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43 Persons in the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame:

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Years Active:
2013-

Ahmet Ertegun

Real/Birth Name:
Ahmet ErtegŁn
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Nesuhi Ertegun by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Co-founder and president of Atlantic Records. Died some time after he fell and hit his hrad. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame List 1986. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987.

Alan Freed

Real/Birth Name:
Albert James Freed
Also Known As:
Moondog
Nickname(s):
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
43
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Introduced the phrase "rock and roll" on his shows. Lost work because of the payola scandal. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. National Radio Hall of Fame 1988. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6381 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio; ceremony: 10 December 1991.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Aretha Franklin

Real/Birth Name:
Aretha Louise Franklin
Nickname(s):
The Queen of Soul
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, I Say a Little Prayer. Movie The Blues Brothers. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. UK Music Hall of Fame 2005. Kennedy Center Honors 1994. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2005. National Medal of Arts 1999. Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 2001. GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2012. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2012. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6920 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 13 June 1979.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

B.B. King

Real/Birth Name:
Riley B. King
Also Known As:
B B King
BB King
Nickname(s):
King of the Blues
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Album King of the Blues. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Kennedy Center Honors 1995. Guitar Center RockWalk 1989. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2003. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2006. National Medal of Arts 1990. Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame 2008. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2014. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2012. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6771 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 21 August 1990.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Bettye LaVette

Real/Birth Name:
Betty Haskins
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Soul singer, with elements of other styles. Strong tremolo in the voice. Song Let Me Down Easy. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2014. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2016.

Bill Haley

Real/Birth Name:
William John Clifton Haley Jr.
Nickname(s):
The Father of Rock and Roll
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Leader of the first rock 'n' roll band The Comets. Songs Rock Around the Clock, Shake, Rattle and Roll. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1987. Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. Guitar Center RockWalk 2005 as a member of The Comets.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 as a member of The Comets.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6350 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Billie Holiday

Real/Birth Name:
Eleanora Fagan
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
44
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2000. Blues Hall of Fame 1991. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1961. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. National Women's Hall of Fame 2011. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 2015. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1540 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 7 April 1986.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Bo Diddley

Real/Birth Name:
Ellas Otha Bates
Also Known As:
Ellas Bates McDaniel
Nickname(s):
The Originator
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Birth name Ellas Otha Bates. Later, adopted by mother's cousin, took name McDaniel. Song Hey Bo Diddley. Known for his homemade rectangular-shaped guitar and his signature rhythm beat. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Blues Hall of Fame 2004. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Guitar Center RockWalk 1989. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2010. Rockabilly Hall of Fame. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Bootsy Collins

Real/Birth Name:
William Earl Collins
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
67, 23 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

brother of
Younger than Catfish Collins by 6 or 7 years.
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist, band Parliament-Funkadelic aka band P-Funk. Group Pacemakers. Guitar Center RockWalk 1999. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2016. Guitar Center RockWalk 1996 as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1997 as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Chubby Checker

Real/Birth Name:
Ernest Evans
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song "The Twist". Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1987. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2014.

Della Reese

Real/Birth Name:
Delloreese Patricia Early
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV shows Della, Touched by an Angel. Movies Harlem Nights, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Expecting Mary, Dear Secret Santa. Song Don't You Know?. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2004. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry; ceremony: 12 July 1994.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Dionne Warwick

Real/Birth Name:
Marie Dionne Warrick
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
77, 24 days before her 78th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

first cousin once removed of
niece of
older sister of
Older than Dee Dee Warwick by 4 years.
first cousin of
daughter of
first cousin of

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

TV series Dionne and Friends, Solid Gold. Voice actor on TV series Captain Planet and the Planeteers. Sang title song for The Love Boat. Her last name was misspelled on the label of her first single in 1962 - she changed to Warwick. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2013. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2007. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2016. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 12 December 1985.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Elvis Presley

