Born on May 9th – Joel, Brooks and Gahan

by Milos Itic on May 9, 2011

10 people born on this day (May 9th):

  1. William MartinBillyJoel (1949) – American musician and pianist, singer-songwriter, and classical composer. Since releasing his first hit song, “Piano Man,” in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States, according to the RIAA
  2. James Lawrence Brooks (1940)- American director, producer and screenwriter. Growing up in North Bergen, New Jersey, Brooks endured a fractured family life and passed the time by reading and writing. After dropping out of New York University, he got a job as an usher at CBS, going on to write for the CBS News broadcasts. He moved to Los Angeles in 1965 to work on David L. Wolper’s documentaries. After being laid off he met producer Allan Burns who secured him a job as a writer on the series My Mother the Car
  3. Géza Ottlik (1912) – Hungarian writer, translator, mathematician, and bridge theorist
  4. George Barker (1882) – Portrait and landscape painter from the United States. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, much of his work was done in Southern California
  5. José Ortega y Gasset (1883) – Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist working during the first half of the 20th century while Spain oscillated between monarchy, republicanism and dictatorship. He was, along with Kant, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche, a proponent of the idea of perspectivism
  6. Lucian Blaga (1895) – Romanian philosopher, poet, and playwright
  7. Steve Katz (1945) – Guitarist and record producer who is best known as a member of the rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears. Katz was an original member of the rock bands The Blues Project and American Flyer. As a producer, his credits include the 1979 album Short Stories Tall Tales for the Irish band Horslips, and the Lou Reed albums Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal and Sally Can’t Dance and the Elliott Murphy album Night Lights. He is married to Alison Palmer, a ceramic artist
  8. Richie Furay (1944) – American singer, songwriter, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member who is best known for forming the bands Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin, and Poco with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham and Randy Meisner
  9. Dave Gahan (1962) – English singer-songwriter, best known as the baritone lead singer for the British electronic music band Depeche Mode since their debut in 1980. He is also an accomplished solo artist, releasing albums in 2003 (Paper Monsters) and 2007 (Hourglass). Despite his bandmate Martin Gore continuing to be the main Depeche Mode songwriter, Gahan has contributed a number of songs to the band’s most recent albums, Playing the Angel (2005) and Sounds of the Universe (2009). Two of these songs were released as singles, including “Suffer Well” in 2006 and “Hole to Feed” in 2009
  10. Paul McGuigan (1971) – Better known by his nickname, Guigsy (pronounced “Gwigzee”), was one of the four founding members of British rock band Oasis. He was the group’s bassist from 1991 to 1999

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