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The American singer-songwriter James Ingram was born in 1952 in Akron, Ohio. Long before he rose to fame as one of the 1980’s most recognizable collaborative vocalists, contributing to such hits as “Baby Come to Me,” Ingram served as a musician in a number of capacities. He performed as a member of the Los Angeles-based band Revelation Funk, and also served as a keyboard player for the legendary Ray Charles. James Ingram’s big breakthrou...James Ingram Bio Continue
The American actor, activist, and writer Jane Fonda was born in 1937 in New York City. As the daughter of the actor Henry Fonda, it was little surprise that Jane would also go on to become one of the country’s most beloeved and recognized performers. By the time she was a teenager, Jane had already developed an interest in modeling and had a flourishing career; she’d even appeared on the cover of Vogue twice. But it was a chance meeting with Lee Strasberg that set her life as a...Jane Fonda Bio Continue
Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born in 1966 in Indiana. The youngest of the children in the infamous Jackson family, by the time she was born, the quest for stardom was already firmly enmeshed in her family culture. Janet Jackson first appeared with her brothers in the Jackson 5 when she was only seven, but her breakthrough came as a cast member on Good Times, a popular television show. She remained on the show for two years, and in 1981, she moved to the series Diff&r...Janet Jackson Bio Continue
The American jazz and pop singer Jean Carne was born in 1947 in Atlanta, Georgia. As a child, Jean sang in the local church choir and while still in elementary school, she began to study a variety of instruments, including the bassoon, the clarinet, and the piano. After graduating from high school, Carne attended Morris Brown College to further her studies in music, but she left university to instead begin serving as the featured vocalist in a jazz fusion band, founded by her husband, Doug...Jean Carne Bio Continue
The producer and performer Jean Michel Jarre was born in 1948 in France. When he was still fairly young, Jean Michel’s father left the family for America, and Jean Michel spent his formative years growing up with his mother and her parents in the Lyon area of France. Jarre began studying music while attending elementary school, focusing on classical piano and then later fell in love with jazz, all the while also studying the art of painting. As a teenager, Jean Michel bega...Jean Michel Jarre Bio Continue
The French jazz musician and composer Jean-Luc Ponty first rose to fame as a violinist in the 1960’s, particularly for his collaborations with Frank Zappa. But long before that, Jean-Luc studied music as a teenager at the prestigious Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, earning the institutions Premier Prix award upon graduation. Ponty’s unique jazz violin style utilized the instrument in ways never before experienced; his notoriety...Jean-Luc Ponty Bio Continue
The American actor and singer Jeff Bridges was born in 1949 in Los Angeles, California. That Jeff would grow up and enter the entertainment business is not surprise, considering that he grew up the child of actors; his father is veteran actor Lloyd Bridges and his mother is actress Dorothy Bridges. As a child, Bridges was surrounded by the influences of Hollywood, and he and his brother Beau frequently appeared ...Jeff Bridges Bio Continue
Jeffrey Osborne was born in 1948 in Providence, Rhode Island, one of twelve children in a very large musical family. As a trumpeter, his father performed with legends such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie, but he passed away when Jeffrey was barely a teenager. The young Osborne embarked on his own career with the band L.T.D., which he began in 1970. After ten years with the band, during which time they scored a number of hits (“Every time I Turn Around (Back In Love Again)&quo...Jeffrey Osborne Bio Continue
Jennifer Holliday was born in 1960 in Riverside, Texas. She was only nineteen when she hit Broadway, starring in the musical Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, and by 1981 she’d earned her first award nomination for a Drama Desk Award. But it was her performance as Effie Melody White in Dreamgirls which would rocket her to superstardom. The performance led to Jennifer Holliday’s sweep of the 1982 award season, bringing her a Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, a Gramm...Jennifer Holliday Bio Continue
The American composer and singer Jermaine Jackson was born in 1954 in Gary, Indiana. Known best as one of the original members of the Jackson 5 and brother to music legend Michael Jackson, Jermaine grew up the fourth child in the Jackson family and was originally tapped to be the group’s lead singer. However, after his younger brother Michael began stealing the show with his vocals, Jermaine took a backseat so that Michael could begin his meteoric rise as first the lead singer of the...Jermaine Jackson Bio Continue
American football wide receiver Jerry Rice was born in 1962 in Crawford, Mississippi. Legend has it that a fortuitous run-in with his high school principal as a teenager led to an unusual consequence for his absence from classes and raucous behavior; according to the story, the principal gave him the choice of joining the football team or facing other consequences, and Jerry chose football. Whether the story is true or not may be irrelevant; for Jerry Rice joined the high school...Jerry Rice Bio Continue
The British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading was born in 1950 in Basseterre on the island of Saint Kitts in the Caribbean. Armatrading grew up in Birmingham, England, where as a teenager she began writing her own music. Young Joan became a self-taught guitarist and pianist, but her aspirations for a music career were initially cut short when she went to work to help support the family at the age of fifteen. When she wasn’t working, though, Armatrading b...Joan Armatrading Bio Continue
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