March 30th – van Gogh, Clapton and de Goya

by Milos Itic on March 30, 2011

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

  1. Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853) – Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th century art for its vivid colors and emotional impact. He suffered from anxiety and increasingly frequent bouts of mental illness throughout his life and died, largely unknown, at the age of 37 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
  2. Eric Patrick Clapton (1945) – English guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. Clapton is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist, and separately as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked fourth in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and fourth in Gibson’s Top 50 Guitarists of All Time
  3. Sonny Boy Williamson (1914) – American blues harmonica player, and the first to use the name Sonny Boy Williamson
  4. Warren Beatty (1937) – American actor, producer, screenwriter and director. He has received a total of ten Academy Award nominations, winning one for Best Director in 1982, He has also won four Golden Globe Awards including the Cecil B. DeMille Award. He is married to actress Annette Bening
  5. Céline Marie Claudette Dion (1968) – Canadian singer, songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur. Born to a large family from Charlemagne, Quebec
  6. Norah Jones (1979) – American singer-songwriter and actress
  7. Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746) – Spanish romantic painter and printmaker regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and as the first of the moderns. Goya was a court painter to the Spanish Crown, and through his works was both a commentator on and chronicler of his era. The subversive and imaginative element in his art, as well as his bold handling of paint, provided a model for the work of later generations of artists, notably Manet and Picasso
  8. Tracy Chapman (1964) – American singer-songwriter, best known for her singles “Fast Car”, “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution”, “Baby Can I Hold You”, “Give Me One Reason” and “Telling Stories”. She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist
  9. John Allen Astin (1930) – American actor who has appeared in numerous films and television shows, and is best known for the role of Gomez Addams on The Addams Family, and other similarly eccentric comedic characters
  10. Stanley Kirk Burrell (1962) – Better known by his stage name M.C. Hammer (or simply Hammer), is an American rapper, entertainer, business entrepreneur, dancer and actor. He was commercially most popular during the late 1980s until the mid-1990s. Remembered for a rapid rise to fame before losing the majority of his fortune, Hammer is also known for his hit records, including “U Can’t Touch This”, flamboyant dance techniques and trademark Hammer pants. Hammer’s superstar-status made him a household name and pop icon

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