Adam Clayton Biography

(Bassist of the rock band U2)

Birthday: March 13, 1960 (Pisces)

Born In: Chinnor, England

Adam Clayton is one of the most widely remembered bass guitarists in international music. Unlike most kids of his age, Clayton was quite rebellious since childhood; he disliked academic pressure at school, and wanted to see himself play music on stage. Adam who is currently the lead bassist of the popular music band U2, has earlier been a part of bands like ‘Bono’. Though Adam was considered to be a bad player of the guitar, members of the band ‘Bono’ agree that it was this inability which made the band’s music popular. Apparently, Clayton’s alleged inability produced weird sounds on the bass which made the band’s music seem exotic, as compared to many others in the music scene. Clayton has been associated with U2 since an era where the band was known as ‘Feedback’. He also served as the band’s first manager, before being succeeded by Paul McGuiness. Amongst all his works, the songs ‘New Year’s Day’, ‘With or Without You’, and ‘Bullet the Blue Sky’, are few of Clayton’s most acclaimed ones.

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British Celebrities Born In March

Age: 64 Years, 64 Year Old Males


father: Brian

mother: Jo Clayton

siblings: Sarah Jane, Sebastian Clayton

Born Country: England

Millionaires Bassists

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males

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education: Castle Park School, Comprehensive School

Childhood & Early Life
Adam Clayton was born on 13 March 1960 to Irish parents Brian and Jo, at Chinnor, Oxfordshire, England. His father was a pilot, and due to his father’s job, Adam along with his family had to relocate to Kenya. He later moved to Dublin, Ireland, at the age of five. His Siblings Sarah and Sebastian were also born in the same town.
At the tender age of eight, Adam was sent to a boarding school named ‘Castle Park’ in Darkley, Ireland. Adam disliked this environment since he was refused access to television and pop music.
Adam later moved to St Columbia’s College, for his higher studies. During his time here, Adam nurtured the craft of playing guitar. He bought his first bass guitar for a mere 5 euros. On a friend’s suggestion, he also formed a band here. Adam played the bass guitar in this band.
Due to consistently poor grades, Adam was asked to leave the school. He then joined the Mount Temple Contemporary School in Dublin. He met his band mates Paul Hewson and Larry Mullen Jr while studying here. Mullen had posted an advertisement, inviting music enthusiasts to contact him for the formation of a music band.
Clayton thus met Mullen and the others namely Ivan McCormick, Dave and Dik Evans. The band was first christened ’Feedback’. Later the name was changed, and they came to be known as ‘U2’. Clayton also served as the first manager of this band before the band hired the experienced Paul McGuinness as its Manager.
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The band's first two albums, 'Boy' (1980) and 'October' (1981) were positively received by the audiences.
The band's third album, 'War' which came out in 1983 was a huge success. The album's political bent strongly appealed to the audiences. The band was particularly out-spoken on human-right issues. The band's political slant continued in the next album, 'The Unforgettable Fire' which was released in 1984.
In 1987, the band came out with the album, 'The Joshua Tree'. The album was an instant bestseller and has been hailed as a masterpiece. In the wake of the huge success of the album, the band went on a worldwide tour.
In 1995, Clayton travelled to New York to get formally trained in bass guitar. Adam’s instrument skills until then, were entirely self taught. His band mate Mullen had accompanied Clayton on this trip.
In the 1990’s, Adam experimented singing, by mouthing the last line of the song ‘Your Blue Room’, which was part of an album called ‘Original Soundtracks 1’. U2 even named itself ‘Passengers’ for this album, since the music was experimental.
In 1996, while Clayton was still stationed in New York along with band mate Mullen, the theme of the Hollywood blockbuster movie ‘Mission Impossible’ was composed. It went on to become one of the most popular pieces of music, and was acclaimed worldwide.
Major Works
The song ‘No Line in The Horizon’, from the album of the same name, is apparently considered to be Clayton’s best work in his musical journey. This album which released in 2009, was well received by audiences and critics alike.
Other works of Adam which have been widely praised include ‘Mysterious Ways’, ‘Bullet The Blue Sky’, ‘Magnificent’, and ‘Get On Your Boots’.
Awards & Achievements
In 1995, Clayton and his other band mates won a ‘Grammy Award’ in the ‘Best Music Video’ category for ‘U2: Zoo TV Live from Sydney’. This also happens to be one of U2’s most acclaimed work.
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In 1996, the band U2 won an ‘ASCAP Award’ for their composition ‘Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, kill me’ from the movie ‘Batman Forever’.
The music composed for the movie ‘Gangs OF New York’ won the band a lot of accolades. In 2003, their work in the movie fetched them a ‘Golden Globe’ award. They were also nominated for an ‘Oscar’ and an ‘OFTA Award’ for the same movie.
U2 won the ‘Capri Award’ for their composition ‘Ordinary Love’ from the movie ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ in 2013.
The same movie even fetched them a ‘Golden Globe’ in 2014, and a nomination for an Oscar in the ‘Best Achievement In The Music Written For Motion Pictures’ category.
Personal Life & Legacy
During his school days when U2 was called ‘Feedback’, Clayton would show up in an Afghan coat and sunglasses. Thus, he was also popular for his sense of style, rather than just his skills as a bassist.
Clayton was caught possessing Marijuana at Dublin, in 1989. However, he donated 25000 Euros in charity, as per the judge’s suggestion, to avoid being a convict.
In the 1990’s, Adam missed one of his band’s gigs during their tour of Australia. He was apparently drunk so heavily that he couldn’t perform on stage. This is one of the episodes of Adam’s life which he regrets.
Clayton was also famous for his image as a ‘Playboy’. He has dated numerous women, including supermodel Naomi Campbell in the past before finally tying the knot with Mariana Teixeira De Carvalho, a lady of Brazilian origin, in 2013.
Clayton’s former assistant Carol Hawkins was convicted in 2012. She had apparently robbed his bank account around 181 times, and looted close to 2,869,275 Euros worth of Clayton’s wealth.


Golden Globe Awards
2014 Best Original Song - Motion Picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
2003 Best Original Song - Motion Picture Gangs of New York (2002)
Grammy Awards
1995 Best Music Video - Long Form U2: Zoo TV Live from Sydney (1994)
ASCAP Film And Television Music Awards
1996 Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures Batman Forever (1995)

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