As we approach the end of February, let’s look at some of the famous musicians who were born this very month.
Kurt Cobain: Born February 20, 1967; Died April 5, 1994
A member of the famous ‘27 Club’, Cobain was the lead singer of grunge-rock band Nirvana, until his death from an apparent suicide in 1994. He was widely regarded as the greatest songwriter of his generation.
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Dr Dre: Born February 18, 1965
Dr Dre started out as one-fifth of the gangsta rap group N.W.A back in the mid-1980s. Since then, he’s become a household name in music – both as a solo artist and as the CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.
Johnny Cash: Born February 26, 1932; Died September 12, 2003
The Man In Black, as he was affectionately known, was a figurehead for both country music and rock and roll. Among other things, he was famous for his bass-baritone vocals and his iconic live performance at Folsom State Prison in California. Cash’s life and career was portrayed in the 2005 biographical drama, Walk The Line.
Axl Rose: Born February 6, 1962
Founder and lead singer of Guns N’ Roses – and now also of AC/DC – Axl Rose is a celebrated but controversial figure. He has one of the most distinctive voices in rock music, with the capacity to hit even the most difficult notes, and his band’s records have sold over 60 million copies worldwide.
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Rihanna: Born February 20, 1988
Born on Kurt Cobain’s 21st birthday, Rihanna may not have a lot in common with the Nirvana frontman – but she’s had arguably just as big an impact on music. With nine Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles and a spot on Time’s list of the world’s most influential people, Rihanna is perhaps the most high-profile living musician born in February.
Alice Cooper: Born February 4, 1948
There seems to be some correlation between rock singers and February birthdays, doesn’t there? Maybe if you were born in February you still have a shot at the big time! You’d better have a raspy voice and be able to pull off dark eyeliner if you want to emulate Alice Cooper, though. Having singles which stand up to the likes of ‘School’s Out’ and ‘Poison’ might help, too. Best of luck!
Billie Joe Armstrong: Born February 17, 1962
Armstrong is the singer and co-founder of the iconic punk rock band Green Day and continues to front the band to this day. His success as a musician even extends to Broadway, with the award-winning musical American Idiot (a stage adaptation of Green Day’s album of the same name) receiving worldwide acclaim.