12th March ~ Birthday wishes for today go to ~ James Taylor ~ Danny Jones ~ Liza Minelli ~ Al Jarreau and Aaron Eckhart ~ from the team at ~ Colly Dolly Music & Movies ~ Mareeba!

James Taylor

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James Taylor
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Taylor in late 1970s
Background information
Birth name James Vernon Taylor
Born March 12, 1948 (age 65)
BostonMassachusettsUnited States
Origin Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Genres Folk rockrockpopsoft rock,bluescountry
Occupations Singer-songwritermusician
Instruments Vocalsguitarharmonica[1]
Years active 1966–present
Labels AppleCapitolEMIWarner Bros.ColumbiaSMEHear Music
Associated acts Carole KingCarly SimonPeter Asher
Website www.jamestaylor.com

James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single “Fire and Rain” and had his first No. 1 hit the following year with “You’ve Got a Friend“, a recording of Carole King‘s classic song. His 1976 Greatest Hits album was certified Diamondand has sold 12 million US copies. Following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades. His commercial achievements declined slightly until a resurgence during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his best-selling and most-awarded work (including HourglassOctober Road and Covers).

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Danny Jones

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Jones performing onstage as part of McFly in 2006
Background information
Birth name Daniel Alan David Jones l
Born 12 March 1986 (age 27)
Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, producer, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica,ukulele, bass guitar
Years active 2003-present
Labels IslandSuper
Associated acts McFly, McBusted
Website www.mcfly.com
Notable instruments
Fender Telecaster
Gibson Les Paul Custom

Daniel Alan David “Danny” Jones[1] (born 12 March 1986) is an English musician who is one of the lead vocalists and guitarists for pop-rock band McFly. Jones’ fellow band members are Tom Fletcher (guitar and vocals), Dougie Poynter (bass, vocals), and Harry Judd (drums).

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Liza Minnelli

 

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Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles in Cabaret
Born Liza May Minnelli
March 12, 1946 (age 67)
HollywoodCalifornia, USA
Alma mater High School of Performing Arts
Chadwick School
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer, choreographer
Years active 1949–present
Religion Episcopalian,[1]
Spouse(s) Peter Allen
(m. 1967–1974; divorced)
Jack Haley, Jr.
(m. 1974–1979; divorced)
Mark Gero
(m. 1979–1992; divorced)
David Gest
(m. 2002–2007; divorced)
Parents Judy Garland
Vincente Minnelli

Liza May Minnelli (born March 12, 1946) is an American actress, singer and dancer. She is the daughter of singer and actress Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli.

Already established as a nightclub singer and musical theatre actress, she first attracted critical acclaim for her dramatic performances in the movies The Sterile Cuckoo (1969), and Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970); Minnelli then rose to international stardom for her appearance as Sally Bowles in the 1972 film version of the Broadway musical Cabaret, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She later co-starred in Arthur (1981), starring withDudley Moore (in the title role) and Sir John Gielgud.

While film projects such as Lucky LadyA Matter of Time and New York, New York were less favorably received than her stage roles, Minnelli became an entertainer in television, beginning with Liza with a Z in 1972, and on stage in the Broadway productions of Flora the Red MenaceThe Act and The Rink. Minnelli also toured internationally and did shows such as Liza Minnelli: At Carnegie HallFrank, Liza & Sammy: The Ultimate Event, and Liza Live from Radio City Music Hall.

She starred in Liza’s Back in 2002. She had guest appearances in the sitcom Arrested Development and had a small role in the movie The OH in Ohio, while continuing to tour internationally. In 2008/2009, she performed the Broadway show Liza’s at The Palace…! which earned a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.[2]

Minnelli has won a total of four Tony Awards, including a Special Tony Award.[3] She has also won an Oscar, an Emmy Award, two Golden Globes and a Grammy Legend Award for her contributions and influence in the recording field, along with many other honors and awards. She is among the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award. In 2000, Minnelli was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.[4]

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Al Jarreau

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Al Jarreau
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Background information
Birth name Alwin Lopez Jarreau
Born March 12, 1940 (age 73)
Origin MilwaukeeWisconsinUnited States
Genres JazzPopSoulFunk
Occupations Singer
Instruments VocalsPercussionFlute
Years active 1960s–present
Labels RepriseWarner Bros.GRPConcordRhino
Website www.aljarreau.com

Alwin “Al” Lopez Jarreau (born March 12, 1940) is an American jazz singer.[1]

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Al Jarreau during a concert at ICC Berlinin 1986

Al Jarreau during a concert in Germanyin early 1981

Al Jarreau in WrocławPoland; June 25, 2006

Al Jarreau at book drive event held at the Department of Education on August 25, 2004.

Al Jarreau headlining “Jazz in Kiev 2008″ festival

Jarreau was born in MilwaukeeWisconsin, the fifth of six children. His website refers to Reservoir Avenue, the name of the street where he lived. His father was a Seventh-Day Adventist Church minister and singer, and his mother was a church pianist. He and his family sang together in church concerts and in benefits, and he and his mother performed at PTA meetings.[2]

He was student council president and Badger Boys State delegate for Lincoln High School, going on to Ripon College, where he also sang with a group called the Indigos. Jarreau graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.[1] He went on to earn a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Iowa, worked as a rehabilitation counselor in San Francisco, and moonlighted with a jazz trio headed by George Duke.

In 1967, he joined forces with acoustic guitarist Julio Martinez.[1] The duo became the star attraction at a small Sausalito night club called Gatsby’s. This success contributed to Jarreau’s decision to make professional singing his life and full-time career.

 

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Aaron Eckhart

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Aaron Eckhart
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Eckhart at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
Born Aaron Edward Eckhart
March 12, 1968 (age 45)
CupertinoCalifornia, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present

Aaron Edward Eckhart (born March 12, 1968) is an American film and stage actor.

Born in California, he moved to England at the age of 13, when his father relocated the family. Several years later, he began his acting career by performing in school plays, before moving to Sydney, for his high school senior year. He left high school without graduating, but earned a diploma through an adult education course, and graduated from Brigham Young University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film. For much of the mid-1990s, he lived in New York City as a struggling, unemployed actor. As an undergraduate at Brigham Young, Eckhart met director and writer Neil LaBute, who cast him in several of his own original plays. Five years later Eckhart made a debut as an unctuous, sociopathic ladies’ man in LaBute’s black comedy film, In the Company of Men (1997). Under LaBute’s guidance he worked in the director’s films, Your Friends & Neighbors (1998), Nurse Betty (2000), and Possession (2002).

Eckhart gained wide recognition as George in Steven Soderbergh’s critically acclaimed film, Erin Brockovich (2000), and in 2006 received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Nick Naylor in Thank You for Smoking. Another mainstream breakout occurred in 2008 when he starred in the blockbuster Batman film The Dark Knight as District Attorney Harvey Dent. Other key roles include The Pledge (2001), The Core (2003) and Rabbit Hole (2010).

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