Birthday Shout! Bob Dylan, Priscillia Presley, Patti LaBelle, Queen Victoria…

Birthday Shout! Bob Dylan, Priscillia Presley, Patti LaBelle, Queen Victoria…

Yvonne Williams

We celebrate top celebrities this day May 24

Bob Dylan

Legendary singer-songwriter who revolutionized folk music in the 1960’s with albums such as The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde and songs such as “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Positively 4th Street.”

Born Robert Zimmerman, he changed his name to Dylan after the poet Dylan Thomas. He was born a Jew, but converted to Christianity. While studying at the University of Minnesota, he became more enthused with folk music than rock and roll.

His 1975 protest song “Hurricane,” telling the story of the wrongfully imprisoned African-American boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, is one of the most well known examples of activism through music.

He married Sara Dylan on November 22, 1965; after their divorce on June 29, 1977, he married Carolyn Dennis on June 4, 1986. He has three daughters and three sons. One of his sons, Jakob, also became a singer and guitar player.

He sang a duet with the great Johnny Cash titled “Lay Lady Lay” in 1969.

The 75 year old was born May 24, 1941.

Priscillia Presley

She was the wife of singer Elvis Presley from 1967 to 1973 and played a role on the series Dallas.

She met Elvis Presley at age 14, beginning a whirlwind romance that led to marriage.

In 1983, she made her TV debut, playing Sandy Redford in the TV film Love Is Forever.

She and Elvis had a daughter named Lisa Marie. Her son Navarone Garibaldi became the frontman of the band Them Guns.

She starred alongside Leslie Neilsen in three Naked Gun films.

The 71 year old was born May 24, 1945.

Patti LaBelle

Disco diva who gained fame for iconic songs such as “Lady Marmalade” and “New Attitude,” which became a #1 hit on the Hot Dance Music chart in 1985.

She listened to jazz and doo-wop and sang a solo at Beulah Baptist Church when she was twelve. Her mother adopted Claudette Grant, who would become her best friend.

Her songs “New Attitude” and “Stir It Up” energized the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack in 1984.

She married Armstead Edwards on July 23, 1969 and divorced him on January 1, 2000. They had three sons named Zuri, Todd and Stanley together.

She was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for “On My Own,” which she sang with Michael McDonald.

The 72 year old was born May 24, 1944.

Queen Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom from 1837 to 1901. A national emblem of morality, she had a longer reign than any other queen and oversaw a period of great expansion in the British Empire.

She was raised in solitude under her mother’s “Kensington System” of discipline.

She reigned for nearly sixty-four years.

She married Prince Albert in 1840 and had five daughters (Princesses Victoria, Alice, Helena, Louise, and Beatrice) and four sons (King Edward VII, Duke Alfred, and Princes Arthur and Leopold).

She and Queen Elizabeth II were both English monarchs.

She was born May 24, 1819, she died Jan 22, 1901 (age 81),

Heavy D.

Leader of Heavy D. & the Boyz, he was a popular rapper through much of the 1990s. He is known for singing the theme songs to the popular television shows In Living Color and MADTV. He also became an actor, appearing in such films as step Up, Big Trouble, and The Cider House Rules.

A song inspired by an untimely death of one of his bandmates, entitled ‘They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)’, became a classic.

He died just ten days after performing at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards, which was his first televised performance in 15 years.

He was born Dwight Arrington Myers, in Mandeville, Jamaica.

He performed the rap portion of Michael Jackson’s hit single, Jam.

He was born May 24, 1967, he died Nov 8, 2011 (age 44).


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