Steven Victor Tallarico, more commonly known as Steven Tyler, was born on March 26, 1948. He is an American singer/songwriter, musician, television personality, and actor. Recognized as the lead singer of the Boston rock band Aerosmith, Tyler plays the harmonica, piano, and percussion and is called the “Demon of Screamin’” because of his extremely wide vocal range. He is also known for his on-stage stunts and acrobatics. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of Aerosmith in the 1970s, releasing rock ‘n’ roll albums such as “Toys in the Attic” and “Rocks,” along with their hit singles ‘Sweet Emotion,’ ‘Dream On,’ and ‘Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.’
Steven Victor Tallarico was born at the Stuyvesant Polyclinic in Manhattan, New York, on March 26, 1948, to his mother Susan Ray, a secretary, and his father Victor A. Tallarico, a local music teacher at the Cardinal Spellman High School in The Bronx. When he was three years old, his family relocated to the Bronx; when he was nine, they moved to 100 Pembrook Drive in Northeast Yonkers. Tyler also has an older sister named Lynda.
In his early years, he attended the Roosevelt High School, located on the corner of Tuckahoe Road, in Yonkers, New York, from which he was expelled due to marijuana use. He eventually graduated from Quintano’s School for Young Professionals.
Tyler was originally inspired to start playing rock and roll when he was 17 and attended a Rolling Stones concert. About the concert, he remarks: “Everybody said I looked like Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards was the music I used to love more than anything.”
By 1970, Tyler and a few of his friends decided to form a band. Tyler, who played drums in high school, insisted he would be the frontman of the band. He recruited old friends Joey Kramer, who would play the drums, and Ray Tabano, to play rhythm guitar. The band Aerosmith was born, and then they relocated to Boston, into a small shared apartment in Aliston, in the autumn of 1970. Shortly after their relocation to Boston, Tyler began having problems with Tabano’s lack of interest and dedication to the band, eventually replacing him with Brad Whitford. Tyler co-managed Aerosmith — organizing its performances and appearances — with Kramer.
Aerosmith’s live shows were massive hits during the 1970s, as the band made appearances on “Live! Bootleg” and the 1989 V.H.S. release “Live Texxas Jam ’78.”
Tyler made his acting debut in 1978, in the film “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” along with his bandmates, in the role of the Future Villain Band. This also sparked their cover of the famous Beatles song ‘Come Together,’ which was Aerosmith’s top-40 single for nine consecutive years.
Steven Tyler recruits bandmates Joe Perry, Ray Tabano (later replaced by Brad Whitford), Tom Hamilton, and Joey Kramer to form Aerosmith.
Tyler, along with his band Aerosmith, is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In the “Guitar Hero: Aerosmith” tour, Tyler falls off the stage, injuring his head and neck and breaking his shoulder, and Aerosmith is forced to cancel the rest of its tour.
In December, Tyler checks into a rehab center for his pain management.
Tyler and the Aerosmith band embark on the ‘Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock’ tour, where they perform more than 40 concerts, in 18 countries.
Tyler replaces Simon Cowell as a judge for the 10th season of “American Idol,” alongside Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.
During spring, Tyler performs without his band in approximately two dozen concerts across North America and Europe, with the Loving Mary Band as his backing band.
Why We Love Steven Tyler
He supports charities
Steven Tyler is known to be very generous and supportive of various charity organizations. Some organizations he has contributed to include Elton John AIDS Foundation, Adopt the Arts, Red Cross, and MusiCares.
He has his own eyewear line
Tyler collaborated with Modo Eyewear to create his own line of shades. His looks, which have inspired many fashion trends and clothing lines, eventually extend to eyewear.
He’s also an author
In 2011 Tyler launched his book, “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” It reached number two on the “New York Times” Best Seller List.
5 Surprising Facts
He has won multiple awards
Steven Tyler has received four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and one Emmy Award.
He has met Michelle Obama
Tyler has met and hugged the former first lady of the United States.
Tyler has met the Dalai Lama
He has sat and meditated with the Dalai Lama, the highest spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.
He has a strange pet
Tyler has a pet raccoon named Bandit.
He’s developed his own scarf line
Tyler once created an entire signature scarf collection named Rock Scarf for Andrew Charles.
Steven Tyler FAQs
What disease does Steven Tyler have?
Tyler was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2003, which he revealed in an interview in 2006. After 11 months of treatment, he was cured.
Why was Steven Tyler in jail?
In 1967 in New York, Tyler was arrested for possession of marijuana; strangely, he says he didn’t remember the arrest occurring, even though there’s a mugshot of him.
Is Liv Tyler related to Steven Tyler?
She is Tyler and Bebe Buell’s daughter.
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