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Grammy Awards 2019

The 61st Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Centre, and featured a powerful opening speech from host Alicia Keys, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama.

The main prizes were handed out to a female majority, including H.E.R for Best R&B Album, and Cardi B, who became the first female solo artist in Grammys history to win Best Rap Album. British artist Dua Lipa, who had performed a medley of her song “One Love” with St Vincent’s “My Seduction” just moments before, was awarded the prize for Best New Artist. Album of the Year, went to Kacey Musgraves, who looked overwhelmed as she realised she had beaten competition from the likes of Janelle Monae, Cardi B, Drake, H.E.R and Kendrick Lamar. Childish Gambino won Record of the Year and Song of the Year with “This is America”. Kacey Musgraves’s psychedelic country record Golden Hour wonAlbum of the Year and Best Country Album. 21-year-old newcomer H.E.R. won Best R&B album. openly gay country singer Brandi Carlile, won Best Americana album Cardi B won Best Rap Album for her debut album Invasion of Privacy making her the first female solo artist in history to win in the category. Dua Lipa won Best New Artist.

Performances included Diana Ross who celebrated her 75th birthday by performing two of her biggest hits, “The Best Years of My Life” and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)”; Janelle Monae sang “Make Me Feel” flanked by dancers in pink vagina suits; St Vincent and Dua Lipa flirted their way through a mashup of “Masseduction” and “One Kiss”, and Lady Gaga delivered a fearsome, reworked rendition of her A Star Is Born song “Shallow. Dolly Parton joined Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry for “Here You Come Again”, her goddaughter Miley Cyrus turned up to duet on the song “Jolene”, supported by the likes of Maren Morris and Little Big Town. Jennifer Lopez-led a Motown tribute. However Kendrick Lamarr, Chilidish Gambino and Drake all turned down offers to perform at the Grammys this year.

Nominations for Album of the Year
H.E.R. – H.E.R.
Brandie Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You
Drake – Scorpion
Various Artists – Black Panther: The Album
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

Nominations for Record of the Year
Cardi B – I Like It
Brandi Carlile – The Joke
Childish Gambino – This Is America
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Drake – God’s Plan
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars
Post Malone & 21 Savage – Rockstar
Zedd & Maren Morris – The Middle

Nominations Song of the Year
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Star
Ella Mai – Boo’d Up
Drake – God’s Plan
Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
Brandy Carlile – The Joke
Zedd & Maren Morris – The Middle
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Childish Gambino – This Is America

Best New Artist
Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
Dua Lipa
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance
Beck – Colors
Camila Cabello – Havana (Live)
Ariana Grande – God Is a Woman
Lady Gaga – Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)
Post Malone – Better Now

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato – Fall In Line
Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Maroon 5 and Cardi B – Girls Like You
Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton – Say Something
Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – The Middle

Best Pop Vocal Album
Camila Cabello – Camila
Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life
Ariana Grande – Sweetener
Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes
Pink – Beautiful Trauma
Taylor Swift – Reputation

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Diana Krall – Love Is Here to Stay
Willie Nelson – My Way
Gregory Porter – Nat “King” Cole & Me
Seal – Standards (Deluxe)
Barbra Streisand – The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic!


Best Rap Performance
Cardi B – Be Careful
Drake – Nice for What
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake – King’s Dead
Anderson .Paak – Bubblin
Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, & Swae Lee – Sicko Mode

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Christina Aguilera ft. Goldlink – Like I Do
6LACK ft. J. Cole – Pretty Little Fears
Childish Gambino – This Is America
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – Rockstar

Best Rap Song
Drake – God’s Plan
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake – King’s Dead
Eminem – Lucky You
Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, & Swae Lee – Sicko Mode
Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar – Win

Best Rap Album
Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Mac Miller – Swimming
Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap
Pusha-T – Daytona
Travis Scott – Astroworld


Best Dance Recording
Northern Soul – Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford
Ultimatum – Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara)
Losing It – Fisher
Electricity – Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson
Ghost Voices – Virtual Self

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Singularity – Jon Hopkins
Woman Worldwide – Justice
Treehouse – Sofi Tukker
Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides – SOPHIE
Lune Rouge – TOKiMONSTA

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
The Emancipation Procrastination – Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Steve Gadd Band – Steve Gadd Band
Modern Lore – Julian Lage
Laid Black – Marcus Miller
Protocol 4 – Simon Phillips


