California is commonly associated with the music, film, and arts industries. While Long Beach is just a small segment of the state, it is the birth place of several successful musicians who have made it big in the entertainment world. Here’s a look at some of the most famous musicians from Long Beach.
Cordozar Broadus, more commonly referred to by his stage name Snoop Dogg, was born in Long Beach in 1971. His passion for singing and playing piano started in the seaside city when Snoop performed at the Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church as a young child. He later attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School. His longstanding career as a rapper began shortly after in 1992, when Snoop was discovered by Dr. Dre of N.W.A.
Adrian Samuel Young is an American drummer and a key member of the rock band No Doubt. The musician and songwriter was born in Long Beach back in 1969, and has become a highly sought-after studio drummer. Young has recorded and/or performed with a number of entertainers, including Maroon 5, Bow Wow Wow, The Vandals, Unwritten Law, Kelis, Scott Weiland, Bing Ji Ling, Dilana, and numerous others.
Cold War Kids
Cold War Kids is an indie rock band originating in Long Beach. The members include Nathan Willett, Matt Maust, Dann Gallucci, Matthew Schwartz, and Joe Plummer. Matt Aveiro and Jonnie Russell are both former members of the band. Cold War Kids formed in 2004, and have since released four studio albums. Several of their songs, including “First”, “Hang Me Up to Dry”, and “Miracle Mile” even peaked the charts.
T.S.O.L., or True Sounds of Liberty is a punk rock band formed in Long Beach in 1978. The five man band include members Ron Emory, Jack Grisham, Grey Kuehn, Mike Roche, and Matt Rainwater. The band has released ten studio albums over the course of three decades, with hits like “Dance with Me”, “Strange Love” and “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Free Downloads”. T.S.O.L continues to tour and perform, with their last U.S. tour in 2013 with Flag.
The Mars Volta
The Mars Volta formed in 2001, playing a combination of progressive rock, hard rock, experimental rock, and jazz fusion. The rock band’s final lineup included members Juan Alderete, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, and Deantoni Parks. While the band originated in El Paso, Texas, one of the band’s most well-known members, Isaiah “Ikey” Owens was born and raised in Long Beach. He was known as one of the most astounding musicians in the business and an incredible keyboard player.
Warren Griffin III, or Warren G, is a West Coast rapper and hip hop producer from Long Beach. He’s best known for his 1994 hit single “Regulate”, which reached the number 2 spot on the U.S. charts. Before getting big, Warren G formed a group called 213 with Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg in 1990, named after the Long Beach area code. He later began a solo career, working with artists like 2Pac and MC Breed.