Marvyn Gaye (1939 – 1984)
Marvin Gaye in 1973
|Birth name||Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.|
|Born||April 2, 1939
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Died||April 1, 1984 (aged 44)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Genres||R&B, soul, funk, jazz, psychedelic soul|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, keyboards, drums, percussion, synthesizers|
|Associated acts||Harvey Fuqua, Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross|
Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records in the 1960s with a string of hits, including “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine“, and duet recordings with Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, later earning the titles “Prince of Motown” and “Prince of Soul”. During the 1970s, he recorded the concept albums What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of its production company. Gaye’s later recordings influenced several R&Bsubgenres, such as quiet storm and neo-soul.
Following a period in Europe as a tax exile in the early 1980s, Gaye released the 1982 Grammy Award-winning hit “Sexual Healing” and the Midnight Love album. Since his death in 1984, Gaye has been posthumously honored by many institutions, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Emmylou Harris performing in San Francisco, 2005
|Born||April 2, 1947
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
|Genres||Folk, country rock, country,bluegrass, rock, pop, alt-country|
|Labels||Jubilee, Reprise, Warner Bros.,Elektra, Asylum, Rhino,Nonesuch|
|Associated acts||Ryan Adams, Joan Baez, The Band, Bright Eyes, James Burton, Beth Neilsen Chapman,Earl Thomas Conley, Elvis Costello, Rodney Crowell, Iris Dement. John Denver, Dixie Chicks, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle,Vern Gosdin, Patty Griffin, Arlo Guthrie, Mark Knopfler, Albert Lee, Little Feat, Dave Matthews,Kate and Anna McGarrigle,Mumford and Sons, Willie Nelson, Juice Newton, Roy Orbison, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, John Prine, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Springsteen, Don Williams,Lucinda Williams, Neil Young,Warren Zevon|
Her work and recordings include work as a solo artist, bandleader, an interpreter of other composers’ works and as a singer-songwriter, and a backing vocalist and duet partner. She has worked with numerous leading artists including Gram Parsons, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt,Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, The Band, Mark Knopfler, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Rodney Crowell, Neil Young and Steve Earle.
Michael Fassbender at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
|Born||2 April 1977
Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
|Alma mater||Drama Centre London|
Michael Fassbender (born 2 April 1977) is an Irish-German actor. His notable roles include Lt. Archie Hicox in the film Inglourious Basterds(2009), Magneto in the superhero film X-Men: First Class (2011), David in the science fiction movie Prometheus (2012), and slave owner Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave (2013), a historical drama that earned him a 2014 Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 2014, Fassbender will reprise his role as Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past, followed by Assassin’s Creed in 2015.
His other credits include the fantasy action film 300 (2007); the drama film Fish Tank (2009); the romantic drama film Jane Eyre (2011); thehistorical film A Dangerous Method (2011); the biographical film Hunger (2008) and the drama film Shame (2011), both directed by Steve McQueen. For his role in Shame, he won the Volpi Cup best actor award at the 68th Venice International Film Festival held in August 2011, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA.
William Harold “Billy” Dean, Jr. (born April 2, 1962, in Quincy, Florida) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Billy Dean first gained national attention after appearing on the television talent competition Star Search. Active as a recording artist since 1990, he has recorded a total of eight studio albums (of which the first three have been certified gold by the RIAA) and a greatest hits package which is also certified gold. His studio albums have accounted for more than twenty hit singles on the Billboard country charts, including eleven Top Ten hits. Although he never reached the top of the Billboard country charts on his own, he reached Number One in 2000 as one of two guest vocalists on Kenny Rogers‘ “Buy Me a Rose“, and had two Number Ones on the RPM country charts in Canada. He resides inLiberty, Tennessee.