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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Almanac for Monday, May 7, 2012; historical news, birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is the second Monday of the month, Monday, May 7, the 128th day of 2012. There are 238 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS

* In 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, ending its role in World War II.

* In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford formally declared an end to the “Vietnam era.” In Ho Chi Minh City — formerly Saigon — the Viet Cong celebrated its takeover.

* In 1977, Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby, the first of his triple-crown victories.

* In 1984, a $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who said they had suffered injury from exposure to the chemical.

* In 2011, The U.S. released a handful of videos seized from Osama bin Laden’s hideout showing the terrorist leader watching newscasts of himself amid shabby surroundings.

Singer Thelma Houston is 66 years old today (2009 photo by Jyothis via wikipedia commons)

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

73 JIMMY RUFFIN, soul singer who is known for (What becomes of the Broken-hearted)

66 THELMA HOUSTON, singer who sung the 1977 #1 hit song, (Don’t Leave Me This Way). It won a Grammy Award in 1978

66 BILL KREUTZMANN, rock drummer from the group the Grateful Dead

38 BRECKLIN MEYER, actor

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: We say goodbye to singer Phoebe Snow

 

(clipart by OCAL courtesy of Clker.com)

The singer of the 1975 smooth, light-rock hit song Poetry Man has died at age 60.

Phoebe Snow, a singer-songwriter who became famous with that very popular song, died earlier this week in Edison, New Jersey.

Born Phoebe Ann Laub, on July 17, 1950 in New York, New York, Snow had suffered from a brain hemorrhage in January 2010.

Snow grew up in a home that featured several types of music: Delta Blues, Broadway show tunes, Dixieland Jazz, Classical music and folk music.

The 1974 self-titled album Phoebe Snow helped catapult the talented singer with a Multi-octave ranged voice, into a star at the time. She was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, appeared on Saturday Night Live and received her a nomination for a Grammy Award.

 

clipart courtesy of Clker.com

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV news

ENTERTAINMENT: MC Hammer to perform at Friday’s Reds-Rockies game as part of 1990 World Series Championship Celebration

info courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds

WAXX-TV.com photo credit

Stanley Kirk Burrell, known as the legendary hip hop performer and Grammy Award winner MC Hammer, will be bringing his high-energy show to Great American Ball Park on Friday, July 16 as part of the celebration of the 1990 World Series Champion Cincinnati Reds.

MC Hammer (WAXX-TV photo)

Included in the game ticket for the Reds-Rockies game at 7:10 p.m. will be:

-Two shows by MC Hammer and his dancers

-A tribute to the 1990 World Series Champion Reds

-Members of the 1990 team appearing in person throughout the evening

-Postgame fireworks show presented by Klosterman Baking Company

MC Hammer’s pre-game concert will run 6 to 6:40 p.m. on the right field porch and a second show will be on the field approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the game. He will also do a meet and greet with fans in the FanZone.

Hammer is best known for a series of chart-topping hits in the late 80′s and early 90′s including “Too Legit to Quit” and “U Can’t Touch This,” which was Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop#1 single in June of 1990 and became the unofficial anthem of the 1990 Reds, which was played often in the Reds clubhouse.

Hammer is a huge baseball fan and served as the batboy for the Oakland A’s from 1972 to 1980.

Fans can purchase Reds tickets at:

*reds.com

* Call 513-381-REDS

*At the Great American Ball Park office

ENTERTAINMENT: Jewel to sing National Anthem at 2010 Indianapolis 500

compiled from staff, wire, music news and Indianapolis Motor Speedway news

Special thanks goes to Jessica Erskine of Rogers and Cowan Music Entertainment for supplying Jewel’s photo

Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jewel will be performing the national anthem before the start of the 2010 Indianapolis 500 race.

Jewel Kilcher has sold 27 million albums around the world since her 1995 smash debut “Pieces of You,” which achieved platinum status 12 times.  She has won an American Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award and has been nominated twice for a Grammy Award.

She currently is working on a ninth studio album, “Sweet and Wild,” is set to be released June 8 on the Valory label.

Jewel (photo credit Lynda Churilla)

Jewel was born in Payson, Utah. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Homer, Alaska. She spent most of her younger years living with her father in Homer. Their home did not have indoor plumbing but instead an outhouse.

Jewel and he father when they had the chance earned a living by singing in bars and taverns.

Jewel learned how to play the guitar at Interlochen, Michigan Arts Academy and she learned how to write songs at age 16.

She lived in her van for awhile as she traveled the country playing street performances and small concerts.

Jewel was discovered by John Hogan, the lead singer from the local San Diego, California band Rust, told his manager Inga Vainshtein about Jewel’s talents. Vainshtein showed up at the Interchange coffee shop with a representative from Atlantic Records and the rest is history.

Jewel is married to nine-time world champion pro rodeo cowboy Ty Murray. They tied the knot on August 7, 2008 in the Bahamas.

The 2010 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday May 30 and will be broadcast live on ABC-TV and the IMS Radio Network.