Happy birthday Billy Idol!

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Billy Idol (born November 30, 1955) is a British musician. He got his start in the punk band Generation X, but his success grew mostly after he had moved to start a solo career in the United States. Some of his greatest hits include "Dancing With Myself," "White Wedding," "To Be a Lover," and "Cradle of Love."

BillyIdolwas born William Albert Michael Broad in Middlesex, England. His parents moved to Long Island, New York when Idol was two, but later moved back to England. He went on to attend Sussex University, where he studied English.

Idol became interested in punk music and joined the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans, a fan group that congregated whenever the Sex Pistols came into town. He then went on to join the punk group Siouxsie and the Banshees, followed by the band Chelsea. He was the lead guitarist. (Image source)

In 1977, he and Chelsea bandmate Tony James left Chelsea to form the band Generation X. Idol became the lead singer. The band released three albums; one of their successful singles was "Dancing with Myself."

In 1981, Idol moved to New York City to work with ex-Kiss manager, Bill Aucoin. Along with glam rock guitarist Steve Stevens, Idol signed with Chrysalis Records and released an EP and then an album in 1982. He produced a video and rerecorded the song "Dancing With Myself," and the video played on MTV for six straight months. His other major hit at the time was "White Wedding."

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After his initial self-titled album, Idol went on to release Rebel Yell (1983), Vital Idol (1985), Whiplash Smile (1986), and Charmed Life (1990). Some of the hits off these albums included "Eyes Without a Face," "Flesh For Fantasy," "To Be a Lover," "Don't Need a Gun," "Sweet Sixteen," and "Cradle of Love."

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Aside from a few appearances at concerts like Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit, Idol fell out of the public eye for about a decade. He produced an album, Cyberpunk, in 1993 to little attention. He returned with a cameo in Adam Sandler's The Wedding Singer (1998).

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In 2005, Idol released his first album in more than a decade, called Devil's Playground. He followed a year later with a Christmas album.

He performed at Bonnaroo in Tennessee in June, 2013.

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  • Birthday Date: Sunday, 30 November 2014
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