Johnny Thunders

Musician + Songwriter
Born Jul 15, 1952

Johnny Thunders, born John Anthony Genzale, Jr., was an American rock and roll/punk rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He came to prominence in the early '70s as a member of the New York Dolls. He later played with Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers and as a solo artist.… Read More

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1952 Birth Born on July 15, 1952.


1967 14 Years Old His first musical performance was in the winter of 1967 with The Reign. … Read More
1968 15 Years Old In 1968 he began going to the Fillmore East and Bethesda Fountain in Central Park on weekends. … Read More
1969 16 Years Old 1 More Event
In late 1969 he got a job as a sales clerk at D'Naz leather shop, on Bleecker Street in the West Village, and started trying to put a band together.
1970 17 Years Old In London, after the Isle of Wight Festival, the following summer, his girlfriend Janis fell sick and they flew home. Back in NYC from the UK, toward the end of 1970, he started hanging out at Nobodys, a club also on Bleecker Street in the West Village. … Read More


1979 26 Years Old In late 1979 Thunders moved to Detroit with his wife Julie and began performing in a band called Gang War. … Read More


1985 32 Years Old In 1985, Thunders released Que Sera Sera, a collection of new songs with his then band The Black Cats, and Crawfish, a duet with former Snatch vocalist, Patti Palladin. … Read More
1988 35 Years Old From August 1988 until his death in April 1991, Thunders performed with a band known as The Oddballs, with Jamie Heath (saxophone), Alison Gordy (vocals), Chris Musto (drums), Stevie Klasson (guitar) and Jill Wisoff (bass). … Read More
1991 39 Years Old Many rumors surround Thunders' death at the St. Peter House in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 23, 1991. … Read More
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