17th February Birthdays today: Ed Sheeran, Barry Humphries, Billy Joe Armstrong, Rene Russo & Taylor Hawkins

Ed Sheeran

From Wikipedia,
Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran performs for Channel Seven’s morning program Sunrise and Nova969 in Sydney, February 2013.
Background information
Birth name Edward Christopher Sheeran
Born 17 February 1991 (age 22)
HalifaxEngland
Origin Framlingham, England
Genres PopfolkacousticGrimeHip-hop
Occupations Singer-songwriterproducer,musicianRapper
Instruments Vocalsguitar, BOSS Loop Pedal RC-30, percussionpiano,violin[1]
Years active 2005–present
Labels AsylumAtlanticElektra
Website edsheeran.com
Notable instruments
Little Martin LX1E

Boss RC 20 XL Loop Pedal

Edward Christopher “Ed” Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer-songwriter. Raised in Framlingham, Suffolk, he moved to London in 2008 to pursue a musical career. In early 2011, Sheeran released an independent extended play,No. 5 Collaborations Project, which caught the attention of both Elton John and Jamie Foxx. He then signed to Asylum Records. His 2011 debut album, +, containing the singles “The A Team” and “Lego House“, was certified quintuple platinum in the United Kingdom. In 2012, he won two BRIT Awards for Best British Male and British Breakthrough. “The A Team” won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.

Sheeran began to be known in the United States in 2012. He made a guest appearance on Taylor Swift‘s fourth album, Red, and wrote songs for One Direction. “The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards and he performed the song in duet with Elton John during the ceremony. He spent much of 2013 touring North America as the opening act for Taylor Swift’s Red Tour. His second album will be released in 2014. He was nominated for Best New Artist at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.[2]

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Barry Humphries

From Wikipedia
Barry Humphries
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Humphries in July 2001
Birth name John Barry Humphries
Born 17 February 1934 (age 80)
Kew, Melbourne
Nationality Australian
Years active 1955–present
Genres Character comedy
Spouse Brenda Wright
(m. 1955–1957, divorced)
Rosalind Tong
(m. 1959–1970, divorced)
Diane Millstead
(m. 1979–1989, divorced)
Lizzie Spender (m. since 1990)
Notable works and roles Dame Edna Everage
Sir Les Patterson

John Barry HumphriesAOCBE (born 17 February 1934) is an Australian comedian, satirist, artist, and author. Humphries is best known for writing and playing his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. He is also a film producer and script writer, a star of London’s West End musical theatre, an award-winning writer and an accomplished landscape painter. For his delivery of dadaist and absurdist humour to millions, biographer Anne Pender described Humphries in 2010 as not only “the most significant theatrical figure of our time … [but] the most significant comedian to emerge since Charlie Chaplin“.[1]

Humphries’ characters have brought him international renown, and he has also appeared in numerous films, stage productions and television shows. Originally conceived as a dowdy Moonee Ponds housewife who caricatured Australian suburban complacency and insularity, Edna has evolved over four decades to become a satire of stardom, the gaudily dressed, acid-tongued, egomaniacal, internationally feted Housewife Gigastar, Dame Edna Everage. Humphries’ other major satirical character creation was the archetypal Australian bloke Barry McKenzie, who originated as the hero of a comic strip about Australians in London (with drawings by Nicholas Garland) which was first published in Private Eye magazine. The stories about “Bazza” (Humphries’ nickname, as well as an Australian term of endearment for the name Barry) gave wide circulation to Australian slang, particularly jokes about drinking and its consequences (much of which was invented by Humphries), and the character went on to feature in two Australian films, in which he was portrayed by Barry Crocker.

Humphries’ other satirical characters include the “priapic and inebriated cultural attaché” Sir Les Patterson, who has “continued to bring worldwide discredit upon Australian arts and culture, while contributing as much to the Australian vernacular as he has borrowed from it”, gentle, grandfatherly “returned gentleman” Sandy Stone, iconoclastic 1960s underground film-maker Martin Agrippa, Paddington socialist academic Neil Singleton, sleazy trade union official Lance Boyle, high-pressure art salesman Morrie O’Connor and failed tycoon Owen Steele.

