BORN ON 27TH JANUARY
Composer, WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART, was born on this day in 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. Mozart was a musical prodigy who wowed audiences with his violin and keyboard performance skills. At the age of five he was composing his own works. By 17 he was the court musician for Salzburg. His prolific works and unparalleled music abilities earned him a place as one of the most legendary composers of all time.
Another prolific composer was –
JEROME KERN, who was born on this day in 1885 in New York City. He wrote around 700 songs including such classics as Ol’Man River, Can’t help Lovin’ Dat Man, A Fine Romance, Smoke get in your Eyes, and The Way You Look Tonight. His career spanned dozens of Broadway musicals and Hollywood films from 1902 until his death in 1945. As listeners would know, his compositions lend themselves well to the jazz idiom and many Kern melodies have been adopted by jazz musicians to become standard tunes – which you can hear on Jazz Radio 94.1 FM.
Songwriter, HARRY RUBY, was born on this day in 1895 in New York City. After failing an early ambition to become a professional baseball player, Ruby toured the vaudeville circuit as a pianist where he met his long-time partner, Bert Kalmar. Together they formed a successful song-writing team which is portrayed in the 1950 MGM musical Three Little Words, starring Fred Astaire as Kalmar and Red Skelton as Ruby. One of his best known hits is Who’s Sorry Now.
Businessman, MOHAMED al FAYED, was born on this day in 1933 in Alexandria, Egypt. Estimated to be worth 850 pounds sterling, he owns Harrods in Knightsbridge and the Fulham Football Club. His fifth child from his first marriage, Dodi Fayed, died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, along with Diana, Princess of Wales and Henri Paul, the driver for the car and employee of the Fayed-owned Hotel Ritz Paris.
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pseudonym LEWIS CARROLL, was born on this day in 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. He was an author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and a photographer. His most famous writings are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as poems such as The Hunting of the Snark and Jabberwocky – all examples of his facility at word play, logic and fantasy.
Actress, DONNA REID, was born on this day in 1921 in Denison, Iowa. She received the 1953 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance a Lorene, a prostitute, in From Here to Eternity and received the 1963 Golden Globe Award for Best Female TV Star for her performance as Donna Stone, an American middle class wife and mother in The Donna Reed Show. She briefly played Miss Ellie in the TV melodrama, Dallas, until she was fired when the original actress decided to return to the show.
British actor, MICHAEL CRAIG, was born on this day in 1929 in Poona, Maharashtra, British India. Craig was known for his film and television work in both the United Kingdom and Australia. His film appearances include, Doctor in Love, Modesty Blaise, Turkey Shoot and Appointment with Death. His TV credits include Rush, The Professionals, Shoestring, the Australian series GP, Brides of Christ and Grass Roots.
Actor, TROY DONAHUE, who was born on this day in 1936 in New York City was a teen idol of the late 1950s and early 1960s. He starred in number of films, most notably opposite Sandra Dee in A Summer Place. Although he had problems with drug addiction and alcoholism, he managed to land the role as fiancé of Connie Corleone in The Godfather Part II. He later starred in the television series Surfside 6 and then joined the cast of Hawaiian Eye for its last season. He died in 2001 aged 65.
INGRID THULIN, born on this day in 1926, was a Swedish Actress who starred in nine Ingmar Bergman films including The Magician (where she acted dressed as a boy), in Winter Light, The Silence and Cries and Whispers. She starred in the film, Wild Strawberries and opposite Robert Mitchum in Foreign Intrigue. She died from cancer just shy of her 78th birthday.
Tennis player, MARAT SAFIN, was born on this day in 1980 in Moscow. He won two majors and reached the world number 1 ranking during his career. He was also famous for his emotional outbursts and sometimes fiery temper on court. His sister is Dinara Safina and they are the first brother-sister tandem in tennis history to both achieve No. 1 rankings.