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Marlon Wayans was born in 1972 in New York City, New York. Alongside his fellow talented siblings (Keenan Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, and Damon Wayans, specifically) Marlon joined the cast of In Living Color in 1992 and got his early start on the show, and then on the Wayans Brothers, which followed in 1995. Although most associated with his roles in the Scary Movie series, Wayans’s contributions to comedy entertainment have been innumerous. Marlon Wayans has appeared in t...Marlon Wayans Bio Continue
The Marshall Tucker Band formed in 1972 when South Carolina musicians Toy Caldwell, Doug Gray, Jerry Eubanks, George McCorkle, Paul Riddle, and Tommy Caldwell came together and released their debut album, The Marshall Tucker Band. The members had previously been performing around Spartanburg in separate bands for nearly a decade before joining forces, and two members even opened up for the Allman Brothers during one of their performances around this time. The Marshall Tucker Ban...Marshall Tucker Band Bio Continue
The American R&B singer known as Martha Wash was born in 1953. Before Martha rose to fame as a member of the Weather Girls, with the smash hit “It’s Raining Men,” Wash sang backup for Sylvester and then joined Two Tons O’ Fun, which would eventually become the Weather Girls. The Weather Girls released “It’s Raining Men” in 1982 and the single became such a hit that it not only hit the number one spot on the US dance charts but ...Martha Wash Bio Continue
Martin Lawrence was born in 1965 in Germany, to parents who were stationed overseas as part of the US military. Upon his return to the states, Lawrence attended a number of performing arts high schools in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland areas, and upon graduation, he moved to Denver and began performing stand-up around town. An appearance at the Kings Wood comedy club led to a spot on Star Search, which led him to the role on the television show What’s Happening Now. Aft...Martin Lawrence Bio Continue
American actor Martin Sheen was born Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez in 1940 in Dayton, Ohio. Sheen grew up in a working class household, as one of ten children. After the tragic death of his mother when he was only eleven, young Martin went to work to help the family, but by his early twenties he’d decided to move to New York to try and launch a career as an actor. ...Martin Sheen Bio Continue
Martin Short was born in 1950 in Hamilton, Ohio. After graduating from college with a degree in social work in 1972, Martin joined the cast of the play Godspell, performing in Toronto, and decided to pursue a career in acting instead. Dozens of small roles in plays and on television followed, and Short remained in Canada until 1979, when he returned to the United States to star in the sitcom The Associated. A role on the show I’m a Big Girl Now in 1980 followed, and then c...Martin Short Bio Continue
Marty Stuart was born in 1958 in Mississippi. A musical prodigy as a young child, Marty began playing the mandolin and guitar with such proficiency that before he was a teenager, he was already performing in a bluegrass band. Stuart eventually joined the band Lester Flatt, performing with them well into the late 1970’s, and then joined Johnny Cash’s band in 1980. Around the same time he joined up with Cash, Marty Stuart released a solo album, With a Little Help From My Friends,...Marty Stuart Bio Continue
The British reggae vocalist known as Maxi Priest was born Max Alfred Elliot in 1962 in Lewisham, London. Young Max’s family heritage is from Jamaica, and he grew up in in an environment which encouraged exposure to a variety of different music, including gospel, R&B, and pop in addition to reggae. Max’s earliest experiences as a performer were in his local church, singing for the choir under the guidance of his mother, who was a Pentecostal missionary. When Maxi ...Maxi Priest Bio Continue
Frankie Beverly was born in 1946 in Philadelphia. As a child, the young Frankie sang gospel in the local church choir, and he later sang for the Silhouettes when he was a teenager. He formed a doo-wop, a cappella group called the Blenders, as a young man, and then later the Butlers. It was with the Butlers that Beverly garnered the attention of a record producer and the group moved to California to begin recording. Frankie Beverly and the Butlers changed their name to Raw Soul a...Maze feat. Frankie Beverly Bio Continue
MC Hammer was born in 1962 in Oakland, California. As a child, while serving as a batboy for the Oakland Athletics baseballs team, the young Stanley Kirk Burrell earned the name “Hammer” for his resemblance to the legendary Hank Aaron. Although a career as a ball player wasn’t in the cards for the young MC Hammer, he developed an interest in hip-hop music and began frequenting local clubs. Hammer became known early on for his dancing; as a matter of fact, while...MC Hammer Bio Continue
MC Lyte was born Lana Michelle Moorer in 1971 in Brooklyn, New York. Long before she became famous as the first solo female rapper of the 1980’s, MC Lyte began rhyming while she was still in middle school. Her first single, “I Cram to Understand U (Sam)” was recorded in 1986 but her debut album, Lyte as a Rock, was released two years later. Lyte as a Rock featured the hits “Paper Thin” and “10% Dis,” both of which landed MC Lyte on the m...MC Lyte Bio Continue
The iconic American thrash metal band, Megadeth, was born in Los Angeles in the early 1980’s. Alongside Antrhax, Slayer, and Metallica, Megadeth is considered one of the most important metal bands in American music history, often credited as one of the bands to fully establish the thrash metal genre. Megadeth was the brainchild of musician Dave Mustaine, who founded the group after leaving Metallica. The band recorded a demo in 1984 and signed with Combat Records later that year, pav...Megadeth Bio Continue
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