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BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG - AN ARTIST IS BORN - February 17, 2014

Today's special An Artist Is Born birthday shoutout goes to BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG (1972). A singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Armstrong is best known as the frontman and a co-founding member of alternative rock band GREEN DAY. Green Day has sold over 25 million records in the United States and over 70 million worldwide. They have also won 5 Grammy awards and are credited with reviving mainstream interest in punk music in the United States. Outside of Green Day, Armstrong has been in several other musical projects, including sidebands The Network, Pinhead Gunpowder, and Foxboro Hot Tubs. He has also co-written with the Go-Go's, Rancid, and former Avengers singer Penelope Houston. Armstrong also co-owns the record label Adeline Records.

Other notable music birthdays today include singer/songwriter Gene Pitney (1941), Triffids frontman David McComb (1962), Symphony X bassist Michael Lepond (1966), Bathory founder Quorthon (1966), Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins (1972), and Kaoru of Dir En Grey (1974).