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William Michael Albert Broad, 30 November 1955, Stanmore, Middlesex, England. While studying English Literature at Sussex University, Broad became involved with the Bromley contingent followers of the Sex Pistols. Inspired by the energy of punk, he formed his own group, Chelsea, in 1976. The original outfit was short-lived and Billy Idol, as he was now known, next founded Generation X. This band lasted from 1976-81, after which Idol left England and launched his solo career in New York. He recorded Dont Stop, which featured a revival of Tommy James And The Shondells UK number 1 Mony Mony. Through 1982-84, Idols career blossomed on both sides of the Atlantic and his acerbic vocal style and lively stage act brought a string of hits including Hot In The City (US number 23), Eyes Without A Face (US number 4/UK number 18), White Wedding (UK number 6), Rebel Yell (UK number 6 when...