Real/Birth Name:
Elvis Aron Presley
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

grandfather of
twin brother of
The same age as Jesse Presley.
father of
ex-husband of
Older than Priscilla Presley by 10 years.
grandfather of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Songs Blue Suede Shoes, Jailhouse Rock. Movie Blue Hawaii. Died of a drug overdose. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Country Music Hall of Fame 1998. Music City Walk of Fame 2008. UK Music Hall of Fame 2004. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Guitar Center RockWalk 1990. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2001. The Southern Legends Entertainment & Performing Arts Hall of Fame 2005. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2012. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2018. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
Las Vegas Walk of Stars: A star at Mon Ami Gabi restaurant; ceremony: 2 February 2016.
Palm Springs Walk of Stars: A star at 100 S. Palm Canyon Drive; ceremony: 27 March 1994.

Fats Domino

Real/Birth Name:
Antoine Dominique Domino Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Height 5' 5". Songs Blueberry Hill, I'm in the Mood for Love, I'm Walkin', Ain't That a Shame. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Blues Hall of Fame 2003. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1998. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. National Medal of Arts 1998. Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2016. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6616 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Gene Chandler

Real/Birth Name:
Eugene Dixon
Nickname(s):
The Duke of Earl
The Duke
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Duke of Earl - 1962. Also song Groovy Situation. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2014. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2014.

Ike Turner

Real/Birth Name:
Ike Wister Turner
Also Known As:
Izear Luster Turner Jr.
Nickname(s):
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Tina Turner by 8 years.

Brief Facts:

Group Ike & Tina Turner. Songs It's Gonna Work Out Fine, River Deep - Mountain High, I Want to Take You Higher, Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits. Death ruled a drug overdose on cocaine. Blues Hall of Fame 2005. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Guitar Center RockWalk 2005. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1991 as a member of Ike & Tina Turner.
St. Louis Walk of Fame: A star at 6659 Delmar Boulevard.

Jackie Wilson

Real/Birth Name:
Jack Leroy Wilson Jr.
Nickname(s):
Mr. Excitement
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Lonely Teardrops. Guitar Center RockWalk 2002. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2008. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2013.

James Brown

Real/Birth Name:
James Joseph Brown Jr.
Nickname(s):
The Godfather of Soul
The Hardest Working Man in Show Business
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song I Got You (I Feel Good). Served 26 months for a high speed chase, in Georgia, 1988. Charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2000. UK Music Hall of Fame 2006. Kennedy Center Honors 2003. Guitar Center RockWalk 1992. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1983. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2011. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2013. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1501 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 10 January 1997.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Jerry Butler

Real/Birth Name:
Jerry Butler Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78, 20 days before his 79th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song For Your Precious Love with group The Impressions. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013 1986. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2012. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017 as a member of The Impressions.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1991 as a member of The Impressions.
SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013 as a member of The Impressions.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2003 as a member of The Impressions.

Jimi Hendrix

Real/Birth Name:
Johnny Allen Hendrix
Also Known As:
Jimmy James
(renamed at age 2) James Marshall Hendrix
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
27
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Purple Haze. Founder and member of group Jimi Hendrix Experience. Albums Are You Experienced?, Electric Ladyland, Axis: Bold as Love. Songs Fire, Manic Depression. His band Band of Gypsys played at Woodstock. Left-handed guitar - played the guitar upside down. UK Music Hall of Fame 2005. Died of a drug reaction to sleeping pills in London. Music City Walk of Fame 2007. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1970. Guitar Center RockWalk 1989. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2016. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1992 as a member of Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6627 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 14 November 1991.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Joe Jackson

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Walter Jackson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89, 29 days before his 90th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Father of the musician Jackson family. Arkansas Black Hall of Fame 2011. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2014.

Johnny Otis

Real/Birth Name:
Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes
Also Known As:
John Veliotis
Johnny Otis Show
Nickname(s):
Godfather of Rhythm and Blues
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90, 20 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Greek ancestry. Book Listen to the Lambs. Songs Willie and the Hand Jive, Harlem Nocturne, Every Beat of My Heart, Double Crossing Blues. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1994. Blues Hall of Fame 2000. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Little Richard

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Wayne Penniman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
85, 17 days before his 86th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Good Golly Miss Molly. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Music City Walk of Fame 2008. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2003. Guitar Center RockWalk 1990. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1984. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Little Willie John

Real/Birth Name:
William Edward John
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
30
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

R&B singer. Songs Need Your Love So Bad, Talk to Me, Talk to Me, All Around the World, Take My Love (I Want to Give It All to You), Fever. Convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison for a fatal knifing incident. Died in prison of a heart attack, but there are claims this cause is false. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1996. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2013. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2016.

