Before the fame arrived, what did performers do to make ends meet?
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Name & Band
Comments & Submittor Name
|The Neville Brothers; Aaron Neville, Aaron Neville||Stevedore (cargo handler) on New Orleans, LA, harbor docks||Linda Ronstadt, before Parkinson's disease ruined her own singing career, noted, when Aaron Neville's album "Warm Your Heart," one of whose music producers she also was, that Mr. Neville had never made much money from his recordings. Even when "Tell It Like It Is" was charting, she remarked in an interview for a magazine, Mr. Neville still remained financially unable to resign from "loading coffee onto ships," which was the example Ms. Ronstadt cited. - Parker Gabriel|
|Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant||Magazine Journalist||He was journalist for a pop magazine before co-founding Pet Shop Boys. - mads.|
|Spice Girls, Emma Bunton||Acting||She did some tv-acting before becoming famous as a singer. - mads.|
|Kylie Minogue, Kylie Minogue||Acting||She did som tv-acting before becoming famous as a singer. - mads|
|Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash||spy||He served as a Morse Code operator intercepting Soviet Army transmissions in the Air Force as a part of the US Air Force Security Service in Landsberg, Germany. - Tarzan|
|Henson Cargill, Henson Cargill||police officer||He was an Oklahoma County deputy sheriff. - Tarzan|
|George Jones, George Jones||US Marine||He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. - Tarzan|
|MC Hammer, MC Hammer||US Navy Aviation Store Keeper||- Tarzan|
|The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger||Hospital porter||He worked part time as a porter in Bexley Psychiatric Hospital when he was 18. An unlikely place for romance, legendary lothario Mick actually lost his virginity in the hospital to a nurse in a store cupboard. - Fred boy|
|Platinum Blonde, Sergio Galli||P.A. Rental||Sergio mused that he used to rent out P.A.s to Mark. - Celeste|
|Patti Smith, Patti Smith||Toy factory worker||Patti Smith used to work in a toy factory, fixing boxes and testing toys. She didn’t seem to have had the best time there: “The stuff those women did to me in that factory was horrible. They’d gang up on me and stick my head in a toilet full of piss!” - Lefty Lucy|
|Tame Impala, Kevin Parker||Law clerk||Before Parker became a musician, he was working as a law clerk in Perth, Australia. He actually wrote some of his first songs whilst bored and travelling around for work delivering court documents. When music began to take over and his work began to slack, he was threatened with being fired and quit instead. - Lefty Lucy|
|Pearl Jam, Eddie Vadder||Security guard||In his youth, Eddie Vedder patrolled the night shift as a security guard at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, Calif., recording music and surfing on his time off. In the '90s, Vedder was working at a gas station, before picking up with a Seattle-based group looking for a vocalist. Vedder’s self-recorded demo Momma-Son, highlighting his distinctive pipes and original lyrics, won him the gig. The band, Mookie Baylock, would later change their name to Pearl Jam after running into trademark issues. - Lefty Lucy|
|My Chemical Romance, Mikey Way||Barnes And Nobles employee||He came up with the band name 'My Chemical Romance' when he came across the book 'Ecstacy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance' - Kat|
|One Direction, Harry Styles||Bakery Worker||"Um...I work in a bakery..." ~Harry at his "X-Factor" audition - wand erection|
|The Police, Sting||School Teacher||He taught English and Soccer. - Larcen Tyler|
|Kool & The Gang, James "J.T." Taylor||School Teacher||He's the singer for Kool + the Gang and he helped steer this group of funkateers to mega-sucess during the Eighties. - Overpowered By Funk|
|Madonna, Madonna Louise Ciccone||Dunkin Donuts worker||It was her very first job and she got the boot on her very first day for squirting icing on a customer. You didn't think it was some other kind of work, didja? Well, didja? - Lucky Star Explorer|
|Motorhead, Ian "Lemmy" Kilmeister||Roadie For Jimi Hendrix||The apprentice has learned well from the Jedi Master. Lemmy is now a Jedi Knight as well as the King of Speed Metal (Thrash).. - James Skywalker|
|A Flock Of Seagulls, Mike Score||Hairdresser||- Fly Seagull Fly!|
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