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Aerosmith is an American hard rock band, sometimes referred to as "The Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band". Their style, which is rooted in bluesbased hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. The band was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Guitarist Joe Perry and bassistTom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with singer Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band began developing a following in Boston. They were signed to Columbia Records in 1972, and released a string of multi-platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 eponymous debut album, followed by their 1974 album Get Your Wings. In 1975, the band broke into the mainstream with the album Toys in the Attic, and their 1976 follow-up Rocks cemented their status as hard rock superstars. By the end of the 1970s, they were among the most popular hard rock bands in the world and developed a loyal following of fans, often referred to as the "Blue Army". However, drug addiction and internal conflict took their toll on the band, which resulted in the departures of Perry and Whitford, in 1979 and 1981 respectively. They were replaced by Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay. The band did not fare well between 1980 and 1984, releasing a lone album, Rock in a Hard Place, which went gold but failed to match their previous successes. Although Perry and Whitford returned in 1984 and the band signed a new deal with Geffen Records, it was not until the band sobered up and released 1987's Permanent Vacation that they regained the level of popularity they had experienced in the 1970s. Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, the band scored several hits and won numerous awards for music from the multiplatinum albums Pump (1989), Get a Grip (1993), and Nine Lives (1997). Their comeback has been described as one of the most remarkable and spectacular in rock 'n' roll history. After 41 years of performing, the band continues to tour and record music. Aerosmith is the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, including 66.5 million albums in the United States alone. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group. The band has scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine #1Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy Awards, and ten MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and were included among both Rolling Stone's and VH1's lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
MICHAEL JACKSON (American)
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, dancer, singer-songwriter, musician and philanthropist. Referred to as the King of Pop, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contribution to music, dance and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The eighth child of theJackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in the mid-1960s, and began his solo career in 1971. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs including "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and "Thriller", were credited with transforming the medium into an art form and a promotional tool, and the popularity of these videos helped to bring the relatively new television channel MTV to fame. Videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" made him a staple on MTV in the 1990s. Through stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style have influenced numerous hip hop, pop, contemporary R&B and rock artists. Jackson's 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. His other records, including Off the Wall (1979),Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world's best-selling. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He was also inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame as the first (and currently only) dancer from the world of pop and rock 'n' roll. Some of his other achievementsinclude multiple Guinness World Records; 13 Grammy Awards (as well as the Grammy Legend Award and theGrammy Lifetime Achievement Award); 26 American Music Awards (more than any other artist, including the "Artist of the Century"); 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career (more than any other male artist in theHot 100 era); and the estimated sale of over 750 million records worldwide. Jackson won hundreds of awards, which have made him one of the most-awarded recording artist in the history of music. He was also a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising hundreds of millions of dollars for beneficial causes and supporting more than 39 charities. Aspects of Jackson's personal life, including his changing appearance, personal relationships and behavior, have generated controversy. In 1993, he was accused of child sexual abuse, but the case was settled out of court and no formal charges were brought. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further sexual abuse allegations and several other charges after the jury ruled him not guilty on all counts. While preparing for his concert series This Is It, Jackson diedon June 25, 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest. Before his death, Jackson had reportedly been administered drugs such as propofol and lorazepam. The Los Angeles County Coroner declared his death a homicide, and his personal physician pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson's death triggered a global outpouring of grief, and as many as one billion people around the world reportedly watched his public memorial serviceon live television. In March 2010, Sony Music Entertainment signed a US$250 million deal with Jackson's estate to retain distribution rights to his recordings until 2017, and to release seven posthumous albums over the decade following his death.
ELVIS PRESLEY (American)
Elvis Aaron Presleya (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family at the age of 13. He began his career there in 1954 when Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, eager to bring the sound of African American music to a wider audience, saw in Presley the means to realize his ambition. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassistBill Black, Presley was one of the originators of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country and rhythm and blues. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who would manage the singer for over two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", released in January 1956, was a number one hit. He became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll with a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs, many from African American sources, and his uninhibited performance style made him enormously popular—and controversial. In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. Conscripted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He staged few concerts, however, and, guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided. In 1968, after seven years away from the stage, he returned to live performance in a celebrated comeback television special that led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of profitable tours. In 1973, Presley staged the first concert broadcast globally via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii, seen by approximately 1.5 billion viewers. Prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at the age of 42. Presley is regarded as one of the most important figures of 20th-century popular culture. He had a versatile voice and unusually wide success encompassing many genres, including country, pop ballads, gospel, and blues. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music. Nominated for 14 competitive Grammys, he won three, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36. He has been inducted into four music halls of fame.
