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American television and radio host Larry King was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. Larry graduated from high school and immediately went to work to help support his mother; his father had passed unexpectedly when King was a teenager. But he always harbored an interest in journalism and radio broadcasting, and so when a friend suggested that King try the Miami market, which was growing r...Larry King Bio Continue
Lee Greenwood was born Melvin Lee Greenwood in 1942 in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Sacramento. The young Lee began singing in the church choir when he was still in elementary school, and he founded his first band in 1962. The group disbanded in 1970, and Greenwood began performing around the Las Vegas area, working a day job as a blackjack dealer. Almost a decade later, his performances eventually caught the attention of MCA Records, and Lee released his debut single, “It ...Lee Greenwood Bio Continue
The American jazz drummer Lenny White was born in 1949 in New York City. Known as one of the “founding fathers of jazz fusion,” White rose to prominence and became well-regarded for his work with Chick Corea, most notably for his work with Corea’s Return to Forever. White’s first recording as a leader was the album Venusian Summer, released in 1975. Additional and notable albums include: Streamline (1978), Attitude (1983), Present Tense ...Lenny White Bio Continue
Lily Tomlin was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan. After studying theater at Wayne State University, Tomlin began performing stand-up in the New York City area, and appeared on television for the first time in the mid-1960’s on the Merv Griffin Show. Her big breakthrough was when she joined the show Laugh-In, during which time she perfected her talents for characters and sketch comedy. Lily’s iconic character of Ernestine, the nasal-sounding and unsympathetic telephone operator...Lily Tomlin Bio Continue
The American singer and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham was born in 1949 in Palo Alto, California. Long before Buckingham rose to fame as the male vocalist for the legendary rock group Fleetwood Mac, he grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he learned to play guitar as a teenager. Mostly self-taught, Lindsey found himself drawn to folk music, and he performed with a number of bands in the area.Lindsey Buckingham Bio Continue
With five Grammies, twenty-two Top Ten hits, a Golden Globe, an Oscar for Best Song, and nearly 60 million albums sold, Lionel Richie is an iconic figure in American music history. Born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, Lionel Richie performed with several R&B groups in his teens and twenties. But it was The Commodores, in 1968, who brought Richie to the forefront as their lead singer and saxophonist, and their subsequent success gave Lionel Richie the big break that he neede...Lionel Richie Bio Continue
The artist known as Lisa Lisa was born Lisa Velez in 1966 in New York City. Long before Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam rose to fame as one of the 1980’s most significant urban contemporary bands, young Lisa grew up in Manhattan, studying music and composition while still in high school. After forming Cult Jam, Lisa Lisa signed to Columbia Records and launched a career that has since lasted for three decades. Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam released their debut single, &ld...Lisa Lisa Bio Continue
Lita Ford was born in 1958 in London, England. Ford rose to fame as the guitarist for the Runaways, after being recruited for the band in the mid 1970’s. After the band dissolved in the 1980’s, Lita embarked on her own solo career, releasing her debut album Out for Blood in 1983. The album did not fare well, however, although it did pave the way for her 1984 album Dancin’ on the Edge, which enjoyed a bit of commercial success. Dancin’ on the Edge spawned ...Lita Ford Bio Continue
Little River Band was formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1975, when original band members Graeham Goble, Glenn Shorrock, Roger McLachlan, Ric Formosa, and Derek Pellicci came together and hit the charts immediately in their home country. A lucky meeting with their future manager, Glenn Wheatley, who had experience with many successful British bands, led to a strong start in the United States. Little River Band released their first single in the US, “It’s a Long Way There,&rdquo...Little River Band Bio Continue
American music legend Steven Van Zandt was born in 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts. Van Zandt originally rose to fame first as a guitarist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and then later for his pivotal role as Silvio on the hit HBO series The Sopranos. But long before, he grew up in an Italian American household in Middletown, New Jersey, learning to play guitar and starting his first band when he was a teenager. After performing with a number of ban...Little Steven Van Zandt Bio Continue
Legendary American rapper and actor LL Cool J was born James Todd Smith in 1968 in Bay Shore, New York. Today, LL Cool J is recognized as one of the early pioneers of the pop rap genre, but long before he rose to fame in the 1980’s, he started rapping while in elementary school, largely inspired by local hip-hop groups. As luck would have it, LL Cool J was prepping his own demo tapes...LL Cool J Bio Continue
Los Lobos burst onto the mainstream music scene with their remake of the classic “La Bamba” in 1987. Drawing from a variety of musical influences and sounds, including R&B, Spanish and Mexican music, and country, members David Hidalgo, Steve Berlin, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, and Louie Perez created a sound that was unique and long lasting. Los Lobos released a series of albums in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, but it was How Will the Wolf Survive?...Los Lobos Bio Continue
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