January 25, 1981 Alicia Augello Cook (Alicia Keys), recording artist, musician, and actress, was born in New York City. At the age of seven, Keys began to play classical music on the piano. She attended Columbia University before dropping out to pursue her music career.
January 16, 1979 Aaliyah Dana Houghton, recording artist, actress, and model, was born in Brooklyn, New York, but raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of nine, Aaliyah appeared on the television show “Star Search” and at the age of eleven she performed in concert with Gladys Knight. Her debut album, “Age Ain’t Nothing But [...]
September 30, 1935 John Royce “Johnny” Mathis was born in Gilmer, Texas. As a teenager, Mathis was known for his singing and athletic abilities. At San Francisco State College he broke classmate Bill Russell’s high jump record and in 1955 had to decide whether to pursue a recording career or tryout for the 1956 Olympics. [...]
September 12, 1981 Jennifer Kate Hudson, recording artist and actress, was born in Chicago, Illinois. Hudson got her start in performing at the age of seven singing in the church choir. She came to prominence in 2004 as one of the finalist on the television show, “American Idol”. In 2006, she made her film debut [...]
August 25, 2001 Aaliyah Dana Houghton, recording artist, actress, and model, died in an airplane crash in the Bahamas. Houghton was born January 16, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York but was raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of nine, Houghton appeared on the television show “Star Search” and at the age of eleven she [...]
May 25, 1975 Lauryn Noel Hill, recording artist, musician, producer, and actress, was born in South Orange, New Jersey. Hill began her acting career at a young age, appearing in the television soap opera “As the World Turns.” In 1993, she co-starred in “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit” and other films in which [...]
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