Ask AP: Desmond Child

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on August 31, 2008

What can you tell me about the person—or persons—behind the name Desmond Child, which I’ve seen attached to so many hit songs over the years?

—Peter Chase, Redding, Calif.

Florida-born Desmond Child, 54, is one of rock music’s most successful songwriters and producers—not to be confused with Destiny’s Child, the 1990s pop trio of Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. It’s Desmond, not Destiny, whose name you’ve seen connected to a whopping 70 Top 40 smash singles, including KISS’ “I Was Made for Loving You,” Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady,” Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and the Bon Jovi hits “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Bad Medicine” and “Livin’ On A Prayer.” You can see him on TV as one of the judges on the Great American Country network’s talent-search competition, The Next GAC Star, as it builds toward a Sept. 10 finale.