LORETTA ABLES SAYRE
Loretta Ables Sayre (born 1958) is an American actress and singer who performed in jazz standards at luxury hotels in Hawaii for three decades. During her career, Ables Sayre performed in a few musicals and guest-starred in several television shows, also doing work in commercials. In her 2007 Broadway debut as Bloody Mary in South Pacific, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress and also won the 2008 Theatre World Award. Early life and career Ables Sayre was born in Stockton, California to a Filipino father and a mother of mixed Asian and European descent. She has an older sister and brother. Her father was 25 years older than her mother, and eventually the couple divorced. Her mother remarried, and Ables Sayre has two younger half-siblings. She was raised in Hawaii after her stepfather, who was in the United States Navy, was transferred there when Ables Sayre was six years old. She attended Pearl Harbor Elementary School, Aliamanu Intermediate and Radford High School in Honolulu, participating in school plays and choirs. As a small child, inspired by her mother'sDinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan recordings, Ables Sayre already knew that she wanted to become a singer. Ables Sayre began to build her singing career immediately after high school while working in hotel jobs. She soon became the opening singer for a hotel performer's act. In 1979, she sang with Hawaiian musicians Kapono and Keola Beamer on the local pop hit Honolulu City Lights and at the Reef Hotel in Waikiki. In 1981, she became the opening act for comedian Andy Bumatai at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. She went on to perform Jazz and R&B standards at hotels, clubs and conventions throughout the Honolulu-Waikiki area. In 1985, with Honolulu Theater for Youth, Ables Sayre appeared in Song for the Navigator, which toured Micronesia, Australia and throughout the U.S., including performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 1989, she played Effie White in the Hawaiian production of Dreamgirls at the Hawaii Theater. The same year, she became the featured vocalist at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki, where she performed for 10 years. She was voted "Favorite Female Vocalist" by the readers of Honolulu Magazine in 1993 in its "Best of the Best" issue.
Gaye's father, Clarence R. Todd, was the first Black school board member in Fredericksburg and was also a jazz musician. He later founded a performing arts group for black youth called "Souls of Shade", today known as Harambee 360. Her mother, Gladys P. Todd, was one of the first organizers of the local civil rights movement in Fredericksburg, and also brought old jazz records home from her job at the Youth Canteen to give to the young Gaye. Both parents were major influences on her music and social identity. Gaye's surname, Adegbalola, was given to her by a Yoruba priest she met in 1968. Meaning "I am reclaiming my royalty," Adegbalola uses the name to signify her pride in her black heritage. Gaye Todd graduated from high school as valedictorian in 1961, having already participated in numerous sit-in protests and picket lines as a member of the civil rights movement. She later attended Boston University, graduating with a B.A. in Biology. Gaye's occupations after college included those of a technical writer for TRW systems, a biochemical researcher at Rockefeller University, and a bacteriologist at Harlem Hospital, where she was also the local union representative. These were all in sharp contrast to her first job as a teenager, working in a laundry for forty-five cents an hour. From the years 1966 to 1970 she was involved in the Black Power Movement in New York and organized the Harlem Committee on Self-Defense. During this same period she met and married her husband. Her son, Juno Lumumba Kahlil was born in 1969, and would later make his own mark in the goth/industrial musicworld. In 1970, after divorcing her husband, Gaye Adegbalola returned to Fredericksburg, where she taught science, gifted and talented, and creative thinking courses in the local schools. She helped her father direct the Harambee Theatre, sometimes acting in performances herself, until her father's death in 1977. Having played the flute in her high school band, she began studying guitar in 1977. In 1978 she received her Master of Education in Educational Media from Virginia State University, and in 1982 was honored as Virginia's Teacher of the Year. She spent much of the rest of the eighties conducting teachers' workshops on motivational and teaching techniques.
