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Number of Records Matching Query: 62
 
LEON McAULIFFE
 
Date Born: Wednesday 3 January 1917
 
Description: Steel Guitarist
 
Summary: He in more noted, however, for his most famous composition, "Steel Guitar Rag", and his playing, along with that of "Bob Dunn Light Crust Doughboys".

JERRY WEXLER
 
Date Born: Wednesday 10 January 1917
 
Description: Record producer, USA
 
Summary: In Ray, the biopic of Ray Charles, Jerry Wexler is portrayed by Richard Schiff.

SID CATLETT
 
Date Born: Wednesday 17 January 1917
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: A jazz drummer often referred to as "Big Sid Catlett" because of his large frame.

ERNEST BORGNINE
 
Date Born: Wednesday 24 January 1917
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Borgnine was born in Hamden, Connecticut, the son of Anna and Charles B. Borgnino,who immigrated to the U.S. from Modena, Italy. Ernest Borgnine has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6324 Hollywood Blvd.

WILLIAM PAUL GOTTLIEB
 
Date Born: Sunday 28 January 1917
 
Description: Photographer, Photographerm,USA
 
Summary: Gottlieb's photographs are among the most well-known and widely reproduced images of this era of jazz.

ZSA ZSA GABOR
 
Date Born: Tuesday 6 February 1917
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Gabor's mother was born Jewish and was related to Annette Tillemann, the wife of politician Tom Lantos.

ADE MONSBOURGH
 
Date Born: Saturday 17 February 1917
 
Description: Saxophonist, Trumpeter, Australia
 
Summary: Born in Melbourne, Monsbourgh played mouth organ as a child and took piano lessons from the age of eight. His upper middle-class family lived in Kew.

MYRA TAYLOR
 
Date Born: Saturday 24 February 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA
 
Summary: An American jazz singer and songwriter. She began performing as a teen and continued performing into her nineties.

DESI ARNAZ
 
Date Born: Friday 2 March 1917
 
Description: Actor, Band leader, Cuba
 
Summary: Desi Arnaz was born to a wealthy family in Santiago de Cuba. His father, Desidero Alberto Arnaz was Santiago's youngest mayor and then served in the Cuban House of Representatives.

GOOGIE WITHERS
 
Date Born: Monday 12 March 1917
 
Description: Actor, Australia
 
Summary: Withers was born in Karachi—then part of British India—to an English sailor and a Dutch mother. She was named "Googie" by her Sindhi nanny, a name she would go on to retain for the rest of her life.

NAT KING COLE
 
Date Born: Saturday 17 March 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Cole was born to a preacher in the Baptist church. His family moved to Chicago, Illinois while he was still a child. There, his father became a minister; Nat's mother, Perlina, was the church organist.

CURLEY RUSSELL
 
Date Born: Monday 19 March 1917
 
Description: Bassist, US
 
Summary: In his heyday he was in demand for his ability to play at the rapid tempos typical of bebop. YOUTUBE: music : Charlie Parker "Parker's Mood" recorded the 09.18.1948 with Charlie Parker (as), Miles Davis (tp), John Lewis (p), Curley Russell (b), Max Roach (dms)

VERA LYNN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 20 March 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: Her most famous song must be "We'll meet again", which was written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles in 1939 and sung in the movie of the same name, in which Vera starred in 1942.

STICK McGHEE
 
Date Born: Friday 23 March 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: He earned his nickname 'Stick', from pushing his polio-stricken older brother Brownie through the streets of Kingsport, on a cart that he propelled with a stick.

RUFUS THOMAS
 
Date Born: Tuesday 27 March 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Born a sharecropper's son in the rural community of Cayce, Mississippi, Thomas moved to Memphis with his family at age 2. His mother was “a church woman.” Thomas made his artistic debut at the age of 6 playing a frog in a school theatrical production.

BURNETTA JONES
 
Date Born: Friday 6 April 1917
 
Description: Composer, Entrepreneur, USA
 
Summary: She was the owner of beauty salons,turned entrepreneur.

MONGO SANTAMARIA
 
Date Born: Saturday 7 April 1917
 
Description: Percussionist, Cuba
 
Summary: His 1963 hit rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.

HELEN FORREST
 
Date Born: Thursday 12 April 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: She recorded with Nat King Cole and Lionel Hampton in 1940. In 1941, Forrest was hired by Harry James.

BOBBY ROBINSON
 
Date Born: Monday 16 April 1917
 
Description: Record producer, USA
 
Summary: Robinson produced numerous million-selling records by such notable performers as Wilbert Harrison, The Shirelles, Lee Dorsey, and Dave "Baby" Cortez.

ELLA FITZGERALD
 
Date Born: Wednesday 25 April 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA
 
Summary: Born in Newport News, Virginia, the child of a common law marriage between William and Temperance Fitzgerald. The pair separated soon after her birth and she and her mother moved to Yonkers, New York, with Joseph Da Silva. Fitzgerald's half-sister, Frances Da Silva, was born in 1923.P/E

BETTY COMDEN
 
Date Born: Thursday 3 May 1917
 
Description: Lyricist, Screenwriter, Actress, USA
 
Summary: Along with her longtime collaborator Adolph Green, she wrote the lyrics and often the librettos for some of the most celebrated musicals of stage and screen.

