Happy birthday Tracy Chapman!
Tracy Chapman (March 30,1964) is an American singer-songwriter who broke out in 1988 with the hits "Fast Car" and "Talkin' Bout A Revolution." Her socially conscious work is widely critically acclaimed, having been listed on Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time." Her breakout album Tracy Chapman won three Grammys. She keeps her private life private, but is active in the public sphere, performing at many events in support of human rights.
Happy birthday Sarah Lois Vaughan!
Sarah Lois Vaughan (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was a jazz vocalist who was among the first to straddle pop and critical acclaim. She got her start singing and playing organ in her church’s choir in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey. After winning an amateur contest at The Apollo in Harlem, she was picked up by vocalist Billy Eckstein. She went on to sing alongside some of the era’s biggest names. By 1947, Vaughan was forging a solo career and quickly became one of the most beloved vocalists of the twentieth century, selling out large-scale venues well into her sixties.
Happy Birthday, Patty Andrews!
Patricia Marie Andrews (February 16th, 1918 - January 30, 2013) was an American singer in band The Andrews Sisters, alongside her two elder siblings LaVerne and Maxene Andrews. The three sisters sang as a trio for the majority of their lives, sticking together through a long career full of stardom and adventure. When the band officially formed, Patty was only seven years old. The Andrews Sisters would go on to be famous all over the world, and release countless pop hits. Some of these include: Bei Mir Bist Du Schön, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Beer Barrel Polka, Nice Work If You Can Get It, (I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time, Sonny Boy, Jingle Bells, Rum and Coca Cola, Winter Wonderland and I Can Dream, Can't I? as well as many, many more. The Andrews Sisters were the first all-girl trio to reach mainstream popularity and influenced the likes of Bette Midler, The Puppini Sisters, Barry Manilow, The Manhattan Dolls and even Elvis Presley. Patty Andrews died earlier this year after a distinguished career as a talented singer and the sweetheart of the Andrews Clan.
"The human mind is a wonderful thing, it starts working from before you're born and doesn't stop till you sit down to write a song." - Roger Miller
Happy Birthday Roger Miller!
Roger Dean Miller (January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992) was an American musician, songwriter, and actor, best known for his novelty songs inspired by honky tonk and the Nashville sound sub-genre of country music. His notable recordings include "Billy Bayou", Home", and covers of "Tall, Tall Trees" and "Husbands and Wives". His last popular album was a collaboration with Willie Nelson called Old Friends. In his later career, he acted and wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Big River.
Happy Birthday, June Anderson!
June Anderson (December 30, 1952) is one of the greatest American coloratura sopranos of our time. She became the first non-Italian ever to win the Bellini d'Oro prize. Anderson has also received the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album, for her concert performance of Candide with composer Leonard Bernstein.
Happy Birthday, Big Mama Thorton!
Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (December 11, 1926 – July 25, 1984) was an American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter. In 1952, Thorton was the first artist to record the song "Hound Dog," which then stayed on the Billboard R&B charts for seven weeks in the following year. The B-side was "They Call Me Big Mama." Three years later, Elvis Presley recorded his version of the song. Thorton was also the artist who wrote and recorded "Ball 'n' Chain", which Janis Joplin made popular in 1967.
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