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Bunney Brooke
Date Born: Sunday 9 January 1921
Description: Actress, Australia
Summary: Brooke was adopted at an early age and had an unhappy early life. As a young adult, she saw marriage as a means of escape, marrying Leonard Brooks in 1946. The union produced two children but ended after four years, with Brooke reporting that they were "wrong for marriage".

Frank Thornton
Date Born: Saturday 15 January 1921
Description: Actor, UK
Summary: He appeared alongside Benny Hill, Frankie Howerd, Harry Worth, Reg Varney and Spike Milligan in their comedy shows. He appeared in five episodes of Steptoe and Son during its original run from 1962 to 1965, and in 1973 appeared in the film Steptoe and Son Ride Again.

Connie Haines
Date Born: Thursday 20 January 1921
Description: Vocalist , USA
Summary: Her 200 recordings were frequently up-tempo big band songs with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Frank Sinatra.

Andre Hodier
Date Born: Saturday 22 January 1921
Description: Violinist, composer, arranger and musicologist. France
Summary: Hodeir was a founder, in 1954, and director of Jazz Groupe de Paris.

Donna Reed
Date Born: Thursday 27 January 1921
Description: Actress, USA
Summary: Reed was the daughter of Hazel Jane (née Shives) and William Richard Mullenger.The trees that Reed's father planted still stand and the route to their home, southeast of Denison, is named Donna Reed Drive. This route is now paved to the north corner of the old Mullenger farm.

Mario Lanza
Date Born: Monday 31 January 1921
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
Summary: A highly influential artist, Lanza has been credited with inspiring the careers of successive generations of opera singers, including Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Leo Nucci and José Carreras

Lana Turner
Date Born: Tuesday 8 February 1921
Description: Actress, USA
Summary: Born Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner in Wallace, Idaho, she was the daughter of John Virgil Turner, a miner from Hohenwald, Tennessee, and Mildred Frances Cowan.

Eva Gabor
Date Born: Friday 11 February 1921
Description: Actress, USA
Summary: Éva was the first in her family to emigrate to America. She moved with her first husband, Swedish physician Eric Drimmer. Her first movie role was a bit part in Forced Landing (1941)

Vera Ellen
Date Born: Wednesday 16 February 1921
Description: Actress, Dancer, USA
Summary: She was born to Martin Rohe and Alma Catherine Westmeier, both descended from German immigrants. She became one of the youngest Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

Betty Hutton
Date Born: Saturday 26 February 1921
Description: Actress, vocalist, USA
Summary: A daughter of railroad foreman Percy E. Thornburg and his wife, the former Mabel Lum. Her father abandoned the family for another woman and they did not hear from or see him again until 1939, informing them of his death from suicide. P/A

Gordon Macrae
Date Born: Saturday 12 March 1921
Description: Actor, Singer, USA
Summary: The son of radio star "Wee Willie" MacRae, and his concert pianist mother. When he was very young, his family moved to Syracuse NY, where he attended Nottingham High School, participating in the Drama Club.

Martha Carson
Date Born: Saturday 19 March 1921
Description: Vocalist, USA
Summary: Country Gospel singer who appeared on the ’Grand Ole Opry’ and also ’The Waldorf Astoria’, some contrast of venues.

Tommy Cooper
Date Born: Saturday 19 March 1921
Description: Prop comedian, stand-up comedian, magician, UK
Summary: Born in Caerphilly, South Wales, at 19 Llwyn Onn Street, Trecenydd. Magic ran in his family—his brother David (born 1930) opened a magic shop in the 1960s in Slough High Street (then Buckinghamshire now Berkshire) called D. & Z. Cooper's Magic Shop.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Date Born: Sunday 20 March 1921
Description: Vocalist, USA
Summary: Her song "Strange Things Happening Every Day", recorded in 1944. The record has been credited by some as being the "First rock and roll record".

Dirk Bogarde
Date Born: Monday 28 March 1921
Description: Actor, Author
Summary: Bogarde was born in London, of Dutch and Scottish ancestry. His father, Ulric van den Bogaerde born in Perry Barr, Birmingham, was the art editor of The Times and his mother Margaret Niven was a former actress.

George David Weiss
Date Born: Saturday 9 April 1921
Description: American songwriter, US
Summary: After leaving school, he became an arranger for such big bands as those of Stan Kenton, Vincent Lopez, and Johnny Richards.

Chuck Connors
Date Born: Sunday 10 April 1921
Description: Actor, USA
Summary: He achieved stardom when cast as "Lucas McCain" in the ABC television Western series The Rifleman (1958–1963), with Johnny Crawford as his son, Mark.

Peter Ustinov
Date Born: Saturday 16 April 1921
Description: Actor, UK
Summary: Ustinov won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in Spartacus (1960) and Topkapi (1964).