Karen Akers (born October 13, 1945) is an American actress and singer, who has appeared on Broadway, cabaretand film. Background She was born Karen Orth-Pallavicini in New York City on October 13, 1945. Her ancestry was a mixture of European stock: her immigrant father, Heinrick C. Orth-Pallavicini (reportedly a member of the European nobility who dropped his title when he came to America) was of Austrian and Swiss/Italian heritage, and her American-born mother, Mary, had Russian, Norwegian, and French forebears on one side of her family and Scots-Irish ones on the other. Her younger sister, Nicole Orth-Pallavicini, is also an actress. Another younger sister, Marie Orth-Pallavicini, is married to David Baker Cadman, a grandson of John Cadman, 1st Baron Cadman. Family On September 19, 1993, she married Kevin Patrick Power, a vice president of Orion Network Systems, a satellite communications company in a Roman Catholic ceremony at St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University in New York. It was her second marriage. She has two sons from her first marriage to Jim Akers, which ended in divorce. Career She first appeared on Broadway in the original production of Nine, a musical directed by Tommy Tune and based on the Federico Fellini film 8½, playing the part of Luisa Contini, the wife of promiscuous film director Guido Contini (Raul Julia). The show opened May 9, 1982, and had a successful run of 732 performances, closing February 4, 1984. Akers won a Theatre World Award for her performance and was one of three actresses in the show nominated for the Tony Award for Featured Actress in a Musical, losing to her fellow cast member Liliane Montevecchi. She appeared again on Broadway in Grand Hotel, a musical adaptation of the novel and film, again directed by Tommy Tune with a score by Robert Wright, George Forrest, and Maury Yeston. The show opened November 12, 1989, for a successful run of 1,018 performances through April 19, 1992. In Grand Hotel, Akers was reunited with Motevecchi and Kathi Moss, another Nine cast member. She also covered Sooner or Later on her 1991 song album "Unchained Melodies"; the song was originally performed by Madonna the year before. She appeared in the Woody Allen film The Purple Rose of Cairo as a celluloid chanteuse, and in Heartburn as the mistress of Jack Nicholson's character. A review in Variety described her as "a contralto with uncommon dramatic depth", and a "sultry chanteuse." She appeared in one episode of "Cheers" as Cliff Claven's shy, Plain Jane gal pal in 1987.
'Jeff Anderson is an American musician originally from Marietta, Georgia. His debut LP, "Seamless", was recorded in Ohio with production from John Reuben and CR Pendleton for Gotee Records. "Seamless" was released on March 15, 2005 and was the only record that Jeff Anderson released while on the Gotee Records roster. In 2010 Jeff Anderson signed with United Republic Records / AMA Label Group and according to the United Republic Records website, Jeff Anderson will be releasing a new EP titled "A Thousand Tongues".
Nate Cole (born Nathan David Forest Cole on May 19, 1981) is an American singer/songwriter. He is also a former band member of the band Plus One. He currently is the lead singer in a band called Castledoor with former band mate Gabe Combs. He currently resides in Silverlake, CA with his wife Lisa also known as Liska. They were married on April 1, 2006. Both Nate's wife Liska and Gabe's wife Coury are also in their band. Nate was born in Houston, TX and moved from there to Sacramento, CA with his family. His parents names are Rick and Cathy. His father is currently the senior pastor at Capital Christian Center. He has a younger brother Travis and a younger sister named Laine. Before joining Castledoor, Nate attended school at Capital Christian School. Nate and his fellow bandmates appeared in a video in 2001 entitled Plus One that accompanied the release of their first album. The video documented the group from their start to their first tour. It was released on VHS and has yet to be released on DVD. This video was later followed by the Plus One: Making The Album DVD which accompanied the release of Plus One's album, Obvious. Nate appeared in Touched by an Angel in 2001 as Shane in a episode called "Band of Angels." He has also made a couple of appearances on TV as himself; once on DreamChaser Tour and once on Days of Our Lives.
