Be a Lover” – #6 – December, 1986
  • “Sweet Sixteen” – #20 – July, 1987
  • “Hot in the City” – #23 – September, 1982
  • “Flesh for Fantasy” – #29 – October, 1984
  • “White Wedding” – #36 – July, 1983
  • “Don’t Need a Gun” – #37 – March, 1987
  • “Rebel Yell” – #46 – March, 1984
  • “Catch My Fall” – #50 – December, 1984
  • “L.A. Women” – #52 – October, 1990

- Billboard Top 200

  • Rebel Yell#6 – January, 1985
  • Whiplash Smile#6 – December, 1986
  • Vital Idol#10 – November, 1987
  • Charmed Life#11 – June, 1990
  • Devil’s Playground#46 – April, 2005
  • Cyberpunk#48 – July, 1993
  • Greatest Hits#74 – May, 2001

RIAA

  • January 18th, 2005 – Greatest HitsPlatinum
  • October 2nd, 1990 – Charmed LifePlatinum
  • January 19th, 1988 – Vital IdolPlatinum
  • January 13th, 1987 – Whiplash SmilePlatinum
  • January 14th, 1985 – Rebel Yell – 2x Platinum
  • June 28th, 1984 – Billy IdolGold

Links

Videos

Sources

Check out the top 10 Billy Idol songs at Ultimate Classic Rock 

Posted By: Rabbi  

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