Born on this day in 1936, in Lubbock, Texas, entertainer, Buddy Holly. Holly and his band, The Crickets, scored with a dozen hit songs, including Peggy Sue and That’ll Be The Day, in less than two years.
Born on this day in 1951, in Herefordshire, England, drummer and songwriter, Martin Chambers. Chambers is known for his work with The Pretenders and Mott The Hoople.
Born on this day in 1921, in Inglewood, California, actress and athlete, Esther Williams. Williams was a marquee star for MGM in the 1940’s and 50’s, appearing in 25+ films, usually featuring her incredible swimming skills. In her teen years, those same swimming skills won her several competitive time records and national championships.
Born on this day in 1905, actress, Myrna Loy. Loy starred in over 100 films, and found herself hitting major success after being teamed with William Powell for The Thin Man series. Her instant likability and charm also resulted in being a frequent co-star of Clark Gable. Her career was one of Hollywood’s longest, beginning in the 1920’s and running into the 1980’s. She received an honorary Oscar for her life’s work, in 1991.
Born on this day in 1892, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, actor William Powell. Though Powell had a long career, he is best-remembered as playing sleuth Nick Charles, opposite Myrna Loy, in The Thin Man movies.
Born on this day in 1949, in Hetton Le Hole, Houghton le Spring, County Durham, United Kingdom, bassist and record producer, Trevor Horn. Horn was instrumental in producing many influential bands in the 80’s, including; Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Buggles, Paul McCartney, Yes, Art of Noise and Seal.
Born on this day in 1939, in Chicago, Illinois, R&B and gospel singer, Mavis Staples. With The Staple Singers, Miss Mavis was inducted into both The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and The Blues Hall of Fame.
Born on this day in 1959, in Glasgow, Scotland, singer-songwriter, Jim Kerr. Kerr has fronted the pop band Simple Minds since 1977, who charted in the 80’s for multiple successful singles and Lp’s.
Born on this day in 1966, in Evanston, Illinois, actor and producer, John Cusack. Cusack was a successful teen actor, appearing in Better Off Dead, Sixteen Candles and Say Anything. As an adult, his memorable films include Gross Pointe Blank, Hi Fidelity and Hot Tub Time Machine.
Born on this day in 1961, musician and actor, Curt Smith. Curt plays bass in Tears For Fears, who had several hits in the era of MTV, including; Mad World, Pale Shelter, Shout and Head Over Heels.