Michael Des Barres

Actor + Singer
Born Jan 24, 1948

Lord Michael Philip Des Barres (born 24 January 1948) is a British actor and rock singer. He is known for playing the recurring role of Murdoc on the television show MacGyver and for replacing the late Robert Palmer in the band Power Station, fronting the band at the 1985 Live Aid concert.… Read More

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1948 Birth The only child of Marquis Philip and Marchioness Irene Des Barres, Michael Philip Des Barres was born in Hove, on 24 January 1948 and grew up in the Sussex area, then attended boarding school (Repton). … Read More


1972 24 Years Old Des Barres then formed Silverhead in England in 1972. … Read More
1974 26 Years Old …  Married in England, he divorced his first wife - Wendy - after meeting Pamela in 1974.
1975 27 Years Old After moving to Los Angeles, he formed the band Detective in 1975. … Read More
1977 29 Years Old He married Pamela on 29 October 1977; the couple were divorced in 1991, remaining friends. … Read More


1982 34 Years Old He was part of the band Chequered Past from 1982 to 1985, which included Steve Jones from The Sex Pistols, Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison from Blondie, and Tony Sales of Todd Rundgren (Runt) and Tin Machine fame.
1983 35 Years Old In 1983, he wrote and recorded the song "Obsession" together with Holly Knight, which later became a No.6 Billboard Top 40 hit when covered by Animotion in 1985.
1984 36 Years Old Des Barres met the members of Duran Duran when Chequered Past opened for a few shows during their 1984 tour.
1985 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, when Robert Palmer withdrew from the Duran Duran side project Power Station just before their American summer tour, Des Barres was chosen to take his place as lead vocalist.
1986 38 Years Old He released a second solo album called Somebody Up There Likes Me in 1986, which featured contributions by former bandmates Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) and Andy Taylor (Duran Duran).


1996 48 Years Old Although focusing more on his acting career in the following years, Des Barres continued to write music and perform live with various bands in the Los Angeles area. In 1996 - 1997, he played in Vince Lightning and the Spectaculars, which included Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom.


1998 50 Years Old From 1998 - 2000, he had a band called The Usual Susspects with Steve Jones and Mick Rossi.
2001 53 Years Old In 2001, Des Barres formed Down Boy together with Paul McCartney's guitarist Brian Ray.
2006 58 Years Old In 2006 - 2007, he fronted a 10-piece soul band called Michael Des Barres and Free Love Foundation.


2011 63 Years Old In 2011, he formed The Michael Des Barres Band which includes Jebin Bruni, David Goodstein, Paul Ill, and Eric Schermerhorn and released a new album entitled Carnaby Street, in June 2012.
2013 65 Years Old 1 More Event
On 23 October 2013 Michael joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the world premiere of 200 Motels – The Suites by Frank Zappa, where he appeared as "Rance", the narrator.
2015 67 Years Old On 7 April 2015 Des Barres released a solo, full-length album "The Key to the Universe". … Read More
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