Jack White (born John Anthony Gillis, 9.7.1975) Jack White is an American singer, guitarist and record producer.
Childhood: Jack White was born into a large family, in which he was the youngest of 10 siblings. His parents, Teresa and Gorman Gillis both worked for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. His mother was secretary to the Cardinal and his father was a maintenance man. Jack was an altar boy, like all of his brothers before him.
Aged five, Jack began to learn the drums. Although many of his classmates were into the hip-hop and electronica of surrounding Detroit neighbourhoods, at school, White was interested in the blues and 1960s rock.
At the age of 15, White embarked on an apprenticeship in the art of upholstery. He soon had his own business, named Third Man Upholstery, though business practices such as making out invoices in crayon and writing poetry in the furniture detracted from his potential profitability.
Musical Career: Jack formed The White Stripes with Meg White in 1997. The band released a number of independent singles and albums and Jack was invited to play guitar on The Go's 1999 album Whatcha Doin'. The White Stripes' debut, eponymous album was released in 1999 on the Sympathy for the Record Industry label. The album was produced by the renowned Detroit musician Jim Diamond. The album was followed by a split "7 single with local band The Dirtbombs called 'Hand Springs'.
The band's second album was entitled De Stijl and was recorded on an 8-track analogue recorder in Jack's house. In 2000, they released 'Party of Special Things to Do' on the Sub Pop label. The record was an EP of Captain Beefheart songs. In 2001, the band released White Blood Cells, again on Sympathy for the Record Industry. With songs such as 'Fell In Love With A Girl' getting picked up on by the British press, the album was re-released by V2 in Europe.
Elephant, the band's 2003 album was recorded at London's Toerag Studios by Liam Watson. The debut single from the album, 'Seven Nation Army' was the band's biggest hit to date.
There have been many rumours surrounding Jack's potential involvement in Electric Six's two biggest hits, 'Danger! High Voltage' and 'Gay Bar.'
In 2005, the White Stripes released their fifth album, Get Behind Me Satan. Following the release of the album, Jack White formed a new band, the Raconteurs, with Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler. The Raconteurs' debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers was released in May 2006.
In November 2006, XL Recordings released a limited number of the album Aluminium, a collection of avant-garde recordings of Jack White's past work.
Icky Thump, The White Stripes' sixth album, was released in 2007 and peaked at number two on the UK albums chart.
In March 2008, The Raconteurs released their second album, Consolers of the Lonely
Film Appearances: Both Jack and Meg White featured in Coffee and Cigarettes, the 2003 film directed by Jim Jarmusch.
Jack White had a small role in the film Cold Mountain and contributed a number of songs to the film's soundtrack.
Personal Life: In December 2003, Jack White was arrested following a fight with the lead singer of The Von Bondies, Jason Stollsteimer, in Detroit. He was fined $750 and ordered to take anger management classes after being charged with misdemeanor and aggravated assault.
Jack White had a brief relationship with the actress Renée Zellweger, who he met whilst filming Cold Mountain.
In June 2005, Jack White married the model Karen Elson. Elson appeared in the music video for The White Stripes' 'Blue Orchid.' Meg White was maid of honour at the wedding. Jack and Karen had a daughter in 2006, named Scarlett Teresa White and a son, Henry Lee White was born in 2007.
It has been reported that Jack and Meg White were once married. The Detroit Free Press once printed a copy of their marriage license and subsequent divorce certificate. Neither Jack nor Meg are willing to discuss the details of their relationship in any depth.
Business Partners Sean 'Diddy' Combs And Mark Wahlberg Have Teamed Up With Eminem And Wiz Khalifa To Become The Latest Stars To Offer Up Clean Water Supplies To Thirsty Residents Of Flint, Michigan.
Locals have had to rely on bottled supplies since 2014, after officials decided to draw water from a river which has since tested positive for lead.
The uproar has prompted a number of stars to step up and donate to the city, with superstar Cher leading the charge by uniting with bosses at Icelandic Glacial to provide over 181,000 bottles of water to the city's residents last week (ends22Jan16).
Rappers Meek Mill and Big Sean and rockers Pearl Jam followed suit, and now Combs and Wahlberg have ordered a shipment of one million bottles of their fitness water brand AQUAhydrate to be delivered to city residents, with the help of donations from Khalifa and Michigan native Eminem.
Rocker Jack White Has Launched His First Third Man Records Venture In His Native Detroit, Michigan.
The former White Stripes star opened his label headquarters in his adopted Nashville, Tennessee seven years ago (98), but on Friday (27Nov15), he returned home to launch his latest Third Man Records base.
Fans were able to check out the place on Friday after White staged an invitation-only preview party on Thanksgiving night (26Nov15). The rocker's mother was among the guests of honour.
The new space features offices and a retail area.
Continue reading: Jack White Launches New Third Man Records Store In Native Detroit
Country Music Icon Loretta Lynn Has Been Selected To Receive The First-ever Legend Award At The 2015 Billboard Women In Music Celebration.
The new honour will recognise the Coal Miner's Daughter veteran for her "historic contributions to the industry and artistry of American music", according to Billboard.com.
"From the moment she broke through more than five decades ago, Loretta Lynn has been an unstoppable musical force who writes and performs with a breathtaking fearlessness and honesty," says event boss Janice Min. "As a musical pioneer, author and inspiration to everyone from Jack White to Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn has pushed every boundary in music and is the definition of a legend."
