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Happy Birthday to the Quiet Man of U2


Musician, drummer and songwriter with U2, Larry Mullen Jnr, is 58 on the 31st of October.

Young Larry learnt piano at 8 and starting drumming at 9.

He played in a marching band for a short time and later saved up and bought a drum kit.

He attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he looked for other students wanting for form a band.

Paul Hewson (later called Bono), Dave Evans (who became The Edge) and Adam Clayton formed The Larry Mullen Band who became Feedback, then The Hype and finally U2.

The band's first album called Boy came out in 1980 and it made the top 40 in Australia but didn't fair as well in the UK and US charts.

The group's third album War reached Number One in the UK and two singles just missed the top spot, New Year's Day and Two Hearts Beat As One.

1984's album The Unforgettable Fire was a worldwide hit as was the single Pride.

Their fifth album The Joshua Tree topped the charts around the world and contained the massive hits I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Where The Streets Have No Name and With Or Without You.

In '88 they released the movie and soundtrack Rattle & Hum.

The band has released eight studio albums from the 90's to now.

Larry has worked on numerous side projects including teaming with bandmate Adam Clayton for the theme to the movie Mission: Impossible in '96.

Along with the other members of U2, Larry was inductred into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

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