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Before the fame arrived, what did performers do to make ends meet?

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Name & Band
Former Career
Comments & Submittor Name
Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne Factory worker Osbourne used to work as a horn tester at the local Lucas factory in his hometown at the urging of his mother, but hated the irritatingly loud noise he endured. Interestingly enough, the epithet "Prince of Darkness" was given to Lucas Industries due to their products' shoddy quality before Osbourne adopted the nickname as part of his stage persona. - Maryellen Larkin
Diamond Rio, Brian Prout Bus Driver Brian worked as a tour bus driver, while the band was performing at Opryland USA as the Tennessee River Boys. - Sundog
Diamond Rio, Gene Johnson Carpenter He worked as a carpenter on the side, prior to Diamond Rio landing their record deal. - Sundog
Bon Jovi, Jon Bon Jovi Shoe salasman According to a popular rumour, which he later confirmed, Jon got fired from his job at a shoe store for turning up the radio because there was a Bruce Springsteen song on. I don't know why that made his boss so angry - dayna
The Cars, Benjamin Orr TV show house band musician In the 60s, Benjamin was a member of the Grasshoppers, the house band on the local Cleveland TV show The Big 5 Show. - Kerry
Cleve Francis, Cleve Francis Cardiologist Cleve was a cardiologist, before signing a record deal in 1992 - Sundog
Dannii Minogue, Dannii Minogue Acting According to IMDB she did some screen acting before she joined Young Talent Time. - mads.
Berlin, Terri Nunn Actress Before she was the lead singer of Berlin, Terri Nunn acted. She appeared on episodes of Lou Grant and T.J. Hooker among other shows. She even auditioned for the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars which of course as we all know went to Carrie Fisher. - Edward
The Neville Brothers; Aaron Neville, Aaron Neville Stevedore (cargo handler) on New Orleans, LA, harbor docks Linda Ronstadt, before Parkinson's disease ruined her own singing career, noted, when Aaron Neville's album "Warm Your Heart," one of whose music producers she also was, that Mr. Neville had never made much money from his recordings. Even when "Tell It Like It Is" was charting, she remarked in an interview for a magazine, Mr. Neville still remained financially unable to resign from "loading coffee onto ships," which was the example Ms. Ronstadt cited. - Parker Gabriel
Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant Magazine Journalist He was journalist for a pop magazine before co-founding Pet Shop Boys. - mads.
Spice Girls, Emma Bunton Acting She did some tv-acting before becoming famous as a singer. - mads.
Kylie Minogue, Kylie Minogue Acting She did som tv-acting before becoming famous as a singer. - mads
Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash spy He served as a Morse Code operator intercepting Soviet Army transmissions in the Air Force as a part of the US Air Force Security Service in Landsberg, Germany. - Tarzan
Henson Cargill, Henson Cargill police officer He was an Oklahoma County deputy sheriff. - Tarzan
George Jones, George Jones US Marine He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. - Tarzan
MC Hammer, MC Hammer US Navy Aviation Store Keeper   - Tarzan
The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger Hospital porter He worked part time as a porter in Bexley Psychiatric Hospital when he was 18. An unlikely place for romance, legendary lothario Mick actually lost his virginity in the hospital to a nurse in a store cupboard. - Fred boy
Platinum Blonde, Sergio Galli P.A. Rental Sergio mused that he used to rent out P.A.s to Mark. - Celeste
Patti Smith, Patti Smith Toy factory worker Patti Smith used to work in a toy factory, fixing boxes and testing toys. She didn’t seem to have had the best time there: “The stuff those women did to me in that factory was horrible. They’d gang up on me and stick my head in a toilet full of piss!” - Lefty Lucy
Tame Impala, Kevin Parker Law clerk Before Parker became a musician, he was working as a law clerk in Perth, Australia. He actually wrote some of his first songs whilst bored and travelling around for work delivering court documents. When music began to take over and his work began to slack, he was threatened with being fired and quit instead. - Lefty Lucy

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