In You’ll Never Get Rich (1941)
May 10, 1899
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Died||June 22, 1987 (aged 88)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, percussionist|
|Spouse(s)||Phyllis Livingston Potter
(m. 1933–1954; her death; 2 children)Robyn Smith (m. 1980-1987; his death)
|Children||Fred, Jr. (b. 1936)
Ava Astaire McKenzie (b. 1942)
Eliphalet (Peter) Potter IV (stepson)
Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films, several award winning television specials, and issued numerous recordings. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by theAmerican Film Institute. He is best known as Ginger Rogers‘ dancing partner and romantic interest, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals which transformed the genre.
Gene Kelly, another major innovator in filmed dance, said that “the history of dance on film begins with Astaire”. Beyond film and television, many noted dancers and choreographers, including Rudolf Nureyev, Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins among them, also acknowledged his importance and influence.
(1899 – 1982)
Bono in 2009
|Birth name||Paul David Hewson|
|Also known as||Bono, Bono Vox|
|Born||10 May 1960
|Origin||Finglas, County Dublin, Ireland|
|Genres||Rock, post-punk, alternative rock|
|Occupations||Musician, singer-songwriter,venture capitalist, businessman,philanthropist|
Occasional: Guitar, harmonica
|Associated acts||U2, Passengers|
|Gretsch Irish Falcon
Gretsch Country Club
Paul David Hewson (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono (/ˈbɒnoʊ/), is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he met his future wife, Alison Stewart, and the future members of U2. Bono writes almost all U2 lyrics, frequently using religious, social, and political themes. During U2’s early years, Bono’s lyrics contributed to their rebellious and spiritual tone. As the band matured, his lyrics became inspired more by personal experiences shared with the other members.
Outside the band, he has collaborated and recorded with numerous artists, is managing director and a managing partner of Elevation Partners, and has refurbished and owns The Clarence Hotel in Dublin withThe Edge. Bono is also widely known for his activism concerning Africa, for which he co-founded DATA, EDUN, the ONE Campaign and Product Red. He has organised and played in several benefit concerts and has met with influential politicians. Bono has been praised and criticised for his activism and involvement with U2. He was granted a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, and, with Billand Melinda Gates, was named Time Person of the Year in 2005, among other awards and nominations. On 17 July 2013, the BBC announced that Bono had been made a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters).
Mason in 2003
|Birth name||David Thomas Mason|
|Born||10 May 1946
|Genres||Rock, folk rock, pop, psychedelic rock, soft rock|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, bass guitar,Mellotron, organ, piano,minimoog, sitar, tambura, banjo,harmonica, shakkai, viola,trumpet, trombone, drums,percussion, shennai|
|Labels||Blue Thumb, Harvest, Columbia|
|Associated acts||Traffic, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Derek and the Dominos, Fleetwood Mac, Cass Elliot, Rory Gallagher|
David Thomas “Dave” Mason (born 10 May 1946) is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist from Worcester, who first found fame with the rock band Traffic. In his long career, Mason has played and recorded with many of the era’s most notable pop and rock musicians, including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Steve Winwood,Fleetwood Mac, Delaney Bramlett, and Cass Elliot. Mason’s best known song is “Feelin’ Alright“, recorded by Traffic in 1968 and later by many other performers, including Joe Cocker, who had a major hit with the song in 1969. For Traffic, he also wrote “Hole in My Shoe“, a psychedelic pop song that became a hit in its own right. “We Just Disagree“, Mason’s 1977 solo US hit written by Jim Krueger, has become a staple of US Classic Hitsand Adult Contemporary radio playlists.
In 2004, Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of Traffic.
Donovan performing in Washington, DC in 2007
|Birth name||Donovan Philips Leitch|
|Born||10 May 1946
Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
|Origin||Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, UK|
|Genres||Folk rock, psychedelic folk,psychedelic pop|
|Occupations||Musician, Songwriter, Producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar, Piano, Banjo|
|Labels||Pye Records (UK)
Hickory Records (US)
Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch, 10 May 1946) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. Initially labelled an imitator of Bob Dylan, he developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop,psychedelia, and world music (notably calypso). He has variously lived in Scotland, London, and California, and, since at least 2008, has lived in County Cork, Ireland with his family. Emerging from the British folk scene, Donovan shot to fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with a series of live performances on the pop TV series, Ready Steady Go!.
Having initially signed with Pye Records in 1965, he recorded a handful of singles and two albums in the folk music vein, but after signing a new contract with US CBS/Epic Records his popularity spread to other countries. After extricating himself from his original management contract, he began a long and successful collaboration with Mickie Most, one of the leading British independent record producers of the era, scoring a string of hits in the UK, the US and other countries.
His most successful singles in the 1960s included the early UK hits “Catch the Wind“, “Colours” and “The Universal Soldier” in 1965, while “Sunshine Superman” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (reached number two in Britain), and “Mellow Yellow” reached US number two the following year, with “Hurdy Gurdy Man” reaching the Top 5 on both shores in 1968. He was the first artist to be signed to CBS/Epic Records by then-new Administrative Vice-President Clive Davis. Donovan and Most collaborated on a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970. He became a friend of leading pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones, and The Beatles. He taught John Lennon a finger-picking guitar style in 1968. Donovan’s commercial fortunes waned after parting with Most in 1969, and he left the industry for a time.
Donovan continued to perform and record sporadically in the 1970s and 1980s. His musical style and hippie image was scorned by critics, especially after the advent of punk rock. He withdrew from performing and recording several times during his career, but he underwent a revival in the 1990s with the emergence of the rave scene in Britain. He recorded the 1996 album Sutras with producer and long-time fan Rick Rubin and in 2004 released a new album, Beat Cafe. Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
Danny Carey and his drums.
|Birth name||Daniel Edwin Carey|
|Born||May 10, 1961
|Genres||Progressive metal, progressive rock, experimental rock, jazz fusion, industrial rock, art rock|
|Labels||Zoo Entertainment, Volcano II|
|Associated acts||Tool, Pigmy Love Circus, Volto!,Zaum, Green Jellÿ|
Daniel Edwin “Danny” Carey (born May 10, 1961) is an American drummer best known for his work in American Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool. He has also contributed to albums by artists such asZaum, Green Jellÿ, Pigface, Skinny Puppy, Adrian Belew of King Crimson, Carole King, Collide, The Wild Blue Yonder, Lusk, and the Melvins.