Some of the top musicians have had some very interesting childhoods. Read on to learn more.
#1. Gene Simmons
Before becoming “The Demon” of KISS, he was known to his classmates as Chaim Witz. He kept his tongue in his mouth back then and was pretty serious about his studies. After high school, Witz attended Sullivan Community College and Richmond College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education.
#2. Tina Turner
One of the greatest singers of all time is known to her teacher and classmates of Flag Grove School in Haywood County, Tennessee as Anna Mae Bullock.She had aspirations of becoming a nurse, but her interest in music became stronger when she started hanging around Club Manhattan. Her vocal talents got the attention of theband members of the Kings of Rhythm when they heard her singing along while sitting at her table.
#3. Marshall Mathers
Can you believe Marshall Mathers is actually smiling in his high school photo? He’s rarely seen smiling in any photos.
He spent three years in ninth grade due to poor grades and truancy. At the age of 17, Mathers dropped out of Lincoln High School in Warren, Michigan. He continued improving his vocabulary by studying the dictionary for hours so that he could write and rap better.
The multi-platinum selling rapper, producer and actor has a net worth of $170 million. He probably smiles all the time when cameras aren’t around.
#4. Benji Madden
Before he covered himself in tats and body piercings and even thought of dating Cameron Diaz, the Good Charlotte vocalist and guitarist was a clean cut kid studying at La Plata High School in Maryland.
#5. Jim Morrison
Mr. Mojo Risin’ graduated from George Washington High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He read lots of poetry and philosophy and was influenced heavily by Friedrich Nietzsche. After high school, he went to Florida State University in Tallahassee and University of California in Los Angeles, where he earned a degree in film school.
#6. Steven Tyler
Steven Tallarico attended Roosevelt High School and the Quintano for Young Professionals School. He was kicked out of Roosevelt for possession of marijuana. He told Rolling Stone Magazine there was a narc in his ceramics class.