Best Rock Performance
Four Out Of Five – Arctic Monkeys
When Bad Does Good – Chris Cornell
Made An America – THE FEVER 333
Highway Tune – Greta Van Fleet
Halestorm – Uncomfortable

Best Metal Performance
Condemned To The Gallows – Between The Buried And Me
Honeycomb – Deafheaven
Electric Messiah – High On Fire
Betrayer – Trivium
On My Teeth – Underoath

Best Rock Song
Black Smoke Rising – Greta Van Fleet
Jumpsuit – Twenty One Pilots
MANTRA – Bring Me The Horizon
Masseduction – St Vincent
Rats – Ghost

Best Rock Album
Rainier Fog – Alice In Chains
M A N I A – Fall Out Boy
Prequelle – Ghost
From The Fires – Greta Van Fleet
Pacific Daydream – Weezer

Best Alternative Rock Album
Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino – Arctic Monkeys
Colors​ – Beck
Utopia – Björk
American Utopia – David Byrne
Masseduction​ – St Vincent

Visual Media
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Call Me By Your Name – (Various Artists)
Deadpool 2 – (Various Artists)
The Greatest Showman – (Various Artists)
Lady Bird – (Various Artists)
Stranger Things – (Various Artists)

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Black Panther
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape Of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Song Written for Visual Media
All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar & SZA (Black Panther)
Mystery Of Love – Sufjan Stevens (Call Me By Your Name)
Remember Me – Miguel Featuring Natalia Lafourcade (Coco)
Shallow – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
This Is Me – Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble (The Greatest Showman)

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Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)

American musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and graphic designer Michael Kenji Shinoda was born February 11, 1977 in Panorama City, California he was raised in Agoura Hills. Shinoda formed the band Xero, which later became Linkin Park, with two of his high school friends: Brad Delson and Rob Bourdon in 1996. Shinoda is the band’s rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and lead vocalist. They were later joined by Joe Hahn, Dave Farrell and Mark Wakefield. Chester Bennington replaced Wakefield as the lead vocalist. The band later signed a record deal with Warner Bros Records.

Shinoda founded Linkin Park with Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson in 1996. They brought in turntablist Joe Hahn, bassist Dave Farrell, and vocalist Mark Wakefield. The earliest incarnation of the band was called Xero. The band was limited in resources and originally produced and recorded music in Shinoda’s bedroom in 1996, resulting in a four-track demo tape, entitled Xero. When the band was unable to find a record deal, Wakefield and Farrell left the band to pursue other musical interests, though Farrell’s departure turned out to be temporary. The band later recruited Chester Bennington and successfully landed a record deal with Warner Bros Records. Linkin Park’s first studio album, Hybrid Theory went on to become a breakthrough success and helped the band attain international success.

Shinoda is closely involved in the technical aspects of the band’s recordings, and over the subsequent releases that role continued to expand. Shinoda, with guitarist Brad Delson, engineered and produced the band’s Hybrid Theory EP, and performed similar roles in the recording of Hybrid Theory He contributed to the instrumental and lyrical composition on most of Linkin Park’s songs. Though Bennington primarily served as Linkin Park’s lead vocalist, he occasionally shared the role with Shinoda. Bennington had a higher pitched and emotional style of singing, whereas Shinoda has a baritone hip-hop style delivery Shinoda organized and oversaw the band’s first remix album Reanimation in 2002, contributing his own production of remixes that he made in his home studio for “Crawling” and “Pushing Me Away”. Shinoda collaborated with graffiti artist DELTA, graphic designer Frank Maddocks, and bandmate Joe Hahn to prepare Reanimation’s artwork. Mike also collaborated with the Flem, Delta, James R. Minchin III, Nick Spanos, and Joe Hahn for the artwork of the band’s second studio album Meteora. Shinoda also produced the album, with his bandmates and Don Gilmore which was his first production experience. By the release of the Jay-Z and Linkin Park collaborative mashup EP, entitled Collision Course in 2004,

Shinoda’s involvement in the creation of the albums continued to grow He produced and mixed the album, which won a Grammy Award for “best rap / song collaboration” in 2006. The band released their next album, Minutes to Midnight, in 2007 and Shinoda shared a production credit with longtime producer Rick Rubin This album was also the first time that Shinoda, best known for his rapping, sang a featured vocal (even though he sang backing vocals for their previous two albums). Shinoda sang in the songs “In Between” and the B-side song, “No Roads Left”, as well as rapping and singing in the songs “Bleed It Out” and “Hands Held High”. music magazine Hit Parader ranked him at number 72 of the Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time.

