Jonathan Michael Richman (born May 16, 1951) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. In 1970 he founded the Modern Lovers, an influential proto-punk band. He recorded with his band a TopPop TV special on 16 September 1978.
Ashley Laurence (born May 28, 1966) is an American actress and visual artist. She made her film debut in 1987 as the lead character, Kirsty Cotton, in Clive Barker's horror film Hellraiser (1987), a role she later reprised in Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988). Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992), and Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002). The film franchise established her as a prominent actress in horror, and she subsequently starred in Mikey (1992) and The Lurking Fear (1994), gaining the title of "scream queen".
"Scream Queen is really not fair; in the original Hellraiser at least she is resourceful and brave, and manages to defeat the Cenobites on her own with a minimum of screaming.
The day I saw it first is one of the few times I have been really happy, and realised it - usually one only realises later: a spring evening going down Whitehall on the no 12 bus, to meet my brother and some other people who would subsequently become good friends, I had a sense of well-being that I recognised sufficiently to be able to fully appreciate.
Anyway, good film, and one that I really need to see again.
Stephen Hanley (born 29 May 1959) is an Irish-born English musician who grew up in and lives in Manchester. He was the bass guitarist in the Fall from 1979 to 1998, and his distinctive and muscular basslines were a signature part of their sound, often carrying the songs' instrumental melodies. He is currently a member of Brix & the Extricated with guitarist and vocalist Brix Smith Start.
Hanley was a foundational Fall member, second only to Mark E. Smith in longevity in the band. He is widely considered one of the pre-eminent bassists of his generation. He has always been very private and rarely interviewed; for this reason his 2014 autobiography The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall was highly anticipated, and was met with widespread acclaim for its frank honesty and dry, no nonsense humour.
(The keyboard player also composed for the Ballet Rambert.)
Draghixa Laurent (born 3 June 1973), best known as Draghixa, is a French former pornographic actress and singer of Croatian origin.
Yugoslav-born,Draghixa moved to France with her family when she was two. After hairdresser training she became a stripper and then debuted in the adult film industry in 1993, in the third volume of the film series Offertes à Tout. In 1995 she was awarded with the Hot d'Or for best actress, for her performance in the film Le Parfum de Mathilde. She retired from adult industry a few months later. In 1996 with the stage name Monika Dombrowski she published the music single "Dream" and then the following year she featured the song "Did You Test?" by French DJ Lapsus. She also appeared, together with Julia Channel, in the music video of the song "Cours vite" by French rock group Silmarils.
Joséphine Baker (3 June 1906 – 12 April 1975)
Josephine Baker (born Freda Josephine McDonald, naturalised French Joséphine Baker, was an American-born French entertainer, French Resistance agent, and civil rights activist. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France. Baker was the first African-American to star in a major motion picture, the 1927 silent film Siren of the Tropics, directed by Mario Nalpas and Henri Étiévant.
During her early career Baker was renowned as a dancer, and was among the most celebrated performers to headline the revues of the Folies Bergère in Paris. Her performance in the revue Un vent de folie in 1927 caused a sensation in Paris. Her costume, consisting of only a short skirt of artificial bananas and a beaded necklace, became an iconic image and a symbol of the Jazz Age and the 1920s.
She was known for aiding the French Resistance during World War II. After the war, she was awarded the Croix de guerre by the French military, and was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by General Charles de Gaulle.
Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States and is noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. In 1968, she was offered unofficial leadership in the movement in the United States by Coretta Scott King, following Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. After thinking it over, Baker declined the offer out of concern for the welfare of her children.
I have walked into the palaces of kings and queens and into the houses of presidents. And much more. But I could not walk into a hotel in America and get a cup of coffee, and that made me mad
Dagmar Krause (born 4 June 1950) is a German singer, best known for her work with avant-rock groups including Slapp Happy, Henry Cow, and Art Bears. She is also noted for her coverage of songs by Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler. Her unusual singing style makes her voice instantly recognisable and has defined the sound of many of the bands with whom she has worked.
As a vocalist, Krause is considered an acquired taste. Her singing style is highly original and idiosyncratic. Her "husky, vibrato-laden alto" voice can range from a sweet melodious croon to the love-it-or-hate-it Armageddon style typified on albums like Henry Cow's In Praise of Learning. Part of the intrigue of Krause's singing are her German-inflected vocals, "... but whether she sings in German or English (which she often does on the same record), she retains her impeccable phrasing and ability to inject the most oft-heard lyric with almost palpable emotion."
