18 Successful Musicians Under Age 18
Tommy, can you hear me?
Dan Klores Communications
Tonight House Of Blues welcomes the traveling underage rock revue School Of Rock as they re-create highlights from 1985's Live Aid concerts. SOR features three bands or teens and preteens rocking out and learning the ropes of touring and rock.
Some these kids are young, like they probably were born the day that OK Computer came out or something. Hell, some of those kids' parents probably hadn't even met or even graduated high school themselves when Live Aid was going down.
OK, enough about how we are old enough to be their legal guardians. At least they can play musical instruments. We could screw up a tambourine. Rocks Off came up with a few of the School of Rock crew's distinguished predecessors.
Tommy Stinson: Bassist Tommy Stinson was all of 15 when he played on the Replacements' first album, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, in 1981.
Justin Bieber: Leave it to Rocks Off to be the only people with the balls to have follow Stinson with the diminutive Canadian popper.
LeAnn Rimes: Rimes couldn't even drive when she released her debut LP, Blue, in 1996. It would go on to sell nearly eight million copies worldwide.
Gladys Knight: Knight was already touring with her family group the Pips by the time she was eight years old. At 16, she was married to her high-school boyfriend.
Stefan Lessard: Lessard was only 17 when he joined the Dave Matthews Band in 1991. He is the group's youngest member, with drummer Carter Beauford 16 years his senior.
Tanya Tucker: Seminole, Texas' own Tanya Tucker was singing cheating and heartache songs like "Delta Dawn" with her iconic twang at only 13 years old.
Michael Jackson: By now we all know the Jackson 5 saga. Keep in mind that little Michael was but six years of age when he joined the family band.
The Runaways: Joan Jett and Sandy West were 17 when they began their influential proto-punk band the Runaways with manager Kim Fowley.
Hank Williams Jr.: Hank Jr. started singing his father's songs at the age of eight, just two years after Hank Sr. died of alcoholism in 1953. By 14 he was recording on his own, per the family tradition.
Doug Sahm: At age 11, monolithic Texas music man Sahm was already recording and touring. He was one of the last people to play with Hank Sr. He would go on to have a long recording career with the Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados and any number of solo alter egos.
Jonny Lang: Lang was blowing people away old enough to be his grandparents on blues guitar when he didn't yet have a driving permit. His major label debut Lie To Me is like baby Clapton.
"Guitar" Jake Andrews: Austin prodigy Andrews was darkening the door of Antone's by his early teens, and would go on to play with most every modern blues and roots artist that would come through Texas.
Bow Wow: Jermaine Dupree-assisted kiddie-rapper Bow Wow began his recording career as Lil' Bow Wow at the age of 13. He went on to be an actor and still records. His last album was 2009's New Jack City II.
Lil' Wayne: Weezy was only nine years of age when he joined New Orleans' Cash Money crew. His solo debut, The Block Is Hot, would come eight years later in 1999.
Kris Kross: Not only did Kriss Kross make you jump-jump, they also inspired kids to wear their clothes backwards after their video for "Jump." KK was another Dupri creation, after he discovered them at a mall together. That's not creepy at all.
Hanson: Before the Jonas Bros., there were the Hanson kids, arguably 1997's biggest musical success story right behind the Spice Girls. Lead singer Taylor was cooing "MMMBop" at the age of 14 and drummer Zac was just 12.
Silverchair: Hailed as the next Nirvana with 1995's Frogstomp, Australian grunge act Silverchair were only 16 years old when they made their big U.S. splash with the single "Tomorrow."
Radish: Hailing from Greenville in East Texas, the grungy Radish was indie-folkie Ben Kweller's first band, starting up at the sprightly age of only 13 with their Hello LP in 1994. Two albums later Kweller went solo, and found noticeable indie success with 2002's Sha Sha.
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