Shinoda and Rubin again shared a production credit for Linkin Park’s fourth album, A Thousand Suns, which was released on September 14, 2010. This album featured more of his singing than rapping. Shinoda raps in three tracks, specifically “When They Come for Me”, “Wretches and Kings” and second single “Waiting for the End”, while he sings on numerous songs (specifically verses), such as third single “Burning in the Skies”, “Robot Boy”, “Blackout”, fourth single “Iridescent” and lead single “The Catalyst”. Bennington and Shinoda sang simultaneously together on “The Catalyst”, “Jornada del Muerto” and “Robot Boy”, while “Iridescent” features all band members singing together.

Linkin Park released their fifth album Living Things on June 26, 2012. This album was stated as more “rap-centric” by Shinoda compared to the previous two album Whereas there were tracks like “Skin to Bone”, “Roads Untraveled” and “Castle of Glass” which featured the singing vocals by Shinoda and had folk music, influenced by the works of Bob Dylan, as well as the inspirations of Dylan. Allmusic described Shinoda’s work for the album as, “a fitting soundtrack for aging rap-rockers who are comfortable in their skin but restless at heart”. Recharged, which is a remix album consisting remixes of original songs from Living Things, was released on October 29, 2013. Shinoda used his EDM experience he got from Avicii while working on the track “Wake Me Up”, and also from Steve Aoki while working on “A Light That Never Comes”, to remix some songs for the album. Shinoda reinterpreted songs like “Castle of Glass” and “Victimized”. He also worked with his old friends like DJ Vice and Ryu for the album.

In 2014, Shinoda worked with Delson to produce the band’s sixth studio album, The Hunting Party which was released on June 17, 2014. The album is the first one to have featuring artists like Page Hamilton of Helmet, Rakim, Daron Malakian of System of a Down, and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. The first single of the album, “Guilty All the Same”, is the first non-remix song by the band to feature rap by a guest artist instead of Shinoda

The pre-production of their seventh studio album began in mid-2015 during The Hunting Party Tour by Shinoda on his phone. In 2017, Shinoda again worked with Delson on the production of One More Light. The album is the first to feature other songwriters rather than the band itself. The album overall includes singing from Shinoda, but a few songs have rap in them. “Good Goodbye” is a song that features rapping from Shinoda, Stormzy and Pusha T.

Shinoda later created a hip-hop-driven side project, Fort Minor, in 2004. Shinoda began recording songs following the release of Collision Course in November 2004. Fort Minor: We Major was a mixtape by Shinoda and DJ Green Lantern to promote his upcoming studio album.The Rising Tied, the debut album of Fort Minor, was released in 2005. The album featured musical collaborations from Styles of Beyond, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Black Thought of the Roots, John Legend, Holly Brook, Jonah Matranga, and Celph Title Jay-Z, who had previously collaborated with Linkin Park on the 2004 album Collision Course, also served as the album’s executive produce.

The Rising Tied was positively received by critics. The album’s most successful single, “Where’d You Go”, peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Other songs like, “Petrified” and “Remember the Name” gained popularity when they were used as the soundtrack for NBA Overtime on TNT Another track, “Kenji”, describes the experiences of a Japanese-American family during the Japanese American internment of World War II.

“Where’d You Go” was awarded Ringtone of the Year at the 2006 MTV Video Music Award and Fort Minor performed at the Summer Sonic 2006 alongside Linkin Park. In 2006, Fort Minor released a video for “Where’d You Go.” Shinoda has stated he felt the video was a nice wrap-up for Fort Minor. Also in November, Shinoda stated that Fort Minor would go on an indefinite hiatus, because of his dedication to Linkin Park. In the Billboard One-hit Wonders of the 2000s, Fort Minor (along with Holly Brook and Jonah Matranga) were listed at No. 19, due to the success of “Where’d You Go” (since it was Fort Minor’s only single that reached the top 25). In, 2015, Fort Minor’e released a new single, “Welcome”. Fort Minor also appeared as the musical guest on the TBS late-night talk show Conan

Shinoda has also served as a producer for tracks and albums by Lupe Fiasco, Styles of Beyond and the X-Ecutioners. Shinoda is also the co-founder of Machine Shop Records, a California-based record label. Outside of music, Shinoda is an artist and graphic designer. He has painted several pieces of artwork, some of which have been featured in the Japanese American National Museum. In 2018 Shinoda released the Post Traumatic EP, which contained three songs about his own feelings at the aftermath of Chester Bennington’s death on July 20, 2017. In March 2018, Shinoda latest solo album was released in, 2018.

