Played the drums in his first band, the Iguanas, in the early 1960s. He went on to play in the blues-inspired Prime Movers in 1965 and then became the front man for the Psychedelic Stooges in 1967. Soon afterward, the band's name was shortened to the Stooges and he officially adopted the moniker of Iggy Pop.
Landed first record deal with the Stooges with Elektra in 1968. The band released a self-titled debut in 1969, Fun House in 1970 and Raw Power in 1973. Though all sold poorly, the albums are now considered rock classics. (Rocker Jack White calls Fun House "the definitive rock album of America.") The band broke up in 1971, reunited briefly and then broke up again in 1974.
Formed a close friendship with David Bowie, one of Pop's most notable fans, in the 1970s. Bowie helped Pop land a solo-record deal in 1976, produced several Iggy Pop records and even played the keyboards in Pop's 1977 world tour. Pop also composed "China Girl" with Bowie, who had a hit single with the song in 1983, and he and Bowie penned Pop's best-known song, 1977's pulsating "Lust for Life," since used in TV and on film.