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Monday, January 17, 2011

What Famous Musicians Share My Birthday?

Reading some new articles,one of them inspired me to write about famous people,with their birthday in October Twenty First.After hours and hours of searching,I discovered a very long list with actors,painters,writers,politicians,models,musicians.Here I will mention   only famous musicians people,sharing my birthday.
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Lera Auerbach October 21, 1973

Lera  Auerbach is one of the most widely performed composers of the new generation.She was born in Chelyabinsk, a city in the Urals bordering Siberia. Auerbach continues the tradition of virtuoso pianist-composers of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Auerbach made her Carnegie Hall debut in May 2002 performing her own Suite for Violin, Piano and Orchestra with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica. Ms. Auerbach's music has been presented at Carnegie Hall each season since then.

Her compositions have been commissioned and performed by Gidon Kremer, the Royal Danish Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, David Finckel and Wu Han, Vadim Gluzman, Kremerata Baltica, and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, among many others. She has appeared as solo pianist at such prestigious venues as Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, Tokyo's Opera City, New York's Lincoln Center, Munich's Herkulessaal, Oslo's Konzerthaus, Chicago's Symphony Hall and Washington's Kennedy Center.

A new commission by The Royal Danish Ballet, to celebrate Hans Christian Andersen's bicentenary, was Lera Auerbach's second collaboration with choreographer John Neumeier. The ballet is a modern rendition of the classic fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' and was premiered successfully in April 2005.

Nick Oliveri (born October 21, 1971)

Nick Olivery is a United States musician from Palm Desert, California. He was a founding member in legendary desert rock band Kyuss, and joined Queens of the Stone Age in 1998 as a vocalist and bass guitarist. After three albums and years of touring with the band, he exited the group in early 2004 due to a conflict between him and Josh Homme.

Nick allegedly developed a pattern of destructive behavior that  band-leader Josh Homme couldn't handle.  Josh said he was fed up with Nick's disrespect towards their fans and he was also fed up with leaving somewhere and being told he was not to come back ever again because of the destruction Nick caused.

Oliveri has been involved with The Desert Sessions and the River City Rapists as well, in the past.

Oliveri was known for playing bare chested and often naked at gigs, and he was arrested in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil after a nude performance at a festival show.


Steve "Luke" Lukather ( October 21 1957
Steve was born in San Fernando Valley, California) is a session musician, songwriter, arranger, producer and guitar player of the band Toto. In addition to his work with Toto, Lukather has released several solo albums.

Lukather made himself famous by being the most sought-after session guitarist in LA in the 70s and 80s. He would walk into a studio last minute and lay down perfect tracks the first time, in whatever style required.

Known to his friends as "Luke" he still records and tours with Toto (2005) and continues to be an in-demand studio player and producer.

Richard Wayne Mullins (October 21, 1955 – September 19, 1997)
Richard Wayne was an American singer/songwriter born in Richmond, Indiana.
Starting in 1986, he was a well-known Christian music artist until his untimely death in an automobile accident in 1997. He is best-known for his praise choruses "Awesome God" and "Step by Step", which have been embraced as modern classics by many Christians.
Two of his albums are considered among Christian music's : Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth (1986) and A Liturgy, A Legacy, & A Ragamuffin Band (1993).
Mullins was seen as an enigma to the Christian music industry. Often barefoot, unshaven and badly in need of a haircut, he did not look like the average American gospel music writer. Although he achieved a good amount of success on Christian radio, he never received a Dove Award (a.k.a. the Christian Grammy) until after he died.
Elvin Bishop (born October 21, 1942)Elvin Bishop  is an American blues and rock and roll musician and guitar player. Bishop was born in Glendale, California and he  grew up on a farm in Iowa with no electricity and no running water. His family moved to Oklahoma when he was ten. 
Elvin moved to Chicago in 1959 after he won a National Merit Scholarship to the University of Chicago. He meet Paul Butterfield in the near-by neighborhood of Hyde Park in 1963 and joined his band. 

 He went solo in 1968 and formed the Elvin Bishop Group by the end of the year. Bishop would spend the next 35 years as a hard working performing act releasing several albums. His most memorable song was Fooled Around and Fell In Love from 1976.

