Born on May 8th – Johnson and Van Halen

by Milos Itic on May 9, 2011

10 people born on this day (May 8th):

  1. Robert Leroy Johnson (1911)- American blues singer and musician. His landmark recordings from 1936–1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that have influenced later generations of musicians. Johnson’s shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend, including a Faustian myth. As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson enjoyed little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime
  2. Alexander Arthur “Alex” Van Halen (1953) – Dutch born Californian musician, best known as the drummer and co-founder of the 70s hard rock band Van Halen. Originally, his brother Eddie had taken lessons for drums, while Alex practiced guitar. After spending time playing Eddie’s drum kit, Alex became more skillful at the drums than Eddi
  3. Alain-René Lesage (1668) – French novelist and playwright. Lesage is best known for his comic novel The Devil upon Two Sticks (1707, Le Diable boiteux), his comedy Turcaret (1709), and his picaresque novel Gil Blas (1715–1735)
  4. Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, 1st Baronet (1735) – Notable English portrait painter and later a politician
  5. Donald JayDonRickles (1926) - American stand-up comedian and actor. A frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Rickles has acted in comedic and dramatic roles, but is best known as an insult comic. However, unlike many insult comics who only find short-lived success, Rickles has enjoyed a sustained career, thanks to a distinct sense of humor, a very sharp wit and impeccable timing
  6. Eric Hilliard Nelson (1940) – Better known as Ricky Nelson or Rick Nelson, was an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and actor. He placed fifty-three songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1957 and 1973, including nineteen top-ten hits
  7. Peter Bradford Benchley (1940) – American author, best known for his novel Jaws and its subsequent film adaptation, the latter co-written by Benchley (with Carl Gottlieb) and directed by Steven Spielberg. Several more of his works were also adapted for cinema, including The Deep and The Island
  8. Darren Stanley Hayes (1972) – UK based Australian singer-songwriter. Hayes was the front man and singer of the pop duo Savage Garden, whose 1997 album Savage Garden peaked at No. 1 in Australia, No. 2 in United Kingdom and No. 3 in United States. It spawned the singles “I Want You”, “To the Moon and Back”, and Australian and US No. 1 “Truly Madly Deeply”. The duo followed the success of their debut album with Affirmation (1999), which provided additional hits such as US No. 1 “I Knew I Loved You”, and Australian No. 3 “The Animal Song”. Savage Garden sold more than 23 million albums worldwide before parting ways in 2001
  9. William Beau “Billy” Burnette III (1953) – American guitarist, singer and songwriter who was part of the band Fleetwood Mac from 1987 to 1995. Burnette also had a brief career in acting
  10. Chris Frantz (1951) – American musician and record producer. He was the drummer for both Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club

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