April 16th – Chaplin, Mancini and Springfield

by Milos Itic on April 17, 2011

10 people born on this day (April 16th):

  1. Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin (1889) – English comic actor, film director and composer best-known for his work during the silent film era. He became one of the most famous film stars in the world before the end of World War I. Chaplin used mime, slapstick and other visual comedy routines, and continued well into the era of the talkies, though his films decreased in frequency from the end of the 1920s. His most famous role was that of The Tramp, which he first played in the Keystone comedy Kid Auto Races at Venice in 1914
  2. Henry Mancini (1924) – American composer, conductor and arranger, best remembered for his film and television scores. He won a record number of Grammy Awards (20), including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in 1995. His best-known works include the jazz-idiom theme to The Pink Panther film series (“The Pink Panther Theme”), the Peter Gunn Theme from the television series, and back-to-back Academy Awards for the songs “Moon River” from the Blake Edwards film Breakfast at Tiffany’s and “Days of Wine and Roses” from the 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses
  3. Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien (1939) – Known professionally as Dusty Springfield, was a British pop singer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s. With her distinctive sensual sound, she was an important white soul singer, and at her peak was one of the most successful British female performers, with 18 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 from 1964 to 1970.[1] She is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the U.K. Music Hall of Fame. International polls have named Springfield among the best female rock artists of all time
  4. Mercier “Merce” Philip Cunningham (1919) – American dancer and choreographer who was at the forefront of the American avant garde for more than 50 years. Throughout much of his life, Cunningham was considered one of the greatest creative forces in American dance. He is also notable for his frequent collaborations with artists of other disciplines, including musicians John Cage and David Tudor, artists Robert Rauschenberg and Bruce Nauman, designer Romeo Gigli, and architect Benedetta Tagliabue. Works that he produced with these artists had a profound impact on avant-garde art beyond the world of dance
  5. Pope Benedict XVI (1927) – 265th Pope
  6. Herbert Jay Solomon (2003) – Better known as Herbie Mann, was a Jewish American jazz flutist and important early practitioner of world music. Early in his career, he also played tenor saxophone and clarinets (including bass clarinet), but Mann was among the first jazz musicians to specialize on the flute and was perhaps jazz music’s preeminent flutist during the 1960s. His most popular single was “Hijack,” which was a Billboard Number-one dance hits of 1975 (USA) for 3 weeks
  7. Bobby Vinton (1935) – American pop music singer of Polish origin
  8. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947) – American retired basketball player, coach, actor, and author. During his career with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers from 1969 to 1989, Abdul-Jabbar scored more points than any other player in league history, won six NBA championships and a record six regular season MVP Awards. In college at UCLA, he played on three championship teams, and his high school team won 71 consecutive games. At the time of his retirement, Abdul-Jabbar was the NBA’s all-time leader in points scored, games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goal attempts, blocked shots, defensive rebounds, and personal fouls
  9. Peter Robert Garrett (1953) – Australian musician, environmentalist, activist and politician
  10. Ellen Rona Barkin (1954) – American actress

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