Why Famous: Bob Geldof rose to fame as the singer for the Irish punk-rock band the Boomtown Rats in the late 1970s, with such hits as " Don't like Mondays"
In 1984 he wrote the Christmas charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" with Midge Ure for the famine in Ethiopia and organised UK singers to sing as Band Aid. The single went on to sell more than 3 million copies and was at the time the fastest selling UK single ever.
On the back of this success Geldof organised the Live Aid mega-concerts in July 1985.
Geldof's activism continues, especially for causes in Africa and he has received many awards, including an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 1986.
- 1986-06-21 The Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof (34) weds broadcaster and writer Paula Yates (27) in Las Vegas
- 1975-10-31 Bob Geldof's first appearance with The Boomtown Rats
- 1984-12-03 "Do They Know It's Christmas" single written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and sung by Band Aid is released in the UK
- 2005-07-02 10 Live 8 concerts held around the world organised by Bob Geldof to raise awareness of poverty