Today’s Birthdays: September 26th

Edited From Those Were The Days

1774Johnny Appleseed (Chapman)
nurseryman: planter of apple orchards; died Mar 18, 1845

1888T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot
Nobel Prize-winning poet [1948]; The Waste Land, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock; died Jan 4, 1965

1895George Raft (Ranft)
actor: Scarface, Eighty Days, Some Like It Hot, Casino Royale; died Nov 24, 1980

1897Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini)
262nd pope of the Roman Catholic Church [1963-1978]; died Aug 6, 1978

1898George Gershwin (Jacob Gershvin)
composer: Rhapsody in Blue, Swanee, Porgy & Bess, The Man I Love, Strike Up the Band, Funny Face, I Got Rhythm, Summertime, An American in Paris, They Can’t Take That Away from Me, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, A Foggy Day [In London Town], Fascinating Rhythm, Embraceable You, Our Love is Here to Stay; collaborated with brother Ira; died July 11, 1937

1901Ted Weems (Wilfred Theodore Weymes)
orchestra leader: Ted Weems Orchestra: Heartaches, Piccolo Pete; played mostly on network radio shows; musician: violin, trombone; died May 6, 1963

1914Jack LaLanne
fitness guru

1925Marty Robbins (Robertson)
Country Music Hall of Famer; Grammy Award Winner: El Paso [1960], My Woman, My Woman, My Wife [1970]; A White Sport Coat, Don’t Worry, Devil Woman; actor: Road to Nashville, Ballad of a Gunfighter, Hell on Wheels, The Drifter; last Grand Ole Oprey singer to perform in Ryman Auditorium, 1st to perform in new Opryland; died Dec 8, 1982

1925Bobby (Robert Clayton) Shantz
baseball: pitcher: Philadelphia Athletics [all-star: 1951, 1952/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1952], KC Athletics, NY Yankees [all-star: 1957/World Series: 1957, 1960], Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Colt .45’s, SL Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies


1926Julie London (Peck)
singer: Cry Me a River; actress: Emergency; died Oct 18, 2000

1931George Chambers
musician: bass, singer: group: The Chambers Brothers: Time Has Come Today

1933Donna Douglas
actress: Beverly Hillbillies, Frankie and Johnny

1936Winnie Mandela
political activist; married South African president Nelson Madela

1941Joe Bauer
musician: drums: group: The Youngbloods: Get Together

1942Kent McCord (McWhirter)
actor: Adam 12, Unsub, Battlestar Gallactica, Accidental Meeting, Return of the Living Dead, Predator 3, Vice President of Screen Actors Guild

1945Bryan Ferry
singer: group: Roxy Music: Virginia Plain, Pyjamarama, Do the Strand, Editions of You, In Every Dream a Heartache, Street Life, All I want is You, Out of the Blue, Love is the Drug, Dance Away, Angel Eyes, More than This, Heart on My Sleeve; solo: Let’s Stick Together

1947Lynn Anderson
Grammy Award-winning singer: Rose Garden [1970]; Ride, Ride, Ride, If I Kiss You, Promises, Promises; CMA Female Vocalist of the Year [1971]

1948Olivia Newton-John
singer: You’re the One that I Want, If Not for You, Let Me Be There, I Honestly Love You, Have You Never Been Mellow, Please Mr. Please, Physical, Magic; actress: Grease, Xanadu, Two of a Kind

1951Dave Casper
football: Oakland Raiders tight end: Super Bowl XI

1954Craig Chaquico
musician: guitar, singer: group: Jefferson Starship: We Built this City, Sara, Tomorrow Doesn’t Matter Tonight

1955Carlene Carter
singer: I Fell in Love, Every Little Thing, Do It in a Heartache; June Carter’s daughter

1956Linda Hamilton
actress: Terminator series, Beauty and the Beast, Children of the Corn

1962Melissa Sue Anderson
actress: Little House on the Prairie, The Loneliest Runner, The Equalizer: Memories of Manon

1962Tracey Thorn
singer: groups: Marine Girls: LPs: Lazy Ways, Beach Party; Everything But the Girl: Night and Day, Each and Everyone, Sean, Come on Home, I Fall to Pieces; solo LP: A Distant Shore


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