April 30th – Trier, Nelson and Palmer

by Milos Itic on April 30, 2011

10 people born on this day (April 30th):

  1. Lars von Trier (1956) – Danish film director and screenwriter. He is closely associated with the Dogme 95 collective, although his own films have taken a variety of different approaches. He is known for his female-centric parables and his exploration of controversial subject matter
  2. Willie Hugh Nelson (1933) – American country singer-songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. Nelson started studying music from mail order material that his grandparents gave him. He wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at nine. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Fiddlers as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the Air Force. However, he was discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote “Family Bible” and recorded the song “Lumberjack” in 1956. In 1960, he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price’s band as a bassist. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including “Funny How Time Slips Away”, “Hello Walls”, “Pretty Paper”, and “Crazy”. In 1962, he recorded his first album, And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1965 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry
  3. Amanda MacKinnon Gaiman Palmer (1976) – Sometimes known as Amanda Fucking Palmer, is an American performer who first rose to prominence as the lead singer, pianist, and lyricist/composer of the duo The Dresden Dolls. She has since started a successful solo career, and is also one half of the Evelyn Evelyn duo
  4. Juhan Liiv (1864) – One of Estonia’s most famous poets
  5. John Boyne (1971) – Irish novelist
  6. Hans List (1896) – Technical scientist and inventor and entrepreneur
  7. Jane Campion (1954) – Film maker and screenwriter. She is one of the most internationally successful New Zealand directors, although most of her work has been made in or financed by other countries, principally Australia – where she now lives – and the United States. Campion is the second of four women ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director
  8. Jill Clayburgh (1944) – American actress. She received Academy Award nominations for her roles in An Unmarried Woman and Starting Over
  9. Paulo Jr. (1968) – Bassist and the only remaining original member of the Brazilian thrash metal band Sepultura
  10. Percy Heath (1923) – American jazz bassist, brother to tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath and drummer Albert Heath, with whom he formed the Heath Brothers in 1975. Heath also worked with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery and Thelonious Monk

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