Jimmy Giuffre
Date Born: Tuesday 26 April 1921
Description: Saxophonist, USA
Summary: Formed 1950’s trio playing in the cool era of jazz music were one of the best jazz trio’s around.

Joe Ames
Date Born: Tuesday 3 May 1921
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
Summary: Born into a non-professional but musically talented family, the boys were brought up on classical and operatic music. Their parents, David and Sarah Urick, were Russian Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine who had nine children.

Bert Weedon
Date Born: Tuesday 10 May 1921
Description: Guitarist, UK
Summary: An English guitarist and composer whose style of guitar playing was popular & influential during the 1950s and 1960s. He was born in Burgess Road, East Ham, Essex, now Greater London.

Bert Weedon
Date Born: Tuesday 10 May 1921
Description: Guitarist, UK
Summary: An English guitarist and composer whose style of guitar playing was popular & influential during the 1950s and 1960s. He was born in Burgess Road, East Ham, Essex, now Greater London.

Joe Maphis
Date Born: Thursday 12 May 1921
Description: Guitarist, USA
Summary: An American country guitarist and one of the greats of his time.

Harry Carey Jr
Date Born: Monday 16 May 1921
Description: Actor, USA
Summary: A respected character actor like his father, Carey appeared in several Westerns. He made four films with director Howard Hawks.

Bob Merrill
Date Born: Tuesday 17 May 1921
Description: Composer, USA
Summary: He moved to Hollywood, where he worked as a dialogue director for Columbia Pictures.

Humphrey Lyttleton
Date Born: Monday 23 May 1921
Description: Trumpeter, Composer, UK
Summary: He is reported to have turned down a knighthood in 1995.

Hal David
Date Born: Wednesday 25 May 1921
Description: Composer, Lyricist, USA
Summary: Hal David would be to most musicians the perfect writer of words in the 20th Century, Collaboration with Burt Bacharach.

Norman Hetherington
Date Born: Sunday 29 May 1921
Description: Cartoonist, Australia
Summary: Hetherington worked as a cartoonist (initially freelance, but full-time from 1946) for The Bulletin magazine until 1961.

Nelson Riddle
Date Born: Wednesday 1 June 1921
Description: Pianist, Band leader, Aranger, USA
Summary: Riddle was born the only child of Marie Albertine Riddle and Nelson Smock Riddle, Sr. Following his father's interest in music, he began taking piano lessons at age eight.

Monte Hale
Date Born: Wednesday 8 June 1921
Description: Actor, Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
Summary: Hale starred in his first major role in Home on the Range in 1946.

Erroll Garner
Date Born: Wednesday 15 June 1921
Description: Pianist, Composer, Arranger, USA
Summary: Garner refused to read music, and never did.

Jane Russell
Date Born: Tuesday 21 June 1921
Description: Actress, Singer, USA
Summary: She also cut a 78 rpm album that year for Columbia Records, Let's Put Out the Lights, which included eight torch ballads.

Judy Holliday
Date Born: Tuesday 21 June 1921
Description: Actress, singer, USA
Summary: Judy Holliday was an American actress. Holliday began her career as part of a night-club act, before working in Broadway plays and musicals.

Ernest Gold
Date Born: Wednesday 13 July 1921
Description: Composer of song, USA
Summary: An American composer. Born in Vienna, Austria; Gold wrote nearly 100 film and television scores between 1945 and 1992.

Jack Beeson
Date Born: Friday 15 July 1921
Description: Pianist, Comoser of music, USA
Summary: Since 1950 has composed ten operas in the American vernacular tradition.

George Barnes
Date Born: Sunday 17 July 1921
Description: Guitarist, USA
Summary: The first recording of an electric guitar in jazz was by jazz guitarist George Barnes who recorded two songs in Chicago on March 1st, 1938: "Sweetheart Land" and "It's a Low-Down Dirty Shame" with Big Bill Broonzy.

Adolph Herseth
Date Born: Monday 25 July 1921
Description: Trumpeter, USA
Summary: His anchesters came from Norway, so in 1977, he visited Norway to see the places where his relatives lives (in Stange in Hedemark). He also held a seminar.

Twyla Herbert
Date Born: Wednesday 27 July 1921
Description: Composer, USA
Summary: She was going to be a concert pianist but we started writing rock 'n' roll.

Richard Adler
Date Born: Wednesday 3 August 1921
Description: Composer of music, lyricist, USA
Summary: After establishing their partnership, Adler and Ross quickly became proteges of composer/lyricist/publisher Frank Loesser.

