Billy Joel at opening night of the 2009 season at the Metropolitan Opera.
|Birth name||William Martin Joel|
|Born||May 9, 1949
The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
|Genres||Rock, pop, classical, jazz, soft rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano & keyboards,guitar, harmonica, accordion|
|Labels||Columbia, Family Productions,Sony Classical|
|Associated acts||The Echoes, The Hassles, Attila,Elton John, Cyndi Lauper|
William Martin “Billy” Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, “Piano Man,” in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States. His compilation album Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 is the third best-selling album in the United States by discs shipped.
Joel had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, achieving 33 Top 40 hits in the United States, all of which he wrote himself. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards throughout his career. He has sold over 150 million records worldwide.
Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006). In 2001, Joel received the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2013, Joel received the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation’s highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts. With the exception of the 2007 songs “All My Life” and “Christmas in Fallujah,” Joel stopped writing and releasing pop/rock material after 1993’s River of Dreams. However, he continues to tour, and he plays songs from all eras of his solo career in his concerts.
|Born||9 May 1936
Charlestown, Pendleton, Salford,Lancashire, England
|Spouse(s)||Jane Wenham (1957–61)
Anouk Aimée (1970–78)
Pene Delmage (2006–present)
Albert Finney (born 9 May 1936) is an English actor. Beginning in the theatre, Finney was especially successful in plays by William Shakespeare before he switched to films. He achieved prominence in films in the early 1960s, his debut being The Entertainer, directed by Tony Richardson, who had directed him in theatre plays various times before. He became a leading Free Cinema figure, and has maintained a successful career in theatre, film and television. He is known for his roles in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), Tom Jones (1963), Miller’s Crossing (1990), Big Fish (2003), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Annie (1982), and, in 2012,The Bourne Legacy and the James Bond film, Skyfall.
A recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards, Finney has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor four times, for Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974),The Dresser (1983), and Under the Volcano (1984); and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Erin Brockovich (2000).
Dave Gahan performing at Royal Albert Hall in 2010.
|Born||9 May 1962|
|Origin||North Weald, Essex, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Alternative dance, synthpop, new wave, industrial rock, alternative rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, harmonica, guitar, keyboards, sampler, piano,glockenspiel, percussion|
|Associated acts||Depeche Mode, Das Shadow,Compact Space, Soulsavers|
David “Dave” Gahan (/ˈɡɑːn/; born 9 May 1962) is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the baritone lead singer for the British electronic music band Depeche Mode since their debut in 1980. He is also an accomplished solo artist, releasing albums in 2003 (Paper Monsters) and 2007 (Hourglass). Though his bandmate Martin Gore continues to be the main Depeche Mode songwriter, Gahan has contributed a number of songs to the band’s most recent albums, Playing the Angel (2005), Sounds of the Universe (2009) and Delta Machine (2013). Three of these songs were released as singles, including “Suffer Well” in 2006, “Hole to Feed” in 2009 and “Should Be Higher” in 2013. In 2012, he also contributed lyrics and sang lead vocals on the Soulsavers album The Light the Dead See. Q magazine ranked Gahan no. 73 on the list of the “100 Greatest Singers” and no. 27 on “The 100 Greatest Frontmen”
Dawson at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
|Born||May 9, 1979 
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, singer, writer|
Rosario Dawson (born May 9, 1979) is an American actress, singer, and writer. She has appeared in films such as Kids, Men in Black II, 25th Hour, Sin City, Clerks II, Rent, Death Proof, The Rundown, Eagle Eye,Alexander, Seven Pounds, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Unstoppable, and Trance.
Heaton in 2009
|Birth name||Paul David Heaton|
|Born||9 May 1962
|Genres||Indie pop, pop, alternative rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, harmonica, guitar|
|Labels||Go! Discs, Universal, Ark 21,Mercury, Sony BMG [W14]|
|Associated acts||The Housemartins, Norman Cook, The Beautiful South,Biscuit Boy|
Paul David Heaton (born 9 May 1962) is an English singer-songwriter. He was a member of The Housemartins, who disbanded in 1988, and a member of The Beautiful South, who disbanded in 2007. He is currently pursuing a solo career.