More Birthdays being celebrated on 11 February

  • American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress Sheryl Crow was Born 11 February 1962
  • English actress Natalie Dormer, was Born 11 February 1982
  • American actress and producer Jennifer Aniston, was Born 11 February 1969
  • English actor Damian Lewis was Born 11 February 1971
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Gene Vincent

American Rock’n’Roll musician Gene Vincent (Vincent Eugene Craddock) was born February 11, 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia. His musical influences included country, rhythm and blues and gospel music. His favourite composition was Beethoven’s Egmont overture. He showed his first real interest in music while his family lived in Munden Point (now Virginia Beach), in Princess Anne County, Virginia, near the North Carolina line, where they ran a country store. He received his first guitar at the age of twelve as a gift from a friend.

Vincent’s father volunteered to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard and patrolled American coastal waters to protect Allied shipping against German U-boats during World War II. Vincent’s mother maintained the general store in Munden Point. His parents moved the family to Norfolk, the home of a large naval base, and opened a general store and sailors’ tailoring shop. Vincent dropped out of school in 1952, at the age of seventeen, and enlisted in the United States Navy. He completed boot camp and joined the fleet as a crewman aboard the fleet oiler USS Chukawan, with a two-week training period in the repair ship USS Amphion, before returning to the Chukawan. He sailed to Korea and sailed home from Korean waters aboard the battleship USS Wisconsin. In 1955, Gene used his $612 re-enlistment bonus to buy a new Triumph motorcycle. Sadly In July 1955, while he was in Norfolk, his left leg was shattered in a motorcycle crash. He refused to allow the leg to be amputated, and the leg was saved, but the injury left him with a limp and pain. He spent time in the Portsmouth Naval Hospital and was medically discharged from the Navy shortly thereafter and wore a steel sheath around the leg for the rest of his life.

Gene Vincent became involved in the local music scene in Norfolk and formed a rockabilly band, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps (a term used in reference to enlisted sailors in the U.S. Navy). The band included Willie Williams on rhythm guitar (replaced in late 1956 by Paul Peek), Jack Neal on upright bass, Dickie Harrell on drums, and Cliff Gallup on lead guitar. He also collaborated with Jay Chevalier of Rapides Parish, Louisiana. Vincent and His Blue Caps soon gained a reputation playing in various country bars in Norfolk. There they won a talent contest organized by a local radio DJ, “Sheriff Tex” Davis, who became Vincent’s manager.

In 1956 he wrote “Be-Bop-A-Lula”, which drew comparisons to Elvis Presley and was listed at 103,in Rolling Stone magazines “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. Local radio DJ “Sheriff Tex” Davis arranged for a demo of the song to be made, and this secured Vincent a contract with Capitol Records.”Be-Bop-A-Lula” was not on Vincent’s first album and was a the B-side of his first single, however “Be-Bop-A-Lula” was more popular than the A-side and became a hit, peaking at number 5 and spending 20 weeks on the Billboard pop chart and reaching number 5 and spending 17 weeks on the Cashbox chart, and launching Vincent’s career as a rock-and-roll star. After “Be-Bop-A-Lula” became a hit, Vincent and His Blue Caps were unable to follow it up with the same level of commercial success, despite releasing critically acclaimed songs like “Race with the Devil” and “Bluejean Bop”.

Cliff Gallup left the band in 1956, and Russell Williford joined as the new guitarist for the Blue Caps. Williford played and toured Canada with Vincent in late 1956 but left the group in early 1957. Gallup came back to do the next album and then left again. Williford came back and exited again before Johnny Meeks joined the band. The group had another hit in 1957 with “Lotta Lovin’” and Vincent was awarded gold records for two million sales of “Be-Bop-A-Lula”,and 1.5 million sales of “Lotta Lovin’”. In 1957 he toured the east coast of Australia with Little Richard and Eddie Cochran. Vincent also made an appearance in the film The Girl Can’t Help It, with Jayne Mansfield, performing “Be-Bop-A-Lula” with the Blue Caps in a rehearsal room. His next song “Dance to the Bop” Was performed by Vincent and His Blue Caps on The Ed Sullivan Show and was used in the movie Hot Rod Gang for a dance rehearsal scene featuring dancers doing the West Coast Swing.

