57 (passed away Oct. 23rd, 2016)
Aug. 5th, 1959
Liverpool, England, UK
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Pete Burns was born on August 5th, 1959, to Francis and Eva Burns in Port Sunlight, near Liverpool. His heritage is German and he was the first in his line to be born in Britain. According to Pete, he felt a need to be different and began experimenting with his hair and looks at age 12. However, he looked so "freakish" that he was endlessly taunted by teachers and peers, and he finally left school at the age of 16. That same year he met his future wife Lynne Corlett, a teenage hairdresser, when he applied for a job at the same salon where she worked. At first the pair disliked each other, but Lynne sensed something special in the odd and often unpleasant boy. Her patience paid off and Pete opened up to her, the both of them forging a friendship that grew. They tied the knot four years later and have been happily married ever since.
Pete worked odd jobs until he turned 18, at which time he became employed at Probe Records in Liverpool. This marked his entrance into the world of music. He joined several bands and wound up fronting Nightmares In Wax in 1979, the group that would eventually morph into Dead Or Alive. Pete's outrageous, androgynous look hadn't changed, and Dead Or Alive was a perfect fit into the dance pop of the 80s. There were continual changes to the lineup of Dead Or Alive, but Pete held on to the name. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" became Dead Or Alive's biggest hit, and remains today their signature single.
Dead Or Alive never went away. Pete Burns and the group are still writing music and touring in Europe and Asia, and today Pete looks just as colorful as he ever did: He has had a few plastic surgeries, receives Botox injections, wears his hair long (it's often blond these days), wears makeup better than some of the top European models, and takes extraordinary care of his body by running every morning and working out. But that is the extent of the show. In reality, Pete is a very down-to-earth, intelligent man who is fiercely protective of his privacy, has never allowed fame to go to his head, was always close to his parents, and enjoys quiet time at home with his wife and two cats. What advice does the confident performer offer to his fans? "Just be yourself. You can make it. You can just be yourself and make it as yourself, and that goes with any field."
- Left school at 16
- Formed a civil partnership with photographer 'Michael Simpson (XIX)' (qv) on July 6 2007.
- Met his wife, Lynne, at age 15
- He is of both German and Jewish ancestry.
- Was very close to his parents and turned down an offer to tour with Madonna in the 80s to be with his mother when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
- Born at Clatterbridge Hospital, Bebington, Wirral, England
- Speaks fluent German.
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