Bishop's daughter Selina was murdered in August 2000 by her boyfriend.


Steve "The Colonel" Cropper (born October 21, 1941)

Steve  Cropper is a guitarist, songwriter, producer, and soul musician.
Cropper was born on a farm outside Dora, Missouri. Nine years later, his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he heard sounds and kinds of music he never heard in Missouri.  Receiving his first guitar at age fourteen, Cropper soaked up the musical melting pot in Memphis. His influences ranged from The Bill Doggett Band's Billy Butler to Chet Atkins to Jimmy Reed to jazz guitarist Tal Farlow and, of course, Chuck Berry. His hero was Lowman Pauling of Memphis's The Five Royales.

The MGs, as instrumental artists, worked because they "wrote sounds". Music professor and author of the book Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story Of Stax Records, Rob Bowman, quotes Booker T. Jones as saying, "We were writing sounds too, especially Steve. He's very sound-conscious, and he gets a lot of sounds out of a Telecaster without changing any settings — just by using his fingers, his picks, and his amps". Together, with Jones on a B-3 organ, they could get so many sounds going that they sounded like a much larger group.
Besides his influential and constantly improving work with the MGs, Cropper co-wrote "Knock On Wood" with Eddie Floyd, "In the Midnight Hour" with Wilson Pickett. His partnership with Redding was particularly fruitful. "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of the Bay", alone, has been played over six million times. In 1969, Cropper released his first of three and only solo album for Stax, With a Little Help From My Friends.
He formed TMI (Trans-Maximus) with Jerry Williams and former Mar-Key Ronnie Stoots. There he lent his guitar and producing skills to Jeff Beck, Tower Of Power, John Prine, and Jose Feliciano.

Also during this time, he played on Ringo Starr's 1973 album Ringo and the following year's Goodnight Vienna, and John Lennon asked him to play on his Rock 'n' Roll album.

In 1996, he was named the second greatest guitar player of all time, behind Jimi Hendrix, by Britain's Mojo magazine. When asked what he thought of Cropper, the guitarist at number four, The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards said, "Perfect, man."

Manfred Mann (born October 21, 1940)

Manfred Mann , originaly named Manfred Lubowitz, was a British R&B and pop band of the 1960s, named after the keyboard player. Born in South Africa, he originally formed the band in 1962, with his friend Mike Hugg, but both took a background role in live performances. The lead vocalist and undoubted star of the band in the early years was Paul Jones (later a successful actor). With Jones fronting, they had number one hits in the U.K. with their cover version of the Exciters' "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" and with "Pretty Flamingo".

When Jones left in 1966 at the height of their fame, he was replaced by Mike D'Abo, and this was one of the few occasions when a band has successfully swapped lead singers and remained at the top. With D'Abo as vocalist, they enjoyed several more hits, including a number one with Bob Dylan's "Mighty Quinn" in 1968. They split up in the following year.

Celia Cruz (Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso) (October 21, 1925 - July 16, 2003)

Celia was a Cuban salsa singer who spent most of her career living and working in the United States. Cruz was one of the most successful Cuban performers of the 20th century, with twenty-two gold albums to her name and later she will forever be the Cuba's guarachera and the undisputed Queen of Salsa.

Cruz was born in the Santo Suarez neighborhood of Havana. Her parents were Catalina Alfonso (Ollita) and Simón Cruz. When she was a child, she earned her first pair of shoes by singing to a couple of tourists.
As a teenager, her aunt took her and her cousin to cabarets to sing, however her father encouraged her to keep attending school, in hopes that she would become a teacher. But a teacher told her that as a entertainer Cruz could make in one day .

Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold (born October 21, 1921)

He was born in Northampton and studied at the Royal College of Music before joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra as a trumpeter (he eventually became principal trumpet). By the end of the 1940s he was concentrating entirely on composition. He was made a CBE in 1970, and was knighted in 1993.

Arnold is a relatively conservative composer of tonal works, but a prolific and popular one. He has acknowledged Hector Berlioz as an influence, and several commentators have drawn a comparison with Jean Sibelius. Arnold's most significant works are generally considered to be his nine symphonies.