Louis Armstrong

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Daniel Armstrong
Nickname(s):
Satchmo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69, 29 days before his 70th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Hello, Dolly!, What a Wonderful World, I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas, That Lucky Old Sun, When You're Smiling. Movie Hello, Dolly!. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1990. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1952. Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Louis Jordan

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Thomas Jordan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Blues Hall of Fame 1983. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1998. Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame 1998. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Macy Gray

Real/Birth Name:
Natalie Renee McIntyre
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Albums The Very Best of Macy Gray, On How Life Is. Song I Try. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2014.

Martha Reeves

Real/Birth Name:
Martha Rose Reeves
Also Known As:
Martha LaVaille
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

R&B and pop and doo-wop group Martha & The Vandellas. Song Dancing in the Street. Alabama Music Hall of Fame 1995. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1995 as a member of Martha & The Vandellas.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2003 as a member of Martha & The Vandellas.

Marvin Gaye

Real/Birth Name:
Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
44, 1 day before his 45th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Younger than Anna Gordy Gaye by 17 years.

Brief Facts:

Murdered by his father. Member of group The Moonglows. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Guitar Center RockWalk 1989. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2014. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2000 as a member of The Moonglows.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 1999 as a member of The Moonglows.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1500 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 27 September 1990.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Mary Wells

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Esther Wells
Nickname(s):
the Queen of Motown
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song My Guy. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Michael Jackson

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Joseph Jackson
Also Known As:
Michael Joe Jackson (per indictment)
Nickname(s):
Jacko
Wacko Jacko
The King of Pop
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
50
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Brandon Jackson by 1 year.
ex-husband of
Older than Debbie Rowe by less than 1 year.
younger brother of
Younger than Jackie Jackson by 7 years.
older brother of
Older than Janet Jackson by 7 years.
younger brother of
Younger than Jermaine Jackson by 3 years.
son of
younger brother of
Younger than La Toya Jackson by 2 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Lisa Marie Presley by 9 years.
younger brother of
Younger than Marlon Jackson by 1 year.
father of
father of
father of
younger brother of
Younger than Randy Jackson by 2 years.
younger brother of
Younger than Rebbie Jackson by 8 years.
uncle of
uncle of
younger brother of
Younger than Tito Jackson by 4 years.
uncle of

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Group The Jackson 5, The Jacksons. Famed for "moonwalk" dance step. Albums Thriller, Dangerous. Song I'll Be There. Movie The Wiz. Short film Captain EO. Acquitted of charges of molesting a child, June 13, 2005. First son named originally Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. then name changed after divorce. Died of lethal dose of propofol. Coroner ruled his death a homicide. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2001. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2002. UK Music Hall of Fame 2004. National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame 2010. World Music Award Hall of Fame 1989. Music Video Producers' Hall of Fame 1991. Soul Train Hall of Fame 1995. ECHO Hall of Fame 2010. National Radio Hall of Fame 2003. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2014. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009 as a member of The Jackson 5.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1997 as a member of The Jackson 5.
SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2014 as a member of The Jackson 5.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 1999 as a member of The Jackson 5.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 20 November 1984.
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A star at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
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Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1500 Vine Street as a member of band: The Jacksons for contributions to the recording industry.
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Muddy Waters

Real/Birth Name:
McKinley Morganfield
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70, 26 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Guitar Center RockWalk 2005. Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 1992. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015.

Otis Redding

Real/Birth Name:
Otis Ray Redding Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
26
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote the song Respect. Recorded the song Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay 3 days before he died in an airplane crash. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1989. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1994. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1981. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2014. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2013. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2012.