In a review of The 40th Anniversary Henry Cow Box Set (2009), critic John Kelman at All About Jazz, wrote that "the kinds of intervallic leaps and harmonic sophistication required of a singer [in Henry Cow] make Krause an undervalued and underrated singer in this history of modern music."
Trout Mask Replica was released on this day in 1969.
Produced by Beefheart's friend and former schoolmate Frank Zappa, it was originally released as a double album on Zappa's Straight Records label. Combining elements of R&B, garage rock, blues, avant-garde, free jazz and other genres of American music, the album is regarded as an important work of experimental music and art rock. On April 6, 2011, the album was added to the United States National Recording Registry for the year 2010 by the Library of Congress.
Bruce Lorne Campbell(born June 22, 1958) is an American actor, voice actor, producer, writer and director. One of his best-known roles is Ash Williams in Sam Raimi's Evil Dead franchise, beginning with the 1978 short film Within the Woods.
From the Evil Dead, one of the original banned video nasties:
(It's really more of an adventure comedy than anything.)
Lina Romay (born Rosa María Almirall Martínez; 25 June 1954 – 15 February 2012) was a Spanish actress (born in Barcelona) who often appeared in films directed by her long-time companion (and later husband) Jesús Franco. She began appearing in Franco's films from the time they met in 1972. She appeared in more than a hundred feature films, most of them directed by Franco. The majority of their films together were in the adult film genre, but she also featured in many horror, comedy and action/adventure films as well. Among the better known of her horror films are The Bare Breasted Countess (a.k.a. Female Vampire) (1973/1975), Barbed Wire Dolls (1975) and Jack the Ripper (1976).
Enjoying a banana on the set of Linda's Hot Nights:
And with Jess as he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Goyas.:
Olive Elaine Morris (26 June 1952 – 12 July 1979) was a Jamaican-born community leader and activist in the feminist, black nationalist, and squatters' rights campaigns of the 1970s in the United Kingdom.
Morris co-founded the Brixton Black Women's Group in 1974. Within this group, she and other members rallied to critically explore the experience of women in the Black Panther Party. The overall purpose of the group was to raise consciousness so the women could communicate with each other and talk about their daily lives, putting this understanding into a political framework. The Brixton Black Women's Group pushed for more transparency and unity in their community. Eventually, the group dissolved and transformed into numerous specific groups that were focused on increasing the awareness of the black struggle.
The Housing Benefit office in Lambeth was named after her; I had been using it for years before I learned to connect the name with the picture of the young woman in Lambeth Library:
"I'm very happy that so many young fans have told me that my films have changed their lives. That's a great compliment. It means I did more than just make entertaining films. I actually touched people's lives -- and, I hope, changed them for the better." RAY HARRYHAUSEN, born on this day in 1920.
Richard Keith Herring (born 12 July 1967) is an English stand-up comedian and comedy writer whose early work includes the comedy double act Lee and Herring. He is described by The British Theatre Guide as "one of the leading hidden masters of modern British comedy".
Towards the end of the double act, Herring also worked as a writer, producing four plays. After Lee and Herring went their separate ways he co-wrote the sitcom Time Gentlemen Please, but quickly returned to performance with concept-driven one-person shows like Talking Cock, Hitler Moustache and Christ on a Bike as well as regular circuit stand-up. Herring has created thirteen of these stand-up shows since 2004, performing them for eleven consecutive years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with annual tours and a final performance recorded for DVD. His 2016–17 show was a 'best of' tour, drawing from these shows.
He is recognised as a pioneer of comedy podcasting, initially with broadcaster Andrew Collins on The Collings and Herrin Podcast and more recently with high-profile comedians such as Simon Pegg, Russell Brand and Stephen Fry on Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. He has maintained a daily blog called Warming Up without a break since 25 November 2002. His blog is archived by the British Library for purposes of UK documentary heritage.
Herring was formerly in a relationship with the actress Julia Sawalha,some years after joking on Fist of Fun that "My ideal woman has the head of Julia Sawalha and the body of Julia Sawalha." In April 2012, Herring married author and comedian Catie Wilkins. They had their first child, a daughter, in February 2015, followed by a son in October 2017.
Herring has raised money for Scope since 2003, and ran the London Marathon in aid of the charity in 2004 as well as the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in 2011, 2013 and 2014. In January 2011 he was nominated for a Just Giving Life Time Achievement Award for his extensive work in helping to raise money, awareness and support for Scope.In 2012 he was made a Patron of Scope.
He has just started doing a ventriloquism act, using a puppet made by his great grandfather in the 1890s. He is surprisingly good (and even better on the audio version):