12 unbelievable photographs of musicians/bands before they got famous
While there a few people privileged enough to be born into fame there are many others who work their way up. However, there's always curiosity about the lifestyles of celebs before they became famous
Here are 12 photographs of musicians before they got famous
#12 Bruno Mars
Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars was a tiny Elvis Presley impersonator at the early age of six. Bruno's parents were huge Elvis fans themselves and went to the extent of opening a store called 'Elvis Elvis Elvis' in their hometown Waikiki, Hawaii. Bruno was soon encouraged to swerve and swivel his hips just like the King. By the early 2000s, Bruno was fast gaining success as a songwriter for other famous artists. His first claim to fame was K'Naan's 'Waving Flag' which was the theme song for the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
#11 Elvis Presley
The King of Rock and Roll was an extremely shy teen when he was first shot by photographer William Speer in 1954. Speer says he knew Elvis was special from the moment he walked in. By August 1955, Sun Studios had released ten sides credited to "Elvis Presley, Scotty and Bill", all typical of the developing Elvis style. Several major record labels had shown interest in signing Elvis.
#10 Lady Gaga
Stefani Germanotta, now popularly known as Lady Gaga, was actually a waitress in a West Village restaurant. She used to work with a friend and photographer Malgorzata Saniewska. The two of them were not really close but Saniewska acknowledged Gaga's talent. Saniewska shot around 200 photos and Gaga was pleased with the result – she used some of them for her promotional material at that time. Gaga rose to prominence in 2008 with the release of her debut album, a dance-pop and electropop record titled The Fame, and its internationally chart-topping singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face".
#9 Kanye West
Kanye West was initially just an ambitious kid with a dream before all the fame and wealth. He was raised in a middle-class family in suburban Illinois. His current net worth is over $100 million and he has come a long, long way from where he started. In the early 2000s, he was a producer for artists such as Jay Z and Alicia Keys. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, Kanye released his debut album, The College Dropout, in 2004 to widespread critical and commercial success and founded the record label GOOD Music.
#8 Elton John
Reginald Dwight was better known as Elton John and was initially a pub pianist who ended up joining bands such as The Corvettes and Bluesology, a blues group that was led by singer Long John Baldry. That's where Elton acquired the 'John' part of his name. Elton John also tried out for King Crimson and Gentle Giant as a vocalist before hitting it big on his own.
His first album was not a hit and was released in the US after Elton John had secured his spot as a popular musician. In the year 1970, he worked on a second album simply titled Elton John and it was this album that made him famous.
This was Nirvana's first photo shoot with their new drummer Chad Channing. The photographer was Charles Peterson. Nirvana found unexpected success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit", the first single from the band's second album Nevermind (1991).
"This is a back to nature shot with Nirvana for a promo shoot for their first LP, 'Bleach.' They found the idea very silly and Krist (Novoselic) started acting out, cracking up Kurt (Cobain)," said Peterson.
#6 Iggy Azealia
The Australian rapper made her debut in the year 2014 with her single, 'Fancy'. This is a still from one of her first photoshoots. Iggy's actual name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly and she dropped out of school in the New South Wales country town of Mullumbimby. She made her way to Miami and worked as a house cleaner to support herself.
Since then she has gone on to become the first artiste since The Beatles to achieve the first and second place spots on the Billboard charts with the hit songs "Fancy" and "Problem."
#5 Bruce Springsteen
This is the promotional photograph of The Castiles taken in the year 1965 showcasing (from L to R) Frank Marziotti, Paul Popkin, George Theiss, Vinny Maniello and Bruce Springsteen. Yep, the last kid on the right didn't know it at the time, but he was going to make history. The release of Springsteen's song 'Born To Run' propelled him to the rock and roll stratosphere and he has not looked back since.
#4 Jimmy Hendrix
Jimmy Hendrix and Billy Cox formed a band known as The King Kasuals eventually called The King Casuals with LT Charles Washington, Jimmy Darden, and Gary Ferguson in the year 1962. For a while, the band played at the Nashville Club circuit before Hendrix began his music career as a session musician with the Isley Brothers' backing band. He then went on to work with Little Richard till about mid-1965. In the year 1967, Hendrix's song 'Hey Joe' was a huge hit in Britain followed by 'Purple Haze'.
#3 The Rolling Stones
When The Rolling Stones were first photographed in London in the year 1962, they were a bunch of starving kids. Celebrity photographer Philip Townsend took pictures of the boys and revealed that they were broke and starving when they were in search of a record deal. He bought them some barbecued chicken before placing them in the middle of the road for the photograph. Their debut album, also called The Rolling Stones, released in the year 1964.
This is Madonna in 1982 at her apartment on the Lower East Side. Photographer Richard Corman remembers the spontaneous photoshoot where the young singer posed in her apartment with kids from in and around. Singing and dancing on the terrace with her kids was a daily activity and Corman describes her as the perfect 'pied piper of the neighborhood'.
She would always carry her boombox with her to the rooftop and the kids hearing the music would run up to be the first to listen to her demo tapes. Madonna (later re-titled as Madonna: The first album) is the debut album of the singer and songwriter. Madonna was signed by Sire Records president Seymour Stein following the success of her 1982 single "Everybody".
#1 The Beatles
The Beatles had been photographed on several occasions before this by photographers Astrid Kirchherr and Jurgen Vollmer in Hamburg. However, this was their first official, contract-based and paid photograph session which took place in the year 1961.
A local wedding photographer, Albert Marrion, was initially called to take the photograph but was reluctant to do so. Marrion took about 30 shots of the band that day but discarded half "because of Lennon and McCartney acting up and spoiling the pose." I bet that's an action Marrion will totally regret.
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