Vincent and His Blue Caps also appeared several times on Town Hall Party, California’s largest country music barn dance, held at the Town Hall in Compton, California IN 1959 performing “Be-Bop-A-Lula”, “High Blood Pressure”, “Rip It Up”, “Dance to the Bop”, “You Win Again”, “For Your Precious Love”, “Rocky Road Blues”, “Pretty Pearly”, “High School Confidential”, “Over the Rainbow”, “Roll Over Beethoven” and “She She Little Sheila. This was broadcast on NBC AND. KTTV

In 1959 Vincent left the United States for Europe following A dispute with the US tax authorities and the American Musicians’ Union over payments to his band and his having sold the band’s equipment to pay a tax bill led to his departure. Vincent appeared on Jack Good’s TV show, Boy Meets Girl, wearing black leather gloves and a medallion. Following this TV appearance he toured France, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK performing in his US stage clothes. Sadly in 1960, while touring the UK, Vincent, Eddie Cochran and the songwriter Sharon Sheeley were involved in a high-speed traffic accident in a private-hire taxi in Chippenham, Wiltshire. Vincent broke his ribs and collarbone and further damaged his weakened leg. Sheeley suffered a broken pelvis. Cochran, who had been thrown from the vehicle, suffered serious brain injuries and died the next day. Vincent returned to the United States after the accident.

Vincent returned to the UK in 1961 to do an extensive tour in theatres and ballrooms with Chris Wayne and the Echoes. After the overwhelming success of the tour, Vincent moved to Britain in 1963. His accompanying band, Sounds Incorporated, a six-piece outfit with three saxophones, guitar, bass and drums, went on to play with the Beatles at their Shea Stadium concert. Vincent toured the UK again in 1963 with the Outlaws, featuring future Deep Purple guitar player Ritchie Blackmore, as a backing band. Vincent’s alcohol problems marred the tour, resulting in problems both on stage and with the band and management.

Sadly Vincent’s attempts to re-establish his American career in folk rock and country rock proved unsuccessful; although he released a cover of Arthur Alexander’s “Where Have You Been All My Life?” With A backing band called the Shouts. . In 1968 in a hotel in Germany, Vincent tried to shoot Gary Glitter but sadly missed. In 1969, he recorded the album I’m Back and I’m Proud for long-time fan John Peel’s Dandelion Records with backing vocals by Linda Ronstadt. He also recorded two other albums and On his 1969 tour of the UK he was backed by the Wild Angels, a British band that had performed at the Royal Albert Hall with Bill Haley & His Comets and Duane Eddy.

He then returned to the US Where His final US recordings were four tracks for Rockin’ Ronny Weiser’s Rolling Rock label, a few weeks before his death. These were released on a compilation album of tribute songs, including “Say Mama”, by his daughter, Melody Jean Vincent, accompanied by Johnny Meeks on guitar. He later recorded four tracks (released years later as The Last Session) in Britain in October 1971 as part of his last tour. He was backed by Richard Cole and Kansas Hook (Dave Bailey, Bob Moore, Richard Cole and bass player Charlie Harrison from Poco and Roger McGuinn’s Thunderbyrd). They recorded five tracks at the BBC studios in Maida Vale, London, for Johnnie Walker’s radio show. He managed one show at the Garrick Night Club in Leigh, Lancashire, and two shows at the Wookey Hollow Club in Liverpool. Four of these tracks were later released as The Last Session; together with a version of “Say Mama”. The four tracks are now on Vincent’s album White Lightning.

Sadly Vincent died at the age of 36 on October 12, 1971, from a ruptured stomach ulcer, while visiting his father in California,and is interred in Eternal Valley Memorial Park, in Newhall, California. He was the first inductee into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame upon its formation in 1997 and His 1956 top ten hit with his Blue Caps, “Be-Bop-A-Lula”, is considered a significant early example of rockabilly. In 1972 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Vincent has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1749 North Vine Street. In 2012, his band, the Blue Caps, were retroactively inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by a special committee, alongside Vincent. On Tuesday, September 23, 2003, Vincent was honored with a Norfolk’s Legends of Music Walk of Fame bronze star embedded in the Granby Street sidewalk.

