17th March Notable birthdate Nat King Cole (1919 – 1965) Birthdays: Tamar Braxton, Rob Lowe, Kurt Russell & Billy Corgan

(1919 – 1965)

Nat King Cole

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Nat King Cole
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Background information
Birth name Nathaniel Adams Coles
Born March 17, 1919
Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
Died February 15, 1965 (aged 45)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Genres Vocal jazzswingtraditional pop
Occupations Vocalistpianist
Instruments Pianovocals
Years active 1935–1965
Labels Capitol
Associated acts Natalie ColeFrank Sinatra,Dean Martin

Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American singer and musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He was widely noted for his soft, baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres.

Cole was one of the first African Americans to host a television variety showThe Nat King Cole Show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death from lung cancer in February 1965.



Tamar Braxton

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Tamar Braxton
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Tamar Meet & Greet V-100
Background information
Birth name Tamar Estine Braxton
Born March 17, 1977 (age 36)
Genres R&Bsoulpop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, television personality, dancer, actress, talk show host
Years active 1990–present
Labels DreamworksEpicInterscope[1]
Associated acts The BraxtonsToni Braxton
Website www.tamarbraxton.com

Tamar Estine Braxton-Herbert /ˈtˌmɑr/ (born March 17, 1977), commonly known by her maiden name Tamar Braxton, is an American Grammy-Nominated singer-songwriteractressdancer, and reality television personality. She is the youngest sister to R&B singing icon Toni Braxton. Braxton had her first big break in music in 1992 as a founding member of the R&B group, The Braxtons, formed with her sisters. After losing two members, The Braxtons released their only albumSo Many Ways as a trio in 1996 along with four singles: “So Many Ways”, “Only Love“, “The Boss” and “Slow Flow”.

In 2000, Braxton began her solo career, after signing with DreamWorks Records and releasing her self-titled debut album. The album was unsuccessful, charting at number 127 on the Billboard 200. It spawned two singles, “Get None” and “If You Don’t Wanna Love Me”. The label was unsatisfied with the performance of the album. As a result, Braxton was dropped from the label.

In 2011, Braxton reunited with her sisters, The Braxtons, for the WE tv reality show, Braxton Family Values. The first season was the #1 rated reality show on WE tv and the network ordered a 13-episode second season of the show after the third episode.[2][3]

Braxton has worked on a number of different solo projects throughout the years, signing with labels such as Casablanca Records and Universal Records hoping to release an album but suffering delays and cancellations. Braxton returned to the music industry after a thirteen year break, with her second album, Love and War. The album was released through Epic Records and was preceded by the singles, “Love and War“, “The One” and “All The Way Home”. The album was considered to be a comeback for Braxton, due to its success.

She is currently one of the hosts of The Real talk show along with Loni LoveJeannie MaiAdrienne Bailon, and Tamera Mowry, which premiered on July 15, 2013 on seven Fox-owned stations across the country



Rob Lowe

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Rob Lowe
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Lowe at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Knife Fight
Born Robert Hepler Lowe
March 17, 1964 (age 49)[1]
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Residence Montecito, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Oakwood Junior High School
Santa Monica High School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Sheryl Berkoff (m. 1991)
Children 2
Relatives Chad Lowe (brother)

Robert Hepler “Rob” Lowe (/ˈrɒb ˈl/; born March 17, 1964) is an American film and television actor. He garnered fame after appearing in such films as The OutsidersOxford BluesAbout Last Night…St. Elmo’s FireWayne’s WorldTommy Boy, and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. On television, he played Sam Seaborn on The West Wing, Senator Robert McCallister on Brothers & Sisters and Chris Traeger in Parks and Recreation. Most recently, Lowe played the role ofPresident John F. Kennedy in Killing Kennedy, a made-for-television movie that premiered November 10, 2013 on National Geographic Channel (or Nat Geo).


Kurt Russell

From Wikipedia
Kurt Russell
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Russell in 2006
Born Kurt Vogel Russell
March 17, 1951 (age 62)
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1957–present
Spouse(s) Season Hubley (1979–1983)
Partner(s) Goldie Hawn (1983–present)
Children 2

Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951)[1] is an American television and film actor. His first acting roles were as a child in television series, including a lead role in the Western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963–64). In the 1970s, he signed a ten-year contract with the Walt Disney Company, where he became, according to Robert Osborne, the “studio’s top star of the ’70s”.[2] In 1979, Russell was nominated for an Emmy Award for the made-for-television film Elvis.

In 1983, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his performance opposite Meryl Streep in the 1984 film, Silkwood. During the 1980s, Russell was cast in several films by director John Carpenter, including anti-hero roles such as former army hero-turned robber Snake Plissken in the futuristic action film Escape from New York and its sequel, Escape from L.A., Antarctic helicopter pilot R.J. MacReady in the horror film The Thing (1982), and truck driver Jack Burton in the dark kung-fu comedy/action film Big Trouble in Little China (1986), all of which have since become cult films.

In 1994, Russell had a starring role in the military science fiction film Stargate. In the mid-2000s, his portrayal of U.S. Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks in Miracle (2004) won the praise of critics. In 2006, he appeared in the disaster-thrillerPoseidon, and in 2007 Quentin Tarantino‘s Death Proof segment from the film Grindhouse.


Billy Corgan

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Billy Corgan
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Billy Corgan in 2010
Background information
Birth name William Patrick Corgan Jr.
Born March 17, 1967 (age 46)
Elk Grove VillageIllinoisU.S.
Genres Alternative rock
Occupations Musiciansinger-songwriter,record producerauthor
Instruments Vocalsguitarbassharmonica,ukulelekeyboardssynthesizer,pianomellotrondrum machine
Years active 1985–present
Labels CarolineVirginRepriseWarner Bros.
Associated acts The Smashing PumpkinsZwan, The Marked, Spirits in the Sky,Starchildren
Website Billy Corgan on Myspace
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster
Gibson ES-335
Reverend Guitars

William Patrick “Billy” Corgan Jr. (born March 17, 1967) is an American musician, producer, lyricist, writer, and poet, best known as the frontman and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins. Formed by Corgan and guitarist James Iha in Chicago, Illinois, in 1987, the band quickly gained steam with the addition of bassist D’arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. The band’s direction has largely been driven by Corgan through his confessional lyrics, grandiose production values, and virtuosic musical interplay, notably with Chamberlin. In three years, The Smashing Pumpkins had transformed themselves into a major label success. Strong album sales and large-scale tours propelled the band’s increasing fame in the 1990s, while Chamberlin’s drug problems escalated until he had to be fired. The Pumpkins continued as a three-piece until Chamberlin rejoined the band in 1999, then broke up in 2000. Corgan started a new band with Chamberlin right away, called Zwan, and after their demise, he released a solo album (TheFutureEmbrace) and a collection of poetry (Blinking with Fists) before setting his sights on reforming the Smashing Pumpkins.

The new version of that band, consisting of Corgan, Chamberlin, and a revolving tour lineup, released an album in 2007 and followed it with extensive touring over the next year and a half. Chamberlin left the Smashing Pumpkins in March 2009, while Corgan has continued to record and tour with a new lineup.



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