Billy Idol was born as William Broad on November 30th of 1955 in England.
The name “Idol” was inspired by a school teacher who described Billy Broad as “idle.”
Idol’s single “White Wedding” was taken from his 1982 debut album (titled simply Billy Idol.) It hit #6 on the UK singles charts when it was released there in 1985 two years after it reached #36 in the US in 1983 (it was #4 on the Mainstream Rock charts.)
“Eyes Without a Face” was a successful single from Idol’s second album, 1984′s Rebel Yell. It was his first top 10 hit in the US, reaching #4 on the US singles charts. It reached #18 in the UK. It also reached #10 in Germany, #14 in Italy, and #21 in Switzerland.
In 1987 Idol’s live cover of “Mony Mony” (originally by Tommy James & the Shondells) reached #1 on the US singles charts. It went to #7 in the UK and also charted in many other countries around the world.
1990′s “Cradle of Love” was included on Idol’s 4th album, Charmed Life. It was also featured in the movie The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. The single reached #2 in the US but only #34 in the UK. To date, it was Idol’s last major hit.
“White Wedding” Music Video