March 1: Happy Birthday Justin Bieber and Roger Daltrey


Justin Bieber, who clearly is to the right in the above photo, is turning 24 today.  When he was 12, he placed second in a singing contest, and his mother uploaded a video of his performance to YouTube.  She followed up by posting several videos of Bieber covering a variety of R&B tunes.  In 2008 his videos came to the attention of Scooter Braun of RBMG Records, who soon signed Bieber to a contract, and a year later Bieber’s first single and EP were released.

Bieber has gone on to release four highly successful studio albums, all of which reached #1 on the Billboard 200; his latest of the four, Purpose, which included three #1 singles, was probably the most successful of all.  He has sold over 100 million records according to many reports, and received ten Grammy nominations, winning Best Dance Recording for “Where Are Ü Now.”  And, as most readers are aware, his every move has become tabloid fodder.

Roger Daltrey is celebrating his 74th birthday today.  He grew up in London’s Acton area, and in the early sixties became the lead singer of a band called the Detours.  The band was soon joined by two of Daltrey’s grammar school mates, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle.  By 1964, the band was a quartet, with a new drummer, Keith Moon, and a new name, The Who.  Daltrey was the lead vocalist, and although Townshend was the main creative force in the group, Daltrey’s potent vocals, and his very physical performance style, were also important elements in the band’s success.

Daltrey also had a respectable solo career, releasing eight studio albums over about 20 years.  He starred in the 1975 film version of Tommy (based on The Who’s 1969 album) as the title character, and the same year as Franz Liszt in Ken Russell’s Lisztomania, and he has made periodic film and television appearances ever since.  He and Townshend, the only surviving members of The Who’s original lineup, also tour regularly to this day.

Cara Buono, who is celebrating her 44th today, was an Emmy nominee for Outstanding Guest Actress for a stint on Mad Men and currently is a regular on Stranger Things.  She has also been in films like Next Stop Wonderland and Paper Towns.  Also 44 is Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who some will remember as Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell; he went on to regular roles on NYPD Blue and Franklin & BashJack Davenport, who turns 45, played James Norrington in the Pirates of the Caribbean films and starred on the BBC sitcom Coupling.  Iranian-born actor Dominic Rains is 36.  He has starred in indie films like The Taqwacores and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; some might also known him for his recurring role as Kasius on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Daniella Monet, who turns 29, is known for her regular roles on Listen Up! and Victorious, and currently hosts Nickelodeon’s Paradise Run.

Poet Robert Lowell (1917-1977) was one of the most prominent literary figures from one of the leading “Boston Brahmin” families.  He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry twice, for his collections Lord Weary’s Castle and The DolphinPete Rozelle (1926-1996) is remembered for his long tenure, lasting close to thirty years, as Commissioner of the National Football League, which saw the NFL modernize its business methods and become one of the most successful sports enterprises in the world.

Our March 1 headliners one year ago were Ron Howard and Harry Belafonte.

Ron Howard is celebrating his 64th.  He produced last year’s The Dark Tower (adapted from the Stephen King novel) and was reportedly an uncredited producer on American Made.  His latest directing effort is the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story (which he took over direction of during filming).  Harry Belafonte has been retired from performing for about 15 years; we wish him the best on his 91st.

Lupita Nyong’o, who turns 35, reprised her role of Maz Kanata in a cameo in The Last Jedi and has a prominent supporting role in Black Panther.  She will also star in the upcoming Little Monsters, and is writing a children’s book titled SulweJavier Bardem, who turns 49, played the villain, Captain Salazar, in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film, was the title character of Loving Pablo, and was one of the stars of Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!  Jensen Ackles, who continues to star as Dean Winchester on Supernatural (now in its 13th season), is 40 today.  Tim Daly, who is turning 62, co-stars opposite recent headliner Téa Leoni on Madam SecretaryZack Snyder, who co-wrote the story for Wonder Woman and directed Justice League (with help from Joss Whedon in post-production), is turning 52.  George Eads, who celebrates his 51st, remains a regular on CBS’s MacGyverCatherine Bach, of Dukes of Hazzard fame, is currently seen in a recurring role on The Young and the Restless; she is 64.  Phil Alden Robinson, who is 68, is the co-creator of The Good Fight on CBS All Access, and co-wrote Juliet, Naked, which screened at Sundance in January.  NFL star Ben Roethlisberger, who turns 36, led Pittsburgh to another postseason berth and made his sixth Pro Bowl.  Singer Kesha, who is 31, put a series of legal disputes behind her with the release of her third studio album, Rainbow.

Let’s close today’s article with a little contribution from another big name in music who was born today, Frederic Chopin (1810-1849).

If today is your birthday, congratulations on sharing your big day with these notable names.  Birthday wishes to everyone celebrating a big day today.  Come back tomorrow for more celebrity birthdays.


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  1. I was actually aware of Roger Daltrey, as an individual, long before I started checking out the music of The Who. How? When I was seeing Star Wars five times in the summer of 1977, the movie theater I was seeing it at had a promo video for Daltrey’s solo album One of the Boys that they played before showings of the movie. So from then on, I at least knew his name.


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