Herb Ellis
Date Born: Thursday 4 August 1921
Description: Guitarist, USA
Summary: Ellis has recorded, toured or appeared on TV with some of the biggest names in jazz including Oscar Petterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, etc.

Buddy Collette
Date Born: Saturday 6 August 1921
Description: Saxophonist, USA
Summary: In 1996, the Library of Congress commissioned Collette to write and perform a special big band concert to highlight his long career.

Webb Pierce
Date Born: Monday 8 August 1921
Description: Vocal, Guitarist, Co,poser, US
Summary: His "There Stands the Glass" is featured in the 2005 documentary No Direction Home by Martin Scorsese.

Jimmy Mccracklin
Date Born: Saturday 13 August 1921
Description: Pianist, Vocalist, Songwriter, Composer, USA
Summary: He has played at the legendary San Francisco Blues Festival in 1973, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984 and 2007.His style contains West Coast blues, Jump blues, and R&B.

Harry Secombe
Date Born: Thursday 8 September 1921
Description: Vocalist , Actor , Welsh
Summary: Seacombe had an excellent tenor voice but only made the charts with 'If I Ruled The World' and the Charlie Chaplin composition 'This Is My Song'

Chico Hamilton
Date Born: Wednesday 21 September 1921
Description: Drummer, USA
Summary: Hamilton received a Living Legend Jazz Award as part of The Kennedy Center Jazz in Our Time Festival, as well as receiving a Doctor of Fine Arts from The New School.

Joe Hill Louis
Date Born: Friday 23 September 1921
Description: Guitarist, USA
Summary: His nickname “Joe Louis” arose as a result of a childhood fight with another youth.He was also known as “The Pepticon Boy” and “The Be-Bop Boy”.

Marguerite Piazza
Date Born: Friday 23 September 1921
Description: Vocalist, USA
Summary: Opera Singer. A soprano, she followed her time on the operatic stage with a long career as a television and nightclub singer.

Deborah Kerr
Date Born: Friday 30 September 1921
Description: Actress, UK
Summary: Deborah Kerr was appointed a Commander of the British Empire in 1998, but was unable to accept the honor in person due to ill health.

James Whitmore
Date Born: Saturday 1 October 1921
Description: Actor, USA
Summary: Whitmore did extensive theatre work. He won a Tony Award for "Best Performance by a Newcomer" in the Broadway production of Command Decision (1948).

Tom Poston
Date Born: Monday 17 October 1921
Description: Actor, USA
Summary: Mel Brooks submitted his idea for the television show Get Smart to the ABC network, ABC wanted Poston for the lead role of Maxwell Smart

Monk Montgomery
Date Born: Friday 21 October 1921
Description: Bassist, USA
Summary: Montgomery was the older brother of guitarist Wes Montgomery; younger brother, Buddy Montgomery plays vibraphone and piano.

Charles Bronson
Date Born: Thursday 3 November 1921
Description: Actor, USA
Summary: Bronson's first movie role – an uncredited one – was as a sailor in You're in the Navy Now in 1951.

Brian Keith
Date Born: Monday 14 November 1921
Description: Actor, USA
Summary: Actor of many films but mainly known for his role as the father of Buffy and Jody in the TV series "A FAMILY AFFAIR" played Uncle Bill.

Ben Weisman
Date Born: Wednesday 16 November 1921
Description: Comoser of music, USA
Summary: An American composer and pianist best known for having written many of the songs associated with Elvis Presley.

Rodney Dangerfield
Date Born: Tuesday 22 November 1921
Description: Actor, Comedian, USA
Summary: In 1994, Rodney Dangerfield won an American Comedy Award for lifetime creative achievement.

John Bunch
Date Born: Thursday 1 December 1921
Description: Pianist, US
Summary: 1966 he joined Tony Bennett as pianist and musical director, and stayed in the employ of the singer until 1972.

Deanna Durbin
Date Born: Sunday 4 December 1921
Description: Vocalist, Actress, Canada
Summary: Durbin signed a contract with MGM in 1935 and made her first film appearance in a short subject, Every Sunday (1936), with another young contract player, Judy Garland.

Johnny Otis
Date Born: Thursday 8 December 1921
Description: Vocalist, Composer. USA
Summary: Otis produced the original recording of "Hound Dog" written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller with vocal by Big Mama Thornton

Luigi Creator
Date Born: Wednesday 21 December 1921
Description: Songwriter and record producer. USA
Summary: From a musical family, Creatore began his career as a writer. After serving with the United States military during World War II, in the 1950s he became a writer then partnered with his cousin Hugo Peretti

Steve Allen
Date Born: Monday 26 December 1921
Description: TV Host, Author, Actor, Composer, USA
Summary: He played the part of Benny Goodman with Donna Reed in "The Benny Goodman Story" in the fifties.

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