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January 10 & 11: Happy Birthday Pat Benatar and Rod Taylor

 

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Four-time Grammy winner Pat Benatar turns 65 today.  She dropped out of college to get married, worked for a short time as a bank teller, and then quit to take a job as a singing waitress at a night club.  She worked as a club singer for much of the 1970s, in the Richmond, VA, area and then New York, before being signed to a recording contract in 1978.  Her first album, In the Heat of the Night, came out a year later, but it was her second album, Crime of Passion, that established her as a star—it included her first top 10 hit and won her her first Grammy.

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January 10: Happy Birthday Walter Hill and Rod Stewart

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Director and writer Walter Hill is turning 75 today.  Hill began working in film in the late 1960s, serving as a second AD on The Thomas Crown Affair and Woody Allen’s Take the Money and Run.  He began to find work as a writer in the early seventies, notably on The Getaway and The Mackintosh Man.  His first film as a director was the boxing movie Hard Times, but it was his second directing effort, the 1978 crime film The Driver, that began to put him on the map.

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