KAL MANN
 
Date Born: Sunday 6 May 1917
 
Description: Composer of songs, USA
 
Summary: Mann co-wrote songs with Lowe and Dave Appell, yielding a number of major rock and roll hits such as Charlie Gracie's "Butterfly," which sold more than two million copies and also become a million seller for the crooner, Andy Williams.

DENNIS DAY
 
Date Born: Monday 21 May 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, Comedian, USA
 
Summary: One of America’s great singers of his time and comics appearing on the Jack Benny show through to 1974.

RAYMOND BURR
 
Date Born: Monday 21 May 1917
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: His best-known film role of the period was the suspected murderer in the Alfred Hitchcock classic Rear Window (1954), starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly.

PAPA JOHN CREACH
 
Date Born: Monday 28 May 1917
 
Description: Fiddle player, USA
 
Summary: In 1992, he became one of the original members of Jefferson Starship.

JOHN F. KENNEDY
 
Date Born: Tuesday 29 May 1917
 
Description: Serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.
 
Summary: Often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

JOHN F. KENNEDY - 2
 
Date Born: Tuesday 29 May 1917
 
Description: 1960 presidential election
 
Summary: 35th United States President, US Congressman, US Senator. Born into a wealthy Irish-Catholic family, Kennedy, son of Joseph Kennedy.

ROBERT MERRILL
 
Date Born: Monday 4 June 1917
 
Description: Vocalist , USA
 
Summary: Merrill's 1944 operatic debut was in Verdi's Aida at Newark, New Jersey, with the famous tenor Giovanni Martinelli, then in the later stages of his long operatic career. Robert Merrill made 769 performances with the Metropolitan Opera in the following 21 roles:

DEAN MARTIN
 
Date Born: Thursday 7 June 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
 
Summary: As a singer, Martin copied the styles of Bing Crosby and Perry Como until he developed his own and could hold his own in duets with Sinatra and Crosby.

ELTON BRITT
 
Date Born: Wednesday 27 June 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: He gained his first success as a singing sensation with the Los Angeles-based "Beverly Hillbillies".

LENA HORNE
 
Date Born: Saturday 30 June 1917
 
Description: Vocaliast, Actress, USA
 
Summary: In 1989, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

SUSAN HAYWARD
 
Date Born: Saturday 30 June 1917
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Hayward was born in Brooklyn, New York to Walter Marrenner and Ellen Pearson.

MURRY WILSON
 
Date Born: Monday 2 July 1917
 
Description: Record producer, USA
 
Summary: Wilson was also the manager of their band the Beach Boys, and served as their music publisher.

NORMAN LUBOFF
 
Date Born: Saturday 14 July 1917
 
Description: Pianist, Conductor, Compser, Singer, USA
 
Summary: Norman Luboff was taught piano as a child and was part of his high school chorus. Luboff studied at the University of Chicago after which he wrote programs and sang for a Chicago radio station.

PHYLLIS DILLER
 
Date Born: Tuesday 17 July 1917
 
Description: Actress, Comedienne, US
 
Summary: Born to to Perry Marcus Driver and Frances Ada Romshe, in Lima, Ohio. She attended Lima Central High School, then studied for three years at Sherwood Music Conservatory, Chicago, Illinois.

ROBERT MITCHUM
 
Date Born: Monday 6 August 1917
 
Description: Actor, Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Mitchum was born to shipyard and railroad worker James Thomas Mitchum and Ann Harriet Gunderson. James Mitchum was crushed to death in a railyard accident when Mitchum was a only a child.

MARJORIE REYNOLDS
 
Date Born: Sunday 12 August 1917
 
Description: Actress, Singer, USA
 
Summary: American motion picture and television actress of the 1920s through the 1970s. YOUTUBE: Academy Award for Best Original Song. In the film, Bing Crosby sings "White Christmas" as a duet with actress Marjorie Reynolds, though her voice was dubbed by Martha Mears. This now-familiar scene was not the moviemakers' initial plan; in the script as originally conceived, Reynolds, not Crosby, was to sing the song.

JOHN LEE HOOKER
 
Date Born: Wednesday 22 August 1917
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Hooker was born the youngest of the eleven children of William Hooker, a sharecropper and a Baptist preacher, and Minnie Ramsey.

TEX WILLIAMS
 
Date Born: Thursday 23 August 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Comedy, USA
 
Summary: Tex Williams was the lead vocalist and guitar player with Cooley's band, and he and several of the members left to form an outfit called 'Tex Williams and the Western Caravan' around 1946.

PETE CASSELL
 
Date Born: Monday 27 August 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Pete Cassell impressed many listeners with his near perfect pitch and self taught musicianship.

