Bruce Dickinson was born on August 7, 1958.

The future Iron Maiden singer first discovered hard rock when he heard Deep Purple's Child in Time while at a boarding school.  Not long after that, Dickinson bought the album that featured that song, Deep Purple in Rock.

That set Dickinson on a path towards a life in heavy metal.

At first, Bruce Dickinson wanted to be a drummer.  But, when friends heard him sing, he was encouraged to head down that road.

Dickinson bounced around between various bands.  He eventually landed in a group called Samson.  When things in Samson fell apart, he was asked to audition for Iron Maiden.

Iron Maiden was replacing their lead singer, Paul Di'Anno.

The band was growing in popularity, but the addition of Dickinson launched Iron Maiden to another level.  The band's first album with Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast, was the band's first No. 1 album in the UK and their first platinum album in the USA.