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Burt Reynolds

American actor, director and producer Burt Reynolds Jr. was born on February 11, 1936,in Lansing, Michigan. his father was drafted into the United States Army. So Reynolds, his mother and sister joined his father at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and lived there for two years. When Reynolds’s father was sent to Europe, the family moved to Lake City, Michigan, where his mother had been raised. In 1946, the family moved to Riviera Beach, Florida. His father became Chief of Police of Riviera Beach, which is adjacent to the north side of West Palm Beach, Florida. During 10th grade at Palm Beach High School, Reynolds was named First Team All State and All Southern as a fullback, and received multiple scholarship offers.

After graduating from Palm Beach High in West Palm Beach, he attended Florida State University on a football scholarship and played halfback. While at Florida State, Reynolds roomed with college football broadcaster and analyst Lee Corso, and also became a brother of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Reynolds hoped to be named to All-American teams and to have a career in professional football, but he suffered a knee injury and later lost his spleen and injured his other knee in a car accident. These injuries hampered Reynolds’ abilities on the field, and after being beaten in coverage for the game-winning touchdown in a 7-0 loss to North Carolina State on October 12, 1957, he decided to give up football.

Ending his college football career, Reynolds thought of becoming a police officer, but his father suggested that he finish college and become a parole officer. To keep up with his studies, he began taking classes at Palm Beach Junior College (PBJC) in neighboring Lake Park. In his first term at PBJC, Reynolds was in an English class taught by Watson B. Duncan III. Duncan pushed Reynolds into trying out for a play he was producing, Outward Bound. He cast Reynolds in the lead role based on having heard Reynolds read Shakespeare in class, leading to Reynolds winning the 1956 Florida State Drama Award for his performance. In his autobiography, Reynolds refers to Duncan as his mentor and the most influential person in his life.

The Florida State Drama Award included a scholarship to the Hyde Park Playhouse, a summer stock theater, in Hyde Park, New York where he met Joanne Woodward, who helped him find an agent, and was cast in Tea and Sympathy at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. His Broadway debut was Look, We’ve Come Through, after which he went on tour with the cast, driving the bus and appearing on stage. After the tour, Reynolds returned to New York and enrolled in acting classes, along with Frank Gifford, Carol Lawrence, Red Buttons and Jan Murray. He was cast in a revival of Mister Roberts, in which Charlton Heston played the starring role. After the play closed, the director, John Forsythe, arranged a film audition with Joshua Logan for Reynolds. The film was Sayonara (1957). However Reynolds was told that he could not be in the film because he looked too much like Marlon Brando. Logan advised Reynolds to go to Hollywood. However Reynolds worked in a variety of different jobs, such as waiting tables, washing dishes, driving a delivery truck and as a bouncer at the Roseland Ballroom instead.

He began acting on television in the late 1950s, and made his film debut in Angel Baby (1961). Following a regular role as Ben Frazer in Riverboat, he joined the cast of Gunsmoke as “halfbreed” blacksmith Quint Asper. He also played the titular role in the Spaghetti Western Navajo Joe (1966), before playing the title character in police drama Dan August. Reynolds appeared on ABC’s The American Sportsman hosted by outdoors journalist Grits Gresham, who took celebrities on hunting, fishing and shooting trips around the world. He portrayed the lead characters in Impasse (1969) and Shark! Albert R. Broccoli also asked Reynolds to play James Bond, but he turned the role down. Reynolds breakout role was as Lewis Medlock in the film Deliverance after which he played leading roles in a series of action films and comedies many pf which were box office hits, such as White Lightning, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, The Longest Yard, Lucky Lady, Smokey and the Bandit, Semi-Tough and Hooper. He also made his directorial debut in 1976 with Gator, the sequel to White Lightning.

