Friday, June 15, 2012

Happy Birthday: Erroll Garner & Ice Cube

Jazz pianist and composer Erroll Garner (June 15, 1923 – January 2, 1977) was known for his distinctive orchestral approach to swing, but open to the innovation of bop. His most well known composition is a ballad titled "Misty" (1954) that has since become a standard. Originally composed as an instrumental, lyrics were later added by songwriter Johnny Burke and became a signature song for Johnny Mathis. The song plays a key role in the plot of the movie Play Misty for Me (1971). Clint Eastwood and Universal paid $25,000 to use the song in the film.

Ice Cube (born O'Shea Jackson), during the course of his career that spans more than 20 years, he continues to reinvent himself. Starting off as a rapper in the group C.I.A., he would later join N.W.A. After a contract dispute, he left the group to pursue a solo career and start producing some of his own material. Eventually, he turned to acting, directing, became a movie producer and screenwriter.

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