Before the fame arrived, what did performers do to make ends meet?
The 20 most recent entries are listed below. There are 114 Former Career entries on the site.
Name & Band
Comments & Submittor Name
|Chubby Checker, Chubby Checker||Poultry plucker at local slaughter house||- Keeley|
|Eddie Money, Eddie Money||Cop||In New York City. - Kevin|
|Billy Joel , Billy Joel||Boxer||He was a boxer out of high school. He had won 23 out of 25 fights. That's how he broke his nose. - Kevin|
|Donovan, Donovan||Drummer||Before he was a guitarist, he played drums in his high school band "The Macabres". His sax player was Ron "Dippy" Gale and the song "Epistle to Dippy" was dedicated to him. - KL Fan|
|Rick Ross, William Leonard Roberts II||Correction Officer||The supposed trappin' "gangsta" that everyone knows was ACTUALLY a correctional facility officer. Just shows how "real" rappers are nowadays. - Mitchell|
|The Clash, Joe Strummer||Gravedigger||When I was verifying the Rod Stewart submission, I discovered that Joe Strummer also used to work as a gravedigger. - Tim Kramar|
|Small Faces, Rod Stewart||Gravedigger||Highgate cemetary. Rod also considered a career in sports (either soccer or rugby), but decided he couldn't do that while drunk. - Tim Kramar|
|Kris Kristofferson, Kris Kristofferson||Janitor||Worked as a janitor at a recording studio. - Tim Kramar|
|Lady GaGa, Lady GaGa||Waitress||Stefani Germanotta worked as a Manhatten waitress before she ever met Lady Starlight and started a singing career. - Robert D. Arndt Jr.|
|Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman||Royal Air Force||It was considered "national service" in the UK. He was in the RAF from 1955-1957. - Fly the Friendly Skies|
|David Bowie, David Bowie||Mime, lounge singer, etc.||When David Bowie was in college and he wasn't "Bowie" yet, he worked in various forms of entertainment, including performing as a mime and singing cocktail lounge songs in a parlor. He was already working up to becoming the phenominae that he is today! - Aladdin Stardust|
|The Monkees, MIcky Dolenz||Circus Boy actor||There was a show called Circus Boy that starred Mickey Braddock as the star. After the show, he formed the Monkees and used his real last name, Dolenz. Now he is Micky Dolenz, aka Won-won-won-won-Wonder Wheels. - Witterquick|
|Timo Maas, Timo Maas||Cell phone salesman||This German electronica DJ worked for Deutsch Telekom. - Tommy|
|Black Sabbath, Tony Ione||Sheet Metal Worker||It's how he lost the tips of his fingers. - Celeste|
|Genesis, Phil Collins||Child Actor||He was acclaimed especially for his role in theatrical performances of "Oliver". When he was a teenager he made his major motion picture debut as simply a face in the crowd in the Beatles movie "A Hard Day's Night". He also learned how to play several instruments. He played in numerous bands and he played "percussion" somewhere on George Harrison's triple album "All Things Shall Pass". After that he joined Genesis and kept on playing in side projects, his solo career and more - long before it became fashionable to do so. And you know the rest of the story... - I Love Sussudio|
|Train, Johnny Colt||Tv Host||The host of the Travel Channel's reality show At Full Volume. - Optimus Lime|
|Train, Johnny Colt||Radio Co-Host||He co-hosts the AM radio talk show 'Politely Disruptive' on WMLB AM1690 (the Voice of the Arts). The show airs on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the metro Atlanta area. - Optimus Lime|
|Train, Johnny Colt||Co-owner of the backline company Avatar Events Group.||Avatar Events Group is a music equipment rental, production, storage, and rehearsal space company which also hosts numerous local and international based bands and musicians. - Optimus Lime|
|Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne||Slaughterhouse Laboror||This may have influenced some of his famous stunts, like biting off the head of a live dove during a meeting with his newly signed record company and biting the head off a bat thrown on stage during a concert. - Travis|
|Wayne Gibson, Wayne Gibson||Journalist||He worked at the local paper in his hometown before becoming a pianist and song writer - Travis|
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