Hear a 5-Year-Old Billie Joe Armstrong Singing ‘Look for Love’
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is now a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but did you know that the musician's recording career started way before his Bay Area punk trio ever laid down a note on their 1990 debut, 39/Smooth?
At age 5, young Billie Joe already had a pretty good idea of what he wanted to do with his life and he had the support of a local music shop owner who decided to make a record with the youth. According to Los Angeles radio station KROQ, that song was called "Look for Love," and an audio version has been floating around online. Hear it in the player above.
"Look for Love" was recorded in 1977 and is definitely a catchy song. James J. Fiatarone let the tape roll on the song for his Fiat Records label, and then had his wife conduct an interview with Billie Joe that was on the flip side of the 7" vinyl. Among the interesting tidbits on the "Meet Billie Joe" side were Armstrong astutely stating, "It makes people happy when I sing" and adding "I love it" when asked how it felt to be a recording artist. Check out the interview clip below.
According to Kjersti Egerdahl, author of Green Day: A Musical Biography, Fiatarone not only owned the store and started his own label, but he also offered music lessons. After spotting Billie Joe's talent, he made the aspiring singer's mother a deal that if Billie Joe would record a few songs for his label, he wouldn't charge for the singer and his siblings' music lessons.
The session reportedly took place at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, Calif. and only 800 copies of the "Look for Love" song were made.
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