Friday’s “DYRT” – April 21

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  • Robbie Amell (1988) – Actor (True Jackson, The Tomorrow People)
  • Jessica Clark (1985) – Model and Actress (“Perfect Ending,” “True Blood”)
  • Brianne Davis (1982) – Actress, Producer & Director (“Jarhead”, “Prom Night” and “American Virgin”)
  • Tony Romo (1980) – Football Quarterback
  • James McAvoy – (1979) – Actor (“X-Men” Film Series)
  • Charlie O’Connell (1975) – Actor, Reality TV Personality (“The Bachelor”)
  • Steve Backshall (1973) – Naturalist (“Deadly 60”)
  • Eric Mabius (1971) – Actor (“Welcome To The Dollhouse” and “Ugly Betty”)
  • Rob Riggle (1970) – Actor, Comedian, U.S. Marine (“The Daily Show”)
  • Nicole Sullivan (1969) – Actress, comedian (“MadTV,” “King of Queens”)
  • Toby Stephens (1969) – Actor (“Die Another Day” and BBC TV adaptation of “Jane Eyre”)
  • John Cameron Mitchell 1963 – Actor, director (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”)
  • Jerry Only (1959) – Musician (The Misfits)
  • Michael Franti 1968 – Musician (Spearhead)
  • Michael Timmins 1959 – Musician (Cowboy Junkies)
  • Robert Smith (1959) – Musician (The Cure)
  • Andie MacDowell (Rosalie Anderson) (1958) – Actress (“Groundhog Day”, “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”)
  • Paul Carrack (1951) – Musician (Mike and the Mechanics, Noise to Go, Ace)
  • Tony Danza (1951) (Featured Above) – Actor (“Who’s the Boss,” “Taxi,” “Angels in the Outfield”)
  • Patti LuPone 1949 – Actress (“Evita”, “Driving Miss Daisy”)
  • Iggy Pop (James Newell Osterburg) (1947) – Singer, songwriter (Psychedelic Stooges)
  • Charles Grodin (1935) – Actor (“Clifford,” “Beethoven I,” “Beethoven II”)
  • Elaine May (1932) – Actress, comedienne
  • Silvana Mangano (1930 – RIP 1989) – Actress (“Bitter Rice”)
  • Queen Elizabeth II (Elisabeth Mary) (1926) – Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Anthony Quinn 1915 – Actor (“Viva Zapata! [1952],” “The Guns of Navarone”)
  • Charlotte Bronte (1816 – RIP 1855) – Author (“Jane Eyre,” “The Professor”) 


  • Mark Twain (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)
  • Milton ”Gummo” Marx (October 23, 1893 – April 21, 1977)
  • Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003)
  • Lonnie Mack (Lonnie McIntosh) (July 18, 1941 – April 21, 2016)
  • Prince [Rogers Nelson] (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

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  • 1956 – Andy Williams debuted on the chart with his first career single, “Walk Hand In Hand”.
  • 1956 – Eydie Gorme debuted with her first career single on this date–“Too Close For Comfort”.
  • 1958 – The Champs ruled the R&B chart for a fourth week with “Tequila”.
  • 1958 – US country music singer Marvin Rainwater was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Whole Lotta Woman’. Rainwater was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage.

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  • 1962 – Elvis Presley started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Luck Charm’, his fifth US No.1 of the 60’s. Also an UK No.1 hit.
  • 1967 – Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
  • 1969 – Janis Joplin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, (her first London appearance). The opening act was Yes.
  • 1973 – Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper moved into the #1 slot on the Album chart.  
  • 1973 – Tony Orlando & Dawn started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree’, (it became the biggest seller of 1973, selling over 6 million copies

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  • 1979 – Amii Stewart went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Knock On Wood’, it made No.6 in the UK the same year and No.7 when re- issued in 1985.
  • 1980 – Pete Townshend released his very good solo album Empty Glass.
  • 1984 – “Hello” by Lionel Richie spent a third consecutive week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  • 1984 – Phil Collins started a three week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with the theme from ‘Against All Odds’. It was Phil’s first US No.1, a No. 2 in the UK.
  • 1990 – Sinead O’Connor started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Prince song ‘Nothing Compares To You’. The track was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries.

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  • 1990 – Fleetwood Mac posted another U.K. #1 album with Behind the Mask.
  • 1990 –  Bonnie Raitt remained at #1 on the Album chart for the third week in a row with “Nick Of Time” 


  • 1965 – The Beach Boys performed “Do You Wanna’ Dance?” on the ABC-TV show Shindig.
  • 1977 – Natalie Cole and John Denver were guests on Frank Sinatra’s ABC-TV special “Sinatra & Friends”.


  • 1963 – The Beatles and the Rolling Stones met for the first time at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. The Rolling Stones opened show.
  • 1970 – Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, Elton John (making his solo concert debut) and Heavy Jelly all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets cost 25 shillings.
  • 1976 – Women Against Violence Against Women called for a boycott of all Warner Communications albums because of the promotional campaign for The Rolling Stones’ new album Black and Blue. The album was being promoted with a controversial advertising campaign that depicted the model Anita Russell, bruised and bound, under the phrase ‘I’m Black and Blue from the Rolling Stones – and I love it!’
  • 1977 – “Annie” opened on Broadway.

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  • 1978 – UK folk singer Sandy Denny died aged 31
  • 1982 – Clash frontman Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in the group canceling a tour. The singer was found living rough in Paris, France.
  • 1990 – Amy Grant brought a law suit against Marvel Comics for including a likeness of her in a Dr. Strange comic.
  • 1990 – Paul McCartney set a new world record when he played for 184,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the largest crowd to ever attend a paid rock concert.  Of course, over 600,000 saw Simon & Garfunkel in a free concert in New York City’s Central Park in 1981.
  • 2003 – It was reported that Evel Knievel had signed over exclusive rights to allow the production of “Evel Knievel: The Rock Opera.”


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