Category 1955

The Talented Jumpin’ Gene Simmons

The Talented Jumpin’ Gene Simmons

Jumpin’ Gene Simmons

Jumpin’ Gene Simmons (July 10, 1933 – August 29, 2006) was an American rockabilly singer and songwriter, best known for his 1964 novelty single “Haunted House”.

Jumpin’ Gene Simmons
Birth name Morris Eugene Simmons
Born July 10, 1933
Itawamba County, Mississippi, United States
Origin Tupelo, Mississippi, United States
Died August 29, 2006 (aged 73)
Genres Rock and roll, pop, rockabilly
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1958–2006

Biography

He was born Morris Eugene Simmons in Itawamba County, Mississippi, and began his recording career with Sun Records in 1958 while performing as an opening act for former labelmate Elvis Presley...

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The Talented Sheb Wooley

The Talented Sheb Wooley

Sheb Wooley

Shelby Fredrick “Sheb” Wooley (April 10, 1921 – September 16, 2003) was a character actor and singer, best known for his 1958 novelty song “The Purple People Eater.” He played Ben Miller, brother of Frank Miller, in the film High Noon; played Travis Cobb in The Outlaw Josey Wales; and also had a co-starring role as scout Pete Nolan in the television series Rawhide.

Sheb Wooley

Wooley in 1971
Background information
Birth name Shelby Fredrick Wooley
Also known as Ben Colder
Born April 10, 1921
Erick, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died September 16, 2003 (aged 82)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Country, pop music
Occupations Actor, singer
Years active 1955–1971
Labels MGM
Wooley is also credited as the voice actor who produced the Wilhelm scream sound effect.

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The Talented Brenda Lee Part One

The Talented Brenda Lee Part One

Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee (born Brenda Mae Tarpley, December 11, 1944) is an American performer and the top-charting solo female vocalist of the 1960s. She sang rockabilly, pop and country music, and had 47 US chart hits during the 1960s, and is ranked fourth in that decade surpassed only by Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Ray Charles. She is perhaps best known in the United States for her 1960 hit “I’m Sorry”, and 1958’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, a United States holiday standard for almost 60 years.
Brenda Lee

Lee in 1977
Background information
Birth name
Brenda Mae Tarpley
Born
December 11, 1944 (age 72)
Atlanta, Georgia, US
Genres
Rock and roll, pop, rockabilly, country, gospel
Occupation
Singer
Years active
1955–present
Labels
Decca (1959–1969...

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The Talented Denny Laine

The Talented Denny Laine

Denny Laine

Denny Laine (born Brian Frederick Hines, 29 October 1944) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was an original member of the Moody Blues, singing the band’s first hit “Go Now” in 1964, and was a member of Wings with Paul McCartney from 1971 to 1981.
Denny Laine

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Denny Laine on stage with Wings in 1976
Background information
Birth name
Brian Frederick Hines
Also known as
Denny Laine
Born
29 October 1944 (age 72)
Origin
Birmingham, England
Genres
* Rock and roll blues-rock R&B jazz fusion
Occupations
* Singer-songwriter musician
Instruments
* Guitar keyboards bass harmonica vocals
Years active
1957–present
Labels
* Decca Wizard Reprise EMI Arista Takoma Scratch President Griffin Globa...

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The Talented Mary Wilson Part One

The Talented Mary Wilson Part One

Mary Wilson (singer)

Mary Wilson (born March 6, 1944) is an American vocalist, best known as a founding member and longest member of the Supremes. Wilson remained with the group following the departures of other original members, Florence Ballard in 1967 and Diana Ross in 1970. Following Wilson’s own departure in 1977, the group disbanded. Wilson has since released three solo albums, five singles and two best-selling autobiographies, Dreamgirl: My Life As a Supreme, a record setter for sales in its genre, and Supreme Faith: Someday We’ll Be Together; both books later were released as an updated combination.
Mary Wilson

Wilson at Moscow’s Spaso House on February 2, 2011
Background information
Born
March 6, 1944 (age 73)
Greenville, Mississippi, U.S.
Genres

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The Talented Roger Daltrey Part One

The Talented Roger Daltrey Part One

Roger Harry Daltrey, CBE (born 1 March 1944) is an English singer and actor. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Daltrey came to prominence in the mid-1960s as the founder and lead singer of the rock band the Who, which released fourteen singles that entered the Top 10 charts in the United Kingdom during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including “I Can’t Explain”, “My Generation”, “Substitute”, “I’m a Boy”, “Happy Jack”, “Pictures of Lily”, “Pinball Wizard”, “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, and “You Better You Bet”. Daltrey began his solo career in 1973, while still a member of the Who. Since then, he has released eight studio albums, five compilation albums, and one live album...

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The Talented Fabian Part One

The Talented Fabian Part One

Fabian Forte
Fabiano Anthony Forte (born February 6, 1943), professionally known as Fabian, is an American singer and actor.
Fabian Forte

Fabian in 1959
Born
Fabiano Anthony Forte
February 6, 1943 (age 74)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality
American
Other names
Fabian
Occupation
Singer, actor
Years active
1959–present
Spouses
Kathleen Regan (m.1966–1979)
Kate Forte (m.1980–1990)
Andrea Patrick (m.1998)
Children
3
Website
fabianforte.net
Forte rose to national prominence after performing several times on American Bandstand. He became a teen idol of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Eleven of his songs reached the Billboard Hot 100 listing.

Early life

Fabian Forte is the son of Josephine and Dominic Forte; his father was a Philadelphia police ...

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The Talented George Harrison Part One

The Talented George Harrison Part One

George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English guitarist, singer-songwriter, and producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of The Beatles. Often referred to as “the quiet Beatle”, Harrison embraced Hinduism and helped broaden the horizons of his fellow band mates as well as their American audience by incorporating Indian instrumentation in their music. Although most of the Beatles’ songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions...

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The Talented Annette Funicello Part One

The Talented Annette Funicello Part One

Annette Funicello
Annette Joanne Funicello (October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013) was an American actress and singer. Funicello began her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve. She rose to prominence as one of the most popular “Mouseketeers” on the original Mickey Mouse Club. As a teenager, she transitioned to a successful career as a singer with the pop singles “O Dio Mio”, “Tall Paul” and “Pineapple Princess”, as well as establishing herself as a film actress, popularizing the successful “Beach Party” genre alongside co-star Frankie Avalon during the mid-1960s.
Annette Funicello

Funicello in 1968
Born
Annette Joanne Funicello
October 22, 1942
Utica, New York
Died
April 8, 2013 (aged 70)
Bakersfield, California
Cause of deat...

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The Talented Paul McCartney Part One

The Talented Paul McCartney Part One

Sir James Paul McCartney, CH, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He gained worldwide fame as the bass guitarist and singer for the rock band the Beatles, widely considered the most popular and influential group in the history of pop music. His songwriting partnership with John Lennon is the most celebrated of the post-war era. After the band’s break-up, he pursued a solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine.
Sir Paul McCartney
CH, MBE

Paul McCartney in 2010
Born
James Paul McCartney
18 June 1942 (age 75)
Liverpool, England
Occupation
* Singer-songwriter music and film producer businessman
Years active
1957–present
Spouses
* Linda Eastman
(m. 1969; d...

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