19th January ~ Happy Birthday to Dolly Parton, Mac Miller, Lil Scrappy, Shawn Wayans & Michael Crawford

Feature Birthday Dolly Parton

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Dolly Parton
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Parton at a press conference, 2011.
Background information
Birth name Dolly Rebecca Parton
Born January 19, 1946 (age 67)
Sevierville, TennesseeU.S.
Genres Countrycountry poppop,bluegrassgospel
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, author, musician, businesswoman
Instruments Vocals, guitar, banjoautoharp, piano, drums, appalachian dulcimer, harmonica,pennywhistlerecorder, fiddle, bass guitar, saxophone
Years active 1955[1]–present
Labels GoldbandMercuryMonument,RCAWarner Bros.CBSRising TideDeccaSugar HillDolly
Associated acts Brad PaisleyBill Anderson,Loretta LynnBarbara Mandrell,Reba McEntireTammy WynetteChet AtkinsCat StevensKenny Rogers,Emmylou HarrisLinda Ronstadt,CherPorter WagonerShania TwainJuice NewtonStella PartonThe LarkinsAltanBilly Ray CyrusMiley CyrusWillie NelsonAlison KraussBrenda LeeRicky Van SheltonVince GillRandy TravisJan Howard,Jeannie SeelyCarrie Underwood
Website www.dollyparton.com

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946[2]) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author and philanthropist, best known for her work in country music.

Beginning her career as a child performer, Parton issued a few modestly successful singles from 1959 through the mid-1960s, showcasing her distinctive soprano voice. She came to greater prominence in 1967 as a featured performer on singerPorter Wagoner‘s weekly television program; their first duet single, a cover of Tom Paxton‘s “The Last Thing on My Mind“, was a top-ten hit on the country singles charts, and led to several successful albums before they ended their partnership in 1974. Moving towards mainstream pop music, Parton’s 1977 single “Here You Come Again” was a success on both the country and pop charts. A string of pop-country hits followed into the mid-1980s, the most successful being her 1981 hit “9 to 5” (from the film of the same name), and her 1983 duet with Kenny Rogers “Islands in the Stream“, both of which topped the U.S. pop and country singles charts. A pair of albums recorded with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris were among her later successes. In the late 1990s, Parton returned to classic country/bluegrass with a series of acclaimed recordings.

Non-musical ventures include the creation of Dollywood, a theme park in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, and her efforts on behalf of childhood literacy, particularly her Imagination Library, as well as Dixie Stampede and Pirates Voyage.

Dolly is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records worldwide. She has garnered 8 Grammy Awards, 2 Academy Award nominations, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. In 1999, Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has composed over 3,000 songs,[3] the best known of which include “I Will Always Love You” (a two-time U.S. country chart-topper for Parton, as well as an international pop hit for Whitney Houston), “Jolene“, “Coat of Many Colors“,”9 to 5“, and “My Tennessee Mountain Home“.[4][5][6]

As an actress, she starred in the movies 9 to 5The Best Little Whorehouse in TexasRhinestoneA Smoky Mountain ChristmasSteel MagnoliasWild Texas WindGnomeo & JulietStraight TalkUnlikely AngelBlue Valley SongbirdJoyful Noise.

 

Early years

Parton was born in Sevierville, Tennessee, the fourth of twelve children of Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer, and his wife Avie Lee (née Owens).[7][8] She has described her family as being “dirt poor”.[9] She outlined her family’s poverty in her early songs “Coat of Many Colors” and “In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)”. They lived in a rustic, one-room cabin in Locust Ridge, just north of the Greenbrier Valley, in the Great Smoky Mountains in Sevier County, a predominantly Pentecostal area.

Music played an important role in her early life, and her grandfather was a Pentecostal “holy-roller” preacher.[10] Many of her early performances were in church, along with her family.

Career discovery

Parton started performing as a child, singing on local radio and television programs in the Eastern Tennessee area. By age nine, she was appearing on The Cas Walker Show on both WIVK Radio and WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee. At thirteen, she was recording (the single “Puppy Love”)[11] on a small Louisiana label, Goldband Records, and appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. It was at the Opry that she first met Johnny Cash, who encouraged her to follow her own instincts regarding her career.[12] The day after she graduated from high school in 1964, Parton moved to Nashville.

