Tag: Birthday Love

August 1st Birthday Love: Herman Melville

“It is not down on any map; true places never are.” -Herman Melville, Moby-Dick Happy birthday to Herman Melville, born on this day August 1, 1819 in New York City. Widely acclaimed for his 1851 novel Moby-Dick, a.k.a. The Whale, Melville is a literary icon. He is also well known for his novella Billy Budd and his …

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June 24th Birthday Love: Colin Blunstone

Singer and songwriter Colin Blunstone was born on June 24, 1945, in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. In the 1960’s, Blunstone rose to fame as the lead singer for The Zombies, and has also had a successful solo career, making music for over 50 years now. The band formed in 1962 in St. Albans, England, with Colin …

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May 2nd Birthday Love: Esther Freud

“Trust your reader. Not everything needs to be explained. If you really know something, and breathe life into it, they’ll know it too.” -Esther Freud

May 1st Birthday Love: Sonny James

Country singer/songwriter Sonny James was born on this day May 1, 1928 in Hackleburg, Alabama, into a musical family, and by the young age of three, “Sonny Boy” was already singing and playing the mandolin. By his early 20’s, Sonny’s musical career was soaring and he was dubbed the “Southern Gentleman” for his polite manner. …

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April 23rd Birthday Love: William Shakespeare

There was a star danced, and under that was I born.-William Shakespeare It is believed that the great William Shakespeare was born on this day, April 23, 1564 in Stratford upon Avon, England, and also died on April 23 in 1616. Shakespeare is often referred to as “The Bard of Avon,” and is possibly the most famous …

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April 16th Birthday Love: Bobby Vinton

Today is the birthday of singer & songwriter Bobby Vinton, born on April 16, 1935 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.  His is perhaps best known for his cover of Tony Bennett’s 1951 song “Blue Velvet,” a song which was an inspiration for David Lynch’s movie Blue Velvet. Some of his other hits include “Roses Are Red,” “Blue on Blue,” “There! I’ve …

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April 8th Birthday Love: Kisho Kurokawa

Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa (黒川 紀章) was born on April 8th, 1924 in Kanie, Aichi, and was a founding father of the Metabolist movement of architecture. The idea of the 1960’s post-war Metabolist movement was to create megastructures that honored organic and biological growth. One of his most unique designs is the Nakagin Capsule Tower, which houses both …

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April 1st Birthday Love: Toshiro Mifune

Today is the birthday of the Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, who was born on April 1, 1920 in Qingdao, Shandong, China, where his parents were Japanese Methodist missionaries. He grew up working in his dad’s photography shop and his knowledge of photography helped land him a position in Aerial Photography in the Imperial Japanese Army around the year 1939.  In …

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March 25th Birthday Love: Aretha Franklin

Singer/songwriter Aretha Franklin was born on March 25th, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, then the family moved to Buffalo, New York when she was two. When she was about five years old, the family moved to Detroit where she was raised. She grew up around music; her mother, Barbara Franklin, was a piano player and vocalist, and …

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July 27th Birthday Love: Isabelle Aubret

French singer and actress Isabelle Aubret was born Thérèse Coquerelle on July 27, 1938, in Lille, Nord, France. Her film repertoire consists of Les aventures de Saturnin (1965), Very Happy Alexander (1968), and Un Flic (1972). However she may be most famous for winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1962, singing “Un Premier Amour,” written by Claude-Henri Vic and Roland …

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