Waylon Jennings (1937 – 2002)
|Birth name||Wayland Arnold Jennings|
|Born||June 15, 1937
Littlefield, Texas, United States
|Died||February 13, 2002 (aged 64)
Chandler, Arizona, United States
|Genres||Country, outlaw country, country rock, progressive country|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano,mandolin|
|Labels||RCA Victor, MCA, Epic|
|Associated acts||Jessi Colter, Willie Nelson, The Highwaymen, Buddy Holly, Andy Griggs|
Waylon Arnold Jennings (pronounced /ˈweɪlən ˈdʒɪnɪnz/; June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. Jennings began playing guitar at 8 and began performing at 12 on KVOW radio. He formed a band, The Texas Longhorns. Jennings worked as a D.J. on KVOW, KDAV, KYTI, and KLLL. In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings’s first recording session, of “Jole Blon” and “When Sin Stops (Love Begins).” Holly hired him to play bass. During the “Winter Dance Party Tour,” in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly chartered a plane to arrive at the next venue. Jennings gave up his seat in the plane to J. P. Richardson, who was suffering from a cold. The flight that carried Holly, Richardson, and Ritchie Valens crashed, on the day later known as The Day the Music Died. Following the accident, Jennings worked as a D.J. in Coolidge, Arizona, and Phoenix. He formed a rockabilly club band, The Waylors. He recorded for independent label Trend Records, A&M Records before succeeding with RCA Victor after achieving creative control of his records.
During the 1970s, Jennings joined the Outlaw movement. He released critically acclaimed albums Lonesome, On’ry and Mean and Honky Tonk Heroes, followed by hit albums Dreaming My Dreams and Are You Ready for the Country. In 1976 he released the album Wanted! The Outlaws with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Jessi Colter, the first platinum country music album. The success of the album was followed by Ol’ Waylon, and the hit song “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love).” By the early 1980s, Jennings was struggling with a cocaine addiction, which he quit in 1984. Later he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen with Nelson,Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash. During that period, Jennings released the successful album Will the Wolf Survive. He toured less after 1997, to spend more time with his family. Between 1999 and 2001, his appearances were limited by health problems. On February 13, 2002, Jennings died from complications of diabetes.
Jennings also appeared in movies and television series. He was the balladeer for The Dukes of Hazzard; he also composed and sang the show’s theme song. In 2001 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, which he chose not to attend until later on. In 2007 he was posthumously awarded the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music.
Cube performing in April 2012
|Birth name||O’Shea Jackson|
|Born||June 15, 1969
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Origin||South Central Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Hip hop, gangsta rap|
|Occupations||Rapper, actor, record producer, screenwriter, film producer, director|
|Labels||Ruthless Records (1986–1990)Priority (1987–1996)
Lench Mob (1994–present)
|Associated acts||N.W.A, C.I.A., Da Lench Mob,Westside Connection, Public Enemy, Snoop Dogg|
O’Shea Jackson (born June 15, 1969), better known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American hip hop artist, record producer, actor, screenwriter, film producer, and director. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined N.W.A (Niggaz Wit Attitudes). After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, he built a successful solo career in music, and also as a writer, director, actor and producer in cinema. Additionally, he has served as one of the producers of the Showtime television series Barbershop and the TBS series Are We There Yet?, both of which are based upon films in which he portrayed the lead character.
Cube is noted as a proficient lyricist and storyteller and is regarded as a brutally honest rapper; his lyrics are often political as well as violent, and he is considered one of the founding artists in gangsta rap. He was ranked #8 on MTV‘s list of the 10 Greatest MCs of All Time, while fellow rapper Snoop Dogg ranked Ice Cube as the greatest MC of all time. About.com ranked him #11 on its list of the “Top 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time.” Allmusichas called him one of hip-hop’s best and most controversial artists, as well as “one of rap’s greatest storytellers.” In 2012, The Source ranked him #14 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time.
Hunt in 2011
|Born||Helen Elizabeth Hunt
June 15, 1963
Culver City, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, director, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Hank Azaria (1999–2000)|
|Partner(s)||Matthew Carnahan (2001–present)|
Helen Elizabeth Hunt (born June 15, 1963) is an American actress, film director, and screenwriter. She starred in the sitcom Mad About You for seven years before being cast in the 1997 romantic comedy film, As Good as It Gets for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Some of her other notable films include Twister, Cast Away, What Women Want, Pay It Forward, Soul Surfer and The Sessions. She made her directorial debut in 2007 with Then She Found Me. In addition to her Oscar, Hunt has won four Emmy awards, four Golden Globe awards, and two Screen Actors Guild awards.
Cimorelli at the Malibu Chili Cook-Off, 2011.
|Origin||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Genres||Vocal group, Pop, R’n’B|
Cimorelli (sim-or-ELL-ee) is a singing group popularized on YouTube and signed to Universal Music‘s Island label. Cimorelli is made up of six sisters, Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren, and Dani. Their singing style is mostly using a capella with occasional instruments. They started posting covers of songs on YouTube, before releasing original songs. As of December 2012, the group has released four Extended Plays (EPs).
|Born||Alice Allegra Englert
15 August 1994
|Relatives||Jane Campion (mother)|