Parton’s initial success in Nashville came as a songwriter, having signed with Combine Publishing shortly after her arrival;[13] with her frequent songwriting partner, her uncle Bill Owens, she wrote a number of charting singles during this timeframe, including two top ten hits: Bill Phillips‘ 1966 record “Put it off Until Tomorrow”, and Skeeter Davis‘ 1967 hit “Fuel to the Flame“. Her songs were also covered by a number of other artists, including Kitty Wells and Hank Williams Jr during this period.[14]

Parton signed with Monument Records in late 1965, where she was initially pitched as a bubblegum pop singer;[15] she released a string of singles, though the only one that charted, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby”, nonetheless did not crack the Billboard Hot 100.

Though she expressed a desire to record country material, Monument resisted, thinking her unique voice with its strong vibrato was not suited to the genre. It was only after her composition, “Put It Off Until Tomorrow,” as recorded by Bill Phillips (and with Parton, uncredited, on harmony), went to number six on the country music charts in 1966, that the label relented and allowed her to record country. Her first country single, “Dumb Blonde” (one of the few songs during this era, that she recorded but did not write), reached number twenty-four on the country music charts in early 1967, followed the same year with “Something Fishy”, which went to number seventeen. The two songs anchored her first full-length album, Hello, I’m Dolly.

 

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Mac Miller

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Mac Miller
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Miller performing at the NYC Governor’s Ball, June 18, 2011
Background information
Birth name Malcolm James McCormick
Also known as Delusional Thomas, EZ Mac, Larry Fisherman, Larry Lovestein & The Velvet Revival
Born January 19, 1992 (age 21)
PittsburghPennsylvania, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapperproducer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2007 – present
Labels Most DopeRostrum
Associated acts The Ill SpokenAb-SoulCasey VeggiesPharrell Williams,Schoolboy QVince StaplesWiz Khalifa
Website www.macmillerofficial.com

Malcolm James McCormick (born January 19, 1992),[1] best known by his stage name Mac Miller, is an American rapper from PittsburghPennsylvania. He is also a noted record producer under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman. He is signed to Pittsburgh based Rostrum Records, and released his debut album Blue Slide Park, on November 8, 2011, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 despite being released completely independently. His second studio album Watching Movies with the Sound Off was released on June 18, 2013.

Early life

Malcolm James McCormick was born on January 19, 1992, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Karen Meyers, a photographer, and Mark McCormick, an architect.[2][3] His father is Christian and his mother is Jewish; Miller was raised Jewish and had a Bar Mitzvah.[4][5][6] He was raised in the Point Breeze part of Pittsburgh.[1][7] Miller attended Winchester Thurston School and Taylor Allderdice High School.[8] In high school, Miller decided to focus on his hip hop career, later noting, “Once I hit 15, I got real serious about it and it changed my life completely … I used to be into sports, play all the sports, go to all the high school parties. But once I found out hip-hop is almost like a job, that’s all I did.”[1] Miller, a self-taught musician, plays piano, guitar, drums, and bass.[1][9]

Career

2007-2010: Career beginnings

Miller first started rapping at the age of fourteen.[10] Before that, he wanted to be a singer-songwriter.[11] Prior to changing his name to Mac Miller, he was known as EZ Mac and released the mixtape But My Mackin’ Ain’t Easy in 2007 at the age of fifteen. Miller was also part of rap group The Ill Spoken together with fellow Pittsburgh rapper, Beedie. The Ill Spoken released the mixtape How High in 2008. In 2009 Mac Miller released two mixtapes The Jukebox: Prelude to Class Clown and The High Life before getting signed to Rostrum Records. In 2009 at age 17, he made it to the final four in Rhyme Calisthenics, the MC competition at Shadow Lounge.[12]

In early 2010, Miller signed with Rostrum Records.[13] Rostrum president Benjy Grinberg met Miller while recording with Wiz Khalifa at ID Labs.[14] Although Grinberg started giving Miller advice, he didn’t show any interest in getting involved with his career until the artist began work on the K.I.D.S. mixtape, when, as he later told HitQuarters, Grinberg “noticed a maturation in his sound and approach to his music.”[14] By that point Miller had started attracting interest from different record companies but chose Rostrum due to its location in his hometown and association with Wiz Khalifa.[14] K.I.D.S. was released by the label in August 2010.[1] The mixtape was inspired by the movie Kids. A significant breakthrough came in late 2010 when Miller embarked on his first tour, the Incredibly Dope Tour, selling out every location.[14] In 2010, he won two awards at the Pittsburgh hip hop awards.[15]

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