Samm Bennett (b. Birmingham, Alabama, 1957), is an American singersongwriter and percussionist. As a singer and songwriter he has released three albums (all on the Knitting Factory label, and for the time being out of print): 1991's Life of Crime", 1993's The Big Off and 1995's History of the Last 5 Minutes. He was a founding member (along with the late Tom Cora, cello) of the free improvisation group Third Person, and was a founding member (along with Hahn Rowe, Yuval Gabay and Kumiko Kimoto) of the New York group Bosho. He was also a part of the trio Semantics, which explored complex overlapping rhythms with a jazz instrumentation. More recently his work with his duo project Skist (with vocalist Haruna Ito, his wife) has been released on Japan's POLARITY label: 2002's Ellipsis and 2006'sTaking Something Somewhere. He has also recorded or performed with John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Ned Rothenberg, Kazutoki Umezu, and many others.
Cheyenne Renee Haynes is an American actress, dancer, singer, model, and activist. Her notable works include theLifetime Movie Network television film, Lies in Plain Sight, and I Know My Kid's a Star. Haynes was born in Los Angeles, California, in the neighborhood of Silverlake to mixed parents. Her mother, Helene Kress, was a singer and actress, and was never married to Cheyenne's biological father Scott Haynes, a self taught musician that played drums, guitar, bass, piano and sang. Her maternal grandmother, Helen Glavey and her mother raised her in their home that they purchased for Cheyenne when she was two. Haynes actually began her career before she was born. Her mother was 8 months pregnant and looking for a new agent. Dorothy Day Otis interviewed her and asked if she could represent her unborn daughter when she was born. Cheyenne booked her first job as a model at the age of two for the movie Baby Geniuses. She also booked her first commercial for the car lock The Club when she was two. She worked on various commericials, print ads, TV Shows & Films but became a Celebreality Star when she went on and almost won Danny Bonaduce's I Know My Kid's a Star. It only took her and her mom one audition to book the TV Show when the other contestants had 5 and 6 auditions each. Haynes gained critical acclaim for her role as Eva in the Lifetime Movie Network's Lies In Plain Sight, where Rosie Pérez played her mother. Haynes is an activist for animal rights. She is a very stong supporter of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). She has a great affinity for animals and hopes become even more active as she gets older and help save as many animals as possible from becoming extinct.
Jillian Clare (born on July 25, 1992) is a American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Abigail "Abby" Deveraux on Days of our Lives and for her role as Victoria "Tori" Archer on Miss Behave. Born in Portland, Oregon, USA, and named for a character in the Star Trek movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Clare began a stage career, singing and dancing, at age five. One year later, she starred in A Dream is a Wish, a one-person original stage musical. Afterwards, she starred in several TV commercials. In the summer of 2000, Clare moved to Los Angeles, and began appearing in film and television roles, including Abigail Deveraux on Days of our Lives. In 2002 she had two uncredited roles in major movies. She had an uncredited role as a crying girl in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man and an uncredited role as the voice of a little girl in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me if You Can. In 2004, she received a position as a host on the children's news-magazine show All Access Pass.She acted in, executive-produced, and co-wrote the theme song for the live action comedy pilot L.A.F.I.T., in 2005. Her singing has appeared on the Soap Sessions 8 Christmas CD, the Hollywood Hooligans Christmas CD, and a number of CDs for children. Clare also has performed for many charitable causes, mostly for the protection of animals. She currently serves as a StarPower Ambassador for Starlight Children’s Foundation, encouraging other young people to commit their time, energy and resources to help other kids and working with Starlight to brighten the lives of seriously ill children. [source – www.starlight.org/starpowerambassadors] Since 2010, Clare has starred as Victoria "Tori" Archer on Miss Behave, a webseries, that also has fellow DOOLstars, like Darin Brooks, who played Max Brady, also stars, but as Mr. Blake Ownes and Eric Martsolf stars, but as Marcus Dunne.
June Clyde (December 2, 1909 in St. Joseph, Missouri – October 1, 1987 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) was an American actress, singer and dancer. Clyde's career began at age seven on the vaudeville stage, billed as "Junior Tetrazini" at nine years old. She made her first screen appearance at age ten with Hobart Bosworth in The Sea Wolf. Later her voice changed and she joined a stock company. She progressed to a modest career in Hollywood films before marrying American film directorThornton Freeland. Clyde moved to England with her husband and appeared in several British films and stage productions starting in 1934, as well as returning to the United States periodically for both stage and film work. She was also of the Mormon faith.
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