When Elvis sang Jailhouse Rock, it wasn't meant to be taken literally. But these musical miscreants all ended up in the slammer. Imagine the prison band they could have formed and the criminal record they could have made...
1. Ozzy Osbourne
Long before he started playing in front of thousands with Black Sabbath, biting bats’ heads off, and appearing on reality telly with Sharon and family, Ozzy was plain old John – and John was a bit of a tearaway!
Still a teen, in 1965, he served 7 weeks in Winson Green prison, Birmingham, for failing to pay fines for a burglary conviction after robbing a clothes shop.
2. Boy George
Back in the 80s, Boy George and his Culture Club were one of the biggest bands around. But No1 hits like Karma Chameleon didn’t bring George O’Dowd good karma.
After well publicised battles with drugs, George landed up in a world of trouble in 2008 when he was convicted and sentenced to 15 months in jail for false imprisonment of a male escort by handcuffing him to a wall and beating him with a metal chain.
Following his release after 4 months for good behaviour, in 2009, the Probation Service denied George the chance to appear in Celebrity Big Brother as it was feared it could undermine public confidence in the criminal justice system.
3. Sid Vicious
Sex Pistol Sid – real name John Ritchie – was no stranger to controversy, but even by his punk pioneer standards, the events leading up to his imprisonment and death, were shocking.
When American groupie-turned-girlfriend Nancy Spungen, was found dead of a stab wound in the couple’s New York hotel room, in 1978, Sid was arrested. While on bail, he was arrested again, this time for assault. When let out once more, he died of a fatal heroin overdose. He was 21.
4. George Michael
When you think of rock stars in prison, who would have imagined fresh-faced George? He burst onto the pop scene in the 80s, alongside fellow Wham! boy, Andrew Ridgeley, but one day he would be enjoying Her Majesty’s hospitality as opposed to Club Tropicana’s!
But in 2010, after a drug-driving incident in which he crashed his Range Rover into a branch of Snappy Snaps, George was sentenced to 8 weeks in the clink.
All together now… ‘Bad boys stick together. Never sad boys. Good guys, they make rules for fools, so get wise…’
When former Happy Mondays dancer Bez, real name Mark Berry, went into the I’m A Celebrity jungle, it wasn’t the first time he’d been subjected to meagre rations and the company of strangers.
Having been given community service in 2010 for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Bez refused to do it. The magistrate, therefore, sentenced him to a month inside. His response? ‘Victory is in my grasp,’ said the son of a policeman. He spent two weeks in Strangeways Prison.
6. Mick Jagger
He may have only done 48 hours in the slammer, but legendary Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger probably still didn’t get much satisfaction from his stint inside.
It was 1967 and the Swinging Sixties were in full, er, swing when the police raided fellow Rolling Stone Keith Richards’ pad in Sussex.
Mick was sentenced to 3 months in prison for possession of amphetamine, but he and Keef were released the following day pending an appeal.