Frontman of the post-punk band Adam and the Ants who sang "Goody Two Shoes" and also had a solo career, during which he released three UK #1 singles.
Joanna Saloman, his teacher, was the first to truly believe in his artistic talents.
MTV viewers rated him the sexiest man in America in his early career.
He married Carol A Mills in 1975; after their divorce in 1982, he married Lorraine Gibson in 1997. He has a daughter named Lily.
His mother worked for The Beatles member Paul McCartney.