April 13th – Beckett, Kasparov and Musicians

by Milos Itic on April 14, 2011

10 people born on this day (April 13th):

  1. Samuel Barclay Beckett (1906) – Irish avant-garde writer, dramatist and poet, writing in English and French. Beckett’s work offers a bleak outlook on human culture and both formally and philosophically became increasingly minimalist in his later career
  2. Garry Kimovich Kasparov (1963) – Russian (formerly Soviet) chess grandmaster, a former World Chess Champion, writer, and political activist, whom many consider the greatest chess player of all time
  3. Eudora Alice Welty (1909) – American author of short stories and novels about the American South. Her book, The Optimist’s Daughter, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Welty was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous awards. She was the first living author to have her works published by the Library of America. Her house in Jackson, Mississippi, is a National Historic Landmark and open to the public as a museum
  4. Jack Casady (1944), – American musician considered one of the foremost bass guitarists of the rock music era and best known as a member of Jefferson Airplane. First playing as a lead guitarist with the Washington D.C. area rhythm and blues band “The Triumphs”, he switched to bass during his high school years and while still underage (and with a forged I.D.), played the Washington D.C club scene, backing artists such as Little Anthony and the Imperials and Ray Charles. He became the bass player for Jefferson Airplane when lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, a high school friend and former Triumphs rhythm guitarist, invited him to join in late September 1965. Jefferson Airplane became the first successful exponent of the San Francisco sound. Their singles, including “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit,” had a more polished style and successfully charted in 1967 and 1968. Casady, along with the other members of Jefferson Airplane, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996
  5. Antonio Santi Giuseppe Meucci (1808) – Compatriot of Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi, and an inventor, best known for developing a voice communication apparatus which several sources credit as the first telephone
  6. Charles Burnett (1944) – African-American film director, film producer, writer, editor, actor, photographer, and cinematographer
  7. Albert Greene (1946) – Better known as Al Green, is an American gospel and soul music singer. He reached the peak of his popularity in the 1970s, with hit singles such as “You Oughta Be With Me,” “I’m Still In Love With You,” “Love and Happiness”, and “Let’s Stay Together”
  8. Lowell Thomas George (1945) – American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, who was the main guitarist and songwriter for the rock band Little Feat
  9. Max Weinberg (1951) – American drummer and television personality, most widely known as the longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and as the bandleader for Conan O’Brien on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
  10. Aaron Lewis (1972) – Lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of the rock group Staind, with whom he has released six studio albums. He has since ventured into country music with his debut solo album, Town Line. The EP was released on March 1, 2011 on Stroudavarious Records

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