Аlісе Соореr, born February 4, 1948, is a well-known U.S. singer who is also an actor and songwriter. He has been referred to as the ‘beloved heavy metal entertainer’ in the world by “The Rolling Stone Album Guide.” Тhе оrіgіnаl Аlісе Соореr Ваnd was inducted into the Rосk аnd Rоll Наll оf Fаmе in 2011. We’ll help you celebrate his special day right here.
Vincent Damon Furnier
The Godfather of Shock Rock
February 4, 1948
Аlісе Соореr was born Vіnсеnt Damоn Furnіеr on February 14, 1948, in Dеtrоіt. His parents are Еther Моrоnі Furnіеr and Ella Mae Cooper. Cooper attended many schools during his childhood and adolescence, including Nankіn Міlls Јr. and started singing in churches at the age of 11. His music career properly began when he organized several members of his high school athletics team into the Earwigs, a band that sang parodies of Beatles songs, for a school talent show. Later, performing as The Spiders, they continued to play cover versions of well-known rock songs and became popular in town.
A while after graduating from high school, the group moved to Los Angeles, where they began writing their own songs and renamed the band, Alice Cooper. Their performances became more dramatic, with Cooper, the lead singer, taking on the Alice Cooper persona. The band caught the attention of Frank Zappa, who released their first two albums, “Pretties for You” (1969) and “Easy Action” (1970). Both albums tended towards psychedelia, and neither was successful.
Alice Cooper’s unhinged act was featured anonymously in the 1970 film “Diary of a Mad Housewife” before the band moved to Detroit. They honored their music under the direction of producer Bob Ezrin, and their third album, “Love It to Death” (1971), found an audience and yielded the hit ‘I’m Eighteen.’ The successor, ‘Killer’ (1971), was another hit. The title track from “School’s Out” (1972) was a Top Ten hit in the United States and reached the top of the U.K charts. The band reached its peak with “Billion Dollar Babies” (1973) and the song ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy.’ However, “Muscle of Love,” released in late 1973, was less successful, both commercially and musically, and proved to be the last album recorded by the band Alice Cooper.
Cooper legally changed his name to Alice Cooper and released his first solo album, “Welcome to My Nightmare,” in 1975. His next album, “Alice Cooper Goes to Hell” (1976), was also immensely successful. His next albums were disappointments, however, things took an ever-increasing toll due to his alcohol and cocaine addiction. Still, in 1976, he married Sheryl Goddard. In 1984, Goddard filed for divorce, but later they reconciled and have been together ever since.
After being hospitalized in 1983, Cooper regained his health and achieved sobriety, and later regained the spotlight with “Constrictor” (1986) and “Trash” (1989). In the 1980s, he began making appearances in low-budget horror films such as John Carpenter’s “Prince of Darkness” (1987) and wrote music for other films, notably ‘He’s Back’ for “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI” (1986). Cooper continued to tour, often with other heavy metal bands, and later notable albums have included “Hey Stoopid,” (1991) “The Last Temptation,” (1994) “Dragontown,” (2001), “Dirty Diamonds” (2005), “Along Came a Spider” ( 2008; a concept album about a fictional serial killer), “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” (2011), “Paranormal” (2017), and “Detroit Stories” (2021).
Cooper has also acted occasionally, notably appearing as himself in the films “Wayne’s World” (1992) and “Dark Shadows” (2012). He also played the title character’s father in “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare” (1991). His television credits included guest appearances on shows such as “That ’70s Show.” In 2018, he played King Herod in the T.V. movie “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.” Her syndicated radio show, “Nights with Alice Cooper,” premiered in 2004.
It was the subject of the biographical documentary “Super Duper Alice Cooper” (2014). In 2011, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the band Alice Cooper.
"Pretties for You" is Cooper's debut album, where the name ‘Alice Cooper’ refers to the band and not their vocalist Vincent Furnier — the album has a psychedelic sound, which leads to its failure.
After the success of "Killer," "School's Out" reaches number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and number one on the Canadian RPM 100 Top Albums chart.
Cooper releases his fourth solo album, "From the Inside," about his stay in a New York sanatorium due to his alcoholism.
“Monster Dog” is a horror movie where Cooper plays a rock star who returns to his hometown to shoot a new music video.
In 1997, Alice Cooper is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
Why We Love Alice Cooper
Cooper has a sense of humor
He's pure comedy. Yes, Cooper has a sense of humor; a wicked, sour, morbid, and sometimes just plain vaudevillian sense of humor.
He talks a lot about himself in his lyrics
What he's amassed amounts to an honest, detailed autobiography, and he's done it very cleverly. It's fair to consider him one of America's great artistic voices.
He’s inspired by amazing women
It’s true. Bette Davis in “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane” inspired his famous look.
5 Surprising Facts
Cooper created an eerie mood at the “Muppets” 1978 concert, revealing himself to be an agent of the Devil and offering the Muppets ‘fabulous riches and world fame’ in exchange for their souls.
The multitalented Alice Cooper
In addition to being a musician and actor, Cooper is an avid golfer, restaurant owner, and, since 2004, a popular radio D.J. with his classic rock show “Nights with Alice Cooper.”
A pet father
He had a funny-named pet snake (Julius Squeezer) that died shortly after being bitten by a rat.
The ouija board session
Legend has it that the name ‘Alice Cooper’ came from a session with an Ouija board, largely chosen for sounding innocuous and wholesome, in humorous contrast to the band's image and music.
The chicken incident
A chicken somehow climbed onto the stage on a feather pillow that they would open during the performance, and having no experience with farm animals, Cooper assumed that since the chicken had wings, it would be able to fly, so he picked it up and threw it over the first rows occupied by wheelchair users, who tore the bird to pieces.
Alice Cooper FAQs
Where does Alice Cooper live?
At a young age, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and lives in the state to this day.
What does Keith Richards call Alice Cooper?
Cooper has spoken about how fellow musician Richards is the only person to call him by his birth name.
What song made Alice Cooper famous?
The first hit for the shock-rock pioneer was ‘Eighteen,’ a song about teenage angst.
Alice Cooper’s birthday dates