Bob Geldof, singer, songwriter and political activist is a native of Dublin, Ireland. He became well-known as lead singer with the Boomtown Rats. In 1984 he became an international celebrity as co-founder of the charity group Live Aid. The group helped raise awareness of the effects of famine in Ethiopia and other African countries.
Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof was born in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin on October 5th 1951. He was educated at Blackrock College in Dublin and worked at various jobs before moving to Canada. In Canada he worked for a time as a pop journalist. Geldof returned to Ireland in 1975 and became lead singer with the Boomtown Rats. Two of Geldof’s compositions ‘Rat Trap’ and ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ were hits for The Boomtown Rats.
With Midge Ure, Geldof co-wrote ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’, one of the best-selling singles of all time, which raised over £8 million. The song was part of his efforts to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia in 1984. This was followed by the Live Aid concert in 1985. The concert took place simultaneously in London and Philadelphia and raised over £150 million for famine relief.
Bob Geldof is the recipient of several awards. He was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 1986. He received the Freedom of the City of Dublin in 2005 and the Freedom of the City of London 2013. He received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 2005.
Bob Geldof, singer, songwriter and political activist was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in the year 1986 On This Day.