During the 1980s, his leading roles included Malone, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Smokey and the Bandit II The Cannonball Run and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. During the 1990’s he starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s second film Boogie Nights, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2002, he voiced Avery Carrington in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City He had support parts in Miss Lettie and Me (2003) and Without a Paddle and two high-profile films: the remake of The Longest Yard and The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) Reynolds received his critical acclaimed performance for The Last Movie Star In May 2018, he joined the cast for Quentin Tarantino’s film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Reynolds also co-authored the children’s book Barkley Unleashed A Pirate, a “whimsical tale that illustrates the importance of perseverance, the wonders of friendship and the power of imagination”. In 1973, Reynolds released the album Ask Me What I Am and in 1983 sang along with Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Despite much success, in 1996 he filed for bankruptcy, due in part to an extravagant lifestyle, a divorce from Loni Anderson and failed investments in some Florida restaurant chains. He recently died September 6, 2018 from Cardiac Arrest and will be sadly missed.

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Sidney Sheldon

Best known for his television shows including I dream of Jeannie and Hart to Hart as well as his many novels, the Academy Award-winning American writer Sidney Sheldon Was Born February 11, 1917. He moved to Hollywood, California, in 1937 where he reviewed scripts and collaborated on a number of B movies.Sheldon enlisted in the military during World War II as a pilot in the War Training Service, a branch of the Army Air Corps,His unit was disbanded before he saw any action. Returning to civilian life, he moved to New York City where he began writing musicals for theBroadway stage while continuing to write screenplays for both MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures. He earned a reputation as a prolific writer; for example, at one time he had three musicals on Broadway: a rewritten The Merry Widow, Jackpot, and Dream with Music.

His success on Broadway brought him back to Hollywood where his first assignment was The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay of 1947. He was one of the writers on the screenplay for the 1948 musical film Easter Parade and sole writer for the 1950 musical film Annie Get Your Gun, both of which featured the songs ofIrving Berlin.When television became the new popular medium, he decided to try his hand in it. “I suppose I needed money,” he remembered. “I met Patty Duke one day at lunch. So I produced The Patty Duke Show, and I did something nobody else in TV ever did. For seven years, I wrote almost every single episode of the series.”

Sheldon created, produced and wrote I Dream of Jeannie in his co-production capacity with Screen Gems. He wrote all but two dozen scripts in five years, sometimes using three pseudonyms (Mark Rowane, Allan Devon, Christopher Golato) while simultaneously writing scripts for The Patty Duke Show. He also used the same pseudonyms in writing all seventeen episodes of Nancy. He later admitted that he did this because he felt his name was appearing too often in the credits as creator, producer, copyright owner andwriter of these series. He also created and wrote for the series Hart to Hart. Production for I Dream of Jeannie ended in 1970 after five seasons. It was “During the last year of I Dream of Jeannie, I decided to try a novel,” he said in 1982. “Each morning from 9 until noon, I had a secretary at the studio take all calls. I mean every single call. I wrote each morning — or rather, dictated — and then I faced the TV business.

In 1969, Sheldon wrote his first novel, The Naked Face, which earned him a nomination for the Edgar Allan Poe Award from theMystery Writers of America in the category of Best First Novel. His next novel, The Other Side of Midnight, climbed to #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list as did several ensuing novels, a number of which were also made into motion pictures or TV miniseries Including Windmills of theGods. His novels often featured determined women who persevere in a tough world run by hostile men. the novels contained a lot of suspense and devices to keep the reader turning the page. Sadly Sheldon passed away on January 30, 2007, but remains the seventh best selling fiction writer of all time And has also been Called “mr Blockbuster” and “the Prince of Potboilers”.

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The British Academy of Film and Television Awards took place on 10 February 2019, here are the winners:

Best film: Roma
Outstanding British film: The Favourite
Best actor: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Best actress: Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Best supporting actor: Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Best supporting actress: Rachel Weisz – The Favourite
Best cinematography: Roma
Best original screenplay: The Favourite – Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Best adapted screenplay: BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott
Best director: Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
EE Rising Star award (voted for by the public): Letitia Wright
Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer: Beast – Michael Pearce (writer/director), Lauren Dark (producer)

Best animated film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best production design: The Favourite
Best British short animation: Roughhouse
Best British short film: 73 Cows
Best sound: Bohemian Rhapsody
Best original music: A Star Is Born
Best special visual effects: Black Panther
Best costume design: The Favourite
Best editing: Vice
Best documentary: Free Solo
Best film not in the English language: Roma
Best make up & hair: The Favourite
Bafta fellowship: Thelma Schoonmaker
Outstanding British contribution to cinema: Number 9 Films (Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley)