Strummer Timeline: Diplomat's Son Turned Punk Icon

A quasi-documentary, Rude Boy offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Clash through the eyes of a roadie.

1981: Dissention within the band grows as Strummer rehires Rhodes.

1982: The Clash reconfirm their commercial viability with Combat Rock, which features their two biggest hits, "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" and "Rock The Casbah."

Strummer disappears for three weeks, forcing the band to cancel their U.K. tour. Strummer later explains he had had doubts about his career, so he went to Paris where he tried "living like a bum."

1983: Strummer and Simonon fire Jones. They hire new guitarists, Vince White and Nick Sheppard, and a new drummer, Pete Howard.

1985: The new Clash lineup releases Cut the Crap, a commercial and critical disaster. Mick Jones resurfaces with Big Audio Dynamite. Global A Go-Go

1986: The Clash officially disbands. Strummer works on the soundtrack to Sid And Nancy. He later reunites with Jones for the second Big Audio Dynamite album.

1989: Strummer plays a supporting role in Jim Jarmusch's cult classic Mystery Train, and releases a solo record, Earthquake Weather.

1990 to 1998: Strummer divides his time among several projects. He joins Irish rockers the Pogues, reunites with Mick Jones to producer Big Audio Dynamite's greatest hits, and works on various film projects, acting and recording soundtracks.

1998: Strummer works with Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, recording, "It's a Rockin' World" for the South Park album, Chef Aid.

1999: Strummer returns with Global A Go Go, his first solo recording in a decade.

1999-2002: Strummer forms a new band, The Mescaleros, and tours with them in Britain. He had been working on a third album at the time of his death.

Shortly before his passing, Strummer had collaborated with Bono of U2 and Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics on a song in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Titled "48864," Mandela's number in prison, the song is to be played Feb. 2, at an AIDS benefit concert.

In March 2003, Strummer and his Clash band mates were due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ABCNEWS Radio contributed to this report.

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