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Billy Armstrong was among country music’s premier fiddle players from 1965-1977, and was named Fiddle Participant of the entire year 13 years inside a row from the ACM. He 1st played expertly in 1943 with Bob Lively’s Dude Ranch Cowboys, giving up after four years to create Billy Armstrong & the Westerners, an organization that included Don Hoag (drums), Bobby Wagoner (acoustic guitar), and Billy Unusual (acoustic guitar). Armstrong started playing on the air in 1948 on Spade Cooley Presents; the next year, he changed “Lefty” Joe Holley in Tommy Duncan’s Traditional western All Celebrities. After playing on many of Duncan’s documenting classes for the Intro label, he came back to L.A. and became a member of Hi there Busse & the Frontiersmen, using them until 1951. Armstrong briefly used another music group until founding the Westernaires. Pursuing their 1957 separation, Armstrong became a member of Hank Thompson’s Brazos Valley Males for half a year. Road existence finally worn out him and he stop, came back to L.A., and became a member of Cliffie Stone’s Hometown Jamboree and Tex Williams’ music group. He released two singles, “Gloria” and “IN THE EVENT THAT YOU Keep While I’m Sleeping,” in 1959. In 1965, Armstrong received his 1st ACM Fiddler of the entire year award and in addition released the solitary “The Orange Blossom Unique.” Then used Gene Davis on the tv screen series Star Path before becoming a member of the Sons from the Pioneers in 1966, with whom he sang business lead and alternating tenor. He remained with the Pioneers until early 1972, when he became a member of the Chaparral Brothers. Through the 1970s, Armstrong also experienced a solo documenting career, which created three albums.

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Full Name Billie Joe Armstrong
Height 1.7 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Businessperson, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist
Education Pinole Valley High School, John Swett High School
Nationality American
Spouse Adrienne Armstrong
Children Jakob Danger, Joseph Marciano Armstrong
Parents Andrew Armstrong, Ollie Jackson
Siblings Marci Armstrong, Anna Armstrong, Alan Armstrong, Hollie Armstrong, David Armstrong
Awards Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album
Music Groups Green Day, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Pinhead Gunpowder, The Network, The Lookouts
Music Songs Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Wake Me Up When September Ends, 21 Guns, Basket Case, American Idiot, Good Riddance, Holiday, When I Come Around, Jesus of Suburbia, Still Breathing, Minority, Bang Bang, Welcome to Paradise, Brain Stew, Revolution Radio, Longview, Know Your Enemy, Working Class Hero, Oh Love, Whatsername, Waiting, Warning, Stray Heart, St. Jimmy, Hitchin' a Ride, Macy’s Day Parade, Give Me Novacaine, 21st Century Breakdown, She, Troubled Times, Kill the DJ, Walking Contradiction
Albums Foreverly, Dookie, Revolution Radio, Insomniac, Kerplunk, American Idiot, ¡Tré!, Warning, Bullet in a Bible, 21st Century Breakdown, 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play, NME Award for Hottest Man, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Movies Ordinary World, Heart Like a Hand Grenade, Like Sunday, Like Rain, Broadway Idiot, The Simpsons Movie, Live Freaky! Die Freaky!, Green Day: Bullet in a Bible, Pansy Division: Life In A Gay Rock Band
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