James Newell Osterberg Jr. (born April 21, 1947), better known as Iggy Pop, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. Designated the “Godfather of Punk”, he was the vocalist of influential proto-punk band The Stooges, who were formed in 1967 and have disbanded and reunited multiple times since. He began a solo career with the 1977 album The Idiot, recorded in collaboration with David Bowie. He is well known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics.
Pop’s music has encompassed a number of styles over the course of his career, including garage rock, punk rock, hard rock, art rock, new wave, jazz, blues, and electronic. Though his popularity has fluctuated through the years, many of Pop’s songs have become well-known, including “Search and Destroy” and “I Wanna Be Your Dog” by the Stooges, and his solo hits “Lust for Life”, “The Passenger”, and “Real Wild Child (Wild One)”. In 1990, he recorded his first and only Top 40 U.S. hit, “Candy”, a duet with B-52’s singer Kate Pierson.
Iggy and The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.