Loretta, 83, will pick up the prize at the annual gala in New York City on 11 December (15), three months before she prepares to release her first album in over a decade. Full Circle, the follow-up to 2004's Van Lear Rose, which she recorded with rocker Jack White, will hit retailers in March (16).
Continue reading: Loretta Lynn To Receive Inaugural Billboard Women In Music Legend Award
Rocker Jack White Went Seemingly Unnoticed After He Unexpectedly Attended A Potluck In His Suburban Neighbourhood Outside Of Nashville, Tennessee.
The former White Stripes star has lived in the country music capital for years, but rarely spends long periods of time at home due to his busy music career.
But over the weekend (ends04Oct15), White decided to meet his neighbours for the first time by attending an annual community dinner party held on his street.
Former resident Jedediah Jenkins took to Instagram to post a photo of an unassuming White as he mingled with his neighbours - who had no idea who he was.
Continue reading: Jack White Attends Neighbourhood Potluck
Rocker Jack White Has Dismissed Patrick Carney's Accusations The Former The White Stripes Frontman Tried To Fight Him In A New York Bar.
The Black Keys drummer claimed White arrived at his local drinking spot and attempted to bully the star into a brawl over a long-running feud between the rockers.
White has been at odds with the Black Keys since 2012 when he accused the band of ripping off his sound, an assertion he later repeated before apologising in a post on his website.
The feud between the two seemed to come to head on Sunday (13Sep15) when Carney accused White of "bullying" him, writing on Twitter.com, "He is why I play music. The bully a**holes who made me feel like nothing. Music was a private non competitive thing."
Continue reading: Jack White Denies Patrick Carney Confrontation Accusations
The Keys v Stripes rivalry was reported to have plumbed new depths on Sunday night.
A stormy altercation between two of America’s premier rock musicians has raged and blown itself out in the last 24 hours. Earlier today, the Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney alleged that former White Stripes frontman Jack White tried to start a fight with him in a New York bar on Sunday night (September 13th).
In a series of Twitter posts on Monday, the Keys sticksman wrote: “I’ve never met Jack White. Until last night.” He then alleges White visited to a bar Carney often frequents with friends and “tried to fight me.” Carney says, “A 40-year-old bully tried to fight the 35-year-old nerd,” then describing White as “basically Billy Corgan’s dumb-ass Zero t-shirt in human form.”
The Black Keys Rocker Patrick Carney Has Accused Jack White Of Attempting To Fight Him In A New York Bar.
The drummer alleged the former White Stripes star arrived at his local drinking spot and attempted to bully him into a brawl over their long-running feud.
White has been at odds with the Black Keys since 2012 when emails were in which he accused the band if ripping off his sound, an assertion he later repeated before apologising to the band via his website.
However, the bad blood looks set to continue, as Carney took to Twitter.com to detail the latest drama in their feud.
Continue reading: Patrick Carney Accuses Jack White Of Bar Bust-up
It's not just Johnny Depp who can get together with his mates and call something super
What do Johnny Deep and Alice Cooper have in common? The desire to create a very exciting new supergroup it would seem. Eclectic actor Depp has joined forces with rock stars Alice Copper, Joe Perry, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum to form The Hollywood Vampires - a collaboration announced at the beginning of this year that will debut with two live Los Angeles gigs in September and perform Rock in Rio in Brazil later in the same month.
Johnny Depp plans to wow audiences with his rock music skills in Hollywood Vampires
The addition of Johnny Depp as a musical accompaniment may sound strange to those who remember the Pirates of the Caribbean actor eschewing the idea of thespians crossing over to the world of music.
Ellie Goulding has sparked further speculation she has recorded the 'Spectre' theme after posing outside London's Abbey Road Studios where it tends to be recorded.
Ellie Goulding has sparked further speculation she has recorded the 'Spectre' theme.
The 28-year-old singer has posted an image of herself leaving London's famous Abbey Road Studios on Instagram, once again igniting rumours she will sing the theme tune to the upcoming Bond movie, as the tracks are typically recorded at the studio.
Alongside the photo, she wrote: ''That's a wrap!''
Continue reading: Ellie Goulding Sparks Further Bond Theme Rumours
Country Legend Loretta Lynn Inducted Her Pal Jack White In To The Music City Walk Of Fame In Nashville, Tennessee On Thursday (04jun15) And The Rocker Returned The Favour During The Unveiling Ceremony.
The frequent collaborators shared the big moment by presenting each other with a sidewalk star in the city's newly-renovated Walk of Fame Park, joining previous honourees including Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton.
White did not prepare a speech for his big moment, so he used the time to pay tribute to superstar singer Lynn, who he has been working with since producing her 2004 album Van Lear Rose.
He told the audience, "I don't have anything prepared. But when it comes to talking about Loretta Lynn, I don't really need to prepare anything. I love her so much, I could talk for hours about her. One time an interviewer asked me, 'Jack, what's your favourite book, song and movie?' And I said, 'That's easy. (Lynn's album, book and movie) Coal Miner's Daughter."
Jack White and Alison Mosshart - Jack White leaves Rustic Stone on South Great George's St. Upon leaving, Jack passes The Kills vocalist Alison Mosshart who was seen smoking a cigarette outside - Dublin, Ireland - Thursday 26th June 2014
Date of birth
9th July, 1975