I sort of enjoy the fact that I’m misunderstood most of the time. That’s fine.
~Billie Joe Armstrong
Our passion is our strength.
~Billie Joe Armstrong
|Birth name||Billie Joe Armstrong|
|Also known as||Wilhelm Fink
Reverend Strychnine Twitch
|Born||February 17, 1972 (age 41)
Oakland, California, United States
|Genres||Punk rock, alternative rock, pop punk, garage rock, new wave|
|Occupations||Singer, musician, songwriter, guitarist|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, drums, percussion, saxophone, harmonica, mandolin, bass, violin|
|Labels||Reprise, Lookout!, Adeline, Recess|
|Associated acts||Green Day, Pinhead Gunpowder, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Boo|
Billie Joe Armstrong (born February 17, 1972) is an American rock musician and occasional actor, best known as the lead vocalist, main songwriter, and guitarist for the American punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt. He is also a guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder and provides lead vocals for Green Day’s side projects Foxboro Hot Tubs and The Network respectively.
Raised in Rodeo, California, Armstrong developed an interest in music at a young age, and recorded his first song at the age of five. He met Mike Dirnt while attending elementary school, and the two instantly bonded over their mutual interest in music, forming the band Sweet Children when the two were 15 years old. The band changed its name to Green Day, and would later achieve massive commercial success. Armstrong has also pursued musical projects outside of Green Day’s work, including numerous collaborations with other musicians.
He also co-owns the record label Adeline Records, with his wife Adrienne and skateboarder Jim Thiebaud, with the colaboration of Green Day’s guitarist Jason White and more recently Green Day’s manager Pat Magnarella.
21 Guns [Official Music Video]:
Album of the day:
American Idiot (2004)
Other February 17:
- Bob Dylan 4th recording sessions for Nashville Skyline
- Bob Dylan recorded “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” in 1966
- Gene Francis Alan Pitney (February 17, 1940 – April 5, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and sound engineer. Through the mid-1960s, he enjoyed success as a recording artist on both sides of the Atlantic and was among the group of early 1960s American acts who continued to enjoy hits after the British Invasion.
- “When a Man Loves a Woman” is a song recorded by Percy Sledge in 1966 at Norala Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama. It made number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts. It was listed 54th in the List of Rolling Stone magazine‘s 500 greatest songs of all time. The sidemen for this recording included Spooner Oldham, organ; Marlin Greene, guitar; Albert “Junior” Lowe, bass and Roger Hawkins, drums. The song is credited to Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, who played bass and keyboards with Sledge. However, the song was in fact written by Percy Sledge himself, but he gave it to Lewis and Wright.
Released April 16, 1966 Format 12″ vinyl Recorded February 17, 1966 in Sheffield, Alabama Genre R&B
Length 2:51 Label Atlantic Writer(s) Calvin Lewis, Andrew Wright Producer Marlin Greene, Quin Ivy Certification Gold (RIAA)