The Unexpected Jobs That Your Favorite Musicians Had Before They Became Famous

Sara Horton | February 2, 2018 10:25 am

What was your first job? Chances are that it wasn’t exactly your dream job. We might assume that the biggest names in music might have had it easy in the work department, but that’s not true for everyone. In fact, some of your favorite musicians had downright terrible jobs on their path to stardom. Others had pretty good (but kind of weird) first gigs. Read on to find out where these huge artists got their starts!

Did one of rock’s biggest living legends once work as a gravedigger? We’ll get to the bottom of that rumor later…

Queen Of Donuts


Now she’s known as the Queen of Pop, but back in the 1980s Madonna spent her days working the registers at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Times Square. It’s a good thing she made it big in music, because she wasn’t exactly manager material at the chain pastry shop. In an interview, she once explained that she “was sacked for squirting the donut jelly all over the customers.” She’s also reported that she arrived in New York City with only $35 to her name, so maybe intentionally getting fired wasn’t the best move. Either way, Madonna clearly got the last laugh.