Ritchie Valens (1941 – 1959)
|Birth name||Richard Steven Valenzuela|
|Born||May 13, 1941
Pacoima, California, United States
|Died||February 3, 1959 (aged 17)
Grant Township, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States
|Genres||rock and roll, chicano rock|
|Occupations||singer, songwriter and guitarist|
Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), known as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens’ recording career lasted only eight months. During this time, he had several hits, most notably “La Bamba“, which was originally a Mexican folk song. Valens transformed the song into one with a rock rhythm and beat, and it became a hit in 1958, making Valens a pioneer of the Spanish-speaking rock and roll movement.
On February 3, 1959, on what has become known as “The Day the Music Died“, Valens died in a small-plane crash in Iowa, a tragedy that also claimed the lives of fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, as well as pilot Roger Peterson. Valens was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Pattinson at the 2012 Cosmopolis premiere
|Born||Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson
13 May 1986 
|Occupation||Actor, model, musician, film producer|
|Relatives||Lizzy Pattinson (sister)|
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson (born 13 May 1986) is an English actor, model, musician and producer. Pattinson started his career by playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He later landed the leading role of Edward Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight novels by Stephenie Meyer, and came to worldwide fame, thus establishing himself among the highest paid and most bankable actors inHollywood. In 2010, Pattinson was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World, and also in the same year Forbes ranked him as one of the most powerful celebrities in the world in theForbes Celebrity 100.
In 2009, he portrayed Salvador Dalí in Little Ashes. In the same year, a documentary film entitled Robsessed about his fame and popularity was released. He appeared as a troubled young man in Remember Me (2010) and also starred in romantic drama Water for Elephants (2011). His performance as a tough, cold hearted and calculating billionaire in David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis (2012), earned him critical praise. He will appear inDavid Michod‘s futuristic western The Rover, in David Cronenberg’s satire drama Maps to the Stars, in Werner Herzog‘s biopic film Queen of the Desert, in Anton Corbijn‘s Life and in James Gray‘s The Lost City of Z.
Pattinson plays and compose his own music and had sung songs for his films in the Twilight film series and How to Be. He is a supporter of ECPAT, PACT, GO Campaign and member of International Medical Corps and has promote and share details about cancer through Public service announcements to raise awareness about the disease.
Wonder performing in 1973
|Birth name||Stevland Hardaway Judkins|
|Also known as||Stevland Hardaway Morris (legal)
Little Stevie Wonder (stage)
|Born||May 13, 1950
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
|Genres||Soul, pop, R&B, funk, jazz|
|Occupations||Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist|
|Instruments||Vocals, keyboards, harmonica,drums, bass guitar, congas,bongos, keytar|
Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950, as Stevland Hardaway Judkins), known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Achild prodigy, he has become one of the most creative and loved musical performers of the late 20th century. Wonder signed with Motown‘s Tamla label at the age of eleven and continues to perform and record for Motown as of the early 2010s. He has been blind since shortly after birth.
Among Wonder’s works are singles such as “Superstition“, “Sir Duke“, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You“; and albums such as Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life.He has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits and received twenty-two Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist, and has sold over 100 million albums and singles, making him one of the top 60 best-selling music artists. Wonder is also noted for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s birthday a holiday in the United States. In 2009, Wonder was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 2008, Billboard magazine released a list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists to celebrate the US singles chart’s 50th anniversary, with Wonder at number five.
Darius Rucker in 2004 at Yokota Air Base, Japan
|Birth name||Darius C. Rucker|
|Born||May 13, 1966|
|Origin||Charleston, South Carolina, United States|
|Genres||Rock, R&B, Country|
|Labels||Atlantic, Hidden Beach, Capitol Nashville|
|Associated acts||Hootie & the Blowfish, Frank Rogers, Lionel Richie, Lady Antebellum, Adele, Edwin McCain, Jill Scott|
Darius C. Rucker (born May 13, 1966) is an American musician. He first gained fame as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, which he founded in 1986 at theUniversity of South Carolina along with Mark Bryan, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld and Dean Felber. The band has released five studio albums with him as a member, and charted six top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Rucker co-wrote the majority of the band’s songs with the other three members.
He released a solo R&B album, Back to Then, in 2002 on Hidden Beach Recordings but did not chart any singles from it. Six years later, Rucker signed to Capitol Records Nashville as a country music artist, releasing the album Learn to Live that year. Its first single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It“, made him the first African American to chart a number one on the Hot Country Songs charts since Charley Pride in 1983. It was followed by two more number-one singles, “It Won’t Be Like This for Long” and “Alright” and the number three “History in the Making“. In 2009, he became the first African American to win the New Artist Award from the Country Music Association, and only the second African American to win any award from the association. A second Capitol album, Charleston, SC 1966, was released on October 12, 2010. The album includes the number-one singles “Come Back Song” and “This“.
Keitel at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
|Born||May 13, 1939
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Daphna Kastner (2001–present)|
|Partner(s)||Lorraine Bracco (1982–1993)|
Harvey Keitel (/kaɪˈtɛl/ ky-tel; born May 13, 1939) is an American actor and producer. Some of his most notable starring roles were in Martin Scorsese‘s Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, Ridley Scott‘s The Duellists andThelma & Louise, Quentin Tarantino‘s Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Jane Campion‘s The Piano, Abel Ferrara‘s Bad Lieutenant, James Mangold‘s Cop Land, FBI Special agent Sadusky in National Treasure and the latter’s sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets, as well as playing the devil in Little Nicky. Along with actors Al Pacino and Ellen Burstyn, he is the current co-president of the Actors Studio, which claims itself to be considered “the nation’s most prestigious acting school”