May 3rd – Brown, Hopkin, Astor and Machiavelli

by Milos Itic on May 3, 2011

10 people born on this day (May 3rd):

  1. James Joseph Brown (1933) – American singer and songwriter. Eventually referred to as “The Godfather of Soul“, Brown started singing in gospel groups and worked his way on up
  2. Mary Hopkin (1950) – Credited on some recordings as Mary Visconti, is a British folk singer best known for her 1968 UK number one single “Those Were The Days”. She was one of the first musicians to sign to The Beatles’ Apple label
  3. Mary Astor (1906) – American actress. Most remembered for her role as Brigid O’Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941) with Humphrey Bogart, Astor began her long motion picture career as a teenager in the silent movies of the early 1920s
  4. Benjamin Charles “Ben” Elton (1959) – London-born comedian, author, playwright and television director. He was a leading figure in the British alternative comedy movement of the 1980s, as a writer on such cult series as The Young Ones and Blackadder, as well as also a successful stand-up comedian on stage and TV. He was a high-profile frontman of 1980s left-wing political satire. Since then he has published thirteen novels and more lately become known for writing the musical We Will Rock You (2002) and Love Never Dies (2010), the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera
  5. Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469) – Italian philosopher, humanist, and writer based in Florence during the Renaissance. He is one of the main founders of modern political science
  6. Frankie Valli (1934) – Italian-American musician, most famous as frontman of The 4 Seasons. He is well-known for his unusually powerful falsetto singing voice. Valli, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, and Bob Gaudio, (the original members of The Four Seasons), were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990
  7. Christopher Cross (1951) – American singer-songwriter from San Antonio, Texas. His debut album earned him five Grammys. He is perhaps best known for his Top Ten hit songs, “Sailing”, “Ride Like the Wind”, and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”, the last of which he performed for the film Arthur starring Dudley Moore
  8. David James Ball (1959) – English producer and electronic musician, who has played in bands such as Soft Cell and The Grid, and collaborated with other producers including Ingo Vauk and Chris Braide. He is usually referred to as Dave Ball on record sleeves
  9. André Olbrich (1967) – Lead guitarist of the German power metal band Blind Guardian. He is one of the band’s founders together with vocalist Hansi Kürsch, and serves as one of its main songwriters
  10. John Aaron Lewis (1920) – American jazz pianist and composer best known as the musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet

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