LemmyDecember 24th, 1945 - December 28th, 2015
Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister was an English musician, singer, and songwriter who founded and led the rock band Motörhead. His music and lifestyle was a distinctive part of the heavy metal genre.
Lemmy was born in Stoke-on-Trent and grew up in North Wales. He became influenced by rock n roll and the early Beatles, which led to him playing in several rock groups in the 1960s, most significantly The Rockin' Vickers. He later became a roadie to Jimi Hendrix and The Nice, before joining the space rock band Hawkwind in 1972, singing lead on their hit "Silver Machine". After being fired from Hawkwind, he founded Motörhead as lead singer, bassist, songwriter and band leader, recording and touring regularly until his death in December 2015.
Aside from his musical skills, Lemmy was well known for his hard living lifestyle, regular consumption of alcohol and amphetamines and collection of Nazi paraphernalia. He made several cameo appearances in film and television.