Luther Vandross (1951 – 2005)
Luther Ronzoni Vandross (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005) was an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in demand background vocalist for several different artists including Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, and Donna Summer. He later became the lead singer of the group Change which released its certified gold debut album, The Glow of Love, in 1980 on Warner Bros. Records. After Vandross left the group, he was signed to Epic Records as a solo artist and released his debut solo album, Never Too Muchin 1981.
His hit songs include, “Never Too Much“, “Here and Now“, “Any Love“, “Power of Love/Love Power“, “I Can Make It Better” and “For You to Love”. Many of his songs were covers of original music by other artists such as “If This World Were Mine” (duet with Cheryl Lynn), “Since I Lost My Baby“, “Superstar” and “Always and Forever“. Duets such as “The Closer I Get to You” with Beyoncé, “Endless Love” with Mariah Carey and “The Best Things in Life Are Free” with Janet Jackson were all hits in his career.
During his career, Vandross sold over 25 million records worldwide and received eight Grammy Awards including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four different times. He won four Grammy Awards in 2004 including the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for a song recorded not long before his death, “Dance with My Father“. The song was co-written with Vandross’ friend and protégé,Richard Marx.
Lange on the cover of Town & Country in 2009
|Born||April 20, 1949
Cloquet, Minnesota, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, photographer, producer,humanitarian|
|Spouse(s)||Francisco Grande (1970–1981)|
|Partner(s)||Mikhail Baryshnikov (1976–1982)
Sam Shepard (1982–2010)
|Awards||Jessica Lange awards|
Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949) is an American actress who has worked in film, theater and television. The recipient of several awards, including two Oscars, two Emmys, five Golden Globes, one SAG Award, and three Dorian Awards, Lange is one of the most celebrated actors of the modern era.
Lange was discovered by producer Dino De Laurentiis while modeling part-time for the Wilhelmina modelling agency. She made her professional film debut in his 1976 remake of the 1933 action-adventure classic, King Kong. In 1982, she became the first performer in forty years to receive two Oscar nominations within the same year; she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actressfor her role as a soap opera star in Tootsie and was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the troubled actress, Frances Farmer, in Frances. Lange received three more nominations, for Country (1984), Sweet Dreams (1985) and Music Box (1989), before being nominated a sixth time and winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as amanic depressive housewife in Blue Sky (1994). She later won her first Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis‘ famed aunt, Big Edie, in HBO‘s Grey Gardens (2009) and won her first Screen Actors Guild Award, along with a second Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in the first season of CD FX‘s anthology horror show, American Horror Story.
In addition to acting, Lange is a photographer with two published works. She has also been a foster parent and currently holds a Goodwill Ambassador position for UNICEF, specializing in HIV/AIDSin the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Russia. In 2014, Marc Jacobs chose her to be the premiere model of his new high-end beauty line, Marc Jacobs Beauty.
Glover at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festivalpremiere of Freaky Deaky
|Born||Crispin Hellion Glover
April 20, 1964
New York City, U.S.
Crispin Hellion Glover (born April 20, 1964) is an American film actor, director, screenwriter, recording artist, publisher, and author. Glover is known for portraying eccentric people on screen such asGeorge McFly in Back to the Future, Layne in River’s Edge, unfriendly recluse Rubin Farr in Rubin and Ed, Andy Warhol in The Doors, the “Thin Man” in the big screen adaptation of Charlie’s Angels and its sequel, Willard Stiles in the Willard remake, The Knave of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, Phil in Hot Tub Time Machine, and as a Willy Wonka parody in Epic Movie. He is also the voice of Fifi in theOpen Season franchise and most recently has appeared in the screen adaption of the Elmore Leonard novel “Freaky Deaky”. Next he played a World War 1 era German speaking Clairvoyant in the Polish Language film “Hiszpanka” and an unwitting employee in service of Robert De Niro’s Character in “The Bag Man.”
In the late 1980s, Glover started his company, Volcanic Eruptions, which publishes his books and also serves as the production company for Glover’s films, What Is It? and It is Fine. Everything is Fine!Glover tours with his movies and is currently supervising the building of sets for his next productions at property he owns in the Czech Republic
Stephen Marley (musician)
Stephen Marley performing in 2007
|Also known as||Raggamuffin|
|Born||April 20, 1972
Wilmington, Delaware, United States
|Occupations||Executive producer, singer|
|Labels||Tuff Gong, Ghetto Youths,Universal Republic|
|Associated acts||Bob Marley
Stephen Robert Nesta “Raggamuffin” Marley (born April 20, 1972) is a Jamaican American musician. Stephen is a five-time Grammy award winner as an artist, producer, and member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers. He is the son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley.
Johnny Tillotson, 1965.
|Born||April 20, 1939
|Years active||1957 – Present|
Johnny Tillotson (born April 20, 1939 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American singer and songwriter. He enjoyed his greatest success in the early 1960s, when he scored 9 top-ten hits on the pop, country and adult contemporary billboard charts including “Poetry In Motion” and the self-penned “It Keeps Right On a-Hurtin’‘”. He also sang “Yellow Bird”, an adaptation of the Haitian song. Johnny’s version is quoted as being a favorite of the former head of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, because he and his wife had enjoyed it during their honeymoon. (BBC Interview)
Tillotson was inducted in the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2011