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Billie Joe Armstrong

From Wikipedia,
Billie Joe Armstrong
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Armstrong performing in 2013
Background information
Birth name Billie Joe Armstrong
Also known as Wilhelm Fink
Reverend Strychnine Twitch
Born February 17, 1972 (age 41)
Oakland, California, US
Origin Rodeo, California, US
Genres Punk rockalternative rock
Occupations Singermusiciansongwriter,guitaristmulti-instrumentalist
Instruments Vocalsguitarpianodrums,percussionsaxophone,harmonicamandolinbassviolin
Years active 1987–present
Labels RepriseLookout!Adeline,Recess
Associated acts Green DayPinhead GunpowderThe Network,Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Boo,The Lonely IslandNorah Jones
Notable instruments
Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior
Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong J-180
Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior Double Cut
Fernandes Stratocaster (Blue)
Gibson Les Paul Custom
Gibson ES-335
Gibson SG Standard
Gibson Les Paul Standard
Gretsch Hollowbody
Fender Stratocaster
Fender Telecaster
Guild D55
Taylor 514C
Fender Jaguar

Billie Joe Armstrong (born February 17, 1972) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and occasional actor. He is best known as the lead vocalist, principal songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which Armstrong co-founded with Mike Dirnt. He is also a guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder and provides lead vocals for Green Day’s side projects Foxboro Hot Tubs and The Network.

Raised in Rodeo, California, Armstrong developed an interest in music at a young age, and recorded his first song at the age of five. He met Mike Dirnt while attending elementary school, and the two instantly bonded over their mutual interest in music, forming the band Sweet Children when the two were 15 years old. The band changed its name to Green Day, and would later achieve massive commercial success. Armstrong has also pursued musical projects outside of Green Day’s work, including numerous collaborations with other musicians.

He also co-owns the record label Adeline Records, with his wife Adrienne and skateboarder Jim Thiebaud, with the collaboration of Green Day’s guitarist Jason White and more recently Green Day’s manager Pat Magnarella.

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Rene Russo

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rene Russo
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Russo at the premiere of Thor in 2011
Born Rene Marie Russo
February 17, 1954 (age 60)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Dan Gilroy (1992–present; 1 child)

Rene Marie Russo (born February 17, 1954)[1][2] is an American actress and former model. She is known for starring in a series of popular, big budget thrillers and action movies throughout the 1990s. She has been nominated for several awards, including two nominations for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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Taylor Hawkins

From Wikipedia
Taylor Hawkins
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Hawkins with Foo Fighters in 2012
Background information
Birth name Oliver Taylor Hawkins
Born February 17, 1972 (age 42)
Origin Fort WorthTexasUnited States
Genres Alternative rockpunk rock,post-grungealternative metal
Occupations Musiciansongwriter
Instruments Drumspercussionsvocals,pianokeyboardsbass guitar,guitartrumpetviolinflute
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts Foo FightersTaylor Hawkins and the Coattail RidersCoheed and CambriaAlanis Morissette,Eddie FisherAnyoneSlash,Eagles of Death Metal Chevy Metal, Vasco Rossi
Notable instruments
Gretsch Drums
Zildjian Cymbals
Remo Drumheads
Zildjian Taylor Hawkins signature model drumsticks
Latin Percussion
DW hardware

Oliver Taylor Hawkins (born February 17, 1972) is an American musician, best known as the drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters. Prior to joining the band in 1997, he was the touring drummer for Alanis Morissette on her Jagged Little Pill and Can’t Not tours, as well as the drummer in a progressive experimental band called Sylvia. His cousin, Kevin Harrell, introduced him to Dave Grohl after camping with him for several weeks in the Ozarks. Hawkins would eventually become the drummer for Grohl’s band, Foo Fighters. He was voted “Best Rock Drummer” in 2005 by the UK drumming magazine Rhythm.

In 2004, Hawkins formed his own side projectTaylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, in which he plays drums and sings.

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