Happy Birthday Rob Paulsen!
Robert Fredrick "Rob" Paulsen III (born March 11, 1956) is an American voice actor and singer whose voice talents have been used extensively in children's animation. Paulsen is the voice of Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yakko Warner and Dr. Otto Scratchansniff from Animaniacs, Rev Runner from Loonatics Unleashed, and Pinky from Pinky and the Brain. For his performance as Pinky, Paulsen won A Daytime Emmy Award. Paulsen continues to voice characters on shows including The Looney Toons Show, the Fairly OddParents, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Donatello.
Happy birthday David Gilmour!
David Gilmour (March 6, 1946) is an English musician and the lead singer and guitarist for Pink Floyd. Gilmour wrote "Comfortably Numb" and produced the band's thirteenth studio album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The album was recorded mostly on Gilmour's houseboat, and went on to achieve quadruple platinum status in the US. Gilmour has released four solo albums and acted as producer for many other musicians. He is 67 today.
Happy Birthday, Etta James!
Etta James (January 25th, 1938 - January 20th, 2012) was a legendary American singer who performed in the genres of jazz, gospel, blues, soul and rock'n'roll. She is remembered for her many pop hits including: At Last, Roll With Me Henry, Somethings Got A Hold On Me and I'd Rather Go Blind. James' successful career and catalog of 28 studio albums won her six Grammys and seventeen Blues Music Awards. Her life was laced with sadness as she struggled with addiction and drug abuse, but her comeback with album The Seven Year Itch in the late 1980s proved her to be one of the strongest personalities in American music and landed her in many top greatest singers of all time lists.
Happy Birthday, Danny Kaye!
Danny Kaye (January 18, 1913 - March 3, 1987) was a popular American comedian, actor, singer and dancer. Kaye appeared in seventeen films, some of the most well-known being: The Kid From Brooklyn (1946), The Inspector General (1949), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), White Christmas (1954) and The Court Jester (1956). Kaye's comedic talents were highlighted by his physical comedy, pantomime and nonsense songs, many of which were written by his wife and lyricist Sylvia Fine, whom he met while starring in Broadway show The Straw Hat Revue.
Danny Kaye was the first ambassador-at-large of UNICEF and worked with the organization for many years, eventually receiving the French Legion of Honor for his dedication.
You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven. -Jimi Hendrix
Happy Birthday, Jimi Hendrix!
Born on November 27th, in 1942, James Marshall Hendrix was a legendary musician and songwriter, and one of the most influential electric guitarist of all time. Although he died at the age of 27, Hendrix's impact on the music industry was enormous. More than forty years after his death, in 1970, he remains emphatically unforgettable.
In honor of the artist, we've put together a list of interesting facts about his life.
Ofra Haza (November 19th, 1957 – February 23rd, 2000) was an Israeli singer of Yemenite Jewish origin.
Ofra's flawless voice and her love of Yemenite and Hebrew culture helped her gain a wide Middle Eastern audience, bridging the divide between Israel and Arab countries.
Her success story - a child emerging from the Hatikvah slums to reach the peak of Israeli culture - and her immense desire to have children make her untimely death that much more heartbreaking.
Ofra Haza died (childless) on February 23rd, 2000 at the age of 42, of AIDS-related pneumonia. Many suspected that she was infected by her husband, who later died of a drug overdose.
Happy Birthday, Susan Tedeschi!
Born November 9, 1970, this Grammy Award nominated singer is known for her soulful interpretations and powerful vocals.
Salif Keïta, an albino prince from Mali, is a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire, Sundiata Keita. His royal heritage meant that under the Malian caste system, he should never have become a singer, which was deemed to be a griot's role. But since he was cast out by his family and ostracized by the community (albinism is believed to be a sign of bad luck), he was able to pursue his musical passion and became The Golden Voice of Africa.
The Salif Keita Global Foundation - For the fair treatment and social integration of persons with albinism
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