 He has also written a number of concertos, including one for guitar for Julian Bream, and one for harmonica for Larry Adler. His sets of dances (two sets of English Dances, and one set each of Scottish Dances, Irish Dances, Welsh Dances and Cornish Dances) are in a lighter vein and also popular (one of the English Dances is used as the theme music for the British television programme What the Papers Say). Another popular short work is his Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet (Op 37).

Arnold has also written a number of film scores, winning an Academy Award for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), and also providing music for The Belles of St Trinian's (1954), The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) and Whistle Down the Wind (1961) among many others. He conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the recording of Deep Purple's Concerto for Group and Orchestra, and conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in the group's organist Jon Lord's Gemini Suite.
His works are particularly popular with youth and amateur orchestras. He is also currently the patron of the Colne Valley Youth Orchestra.

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (October 21, 1917 - January 6, 1993)

Dizzy was born John Birks Gillespie in Cheraw, South Carolina. He was an African-American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and composer. Gillespie, with Charlie Parker, was a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. In addition to featuring in these epochal moments in jazz, he was instrumental in founding Afro-Cuban jazz.

John Birks Gillespie was the youngest of nine children, and he taught himself to play the trumpet at the age of 12. Despite the poverty he grew up in, he managed to win a scholarship to the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. However, he soon dropped out of school, and became desperate to work as a full-time musician.

Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and gifted improviser. In addition to his instrumental skills, Dizzy's beret and horn-rimmed specs, his scat singing, his bent horn and pouched cheeks, and his light-hearted personality endeared many to what was regarded as threatening and frightening music.  Unlike his great contemporary "Bird", Dizzy made a point of enthusiastically teaching future generations such as Miles Davis at the time

Gillespie wrote a number of jazz standards, among them "Manteca", "A Night in Tunisia", "Groovin' High", "Salt Peanuts" and "Con Alma", all of which are now jazz classics.
Dizzy Gillespie was one of the most famous adherents of the Bahá'í Faith to the point that he is often called the Bahá'í Jazz Ambassador. He is honored with weekly jazz sessions at the New York Bahá'í Center
He died of cancer in early 1993 and lies in the Flushing Cemetery in Queens, New York.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard.

Sir Georg Solti  (October 21, 1912 - September 5, 1997)

Sir Georg Solti   was a well-known orchestral and operatic conductor, who was still actively engaged in performing right up until his death.

Solti was born György Solti in Budapest, where he learned the piano and studied at the Franz Liszt Academy. By 1935, he was gaining recognition as a conductor, and made his debut at the Budapest Opera in 1938 with The Marriage of Figaro. In 1939, he fled Hungary because of his Jewish blood, and moved to Switzerland, where he continued his career.

After the war, Solti was music director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and Frankfurt Oper. In 1951, he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival conducting Mozart's Idomeneo.
In 1961, Solti was engaged to conduct at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he was music director from 1961 until 1971, and thereafter spent much of his time in Britain and the United States. He married a British television presenter, Valerie Pitts, whom he met when she was sent to interview him. In 1972, he was naturalised a British subject. He had been awarded an honorary KBE in 1971, and was known as Sir Georg Solti after his naturalisation.
Solti was music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1969 until 1992. He was music director of the Orchestre de Paris from 1972 until 1975. From 1979 until 1983, he was principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Solti won thirty-eight Grammy awards, more than any other artist in any category
Solti was particularly known as a great conductor of Richard Wagner. He conducted the first-ever complete studio recording of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. His performances and recordings of works by Verdi, Mahler and Bartók were also widely admired.

Giuseppe Baini (October 21, 1775 – May 21, 1844)

Giuseppe Baini was an Italian priest, music critic and composer of church music,born at Rome.

 He was instructed in composition by his uncle, Lorenzo Baini, and afterwards by G. Jannaconi. In 1814 he was appointed musical director to the choir of the pontifical chapel, to which he had as early as 1802 gained admission in virtue of his fine bass voice. His compositions, of which very few have been published, were very favourable specimens of the severe ecclesiastical style; one in particular, a ten-part Miserere, composed for Holy Week in 1821 by order of Pope Pius VII, has taken a permanent place in the services of the Sistine chapel during Passion Week.

Reading their life stories,inspired me to stop what I am doing and go back to my music projects,sing again.
I hope you like it and maybe you want to find out wich star share your birthday.


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