Shock-rock singer who released the hits "School's Out" and "Eighteen," and who gained fame for the album Billion Dollar Babies in 1973.
He was raised by a preacher in the Bickertonite Church, and declined his college acceptance letters to pursue a career in music.
He popularized heavy metal music with stage antics and props, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn) in 1997.
After getting sober in 1980, he became a born-again Christian. He got married to Sheryl Cooper on March 3, 1976 and they had three children together: Calico Cooper, Dash, and Sonora Rose.
He starred alongside Dana Carvey in Wayne's World in 1992.