Happy Birthday: George Michael

georgemichaelHappy Birthday musician George Michael

Born: June 25, 1963 in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England, UK

QUOTES:

I do think that Live Aid (1985) was a great thing, it focused people, I think it showed young kids the way in many respects and I think a lot of people are still inspired by what happened in the mid-Eighties.

I still believe that music is one of the greatest gifts that God gave to man.

Even though it’s become a really cliched thing to see musicians working for charity, it’s still effective and it still has to be done.

It was my own stupid fault. I was in possession of class C drugs which is an offence and I have no complaints about the police, who were professional throughout.

“The trajectory of my particular soap opera with the press launched from that statement Elton made about eighteen months ago when Elton hadn’t seen me for years. Elton said he thought I was really miserable for some reason. From that point on I’ve been trying to prove that I’m not. Unfortunately it made me incredibly vulnerable to the press.” (April 2006)
I have been doing this on and off since I was a teenager and never once seen violence. If I want to see violence or what I call shameful behaviour, the idea that women in clubs these days have to hold their hand over their drink for fear of being drugged … Please don’t tell me as a member of the straight community that I am taking risks. I know what I do and I am sorry, but we should not be taking questions like this, from straight women in particular … I do not deserve the criticism. What I don’t have respect for is some demand for answers from an openly gay man who is living his own life. I have not cheated or lied about my sex life to anybody in my life, in my entire life. I hate not to be able to rise above it, but there is only so much you can take. I’m suing the individual involved who I have never, ever seen, let alone wanted to have any kind of sexual encounter with, and I’m currently investigating suing the secondary sources of libel. I am taking legal action against the photographers because they’re harassing me and I should not have to worry about who’s watching me at 2:30 in the morning.

Happy Birthday: Cyndi Lauper

cyndilauper.jpgHappy Birthday musician Cyndi Lauper

Born: June 22, 1953 in Ozone Park, Queens, New York City, New York, USA

Married to: David Thornton (24 November 1991 – present) (1 child)

QUOTES:

You always have to remember – no matter what you’re told – that God loves all the flowers, even the wild ones that grow on the side of the highway.

I absolutely refuse to reveal my age. What am I – a car?

You can laugh when I talk, but not when I sing. People used to throw rocks at me for my clothes… now they wanna know where I buy them.

On being a feminist: I’m a bra-burner from way back!

I lucked out when I started to sing. I’d already experienced failing at everything else

You can’t stamp out individuality – there’s too many of us.

(on her album “At Last”) It was an idea to do a special project. because people would come see me live and go, “Gee, I didn’t know she could sing.” And I’d be like, “Yeah, you ever tried to sing ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’, pal?”.

There have been great things that happened to me. If they didn’t happen to me, I wouldn’t be here. Everything was supposed to happen to me. I wouldn’t have the sight that I have, I wouldn’t have the creative moments that I have, I wouldn’t be able to articulate what I need to articulate. I wouldn’t have my son. I wouldn’t have my husband. I’m a lucky woman. Everything. Every single thing. There are no mistakes.

Happy Birthday: Lana Del Rey

lanadelrey.jpgHappy Birthday musician Lana Del Rey

Born: June 21, 1985 in New York City, New York, USA

QUOTES:

[on being a fan of Britney Spears] I’m not really interested in a ton of female musicians but there is something about Britney that compelled me – the way she sings and just the way she looks.

I’m a writer first and a singer second.

Fashion is inspired by youth and nostalgia and draws inspiration from the best of the past.

I’m not a natural performer or exhibitionist. When I was younger, I hated the focus, and it made me feel strange.

I used to wonder if it was God’s plan that I should be alone for so much of my life. But I found peace. I found happiness within people and the world.

When I was very young I was sort of floored by the fact that my mother and my father and everyone I knew was going to die one day, and myself too. I had a sort of a philosophical crisis. I couldn’t believe that we were mortal.

A lot of the time when I write about the person that I love, I feel like I’m writing about New York.

I have a personal ambition to live my life honestly and honor the true love that I’ve had and also the people I’ve had around me.

Having a simple career as a musician who liked music was good enough for me.

Happy Birthday: Brian Wilson

brianwilson.jpgHappy Birthday musician Brian Wilson

Born: June 20, 1942 in Inglewood, California, USA

Married to: Melinda Kae Ledbetter (6 February 1995 – present) (5 children)
Marilyn Wilson (7 December 1964 – 1979) (divorced) (2 children)

Founded “Sea of Tunes” as The Beach Boys’ publishing company with his father Murry Wilson; eventually lost all his 1960s song copyrights when Murry sold the company at the band’s late-1960s low point. It was later proved that Brian had been tricked and hounded into signing over control to Murry, and documentation for the company was faulty or nonexistent – and “Sea of Tunes” buyers Irving Music had profited directly from this. While Brian couldn’t regain ownership of his early songs, he was ultimately awarded $25 million by a California court, for his loss. Cousin and co-writer Mike Love, in turn, filed for a share of this from Brian, for songs – including “California Girls” – Murry had never credited him with, and was awarded $12 million. (There was reportedly no malice involved in the suit; with the two men unable to come to terms on their own, they turned to the courts to settle the matter.).

Recently revisited his long-shelved “Smile” album (co-written with Van Dyke Parks), finally completing the project, with plans to both release the album and perform it live on tour, with current backup band, Wondermints (March 2004).

The Beach Boys were voted the 12th Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Artists of all time by “Rolling Stone” magazine.

