Happy Birthday: Drake


drake.jpgDrake

Born: October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name Aubrey Drake Graham

[on Rihanna] I don’t even know if I wrote a rap song in that whole nine months, because I wasn’t a rapper anymore. I didn’t believe in myself. I was someone else’s property. I was a pawn. You know what she was doing to me? She was doing exactly what I’ve done to so many women throughout my life, which is show them quality time, then disappear. I was like, ‘wow, this feels terrible.’

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Happy Birthday: Ne-Yo

neyo.jpgNe-Yo

Born: October 18, 1982 in Camden, Arkansas, USA

His stage name is taken from Keanu Reeves character in The Matrix (1999).

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Happy Birthday: Eminem

eminemEminem

Born: October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA

Birth Name Marshall Bruce Mathers III

You can’t control who likes you. If I got Backstreet Boy fans what am I supposed to do? Turn them away? Whoever likes my stuff, likes my stuff but just know Slim Shady is hip hop, I grew up on hip hop, it’s the music I love and it’s the music I respect. I respect the culture…that’s me

“It doesn’t exactly feel like a shock, but it’s all new to me, and I’m taking it in as it comes.” –On his rise to stardom.

 

 

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Happy Birthday: Paul Simon

paulsimon.jpgPaul Simon

Born: October 13, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Married to:
Edie Brickell (30 May 1992 – present) (3 children)
Carrie Fisher (16 August 1983 – 1984) (divorced)
Peggy Harper (1969 – 1975) (divorced) (1 child)

Look at what we did to the planet. We ruined the planet. Take away the human beings and all their inventions and all the stuff we’ve made and the mess we make and you’ve got a much cleaner planet. It would be a lot healthier than it is right now. Would life be better for a zebra without mankind? Absolutely. Would it be better for the trees? Absolutely.

Nobody says you should stop painting when you’re 60. Nobody says you should stop writing novels when you’re 60. Nobody says that B.B. King should stop playing the blues. So The Rolling Stones go out there and people call them dinosaurs and they say, “What are you talking about? We’re reinventing what you can do at our age and if you don’t like it, OK, but don’t try to stop us.”

 

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Happy Birthday: Mel Tormé (1925–1999)

meltorme.jpgMel Tormé (1925–1999)

Born: September 13, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: June 5, 1999 (age 73) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to:
Ali Severson (30 October 1984 – 5 June 1999) (his death)
Janette Scott (20 May 1966 – 26 May 1977) (divorced) (2 children)
Phyllis Arlene Miles (31 October 1956 – 9 November 1965) (divorced) (1 child)
Candy Toxton (11 February 1949 – 15 February 1956) (divorced) (2 children)

One of the joys of a jazz singer is to try to keep a dimension of constant improvisation in relation to what he sings. But–and it’s a big but–only if you never lose sight of the original musical value which the composer put in it. And above all, if you don’t sacrifice the most important element of a popular song: the words.

Happy Birthday: Fiona Apple

fionaapple.jpgFiona Apple

Born: September 13, 1977 in New York City, New York, USA

This world is bullshit, and you shouldn’t model your life about what you think that you think we think is cool, and what we’re wearing, and what we’re saying and everything. Go with yourself.

When I was a kid–10, 11, 12, 13–the thing I wanted most in the world was a best friend. I wanted to be important to people; to have people that understood me. I wanted to just be close to somebody. And back then, a thought would go through my head almost constantly: “There’s never gonna be a room someplace where there’s a group of people sitting around, having fun, hanging out, where one of them goes, ‘You know what would be great? We should call Fiona. Yeah, that would be good.’ That’ll never happen. There’s nothing interesting about me.” I just felt like I was a sad little boring thing.

Died Today (September 12): Johnny Cash (1932–2003)

johnnycashJohnny Cash (1932–2003)

Born: February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas, USA
Died: September 12, 2003 (age 71) in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Married to: June Carter Cash (1 March 1968 – 15 May 2003) (her death) (1 child)
Vivian Dorraine Liberto (7 August 1954 – 3 January 1968) (divorced) (4 children)

[in acknowledgment of his similarity to today’s “gangsta” rappers] I wouldn’t let anybody influence me into thinking I was doing the wrong thing by singing about death, hell and drugs. Beause I’ve always done that, and I always will.

How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.