JAYNE WALTON ROSEN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 28 August 1917
 
Description: Vocalist , USA
 
Summary: She began singing at local radio stations in San Antonio, beforing moving on to stations in Oklahoma City, Dallas and Chicago.

HERBERT LOM
 
Date Born: Tuesday 11 September 1917
 
Description: Actor,
 
Summary: Lom escaped to England in January 1939 because of the impending Nazi occupation of the rest of Czechoslovakia.

BUDDY RICH
 
Date Born: Sunday 30 September 1917
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: Buddy Rich was born to vaudevillians and began playing drums in vaudeville at the age of 2 years.

LAURINDO ALMEIDA
 
Date Born: Tuesday 2 October 1917
 
Description: Guitarist, Band Leader, Brazilian
 
Summary: Laurindo Almeida was a Brazilian virtuoso guitarist and composer who made many recordings of enduring impact in classical, jazz and Latin genres.

JUNE ALLYSON
 
Date Born: Sunday 7 October 1917
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: In 1925, when she was eight, a dead tree branch fell on her while she was bicycling. Several bones were broken, and doctors said she would never walk again. She underwent months of swimming exercises, however, and ultimately regained her health.

GEORGE WEBB
 
Date Born: Monday 8 October 1917
 
Description: Pianist, UK
 
Summary: His band, George Webb's Dixielanders, he played regularly and famously at The Red Barn public house at, Kent.

THELONIOUS MONK
 
Date Born: Wednesday 10 October 1917
 
Description: Pianist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: One of the greats of jazz,Thelonious Monk, pianist of with a completely recognizable sound with harmonies seemingly to be odd at times.

PAUL TANNER
 
Date Born: Monday 15 October 1917
 
Description: Trombonist, USA
 
Summary: Tanner developed and played the electrotheremin. The electrotheremin is featured in several songs by The Beach Boys

MARSHA HUNT
 
Date Born: Wednesday 17 October 1917
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Marsha Hunt attended the Theodore Irving School of Dramatics during her high school years. She was a singer and a model before Paramount Pictures signed her to a contract in 1934.

DIZZY GILLESPIE
 
Date Born: Sunday 21 October 1917
 
Description: Trumpeter, USA
 
Summary: He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard in the Hollywood section of the City of Los Angeles.

JOAN FONTAINE
 
Date Born: Monday 22 October 1917
 
Description: Actress, US
 
Summary: Joan made her stage debut in the West Coast production of Call It A Day in 1935 and was soon signed to an RKO contract. In later life she appeared on Broadway in Forty Carrots.

ANN RUTHERFORD
 
Date Born: Friday 2 November 1917
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: In 1938, MGM loaned Rutherford to Selznick International Pictures to appear as Carreen O'Hara, the sister of Scarlet O'Hara, in the film Gone with the Wind (1939). MGM boss Louis Mayer originally refused the loan because he considered the role too minor, but Rutherford passionately appealed to him to change his mind.

JO STAFFORD
 
Date Born: Monday 12 November 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Stafford was born in Coalinga, California to Grover Cleveland Stafford and Anna York Stafford.

BERNIE LOWE
 
Date Born: Thursday 22 November 1917
 
Description: Composer, record producer, arranger, pianist, bandleader.
 
Summary: Lowe founded Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Cameo Records in 1956

NESUHI ERTEGUN
 
Date Born: Monday 26 November 1917
 
Description: Record producer and executive, USA
 
Summary: Nesuhi Ertegun was inducted posthumously into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. He was posthumously awarded the Grammy Trustees Award for lifetime achievements in 1995.

MERLE TRAVIS
 
Date Born: Thursday 29 November 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: His lyrics often discussed the exploitation of coal miners. Among his many well-known songs are "Sixteen Tons".

HURD HATFIELD
 
Date Born: Friday 7 December 1917
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: William Rukard Hurd Hatfield was an American actor.Nominations: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Comedy Series.

SLIM CLARK
 
Date Born: Tuesday 11 December 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: He has recorded well over 20 albums recording first in 1946.

WESLEY TUTTLE
 
Date Born: Thursday 13 December 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Mainly remebered for his appearences on 'Town Hall Party'.

EDDIE VINSON
 
Date Born: Wednesday 19 December 1917
 
Description: Saxophonist, USA
 
Summary: Singer and Saxophonist and member of Bill Broonzy’s band in the forties also Count Basie - Cootie Williams etc.

AUDREY TOTTER
 
Date Born: Thursday 20 December 1917
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: She began her acting career in radio in the late 1930s, and, following success in Chicago and New York, was signed to a seven-year film contract with MGM. She made her film debut in Main Street After Dark (1945)

AUDREY TOTTER
 
Date Born: Thursday 20 December 1917
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: She began her acting career in radio in the late 1930s, and, following success in Chicago and New York, was signed to a seven-year film contract with MGM. She made her film debut in Main Street After Dark (1945)

 
 
 
 

 
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