Brian Setzer Biography

Birthday: 1959-04-10
Place of Birth: New York City, New York USA
Wiki Biography: Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Brian Setzer was born on April 10, 1959 in New York City. He was raised in Massapequa, Long Island and studied the tuba-like instrument the euphonium as a kid. Brian played the baritone horn in grade school and often traveled to New York City to visit local jazz clubs in his teen years. In 1979 Setzer, drummer Jimmy McDonnell (a.k.a. Slim Jim Phantom), and upright double bass player Lee Rocker formed the rockabilly trio the Stray Cats. The Stray Cats had several hit songs (most notably the rousing "Rock This Town" in 1982) and released a few successful albums before breaking up in 1984. Brian was the lead guitarist in Robert Plant's touring band the Honeydrippers from 1985 to 1986. He portrayed 50s rock singer Eddie Cochran in the film "La Bamba." The Stray Cats reunited in 1986, but eventually split up again in the early 90s. In the mid 90s Setzer formed the 17-piece swing band ensemble the Brian Setzer Orchestra; this group has released a handful of albums and performs in concert on a regular basis. Moreover, Brian has recorded a sizable number of solo albums that include "The Knife Feels Like Justice," "Rockin' By Myself," "Nitro Burnin' Funny Daddy," "Rockabilly Riot Vol. 1: A Tribute to Sun Records," "13," and "Red Hot & Live." In addition, Setzer has won three Grammy Awards for his music: his spirited rendition of "Jump Jive An' Wail" won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance Duo/Group and he received two Best Pop Instrumental Performance Awards for "Sleepwalk" and "Caravan." He won the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gibson Awards in 1999. Brian met his third wife Julie Reiten when she auditioned for a spot as a back-up singer in the Brian Setzer Orchestra; she was accepted into the band and married Setzer in 2005. Setzer and Reiten live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
La Bamba Eddie Cochran 1987 Drama, Music