Billie Joe Armstrong (born February 17, 1972) is the vocalist and guitar player for pop/punk band Green Day. Armstrong was the youngest of six kids and lived in Rodeo, California. His father was a truck driver who died of cancer when Armstrong was ten, his mother a waitress.
After his father's death, he was 11 in 1983 when he got his first guitar, which was a blue stratocaster as a present. The first song he wrote was called "Why do you want him" and was written when he was 14 in 1986.
He is also the co-founder and partial owner of the independent label Adeline Records.