- 1993 ON THIS DAY: – “One for the Road“, the series finale of American television sitcom Cheers, was watched by 42.4 million American households on its original airing.
James Stewart (1908 – 1997)
Studio publicity photo for Call Northside 777(1948)
|Born||James Maitland Stewart
May 20, 1908
Indiana, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||July 2, 1997 (aged 89)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Blood clot in the lung|
|Forest Lawn, Glendale, California|
|Other names||Jimmy Stewart|
|Alma mater||Princeton University (1932)|
|Home town||Indiana, Pennsylvania|
|Spouse(s)||Gloria Hatrick McLean (1949–94)|
|Children||four (including 2 adopted stepchildren)|
|Awards||Lifetime Achievement Award (among others)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch|| United States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force Reserve
|Years of service||1941–1968|
|Rank||Major General United States|
|Unit||445th Bombardment Group
453rd Bombardment Group
Eighth Air Force
Strategic Air Command
|Commands held||703rd Bombardment Squadron
Dobbins Air Force Base
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards||Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross(2)
Air Medal (4)
Army Commendation Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Presidential Medal of Freedom
French Croix de Guerre with Palm
James “Jimmy” Maitland Stewart[N 1] (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely considered classics. He was known for portraying the average American Middle Class man, with everyday life struggles.
Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition and receiving one Lifetime Achievement award. Stewart was named the third greatest male screen legend in cinema history by the American Film Institute. He was a major Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star. He also had a noted military career and was a World War II and Vietnam War veteran, who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve.
The actor Cary Grant said of Stewart’s acting technique, “He had the ability to talk naturally. He knew that in conversations people do often interrupt one another and it’s not always so easy to get a thought out. It took a little time for the sound men to get used to him, but he had an enormous impact. And then, some years later, Marlon came out and did the same thing all over again—but what people forget is that Jimmy did it first.
1970s publicity photo
May 20, 1946
El Centro, California, U.S.
|Residence||Malibu, California, U.S.|
(m. 1964–75; divorced)
(m. 1975–79; divorced)
|Children||Chaz Bono (1969)
Elijah Blue Allman (1976)
|Relatives||Georgia Holt (mother)|
Cher (/ˈʃɛər/; born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress. Recognized for having brought the sense of female autonomy and self-actualization into the entertainment industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in various areas of entertainment, as well as continuously reinventing both her music and image, which has led to her being nicknamed the Goddess of Pop.
Cher became prominent in 1965 as one-half of the folk rock husband–wife duo Sonny & Cher, who popularized a particular smooth sound that successfully competed with the dominant British Invasion and Motown styles of the era. From 1965, she had established herself as a solo artist with successful singles such as “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)“, “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves“, “Half-Breed“, and “Dark Lady“. Goldmine magazine’s Phill Marder described her as the leader of an effort in the 1960s to “advance feminine rebellion in the rock world [and] the prototype of the female rock star, setting the standard for appearance [and] attitude”. After the duo’s drug-free lifestyle had lost its popular appeal in the United States owing to the drug culture of the 1960s, she returned to stardom in the 1970s as a television personality with her shows The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and Cher, both of which attained immense popularity. She became a fashion trendsetter with her daring outfits. After Cher and Sonny divorced in 1975, Cher experimented with various musical styles, including discoand new wave, before becoming a successful live act in Las Vegas in 1980.
In the early 1980s, Cher made her Broadway debut and starred in the film Silkwood, which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1983. In the following years, she starred in films such as Mask, The Witches of Eastwick, and Moonstruck, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1988. She made her directorial debut in the 1996 film If These Walls Could Talk. At the same time, she established herself as a rock singer by releasing platinum albums such as Heart of Stone (1989) and top-ten singles such as “I Found Someone” and “If I Could Turn Back Time“. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Cher continued to experiment with musical styles, including R&B and dance. She reached a new commercial peak in 1998 with the song “Believe“, which features the pioneering use of Auto-Tune, also known as the “Cher effect”. Her 2002–2005 Living Proof: The Farewell Tour ended up as the highest-grossing music tour by a female artist then. In 2008, she signed a $60 million per-year deal to headline the Colosseum at Caesars Palacein Las Vegas for three years. Cher returned to film in the 2010 musical Burlesque. Cher’s latest studio album Closer to the Truth was released in 2013. It became her highest-charting solo album in the US to date.
Cher has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, among several other honors. Her other ventures have included fashion designing, managing the film production company Isis, writing books, and supporting charitable foundations. Recognized as one of the best-selling music artists of all time, she has sold more than 100 million solo albums and over 40 million records as Sonny & Cher worldwide. She is the only artist to date to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades
Busta Rhymes in 2008
|Birth name||Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr.|
|Born||May 20, 1972 |
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States|
|Labels||Conglomerate, Cash Money,Republic, Aftermath, Interscope|
|Associated acts||A Tribe Called Quest, Chris Brown, J Dilla, DMX, Dr. Dre,Flipmode Squad, Janet Jackson,Leaders of the New School, Lil Wayne, M.O.P., Mystikal,N.O.R.E., Q-Tip, Swizz Beatz|
Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., (born May 20, 1972), better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, producer, and actor from Brooklyn. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the moniker Busta Rhymes, after NFL wide receiver George “Buster” Rhymes. Early in his career, he was known for his wild style and fashion, and today is best known for his intricate rapping technique, which involves rapping at a fast rate with lots of internal rhyme and half rhyme, and to date has received eleven Grammy nominations for his musical work.
About.com included him on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987–2007), while Steve Huey of Allmusic called him one of the best and most prolific rappers of the 1990s. In 2012, The Source placed him on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. MTV has called him “one of hip-hop’s greatest visual artists.”
Busta Rhymes was both a member of Leaders of the New School and a founding member of the record label Conglomerate (founded as Flipmode Entertainment) and production crew The Conglomerate (formerly Flipmode Squad). In November 2011, Busta Rhymes signed a deal with Cash Money Records. He has so far released eight studio albums, with the first being the 1995 platinum-selling album The Coming. His list of hit singles include “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check“, “Dangerous“, “Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up“, “What’s It Gonna Be?!“, “Pass the Courvoisier, Part II“, “I Know What You Want” and “Touch It“, among several others. He is set to release his Cash Money debut, E.L.E.2 (Extinction Level Event 2), in 2014, which will be a sequel to his 1998 album E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front.
Joe Cocker performing in mid 90’s
|Birth name||John Robert Cocker|
|Also known as||Vance Arnold, The Sheffield Soul Shouter|
|Born||20 May 1944
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
|Genres||Blues, rock, blues rock, blue-eyed soul|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, actor|
|Instruments||Vocals, harmonica, guitar, drums|
|Associated acts||The Grease Band|
John Robert Cocker OBE (born 20 May 1944) — known as Joe Cocker — is an English rock and blues singer, who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is known for his gritty voice, his spasmodic body movement in performance and his cover versions of popular songs, particularly those of The Beatles.
His cover of The Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends” reached number one in the UK in 1968, and he performed the song live at Woodstock in 1969. His 1975 hit single, “You Are So Beautiful“, reached number five in the US. Cocker is the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for his US number one “Up Where We Belong“, a duet with Jennifer Warnes. In 1993 he was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male, and in 2007 he received an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. Cocker was ranked #97 on Rolling Stone‘s 100 greatest singers list