Prince

Real/Birth Name:
Prince Rogers Nelson
Also Known As:
the Artist (formerly known as Prince)
Jamie Starr
Christopher
Alexander Nevermind
Joey Coco
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Purple Moon, Under the Cherry Moon. Died of an accidental opioid (Fentanyl) overdose. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2004. UK Music Hall of Fame 2006. Minnesota Music Hall of Fame 2007. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2016.

Ray Charles

Real/Birth Name:
Raymond Charles Robinson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie The Blues Brothers. Songs Hit the Road, Jack, Georgia on My Mind, I Got a Woman, Unchain My Heart, Born to Lose, Route 66. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Blues Hall of Fame 1982. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1993. Kennedy Center Honors 1986. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1979. National Medal of Arts 1993. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 6 October 1981.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Robert Johnson

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Leroy Johnson
Also Known As:
R. L. Spencer
Robert Spencer
Robert Lonnie Johnson
Nickname(s):
King of the Delta Blues
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Subject of the movie Crossroads. Song Terraplane Blues. Poisoned. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Guitar Center RockWalk 1999. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Ruth Brown

Real/Birth Name:
Ruth Alston Weston
Nickname(s):
Miss Rhythm
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19

Brief Facts:

Movie Hairspray (1988). Won a Tony Award for her part in the Broadway revue Black and Blue. Song So Long. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1993. Blues Hall of Fame 2002. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Sam Cooke

Real/Birth Name:
Samuel Cook
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Shot to death - shooter never charged. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1987. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2013. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7051 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 1 February 1994.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Sammy Davis Jr.

Real/Birth Name:
Sammy Davis Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Altovise Davis, until he died.
Older than Altovise Davis by 17 years.
ex-husband of
Older than May Britt by 7 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies Ocean's Eleven (1960), Robin and the Seven Hoods. Songs What Kind of Fool Am I?, I've Gotta Be Me. TV show One Life to Live. Member the Rat Pack. Lost his left eye in a traffic accident. Converted to Judaism. Broadway musical Golden Boy, winning a Tony Award. Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1987. Kennedy Center Honors 1987. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2008. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6254 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
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Las Vegas Walk of Stars: A star at Riviera Hotel (removed); ceremony: 15 February 2007.

Smokey Robinson

Real/Birth Name:
William Robinson Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Claudette Rogers by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Motown group The Miracles. Formerly called this group The Matadors. Songs Got a Job, Shop Around, Ooh Baby Baby, The Tears of a Clown, My Girl, Since I Lost My Baby. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Album The 35th Anniversary Collection. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1990. Kennedy Center Honors 2006. Guitar Center RockWalk 1991. National Medal of Arts 2002. Boys and Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013. Movie Hollywood Homicide. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2016. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2011 as a member of The Miracles.
Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015 as a member of The Miracles.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 as a member of The Miracles.
SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015 as a member of The Miracles.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2001 as a member of The Miracles.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1500 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 22 February 1983.
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Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard as a member of band: The Miracles for contributions to the recording industry.
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Tom Joyner

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Joyner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
68, 5 days before his 69th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show The Tom Joyner Show. Book Tom Joyner Presents How to Prepare for College. The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame 2013. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame 2000. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2008. National Radio Hall of Fame 1998. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2013.

Whitney Houston

Real/Birth Name:
Whitney Elizabeth Houston
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
48
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

mother of
ex-wife of
Older than Bobby Brown (singer) by 5 years.
daughter of
first cousin of
first cousin of
half-sister of
Younger than Gary Garland by 5 years.
daughter of
niece of

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movies The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher's Wife. Song I Will Always Love You written by Dolly Parton. Producer of movie The Princess Diaries. Album Just Whitney. Accidental drowning in a bathtub in a hotel due to the effects of cocaine use and heart disease. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2013.. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2014. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2014.

Wilson Pickett

Real/Birth Name:
Wilson Pickett
Nickname(s):
the Wicked
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Mustang Sally, In the Midnight Hour, Call My Name, I'll Be There, Funky Broadway, Sugar, Sugar. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1991. Alabama Music Hall of Fame 1999. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2016.
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