Bob Geldof is an Irish singer-songwriter, author, political activist and occasional actor. He was born on October 5, 1951 in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland. Geldof’s paternal grandfather was a Belgian immigrant and a hotel chef while his paternal grandmother was a British Jew from London of German-Jewish descent.
Geldof was the lead singer of the Boomtown Rats, an Irish punk rock band from the late 1970s to mid-1980s. He is also known for conceiving and co-writing Band Aid’s tune “Do They Know It’s Christmas? Bob Geldof is an Irish singer-songwriter, author, political activist and occasional actor. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the Irish rock band “The Boomtown Rats” which had UK number one hits with his compositions “Rat Trap” and “I Don’t Like Mondays”. Geldof is also known for conceiving and co-writing Band Aid’s tune “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with his friend, musician Midge Ure of Ultravox, which became the 1984 Christmas number one in the UK and the best-selling British pop single until that time. In addition to his musical career, Geldof has been involved in various humanitarian efforts. He organized the Live Aid concerts in 1985 and co-founded the charity supergroup Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. He was also involved in organizing Live 8 concerts in 2005.