Happy Birthday Iggy Pop!

Happy Birthday Iggy Pop!

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Hard to believe, but today legendary punk rocker Iggy Pop turns 75-years-old! Born James Newell Osterberg Jr. on April 21, 1947, Iggy has been deemed the “Godfather of Punk” for his innovation in music as the frontman of proto-punk band The Stooges (also referred to as Iggy Pop & The Stooges) who formed in 1967. His life is full of some of the wildest and most infamous stories in rock ‘n’ roll history, but here’s a few fun facts you may not have known about the rocker:

  1. He started his music career as a drummer, and The Iguanas was one of his first bands which he joined in the early ’60s.
  2. The Stooges used to be called The Psychedelic Stooges.
  3. David Bowie was a close friend of Iggy’s and he produced three of his albums.
  4. When Jim Morrison passed away, Iggy Pop was asked to join The Doors, but he declined the offer.
  5. Iggy Pop is said to have pioneered the stage dive, which was a frequent stunt of his that wasn’t always successful.
  6. Computer animators based the creature Gollum on Iggy Pop’s body and movement style in the Lord Of The Rings movie series.
  7. Iggy Pop is the owner of a cockatoo named Biggy Pop, who you can follow on Instagram.
  8. Iggy Pop is an arts enthusiast and gets more joy from looking at paintings than most other things.
  9. Iggy Pop has over 58 acting credits on IMDB.
  10. Iggy performed on American Idol in 2011

Watch Iggy Pop & The Stooges perform in Sydney, Australia live in 1970 here:


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