25th March ~ Our birthday wishes today go to ~ Sir Elton John ~ Sarah Jessica Parker ~ Big Sean ~ Ryan Lewis & Aretha Franklin ~ from the team at ~ Colly Dolly Music & Movies ~ Mareeba!

Elton John

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Sir Elton John
CBEHon DMusHon RAM
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Elton John attending the premiere of The Union at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
Background information
Birth name Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Born 25 March 1947 (age 66)
PinnerMiddlesex, England
Genres Rockpop rockglam rocksoft rockR&B
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, composer, pianist, actor
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboardsorgan, guitar
Years active 1964–present
Labels Philips, Congress, DJMUniParamount,MCAGeffenThe Rocket Record Company/IslandUniversalInterscope,MercuryUMGVirgin EMI
Associated acts Bernie TaupinTim RiceJohn Lennon,Yoko OnoKiki DeeBilly JoelGeorge MichaelEminemGladys KnightStevie WonderAnastaciaDionne Warwick,
Neil SedakaGary Barlow
Website eltonjohn.com

Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is an English singer-songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

In his five-decade career John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world.[1][2] He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, fifty-eight Billboard Top 40 singles, twenty-seven Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive years (1970–2000) he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. He has the most No. 1 hits onUS Adult Contemporary Chart (16 No. 1’s).[3] His single “Candle in the Wind 1997” sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is “the best-selling single of all time”.[4][5][6][7] He has received six Grammy Awards, fiveBrit Awards – winning two awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music and the first Brits Icon in 2013, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, a Disney Legend award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era.[8] In 2008, Billboard ranked him the most successful male solo artist on “The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists” (third overall).[9]

John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, is an inductee into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.[10][11] Having been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996, John received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for “services to music and charitable services” in 1998.[12] John has performed at a number of royal events, such as the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in 1997, the Party at the Palace in 2002 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in 2012.[13]

He has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s.[14] In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation and a year later began hosting the annual Academy Award Party, which has since become one of the highest-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over $200 million.[15] John entered into a civil partnership with David Furnish on 21 December 2005 and continues to be a champion for LGBT social movements worldwide and same-sex marriage.

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Sarah Jessica Parker

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Sarah Jessica Parker
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Parker at the 2009 premiere of Wonderful World
Born March 25, 1965 (age 48)
NelsonvilleOhio, United States
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Matthew Broderick (m. 1997)
Children 3

Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965) is an American actress, model, singer and producer.

She is known for her leading role as Carrie Bradshaw on the HBO television series Sex and the City (1998–2004), for which she won four Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Emmy Awards. She played the same role in the 2008 feature film based on the show, Sex and the City: The Movie, and in its sequel, Sex and the City 2, which opened on May 26, 2010. Parker has also appeared in many other films.

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Big Sean

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Big Sean
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Big Sean in November 2009.
Background information
Birth name Sean Michael Leonard Anderson
Born March 25, 1988 (age 25)
Santa Monica, California, United States
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rappersingersongwriter
Years active 2003–present
Labels GOOD MusicDef Jam
Associated acts Chris BrownKanye WestKid Cudi,Mike PosnerNicki MinajTygaWiz Khalifa
Website www.UKnowBigSean.com

Sean Michael Leonard Anderson (born March 25, 1988),[1][2] better known by his stage name Big Sean, is an American hip hop recording artist from DetroitMichigan. Big Sean signed with Kanye West‘s GOOD Music in 2007, and then in 2008 signed with Def Jam Recordings. After releasing a number of mixtapes, Sean released his debut album Finally Famous in 2011. He released his second studio album Hall of Fame on August 27, 2013.

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Ryan Lewis

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Ryan Lewis
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Lewis performing with Macklemore in February 2013
Background information
Born March 25, 1988 (age 25)
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
Origin Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Producer, DJ
Years active 2006–present
Labels Macklemore LLC
Associated acts Macklemore
Website Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Official Website

Ryan Lewis (born March 25, 1988) is an American producer, musician and DJ. Along with producing his own album titled Instrumentals, Lewis produced the albums The VS. EP (2009) and The Heist (2012). In 2006, Lewis befriended rapper Macklemore on MySpace, and soon after became the behind-the-scenes partner of a successful duo, producing, recording, engineering, and mixing all of the duo’s music, as well as directing the music videos for “Same Love“, “Thrift Shop“, “And We Danced“, “Otherside (Remix)“, “Can’t Hold Us“, “Irish Celebration”, “My Oh My”, “Victory Lap”, “The Town”, “White Walls“, and designing promotional graphics.

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Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin
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Photographed in July 1967
Background information
Birth name Aretha Louise Franklin
Born March 25, 1942 (age 71)
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres R&Bsouljazzgospel
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocalspiano
Years active 1956–present
Labels J.V.B.ColumbiaAtlantic,AristaRCA
Associated acts Sweet InspirationsCarolyn FranklinErma FranklinCissy HoustonWhitney Houston,George BensonGeorge MichaelMichael McDonald,EurythmicsLuther Vandross,Lauryn HillCéline Dion

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin‘s church as a child. In 1960, at age 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect“, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Think“. These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.

Franklin eventually recorded a total of 88 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart’s history. Franklin also recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love YouLady SoulYoung, Gifted & Black and Amazing Grace before experiencing problems with her record company by the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, Franklin left Atlantic and signed with Arista Records, finding success with a cameo appearance in the film, The Blues Brothers and with the albums, Jump to It and Who’s Zoomin’ Who?. In 1998, Franklin won international acclaim for singing the opera aria, “Nessun Dorma“, at the Grammys of that year replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she scored her final Top 40 recording with “A Rose Is Still a Rose“.

Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.[1] Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was inducted into the GMAGospel Music Hall of Fame.[2] Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, in which she placed number 9, and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in which she placed number 1.

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