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This Day in Georgia History

January 04, 1960

Michael Stipe Born

John Michael Stipe, lead singer of R.E.M., was born at the base hospital at Fort McPherson. His parents–John (who served in the U.S. Army) and Marianne – lived in Decatur, Ga., where Michael grew up. He enrolled at the University of Georgia in 1978 intending to major in art. Soon, however, music became the important force in his life. In 1980, Stipe helped form the band that would become known as R.E.M. Quickly, the band became the most famous group to emerge from the Athens music scene, gaining national and international fame.

To view a photograph of Michael Stipe in concert, see the Digital Library of Georgia.