Happy Birthday: Paul McCartney

paulmccartneyHappy Birthday musician Paul McCartney

Born: June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

Married: Nancy Shevell (9 October 2011 – present)

Heather Mills (11 June 2002 – 17 March 2008) (divorced) (1 child)

Linda McCartney (12 March 1969 – 17 April 1998) (her death) (4 children)

QUOTES:

If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. It’s staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.

On his knighthood in 1997: It’s a fantastic honor and I am very gratefully receiving it on behalf of all the people of Liverpool and the other Beatles, without whom it wouldn’t have been possible.

Playing live was great then – and it’s great now. The big difference is you can hear what you’re doing. It was more like a football match in the old days. We were all part of some big celebration. Now with modern stage equipment, good sound and video screens it’s much easier. I remember going to see Genesis at Wembley Stadium and I couldn’t see who was on stage. All I saw were these little matchstick people miles away. I couldn’t tell which one was Phil Collins. It was like…where is he? So I developed the idea that if somebody was right at the back of the venue they’d still be a part of my show. I enjoy playing live more now. I’m a lot more comfortable with it.

When you start off in the music business you have the idea people are gonna hate you. You think, ‘I’m no good and they’re gonna boo me off.’ I’ve now got to the stage where I think, ‘The tickets are sold out so these people probably want to see me.’ Treat the audience like they’re your mates. I feel like I’m playing to family.

John and George were real mates. I have a huge fondness for them. They were both part of my life and who I am. There are little reminders of them all the time. Today, somebody brought me a new book by 1960s photographer Duffy and I saw a picture of John in it. Now, if I write a song, I’m always cross-checking in my mind, ‘Would John have let me write that line or is it just too soppy?’ Sometimes, I just think, ‘Too bad, it’s my song.’ But I’m always cross-checking with him.

The combination of those four guys was pretty interesting. We weren’t together that long but think of the work we put in. Every album was different. Album after album, single after single beat the last one. The nice thing now is I don’t have to be modest about The Beatles any more. I can call them great because it’s over. There was something very special about The Beatles.

Happy Birthday: Tupac Shakur (1971–1996)

tupacshakur.jpgHappy Birthday rapper Tupac Shakur (1971–1996)

Born: June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Died: September 13, 1996 (age 25) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Married to: Keisha Morris (29 April 1995 – 1996) (annulled)

QUOTES:

Everybody’s at war with different things…I’m at war with my own heart sometimes”. In Vibe interview 2/96

Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.

The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams.

The reason why I could get into acting was because it takes nothing to get out of who I am and go into somebody else.

I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.

I swear, if they hadn’t tried to ruin me, I never would have ended up being a rapper. I probably would have been a preacher or something.

If you walked by a street and you was walking on the concrete and you saw a rose growing from the concrete, even if it had messed up petals and it was a little to the side you would marvel at just seeing a rose grow through concrete. So why is it that when you see some ghetto kid grow out of the dirtiest circumstance and he can talk and he can sit across the room and make you cry, make you laugh, all you can talk about is my dirty rose, my dirty stems and how I am leaning crooked to the side, you can’t even see that I’ve come up from out of that

Happy Birthday: Boy George

boygeorgeHappy Birthday musician Boy George

Born: June 14, 1961 in Eltham, Kent, England, UK

He was the lead singer and vocals of 80s band Culture Club which formed from 1981-1986. Joined together again in 1998.

Has four brothers: Gerald, Kevin, David and Richard.

Has one sister: Siobhan

Co-lead vocal, with Annabella Lwin, in Bow Wow Wow for a short while under the stage name of “Lieutenant Lush”.

Overcame a heroin addiction which nearly killed him c. 1987; was treated by electro-acupuncture, as was Eric Clapton in the 1970s.

QUOTES:

I’m bisexual… when I want sex, I buy it.

When it comes to DJing, I’m more of a shit stirrer than a mixer.

I know Victoria’s Secret – He’s a man!

I am what I am. There’s nothing I can do about it.

I don’t get all this Speedo stuff actually, I mean, whatever happened to the feather boa?

I tend to deal with depression by being angry which is probably not a good thing. What really makes me depressed? I guess sometimes there’s a revelation that you’re on your own no matter how many people you know – that’s quite depressing.

[on ending his feud with George Michael] We have exchanged emails and things are pretty good between us. We’ve spoken a couple of times and he’s doing OK.

Happy Birthday: James Newton Howard

jamesnewtonhoward.jpgHappy Birthday composer James Newton Howard

Born: June 9, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to: Sofie Lena Barron (25 April 1992 – present) (2 children)

Nominated for 8 Academy Awards:

QUOTE:

I wish I had some great words of advice. The only advice I have ever been able to give anybody is to focus on writing music, and if you’re writing a movie score particularly, don’t worry about the picture. Just write great music and the rest will take care of itself.

Happy Birthday: Dean Martin (1917–1995)

deanmartin.jpgHappy Birthday actor/singer Dean Martin (1917–1995)

Born: Dino Paul Crocetti
June 7, 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio, USA

Died: December 25, 1995 (age 78) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to: Catherine Hawn (25 April 1973 – 24 February 1976) (divorced) (1 child)

Jeanne Martin (1 September 1949 – 29 March 1973) (divorced) (3 children)

Elizabeth Anne McDonald (2 October 1941 – 23 March 1949) (divorced) (4 children)

Read reviews of the best of the actor:

ROBIN AND THE 7 HOODSRobin and the 7 Hoods
1964
dir. Gordon Douglas
Starring
Frank Sinatra
Martin
Sammy Davis Jr.

AIRPORTAirport
1970
dir. George Seaton
Starring
Burt Lancaster
Martin
The Cannonball RunThe Cannonball Run
1981
dir. by Hal Needham
starring
Burt Reynolds
Roger Moore