There is a good chance that William Michael Albert Broad has had a role in every…

Written by on December 1, 2017


There is a good chance that William Michael Albert Broad has had a role in every wedding you have been to in the last 30 some years. William has 62 candles on his birthday cake today.

You will know William better by his stage name, Billy Idol. He first achieved fame in the 1970s as a member of the punk rock band Generation X. Subsequently, he embarked on a solo career which led to an international recognition and made Idol one of the lead artists during the MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” in the United States.

Idol began his career in late 1976 as a guitarist in the punk rock band Chelsea. However, he soon left the group and along with his bandmate Tony James formed Generation X with Idol being the lead singer. The band achieved success in the United Kingdom and released three albums on Chrysalis Records before disbanding. In 1981, Idol moved to New York City to pursue his solo career in collaboration with guitarist Steve Stevens. His debut studio album “Billy Idol” was a commercial success and with music videos for singles “Dancing with Myself” and “White Wedding” Idol soon became a staple of then newly established MTV.

Do you have a favorite song by Billy? And have you been to a wedding in the past 30 years that the song “White Wedding” wasn’t played at?

Happy Birthday Billy!!




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