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Bob Newhart was born in 1929 in Chicago. He grew up in a working-class household, and after graduating from Loyola University of Chicago in 1952, he was drafted into the army during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he began working as an accountant and then as an advertising copywriter. It was here that a friendship with a co-worker inadvertently launched Newhart’s acting career; the two of them would frequently record comedic conversations and send them out to radio stations...Bob Newhart Bio Continue
In the 1970's, Bob Seger became an iconic figure for "heartland rock," selling millions of albums and giving us classics such as "Against the Wine" and "Old Time Rock & Roll." His success lasted full-force well into the 1980's, and he continues to record and perform in the new millennium. Bob Seger's work in music goes back well into the 1960's, in various incarnations, but it was his 1976 release of Live Bullet and Night Moves w...Bob Seger Bio Continue
Bobby Brown was born in 1969 in a working-class area of Boston. His family struggled with finances when young Bobby was growing up, and his earliest years in the gang-infested neighborhood of Roxbury led to a firm commitment to shape his life into something better. When the opportunity for Bobby to join the group New Edition arose when he was only nine years old, he jumped at the chance. New Edition selected their own lineup and formed on their own terms, but quickly caught the ...Bobby Brown Bio Continue
American gospel singer Bobby Jones was born in 1939 in Henry, Tennessee. Jones began his career as a television host for a local Nashville station in the mid 1970’s, which launched his career as both producer and singer. His first Sunday morning show, Nashville Gospel, remained on air for nearly three decades, making Bobby Jones one of the nation’s most recognized and beloved gospel singers of the er...Bobby Jones Bio Continue
Bobby McFerrin was born in 1950 to classically trained singers. He studied piano in college, and began performing and singing in the mid 1970’s. By the end of the decade, Bobby McFerrin had relocated to San Francisco. A fortuitous meeting with the comedic legend, Billy Cosby, took place shortly after his arrival, and Cosby arranged for McFerrin to perform at the Playboy Jazz Festival in 1980, thus opening some doors for the young performer. After a performance at the Kool ...Bobby McFerrin Bio Continue
Bobby Slayton was born in 1955 in Scarsdale, New York. He began his career doing stand-up for a number of years before making his debut in the Randy Quaid film Martians Go Home. Additional television and film roles followed, including Ed Wood (1994), Get Shorty (1995), The Rat Pack (1998), Bandits (2001), and the series The Mind of a Married Man. Today, Bobby Slayton continues to perform stand-up, frequently appearing on the Adam Carolla Show. His trademark gravelly voice and ag...Bobby Slayton Bio Continue
Robert “Bobcat” Goldthwait was born in 1962 in Syracuse, New York. Goldthwait resolved very early on in his childhood to pursue a career as a comedian, and by the time he was in his mid-teens he was already performing professionally. Alongside childhood friend and future voice of SpongeBob, Tom Kenny, Bobcat Goldthwait established a comedy troupe and it wasn’t long before he established himself as a comedic talent. Bobcat Goldthwait’s performances i...Bobcat Goldthwait Bio Continue
In 1983 Bon Jovi exploded onto the music scene with a softer, more female-friendly version of the already popular Def Leppard sound. Utilizing songwriters whose talent employed the ability to give power ballads a new sound, and playing on Jon Bon Jovi’s striking good looks, the band quickly became MTV poster boys. 1986’s Slippery When Wet and 1988’s New Jersey both resulted in platinum status and made the band a household name. Forgoing the sp...Bon Jovi Bio Continue
Bootsy Collins was born William Earl Collins in 1951 in Ohio. In 1968, Bootsy formed his first funk band, The Pacemakers, with his brother. Two years later, James Brown hired the band as his official backup, renaming them The J.B.’s, which increased their exposure significantly. Although the J.B.’s only lasted a year, they provided music for some of Brown’s most memorable hits and launched Collins’s career as a musician. After the breakup of the J.B.&rsqu...Bootsy Collins Bio Continue
George Alan O’Dowd was born in Kent in 1961, and grew up in the London area. As Boy George, the front man for the 1980’s group Culture Club, he was an iconic, flamboyant, androgynous singer whose characteristic voice and presentation rocketed them to success, but also posed a challenge when the music scene shifted in the latter part of the decade. Culture Club and Boy George enjoyed tremendous success with their debut album, Kissing to Be Clever, on the strength of i...Boy George Bio Continue
Branford Marsalis was born in 1960 in Louisiana into a musically talented family; his father was a professor of music and a pianist, and he and his brothers were highly influenced by his love of music as children. Marsalis chose to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the 1980’s, and while there he began performing as a sax player in a big band ensemble. From there, Branford continued to perform in a number of different groups, including one with his brother, as other o...Branford Marsalis Bio Continue
Bret Michaels was born Bret Michael Sychak in 1963 in Butler, Pennsylvania. While still a teenager, young Bret began playing the guitar, and by the time he was twenty, he had formed his first band, Paris, with some friends. In 1984, Bret and his band mates, Bobby Dall, Matt Smith, and Rikki Rockett, moved to Los Angeles and changed the band name to Poison. Matt Smith left the band and returned to Pennsylvania, but Brett, Dall, and Rockett forged forward, adding C.C. DeVille to the band.Bret Michaels Bio Continue
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